Three-and-out with Nebraska great Eric Crouch

Have you ever wondered what happens to the Heisman Trophy once it is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football? Do they take it home with them? Where is it displayed– at the school, or in the recipients’ home?

We asked our twitter followers to submit their burning Big Ten football questions to former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, and he provided that answer and more in this week’s edition of three-and-out.

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Crouch: I feel comfortable saying it will come down to the wire. Nebraska’s young defensive linemen/linebackers will be tested on their strength for four quarters. They must meet the blocks head on. Expect each hit to feel like a car wreck. As for my prediction… Make it: NU 30, UCLA 27.

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Crouch: Nebraska must establish an early running game with Ameer Abdullah. That means he needs to be rushing for five-plus yards on first and/or second down carries. I expect to see three backs again throughout the day. First down will build confidence. Everyone likes big plays like Martinez’s long run last year, but consistent long drives will wear out UCLA.

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Crouch: Good question. To be honest, it is kept in the original case from the day I won it. It’s a hefty duty steel box in my house, which is the 67th Heisman’s home.

*** BTN Football Saturday begins at 11 AM ET with the BTN Football Pregame Show presented by Auto-Owners Insurance and ends with highlights and analysis on The Final Drive at midnight ET. Find the complete Big Ten football schedule here (all times ET).

AKRON AT MICHIGAN, NOON
: Kevin Kugler, Chuck Long & Lisa Byington (PREVIEWS)

W. ILLINOIS AT MINNESOTA, NOON: Wayne Larrivee & Eric Crouch (PREVIEWS)

YOUNGSTOWN AT MICHIGAN STATE, 2 PM: Paul Burmeister & Derek Rackley (PREVIEWS)

C. FLORIDA AT PENN STATE, 6 PM: Matt Devlin & Glen Mason (PREVIEWS)

WASHINGTON AT ILLINOIS, 6 P.M.: Eric Collins, J Leman & Evan Fitzgerald (PREVIEWS)

W. MICHIGAN AT NORTHWESTERN, 9 P.M: Chris Denari & Jon Jansen (PREVIEWS)

About Sean Merriman BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men’s basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.

Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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