Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines
Wanna see Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill dance (sorta)? Check out this video, in which Kill tells students to dance after delivering the commencement speech.
Hey, I warned you with the “sorta.” At least you got to see Kill clap his hands and a move a little bit, which certainly pleased the recent graduates.
Count Bucky Brooks of NFL.com among those impressed with the Big Ten’s crop of talented pass rushers. Brooks ranked Nebraska’s Randy Gregory (No. 2), Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun (No. 4) and Ohio State’s Noah Spence (No. 8) in his list of the top 10 college pass rushers. Not bad, huh?
I wouldn’t be surprised if Ohio State rising sophomore Joey Bosa works his way onto this list very soon. The kid is a stud.
Matt Daniels of the Champaign News-Gazette takes a look at the upcoming season for Illinois. And it will be a big one for Tim Beckman, who enters his third season with just one Big Ten win. The big question that continues to loom for 2014: When will Beckman name a quarterback? He’s in no hurry. Nor should he be.
The battle among Wes Lunt, Reilly O’Toole and Aaron Bailey is going to be fun during camp. In the end, I’ll be shocked if Lunt isn’t the guy. As Daniels notes, if you designed a prototypical quarterback for Bill Cubit’s offense, Lunt is perfect. His arm strength, accuracy and ability to make all different kinds of throws could open up the Illinois offense even more. The Oklahoma State transfer brings a great skill set that could land him in the NFL.
With Jon Horford off to Florida and Jordan Morgan gone, Michigan will need some help on the interior. That’s Max Bielfeldt’s cue to step up after two years as a reserve. Bielfeldt’s numbers last season: 15 points in 89 minutes. Can he step it up?
Remember former Ohio State linebacker Mike Mitchell, a five-star recruit who was part of 2013 class? Well, he has landed at Texas Tech.
Here is a nice series of photos from a recent tribute to former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who died Jan. 13 at 72.
“He impacted an awful lot of folks,” Ferentz said. “It wasn’t just the defensive players. That was a big part of my thinking when we hired Norm, too. When we hit bumpy waters, which you always do, it’s going to be pretty hard to rock his boat, just because he was one of those guys. He could put a good spin on things.”
Fun piece from InsideNU.com: Choose your all-time Northwestern hoops lineup. You have a salary cap, so you need to be creative.
Here is mine:
PG Billy McKinney
PF John Shurna
C Kevin Rankin
SG Rich Falk
SF Frank Ehmann
You try it!
Pretty cool deal for former Indiana wideout Cody Latimer, a Broncos draft pick who recently played golf with his new quarterback: Peyton Manning. In fact, Manning requested to play with Latimer at a team golf outing.
Incoming Purdue JC offensive tackle David Hedelin is an intriguing prospect who figures to play right away. In fact, if he doesn’t play right away, the Boilermakers’ front may be in trouble.
Hedelin also has an interesting back story. He’s from Sweden, originally committed to Michigan State and is facing an NCAA-imposed three-game suspension because he played club football in Sweden for two years after high school.
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