A handful of former Big Ten stars were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team, released Tuesday. See the five players below: Stefon Diggs (Maryland), WR, Minnesota Vikings – 52 rec., 720 yards, 4 TD Brandon Scherff (Iowa), G, Washington Redskins – No stats Rob Havenstein (Wisconsin), T, St. Louis Rams – No stats Donovan Smith (Penn State), T, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – No stats Adrian Amos (Penn State), S, Chicago Bears – 67 tackles One-time Michigan RB Thomas Rawls, who transferred to Central Michigan, also made the team.
The deadline for players to enter the NFL draft early was Monday, Jan. 18. And, no Big Ten team—or any squad in the nation, for that matter–had more defections than Ohio State. The Buckeyes saw nine players bolt, highlighted by the early departure of defensive end Joe Bosa, who some feel will be the first pick in the 2016 draft. In all, 20 Big Ten players turned pro. No other Big Ten team had more than two players leave. Eight schools had at least one player bolt. Here is a look at the Big Ten players who are leaving early:
Maryland and Northwestern have faced off twice this season, and the teams have combined for a fun sequence in each meeting. Tuesday night, as was the case the first time around, the back-and-forth action culminated in a Northwestern basket and an eventual Maryland victory, this time a 62-56 overtime defeat. Now, this sequence wasn’t nearly as wild as the January 2 one. But, let’s face it, it will be a long time before we see teams combine on the back-and-forth action that the Terrapins and the Wildcats treated us to earlier this year in Evanston, Illinois. Don’t remember the sequence
Nebraska is on a roll, winning three in a row to push its way to the middle of the Big Ten pack with a 3-3 league mark. And Andrew White III is a big reason for that. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] The 6-7, 216-pound junior has scored 21, 15 and 28 points in each of the last three games, wins over Illinois, Minnesota and Rutgers. The sweet-shooting White also has grabbed an aggregate
If you are like me, you can’t wait to see what Jim Harbaugh can do with Houston transfer QB John O’Korn, who sat out last season. The kid was pretty good at Houston. And I bet Harbaugh’s shapes him into a good signal-caller. But he’ll have challengers. Is Shane Morris gonna step up? Finally? *** It looks like Wisconsin may have its new DC in line: Tim Tibesar, the team’s outside linebackers coach in 2015. Tibesar’s last stint as a defensive coordinator came in 2012 at Purdue. Before that he was the defensive coordinator for Montreal of the Canadian Football
Indiana brought new meaning to the phrase “making it rain” on Tuesday night in Bloomington, IN. [ MORE: Yogi Ferrell sets Indiana all-time assist record ] The Hoosiers hit a school-record 19 3-pointers in a commanding 103-69 victory over Illinois at Assembly Hall. Perhaps even more impressive, the Hoosiers’ 19 3-pointers made is the most ever by a Big Ten team in a conference game, according to our @BTNStatsGuys. Indiana hit 19-of-36 from beyond the arc, breaking a previous school record that was set against Minnesota just last season. Yogi Ferrell led the way with five of Indiana’s 19 3-pointers.
There were two Big Ten men’s basketball games on the slate Tuesday night. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 25 Indiana kicked off the action with an impressive 103-69 victory over Illinois in the opening game of the night. No. 7 Maryland followed that with a thrilling 62-56 overtime win against Northwestern in the nightcap. With two Big Ten games, we make it a point to capture the best moments from both contests. Here is a look at the best highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. There is
Records are meant to be broken… Indiana senior Yogi Ferrell set another record on Tuesday as he dished out his 546th career assist, making him the school’s new all-time leader in that category. Leading Illinois 17-11 midway through the first half, Ferrell drew a double team and threw a perfect no-look pass to Max Bielfeldt for the basket. Check out the video at the top of this post. Former Indiana standout and current Orlando Magic star Victor Oladipo chimed in on Ferrell’s record-breaking assist, which we made sure to capture as well. Congrats to the little bro Yogi Ferrel for
The John R. Wooden midseason top 20 list is out and Big Ten women’s basketball is well represented with seven of the 20 finalists. Since the inception of the award to the women’s game in 2004, no Big Ten player has ever won the Wooden award. Seven names leads all conferences this season, so could this be the year it happens? Let’s take a look at the Big Ten’s finalists who may have the best shot. The Women’s Award was established in 2004 and presented annually to the outstanding collegiate female basketball Player of the Year. There is also a five-women
Northwestern had a big bounce-back season in 2015, posting 10 victories after consecutive 5-7 campaigns. A 10-win season preceded that 2013-14 slump. Pat Fitzgerald looks to keep the mojo going in Evanston and avoid a repeat of a backslide after a big season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] The Wildcats will have plenty of building blocks in 2016. The offense will have players like QB Clayton Thorson, RB Justin Jackson, Ts Eric Olson and Black Hance, WR Austin Carr, SB Garrett Dickerson and WR/RB Solomon Vault, among others. The defense has back CB