At 7 p.m. ET tonight, “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013,” presented by Best Buy, shows you what famous athlete inspires Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier. Plus, track the amazing path Minnesota’s Cedric Thompson took from Bombay Beach, Calif., to Minneapolis, and see how James White and Melvin Gordon have become the Big Ten’s best one-two punch at the running back position.
Ra’Shede Hageman arrived at Minnesota in 2009 as a tight end, fighting for a place to fit in on Tim Brewster’s roster. Now, the 6-6, 311-pound senior has become arguably the best defensive tackle in the Big Ten under a new regime in the Twin Cities.
Jerry Kill wasn’t expected to be at the Minnesota-Northwestern game Saturday. The head coach was on a leave of absence to get his epilepsy under control, after all. But there was Kill in the Minnesota coaches box at Ryan Field. Kill’s wife, Rebecca, drove him to the game, because he couldn’t stand not being there with his team after missing the Michigan game.
Earlier this year, we saw first-year Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen tell walk-on Nick Hill that he was now on scholarship (watch). Well, another first-year coach has broken the great news to another committed walk-on. This time, it was new Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins surprising senior walk-on James Montgomery III. Watch the video in this post.
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including an all-access video of Chris Collins telling walk-on James Montgomery he has a scholarship.
It’s that time of the week, time for me to reach into my mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming, as there is much to talk about. This week, Ohio State’s BCS title game hopes, Michigan’s defense, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and much more. So, let’s get started.
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Still can’t get over Jeremy Gallon’s ridiculous receiving day vs. Indiana on Saturday afternoon? Neither can we. I mean, think about it: 14 receptions for a Big Ten-record 369 yards. Those stats are so crazy, they don’t even register as “video game” numbers. Relive every one of Gallon’s catches and every one of his receiving yards in the video in this post.