Ohio State sophomore sensation Kelsey Mitchell has just earned her second national and Big Ten Player of the Week awards of the season. It’s an acknowledgement she didn’t even realize she’d received when I spoke with her. If I had to summarize Kelsey in one word, it would be humble. She is a person who cares greatly about her family and friends, is willing to sacrifice for the betterment of her team, and has one pretty incredible role model to emulate. Mitchell partially credits the early success of her team to its strong non-conference schedule, one in which she learned
Feels good to finish my education and to be with my brothers for my senior year. There will be those that say my decision is wrong but it's what's best for me. Let's make it a good one fellas🏈 A post shared by Desmond E King II (@iiam_blaqbadger14) on Jan 5, 2016 at 11:15am PST The 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner is coming back to Iowa City, Iowa. [ MORE: These Big Ten stars have declared for 2016 NFL Draft ] Iowa junior cornerback Desmond King announced he will return to school for his senior season in an Instagram post
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a right knee injury.
Yes, it’s only early January, but it’s never too soon to check in on the mock brackets by Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] As of now, Palm and Lunardi have five and six Big Ten teams in the Big Dance, respectively. JERRY PALM No. 1 Michigan State vs. play-in team in East No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Idaho in Midwest
Conference action is gaining steam with one week in the books, as teams look to make early statements. No squad has spoken louder than Iowa, which has knocked off No. 1 Michigan State and No. 14 Purdue. Will any team make a move this week? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at Wisconsin, Saturday. These aren’t the Badgers
Indiana enjoyed a breakthrough season in Kevin Wilson’s fifth year in Bloomington, taking the Hoosiers to their first bowl since 2007 and just their second since 1993. Alas, IU still hasn’t finished over .500 since 1994. And it last won a bowl in 1991. But progress is being made. Wilson has built a strong program around a dynamic offense that can run, pass and score points in bunches. The future looks promising for Indiana, as Wilson continues to recruit well. The next order of business: develop the defense, which remains an albatross around the program. The Hoosiers were last in
Penn State is turning the page as it moves to 2016, the third season under James Franklin. Christian Hackenberg is gone, as the offense transitions under a new QB and new coordinator. Those are just two questions facing PSU. Pennlive.com has 16 Penn State-related questions. *** Steve Politi of NJ.com has graded the Big Ten bowl teams and how they impact Rutgers. *** Former Husker Adam Carriker has key some key takeaways from the 2015 Nebraska season. Carriker says that considering that the Huskers’ seven losses came by a combined 31 points, it’s reasonable to believe that this team is
The 2016 NFL Draft isn't until April 28-30, but the nation's top underclassmen are busy announcing their future plans. They have until January 18 to continue to do so.
Fresh off its win over then-No. 1 Michigan State and at then-No. 14 Purdue, Iowa has entered the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] The Hawkeyes come in at No. 19 (AP) and No. 23 (Coaches) to give the Big Ten four teams ranked in both polls. Maryland paces the Big Ten, coming in at No. 3 in each poll, up one spot from
The NFL playoffs are set, and former Big Ten standouts litter the 12 teams’ active rosters. A total of 80 players find themselves on active rosters, paced by Ohio State (14), and every Big Ten team has at least one representative. To be clear, the number does not include players currently on injured reserve or Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers players who played before the schools entered the Big Ten. See the team-by-team breakdown below. ILLINOIS (4) Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans Pierre Thomas, RB, Washington Redskins Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots INDIANA (1)