The 2011 NFL season got off to a great start this past weekend, and former Big Ten stars played a big part in the terrific opening act. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how former Big Ten players performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See the Week 1 winners inside and watch “The Next Level’s” NFL recap now.
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Michigan State and Ohio State’s much-anticipated Nike Pro Combat Uniforms were released Tuesday morning. You can see and read about Michigan State’s here and Ohio State’s here. And check out all the teams’ Pro Combat uniforms here. Thanks to Phil Knight, a huge Oregon donor, and Nike, these futuristic and often silly uniforms remain a part of today’s game. Some people love them, some people hate them. It really depends on whether you’re old-school or new-school.
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Andre Rison. Plaxico Burress. Derrick Mason. Charles Rogers. None of these decorated former Michigan State wide receivers can challenge B.J. Cunningham when it comes to the Spartans’ record book. That’s right, Cunningham became the program’s all-time leading receiver in Saturday’s 44-0 victory over Florida Atlantic. How does Cunningham feel about being mentioned in the same breath as Michigan State’s greatest receivers? “It means a lot, just to be on the list with these guys,” he told “The Big Ten Pulse” on Monday night. Watch the entire interview now. Our “Big Ten Football Breakdown” crew caught up with Illinois’ Trulon Henry on Monday night. Henry had the 27-yard pick-6 that helped spark Illinois to its 56-3 rout of South Dakota State. In two games this season, Henry has two interceptions. The latest one was more memorable, though, because Henry turned it into six points. “I always wanted score a touchdown,” he said. Coming up Tuesday on BTN, watch “The Next Level” at 7 p.m. ET. Check out our entire programming schedule.
Minnesota football team’s Dr. Pat Smith spoke to the media on Monday afternoon and gave an update on the condition of first-year Gophers’ head coach Jerry Kill, who suffered a seizure in the final seconds of Saturday’s 28-21 defeat to New Mexico State. Smith expects Kill to make a full recovery and be back on the Minnesota sideline “sooner rather than later,” although the timetable for his release is still undetermined, according to the school’s website.
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Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium is beautiful. But what does it look like thousands of feet in the air? We now have the answer to that question, thanks to the Minnesota YouTube page, which posted a video of two men jumping out of a plane and into the stadium before Minnesota hosted New Mexico State on Saturday.
The popular HBO series “Entourage” featured a couple football legends on its latest episode Sunday night. There was Mike Ditka, the former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Chicago Bears, and then there was an even more familiar face to Big Ten fans: Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez. Alvarez, the three-time Rose Bowl champion coach and now the director of athletics, appeared on the show as himself. He acted as a motivational speaker for the staff of the fictitious talent agency Miller Gold.
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