Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short thought about turning pro after last season, but he didn’t like what he was hearing from the NFL advisory board. So, he’s back for a senior season. And the affable Short just may be the top defensive tackle in the Big Ten.
Tonight on the season debut of “Big Ten Football & Beyond” at 6:30 p.m., Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin, Teddy Greenstein, and Yahoo! Sports columnist Pat Forde team up to talk about the first big week of college football. Among the questions they’ll be debating: Which #B1G team has the most to gain with a win this weekend and why? You tell us on Twitter and use #BTNBeyond, and we’ll air the best answers.
In today’s Big Ten Links I found a number of must-reads, including a good one on Penn State. Which direction is this fragile Penn State going to go after its gut-wrenching season-opening loss to Ohio? To keep the team together, coach Bill O’Brien has to stress the positives. Really, there is no other choice.
Our season debut of “Tailgate 48” airs Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET and this week our hosts Jason Fisher and Alex Curry report back from Ohio State’s first football game of the year. Also, each week the TV show will spotlight a few great Big Ten fan tailgating photos (see the latest on BTN.com/connect now). Get your photo considered by tweeting it to @BigTenNetwork and use the hashtag #tailgate48.
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is a heated one, to be certain, and the last thing it needed was fuel added to the fire. The rivalry may have been taken to another level Saturday night. You see, during Michigan’s 41-14 season-opening loss to reigning national champ Alabama, Michigan State players went to Twitter and tweeted critical comments about Denard Robinson and the Wolverines. Watch our #BTNLive crew discuss the issue now and see some of the tweets in this post.
There’s an interesting trend going on with star Big Ten football players. It all started when former Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure revealed in the days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft that people had mispronounced his name all along. Enter the 2012 Big Ten season, and there are three more pronunciation changes: Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Minnesota’s Troy Stoudermire and Purdue’s Kawann Short. Listen to Short talk with Dave Revsine about the pronunciation of his name on Tuesday’s “#BTNLive” now.
Who are the top Heisman contenders from the Big Ten? Shockingly after one week, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead aren’t on my list for one reason or another. But, it’s very early, of course. Here are my top three Big Ten candidates after one week of play.