Monday night, we interviewed two of Week 5’s biggest stars, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (151 yards, 4 TDs) and Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins (12 rec., 268 yards, 3 TDs). “The Big Ten Pulse” sat down with Ball, who’s scored at least two touchdowns in his last nine regular-season games and leads the nation with 14 touchdowns. What’s it like for Ball, not to mention sidekick James White, to run behind Wisconsin’s massive offensive line? “We feel really comfortable in the huddle, and once the play starts, we feel real comfortable behind those big guys,” Ball told our crew. Jenkins joined “Big Ten Breakdown,” and he appropriately broke down his 33-yard touchdown reception that helped spark Illinois’ rally against Northwestern. Watch the interview in this post.
(AP) Three Ohio State players have been suspended for Saturday’s game for accepting too much money for too little work in their summer jobs. Last year’s leading rusher, Daniel Herron, and the top returning receiver, DeVier Posey, along with offensive lineman Marcus Hall will not be permitted to play when the Buckeyes (3-2) play at No. 14 Nebraska on Saturday. Herron and Posey had five-game suspensions – for accepting cash and free or discounted tattoos – extended. They were expected to be reinstated to play this week. Hall will be missing his first game. The booster who paid the players was dissociated from the program. Read the full AP recap.
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Nine Big Ten men’s basketball players were named to the John Wooden Award Watch List, released Monday afternoon. Three Buckeyes, including sophomore sensation Jared Sullinger, headline the Big Ten representatives on the preseason list for the nation’s most outstanding player. William Buford and Aaron Craft are the other Buckeyes joining Sullinger, while Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Northwestern’s John Shurna, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin Jordan Taylor also make the list.
On tonight’s Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET, our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle face so many questions. Will there be enough time? So that whole Wisconsin-Nebraska game on Saturday? Were either of our guys surprised by the outcome? And Russell Wilson excelled in his first Big Ten battle, but can he keep it up? And how about the Illinois Fighting Illini? It’s Monday, so we also roll out another “Who Ya Got?” feature asking about Badgers Fan Headgear and leaping players.
There’s one week of conference games in the books and our Chris Martin (@BTN_Cmart16) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) are ready to go through it all on Big Ten Breakdown tonight at 7 p.m. ET. How good is the Michigan defense compared to last year? You may be surprised to see what we found. We can stop asking about Wisconsin’s defense now – at least for this week. And Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins has 633 receiving yards in just five games, and he will join us to talk about his amazing game last Saturday. Watch our Web-only preview clip now.
Illinois head coach Ron Zook and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz each suspended a player for actions over the weekend. Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown was suspended one game for his unsportsmanlike behavior during his team’s victory over Northwestern, while Hawkeye backup quarterback A.J. Derby was handed a two-game penalty as a result of an incident over Iowa’s bye week.
The Big Ten office announced its players of the week Monday morning for the opening week of Big Ten action, which featured the conference’s first divisional games and Nebraska’s Big Ten debut. For the second time in a row, the conference went with Co-Offensive Players of the Week: A.J. Jenkins and Russell Wilson. Mike Taylor took home Defensive Player of the Week, Anthony Fera won Special Teams Player of the Week and Marcus Rush earned Freshman of the Week. Read the whole release at BigTen.org.