Now that the deadline to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft has passed, it’s a lot easier to analyze what could be in store for the Big Ten next season. This is far too early, admittedly, but you can find my list of the top candidates for the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in this post. Disagree? Did I leave someone off the list? Leave your thoughts in the comment box, or tweet @BTNBrentYarina. 1. Montee Ball, Wisconsin, RB, Sr. – A Heisman finalist and the owner of a Big Ten-record 39 touchdowns a season ago, Ball
On Tuesday, Michigan State released artist renderings of what Spartan Stadium would look like in 2012 if the proposed scoreboard (south end zone) and video screens and video fascia (north end zone) are constructed. According to John Lewandowski, Michigan State’s Associate Athletics Director/Communications, the Michigan State Board of Trustees are expected to vote Friday on the proposal. See pictures of the possible renovations in this post.
As many as 20 Big Ten products will participate in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, headlined by New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan), a three-time Super Bowl winner and two-time Super Bowl MVP. Brady is the biggest name, by far, but it’s the New York Giants who have the most Big Ten players (14 players to six). See all the Big Ten products in the Super Bowl in this post. New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska* C David Baas, Michigan TE Jake Ballard, Ohio State TE Travis Beckum, Wisconsin T James Brewer, Indiana C Jim Cordle, Ohio State
College football players had until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 26 and continues through Saturday, April 28 (get more info at NFL.com). The Big Ten saw five players (Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, Iowa’s Riley Reiff, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker and Wisconsin’s Peter Konz) opt for the pros, so here’s my quick look at each one along with some handy links. NFL.com also has a cool database feature where you can look back at previous NFL Drafts by school. Here are the direct links to the NFL.com pages for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
The 2011 season was barely punctuated, and the 2012 football polls were already coming out. LSU looks like a consensus pick for No. 1, but the Big Ten is well represented. In the five polls I found, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin all were ranked. And Nebraska appeared in all but one poll. Ohio State, which is ineligible to win the Big Ten title or play in a bowl in 2012 because of probation, is in two polls. There is no consensus as to who the best Big Ten team will be in 2012, as Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio
Jerel Worthy’s tattoo of a Spartan standing over a Wolverine was cool, but it may no longer be the coolest Spartan-themed ink out there. Michigan State running back Nick Hill has a tattoo on his entire right torso that you’ve got to see to believe. See the picture of Hill’s impressive tat in this post. Look at that thing! Talk about dedication. There’s no way that didn’t kill. And from a redshirt freshman who only toted the ball 29 times for 113 yards in 2011.
Edwin Baker says he’s skipping his senior season at Michigan State to enter the NFL draft. Baker tells The Associated Press he told Spartans coach Mark Dantonio of his decision Friday, a day after defensive tackle Jerel Worthy declared himself eligible for the draft. Baker ran for 665 yards and five touchdowns last season, sharing carries with Le’Veon Bell. Read more here and look at Baker’s season’s stats here. On the same day the school announced defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi would be staying at the school. There were reports that the defensive guru would leave for a position with Texas
Michigan State consensus All-American Jerel Worthy announced Thursday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound junior defensive tackle produced a tackle for loss in nine of MSU’s 14 games. Read the full report at MSUSpartans.com.
The bowl season is over, with the Big Ten forging a 4-6 mark in the postseason. Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Illinois all scored victories. Wisconsin and Ohio State lost close games, while Northwestern’s comeback against Texas A&M came up just short and Iowa fell as well. Penn State? Nebraska? Maybe they will do better next season. Here’s a look at the best of the bowl season in my Honor Roll. Tell me what you think in the comments at the end of my post. Best Game: There were a lot of good ones, with Oregon and Wisconsin playing one
Throughout the bowl season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on the Big Ten’s record 10 bowl games. Find Dienhart’s reaction to Michigan State’s thrilling triple-overtime victory over Georgia in the Outback Bowl on Monday in this post. Final: Michigan State 33, Georgia 30 3 OT (recap) My pick: Georgia 24, Michigan State 21 What I Learned 1. Michigan State has heart. It didn’t seemed dialed in early in falling behind, 16-0, at halftime. In some respects, it looked like last year, when the Spartans got drubbed by Alabama, 49-7, in the Capital One Bowl after missing out