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We asked fun questions, and we got fun answers

Big Ten Media Days came to a close Tuesday, as the second and final day of the event was filled with plenty of juicy material. Players and coaches filled the Downtown Chicago Hilton Hotel while fielding questions from media members in a roundtable format. In order to not repeat some of the often-asked questions throughout Media Day, I made it a point to go around and ask players some out-of-the-norm questions, and I certainly got my fair share of great answers. Here is a look at some of my questions and how current Big Ten players responded to them. [

Fresh faces: B1G players offer 2014 freshmen to watch

Big Ten media days are a chance for reporters to get together and ask some out-of-the-ordinary questions to players and coaches around the conference. One of the questions I asked Monday and Tuesday: Who is one freshman that is standing out at each school? I asked one veteran player from every Big Ten team, and here are the answers I got. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten media day coverage ] Jon Davis, TE, Illinois. On offense, I’d say Mikey Dudek. I’d look for him to be in a lot of different positions, special teams as well. He

Video: Huskers RB Ameer Abdullah's 'Kickoff' speech

Nebraska Huskers running back Ameer Abdullah gave this year’s student-athlete speech at the 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago. “If someone is stronger than you, train harder,” Abdullah said.”If someone is faster than you, then you have to run smarter.” Watch the entire speech here and be sure to catch our “Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Show” at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday on BTN & BTN2Go. In 2013, Abdullah produced his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, topping 100 yards rushing in 11 of 13 games. He finished with 1,690 rushing yards, the highest yardage total for a Husker since

Poll: Chicago Tribune asks for best Big Ten mascot

Our friends at the Chicago Tribune are running a fun poll that is asking fans to vote for the best Big Ten mascot. Vote here. With the recent addition of Maryland (Testudo) and Rutgers (Scarlet Knight), the Big Ten now features 11 mascots. As of Tuesday morning, it’s a two-mascot race, with Herky the Hawk garnering 51 percent of the votes and Brutus Buckeye 43 percent. [ MORE: Big Ten mascots visit D.C. | And Chicago, too! ] Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are the only schools without a mascot.

2014 Big Ten Media Days: Best of Day 1

Day one of Big Ten Media Days was filled with plenty of outstanding quotes, stories, and, of course, fashion. I made it a point to talk to as many coaches and players as possible today, while gathering any and all information I could get my hands on. Here is a breakdown of the best moments from day one of Big Ten media day. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten media day coverage ] Best moment(s): Reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Shilique Calhoun taking the mic and playing reporter. The Michigan State standout was on fire,

Delany points to B1G athletic, academic quality

CHICAGO — College sports have been awash in change in recent years. And change isn’t always easy or welcome. But, it’s inevitable for progress to be achieved. It’s an exciting time. And it’s also a time of challenge, as the collegiate model is on the precipice of forever being altered through remarkable NCAA reform—the biggest change of all in these turbulent times of lawsuits, union talk and expansion as leagues position themselves for the 21st Century. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has been a central figure in this coming new-world of collegiate athletics, helping shape tomorrow with other college leaders.

Photos: Big Ten teams tweet from media days

Big Ten media days kicked off Monday in Chicago, and every Big Ten school covered the day on Twitter, among other social media sites. See a couple tweets from each school in this post. ILLINOIS Triple view of #Illini TE Jon Davis (@JD3_ILLI) with @BigTenNetwork at #B1GMediaDay pic.twitter.com/0nmfR056P2 — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) July 28, 2014 The #B1GMediaDay grind continues for @coachbeckman. #illini #B1G pic.twitter.com/dYnNapNolX — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) July 28, 2014 INDIANA #B1GMediaDay Press Conference time for @IUCoachWilson #IUFBinCHI #GoIU pic.twitter.com/b055Dw1b6T — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) July 28, 2014 Deep dish pizza in Chicago? Check. #IUFBinCHI pic.twitter.com/VaAhcywpG7 — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball)

Big Ten fans get moving in our Chicago Big 10K

Thousands of Big Ten fans and runners came out for the third annual BTN Big 10K in Chicago on Saturday and ran along the city’s lakefront with a variety of Big Ten celebrities, mascots and cheerleaders. Have a look at a few videos from the event and come back Monday for more photos. If you have our free BTN2Go app, you can go back watch the finish line all over again right here. And don’t forget to bookmark BTNBig10k.com for next year’s event.    

Big Ten writers' 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Team

With Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday in Chicago, BTN.com asked one writer from every school to help compose our 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Team. Each writer picked a first-team offense and defense, plus superlative winners, and the players who amassed the most overall votes, by position, made the team. See the team and how each writer voted in this post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart’s media day questions | Which players are attending media days? ] 2014 BIG TEN WRITERS’ PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM Editor’s note: First-team honorees are listed in bold, with their total votes, and unanimous selections

Debate It: Who will be 2014 passing TD leader?

Think Braxton Miller is just a runner? Think again. The electric Ohio State quarterback tossed a Big Ten-leading 24 touchdowns last season. Will Miller, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, lead the Big Ten again? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 2013 leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 2014 returning leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 Tom Dienhart: Wes Lunt, Illinois. I know, the guy never has thrown a pass in Champaign. But I think the Illini attack will be built around Lunt and his ability to