The Next Level

The Next Level

The Next Level covers the Big Ten football stars from the past, present and future by tracking our shining professional players as well as those current Big Ten athletes poised to make the leap. Join Rick Pizzo, Tom Waddle, and Antwaan Randle El every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Lande's Big Board: A spotlight on Gholston

William Gholston

Russ Lande's Big Board (11/13/2012)

On Tuesday night’s “The Next Level,” BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande revealed his latest Big Ten Big Board. His emphasis this week: Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, the same guy who spent the first few weeks of the season in the No. 1 spot. Hear what Lande thinks about Gholston and see his entire Big Board in this video.

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Lande's Big Board: Breaking down Iowa's Hyde

Micah Hyde

Russ Lande's Big Board (10/16/2012)

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BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Ten Big Board on Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was the bigger mover and shaker. Ball, fresh off his career-high 247 rushing yards, moved from No. 5 to No. 3. Watch Lande break down his Big Board, with a spotlight on Iowa’s Micah Hyde, now and catch our interview with Hyde in this post.

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Lande's Big Board: New name debuts on latest list

Russ Lande

Russ Lande's Big Board (10/9/2012)

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande to reveal his latest Big Ten Big Board. Lande did just that on “The Next Level,” and the top six guys stayed the same. There’s a new name making its season debut this week: Michigan State’s Dion Sims, at No. 9. Watch Lande break down his Big Board, with a spotlight on Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, now and catch our interview with Ball in this post.

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Expert updates prospects list on 'Next Level'

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Russ Lande's Big Board (10/2/2012)

Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ NFL record for most consecutive games with a TD pass in 48 straight games. Did anyone see any of this coming for the former standout Purdue quarterback? And how good can Brees be when his career eventually ends? Also, Russ Lande updates his Top 10 Big Ten NFL draft prospects, and there is movement among the names. Watch last week’s list in the video in this post to get ready for tonight. Our panel discuss that and more on tonight’s “The Next Level” at 5:30 p.m. ET on BTN & BTN2Go.

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Lande's Big Board: Mauti debuts, joins us for interview

Michael Mauti

Russ Lande's Big Board (10/2/2012)

A couple days ago, Penn State LB Michael Mauti was named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week for his six-tackle, two-interception performance at Illinois. On Tuesday, he debuted on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s latest Big Board. Mauti entered the list at No. 9, but will concerns over his surgically repaired knees worry NFL scouts?

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Lande's Big Board: William Gholston no longer No. 1

Russ Lande

Russ Lande's Big Board (9/25/2012)

There’s a new No. 1 player on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s weekly Big Board. Fresh off a 10-tackle performance versus UAB, Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins flipped spots with Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, who held the top spot for the season’s first three installments. Watch Lande explain his reasoning for the switch at No. 1 and break down his latest Big Board now.

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Antwaan Randle El, Tom Waddle weigh in on MNF ending

Russell Wilson

The Next Level - Sept. 25, 2012

Perhaps you heard there was a controversial ending to last night’s Monday Night Football game. Here’s the skinny, if you missed it. Crazy, huh? There’s a Big Ten angle to the play, too. The man who threw the pass that will forever live in NFL lore was former Wisconsin star QB Russell Wilson. Watch our “The Next Level” crew, including former Indiana QB and Super Bowl champ Antwaan Randle El and ex-NFL WR Tom Waddle, discuss the aftermath of the play now.

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Lande's Big Board: Johnathan Hankins moves up to No. 2

Johnathan Hankins

Russ Lande's Big Board (9/18/12)

On Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Board. The list didn’t change much this week, other than Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins and Purdue’s Kawann Short switching spots and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen reentering the list. Watch Lande break down his updated Big Board now.

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John Simon talks breakfast on 'The Next Level'

John Simon

OSU's John Simon Talks with "The Next Level"

When football people discuss Ohio State defensive end John Simon, the term “motor” gets thrown around a lot. And if you watch him on Saturdays, you understand why that is. The guy never gives up. After watching his interview on Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” perhaps his eating habits play a role in making him the player he is. Watch Simon’s answer to a dietary question we received on Twitter now.

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Lande's Big Board: Le'Veon Bell makes biggest jump

Le'Veon Bell

Russ Lande's Big Board (9/11/12)

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On Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Board. The top three names stayed the same (William Gholston, Kawann Short and Johnathan Hankins), while Le’Veon Bell made the biggest jump and John Simon is the lone newcomer. Watch Lande break down his updated Big Board now.

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Lande's Big Board: Gholston No. 1 Big Ten NFL Prospect

William Gholston

Russ Lande's Big Board (9/4/12)

On Tuesday’s season debut of “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his first Big Board of the 2012 season. Michigan State’s William Gholston and Purdue’s Kawann Short top the list that includes seven defensive players. The lone offensive guys: Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. Watch Lande break down his top five Big Ten NFL draft prospects now.

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YouTube sensation Anthony Adams visits 'The Next Level'

Anthony Adams

Anthony Adams Visits "The Next Level"

YouTube sensation and former Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Adams stopped by BTN on Tuesday night to go on “#BTNLive” and “The Next Level” to discuss his alma mater and popular YouTube videos. A current NFL free agent, Adams is making the most of his free time with his highly entertaining videos. We spotlighted one of the best ones last month. Watch Adams’ appearance on “The Next Level” now and see what else our analysts discussed Tuesday night.

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Week 13 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 13 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled some impressive days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 13 winners in this post.

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Week 12 Big Ten NFL Stats

Drew Brees

The Next Level - Nov. 29, 2011

Week 12 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled some impressive days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 12 winners in this post.

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Week 11 Big Ten NFL Stats

Bernard Pollard

Alfonzo Dennard: One-on-One

Week 11 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products made quite the impact. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch our interview with Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard now and see Brent’s Week 11 winners in this post.

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