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Big Ten players impersonate Meyer, Harbaugh & Franklin

Impersonations are great. Know what makes them even greater, funnier? When the impersonator knows the subject. [ MORE: Get to know Jordan Lucas | Get to know Drew Ott ] Big Ten stars Joshua Perry, James Ross and Jordan Lucas did impersonations of their respective coaches for ESPN at media days in Chicago. See it in the video embedded in the tweet above. Perry’s impersonation of Urban Meyer has to be the best. Nice work, Joshua! Perry also did a great job speaking on behalf of the players at media days:

Jul 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer speaks during 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Is the Big Ten on the brink of a golden age?

Woody and Bo. Bo and Woody. The names conjure images of dominance hearkening to the epic “10-Year War,” from 1969-78, during which Bo Schembechler’s Michigan teams and Woody Hayes’ Ohio State squads so dominated the Big Ten that the conference became known as the “Big Two and Little Eight.” Purdue? Indiana? Michigan State? Illinois? Minnesota? All the others? Hapless punching bags to the goliaths that were the Wolverines and Buckeyes, who routinely were ranked in the top five in the country while churning out myriad stars. Now, Ohio State and Michigan look primed to declare war again on the rest

Big Ten links: Danny Anthrop's return, Northwestern QB battle & more

If there is one Purdue player who needs to have a big season, it is wideout Danny Anthrop. He’s the one proven playmaker for an offense in desperate need of playmakers. Anthrop is coming off a knee injury that ended his 2014 season early. For what it’s worth, the wideoout professed his health to me in Chicago. He could have a very big season. *** Tom Shatel of Omaha.com likes the Big Ten’s scheduling concepts that eschewing playing FCS foes. This will make the Big Ten more attractive to TV networks with fewer mismatches—and it no doubt will strengthen all

Watch Minnesota K Ryan Santoso drill 60-yard during video shoot

Ryan Santoso has a big foot, arguably the biggest in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The Minnesota kicker made a 52-yarder vs. Purdue last season, and booted a 56-yarder in the spring game in April. So, really, the 60-yarder he made – with no pass rush, snap or hold – during the team’s video shoot Monday should surprise nobody. Still, it’s impressive and pretty cool.  

Need proof Braxton Miller can play receiver? Watch this video!

Wow… 🔥💯🏈 #GoBucks @braxtonmiller92 with @repostapp. ・・・ Messing around on the field catching punts w/ @c_farris57 he is sooooo dramatic 😒. Snagged the sixth one though. A video posted by The Ohio State Football (@ohiostatefb) on Aug 3, 2015 at 1:54pm PDT Braxton Miller’s move from quarterback to wide receiver was one of the most-talked-about topics atlast week’s Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] How he will be able to catch passes and run routes were the biggest questions surrounding the move. Well, the first part of

Big Ten football players offer freshmen to watch this season

Late last week, I asked seven Big Ten players to give me a true freshman who has stood out to them thus far, and who could potentially make an impact in the upcoming 2015 season. Here is part two of the piece, featuring the picks for Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers. Jehu Chesson, Michigan: Alex Malzone, QB. He’s a cool kid. When he first came on campus, he already possessed a lot of things I personally look for in a freshman, especially when it’s a guy who’s going to be throwing me the ball. I look

Big Ten Mailbag: Most important Minnesota unit vs. TCU?

Digging around my email on a hot summer night, enjoying some of the correspondence from devoted visitors to BTN.com. I have gotten a lot of negative responses for a recent story I penned about Connor Cook being the best player in the Big Ten. Cook isn’t even the best player on his own team. Other than your obvious disdain for Ohio State, how can you be thinking this? – Nathan Point taken. The Big Ten has several good candidates for “best player.” Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, any Buckeye quarterback, OSU defensive end Joey Bosa. Maybe Wisconsin running back Corey