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The Next Level: Kirk Cousins Interview

Michigan State's Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins Talks Next Level

Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins joined BTN on Tuesday night for the season debut of “The Next Level.” Cousins, the three-time Michigan State captain, talked about his early NFL chances with Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Jon Jansen. Cousins’ take on the ultra-competitive NFL? “You have to be able to play at a high, high level every day and work at a high level,” he said. That’s exactly what Cousins has done during his successful Spartan career, going 17-9 and throwing for 6,037 yards and 42 touchdowns.

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Week 2: Hear Your Coaches

The Big Ten Conference hosts a weekly football coaches teleconference. Each coach is invited to participate in the call and takes questions from the media. Here, the coaches look back at the opening weekend of Big Ten Football and look ahead to the second week of action.

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Jon Jansen Talks Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Jon Jansen on Tom Brady

Jon Jansen had quite the career at Michigan. The “Rock” of Michigan football, Jansen started a school-record 50 games, all at right tackle, during his time in Ann Arbor. These days, the 1998 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year is part of “The Next Level,” our weekly show dedicated to Big Ten players in the NFL and current conference stars who could have a future at, well, the next level.  Get Jansen’s latest analysis at 7 p.m. ET Tuesdays. And check out BTN.com every Tuesday afternoon as Jansen recalls a story or memory from his career. Watch now as he talks about Tom Brady.

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Tonight: Season Debut of The Next Level

Dane Sanzenbacher

The Next Level - Sept. 6, 2011

Tonight another show airs its season debut, and it’s the kind of show that taps into the kinds of conversations Big Ten football fans have all the time. “The Next Level” tracks Big Ten players competing in the professional ranks, specifically the NFL. Have a look here at a bonus segment from the show taped just for BTN.com. Oh, and the show is on Twitter too at @BTNNextLevel.

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Interviews with A.J. Jenkins, Vince Browne

Illinois' A.J. Jenkins

A.J. Jenkins Visits "The Pulse"

On Monday night, BTN caught up with two of Week 1’s biggest stars: Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, on “The Big Ten Pulse,” and Northwestern defensive end Vince Browne, on “Big Ten Breakdown.” Jenkins caught 11 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 33-15 home win against Arkansas State — a performance that prompted him to call himself the best receiver in the Big Ten. Now that Jenkins has had time to think about the quote, does he still feel the same? Watch now to hear his answer.

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Got opinions? Make the Call (319) BIGTEN1

Our new show “BTN Live” is a one-hour weekly show that wants to hear from you and incorporate your opinions into the show. And here’s a really cool way to do it. Call (319) BIGTEN-1 and leave us a message. Who knows? We might even start posting those audio clips right here on BTN.com.

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The Pulse: What We Discussed

Don’t miss the latest episode of “The Big Ten Pulse” at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday on BTN. To preview the show, BTN.com caught up with analysts Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle from, where else but, the make-up room. Watch now as Rack and Timmy D talk about their impressions of Michigan State’s opener, which the former called, and give their opinions on Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins calling himself the Big Ten’s best receiver. Do they agree? Watch to find out, and tune in tonight for their interview with Jenkins. Also, don’t miss “Big Ten Breakdown” at 7.

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