So you think the Big Ten is all about running the ball and defense, huh? Think again. As the sport has evolved and become a passing game recently, the Big Ten has done its part and produced some of the game’s top wide receivers. The 2000s is no exception. The decade featured some of the elite receivers in Big Ten annals, both from a talent and numbers perspective. Michigan State’s Charles Rogers and Michigan’s Braylon Edwards both won the Biletnikoff Award, while Purdue’s Taylor Stubblefield finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading receiver (325 catches). Watch a clip from Tuesday’s show now and see the entire top 10 list in this post.
The Big Ten is loaded with standout players on both sides of the ball. There’s Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff, Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David and Michigan State wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, who joined The Next Level on Tuesday night. Watch the interview now.
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It’s Week 9 of the Big Ten football season and we just posted the audio for all 12 Big Ten coaches on the Big Ten Conference Tuesday teleconference with reporters as we do each and every week. Also, our friends at @B1Gfootball usually chronicles the call live on Twitter so follow them for updates from the conference.
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Minnesota and head football coach Jerry Kill agreed on a seven-year contract Tuesday morning. The contract is effective as of December 2010 and runs through the 2017 season. “I’m glad it’s now settled and we can move on from here,” Kill said in a statement. “We are excited about the future of our program.” Read the full AP story and watch Kill’s live press conference at 1 ET.
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The stretch drive of the season is entering a higher gear with two big matchups on tap in what looks like the best collection of games yet in 2011. The headliner is Michigan State at Nebraska in a key game that will determine pecking order in the Legends Division. The other tilt to watch is a big Leaders Division battle between Wisconsin at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are coming off an off week rested, ready and perhaps with a few new wrinkles. How will the Badgers respond coming off their first loss of the season? Come tell me in the comments box below, or drop me a note in my BTN.com mailbag.
Another week of the NFL season is in the books, and yet again Big Ten products left their mark. 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. See Brent’s Week 7 winners inside.
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Prior to the 2011 college football season, the Big Ten announced the creation of 18 new trophies, including two for the new Big Ten Championship Game and two for postgraduate awards. Each trophy honors the Big Ten’s rich history, with two Big Ten legends’ last names on it (i.e. Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year).