Need another reason to prove the Wisconsin football program is getting it done? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Russell Wilson picked up Offensive MVP honors of the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii, marking the second consecutive season the Badgers have had one of the annual game’s superlative winners. A season ago, all-world defensive end and former Wisconsin walk-on J.J. Watt claimed Defensive MVP honors. On Sunday night, Wilson, the one-year Wisconsin standout, completed 8 of 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Team Irvin to an
Charles Woodson put on the pads one final time at the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday. The former Michigan star and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner announced his retirement during the season, the 18th of his no-doubt Hall of Fame career. Woodson, who spent 11 seasons with Oakland, spanning two stops, and seven with Green Bay, finished his career with 65 interceptions, tied for fifth most all-time, twice (2009 & 2011) leading the league in the category. More accolades: Woodson was a member of Green Bay’s Super XLV championship team, he scored 11 career touchdowns, he was a member of the
Braxton Miller had his moments in his one and only season as an Ohio State wide receiver. But, for the most part, the two-time Big Ten quarterback of the year’s number wasn’t called all that often. He finished the season with 26 receptions, 341 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 260 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Fast forward to Senior Bowl practice this week in Mobile, Alabama, and Miller is making quite the impression. The quarterback-turned-receiver is showing he can run routes, get separation and make catches. Miller will play in the annual Reese’s Senior Bowl
The subject in the photo above is Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer John Shurna. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] For real. The former baby-faced Big Ten star is playing overseas, and the now-famous beard was the catalyst for his Spanish Liga ACB team’s (Valencia) 28-game winning streak, which started in October and, amazingly, spanned six countries. Valencia finally lost last Tuesday, to Limoges of France, and the beard came off the following day. It took a half-hour to shave, if you were wondering. “My sister came to visit over the holidays, and she
The 2016 Pro Bowl selections are changing by the minute, it seems, but there will be plenty of Big Ten representation at the annual event Sunday at Aloha Stadium. [ MORE: View the complete Pro Bowl roster at NFL.com ] As of Tuesday afternoon, 13 former Big Ten stars will suit up in Honolulu, Hawaii. That figure doesn’t include Tom Brady (Michigan), who was named to the team but withdrew, Kawann Short (Purdue), who will miss the game due to playing in Super Bowl 50, or a trio Nebraska players who all played before their schools entered the Big Ten.
The matchup is set, and it will be the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. [ MORE: See how Big Ten names fared in AFC, NFC title games ] A total of 16 former Big Ten stars are on Super Bowl 50 active rosters, not including former Maryland TE Vernon Davis, who played for the Terrapins before they entered the Big Ten. Here are some more Big Ten-centric Super Bowl 50 stats: Of the two competitors, Denver has the most ex-Big Ten players (9). Ten Big Ten schools have at least one player in the Super
It was a big Sunday for former Big Ten stars in NFC and AFC title games. Four players scored at least one touchdown, with Owen Daniels (Wisconsin) hauling in a pair of scoring strikes in Denver’s win vs. New England. On defense, Kurt Coleman (Ohio State) picked off a pair of passes in Carolina’s rout of Arizona, and Bradley Roby (Ohio State) sealed Denver’s aforementioned AFC title game victory with an interception on New England’s potential game-tying two-point conversion in the final seconds. Before we consider how every former Big Ten star performed Sunday, let’s look ahead to Super Bowl
Aaron Craft built his game around defense and hustle at Ohio State. That’s not to say the two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year didn’t flash offensive skills or make clutch baskets during his four seasons in Columbus, Ohio. He did. For example, who could forget his buzzer-beater vs. Iowa State in the 2013 NCAA tournament to advance the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16? Craft was on the offensive again Saturday night, hitting a buzzer-beater in double overtime to send the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate, to a 128-126 victory.
The Big Ten knows all about Michael Caputo and what he adds to a defense. The former Wisconsin safety put his skills on display in the 91st East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field. Caputo picked off a pair of passes, including one vs. ex-Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave, and tallied three tackles en route to claiming defensive MVP honors in the West team’s 29-9 victory. Caputo’s second interception came vs. a familiar foe, as well, as he picked off former former Iowa and Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock in the fourth quarter. The two interceptions were just one fewer than the
A handful of former Big Ten stars were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team, released Tuesday. See the five players below: Stefon Diggs (Maryland), WR, Minnesota Vikings – 52 rec., 720 yards, 4 TD Brandon Scherff (Iowa), G, Washington Redskins – No stats Rob Havenstein (Wisconsin), T, St. Louis Rams – No stats Donovan Smith (Penn State), T, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – No stats Adrian Amos (Penn State), S, Chicago Bears – 67 tackles One-time Michigan RB Thomas Rawls, who transferred to Central Michigan, also made the team.