ESPN.com recently finalized a list of the top 100 players in college football this season. A total of 19 Big Ten standouts appear on the list, led by Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, who comes in at No. 4. Here is a look at where all 19 Big Ten players appear and a short blurb from ESPN on each player near the top of the list.
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How often do some of the best players from all 14 Big Ten teams gather under one roof? Once a year, at the annual Big Ten media days. To take advantage of the opportunity, we conducted a Big Ten poll that asked one player from every team the same five questions. Who’s the preseason Big Ten favorite? What’s the toughest road venue? See all the results in this post.
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There was a smile on Braxton Miller’s face as he sat down to field questions from reporters at Tuesday’s Big Ten Media Day session. It was the look of someone who is comfortable with himself. Comfortable with the expectations that lie ahead.
America is awash in names, as the official “watch lists” have been revealed for the major college football awards. Who will win the Doak Walker Award? The Butkus Award?
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Last offseason, Braxton Miller was spotted wearing a camera on his helmet. This offseason, the Ohio State star quarterback is wearing something on his face. In an attempt to improve his conditioning, Miller is working out with a Bane-like Elevation Training Mask. Learn more about it here, and see a picture of it in this post.
The Big Ten is set to return a ton of talent at quarterback, but the same can’t be said at wide receiver. With names like Jared Abbrederis, Corey Brown, Quincy Enunwa, Jeremy Gallon, Cody Latimer and Allen Robinson all off to the NFL, there will be plenty of new names atop the receiving leader list.
The Big Ten has featured plenty of great quarterbacks, including Drew Brees, Troy Smith and Russell Wilson, to name a few. But as good as these guys were, none of them were perfect in every area of the game.
NFL.com continues to churn out its 14 for ’14 lists, and it was the nation’s top 14 Heisman Trophy candidates turn Monday. Braxton Miller led a quartet of Big Ten representatives, at No. 3, behind reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. See NFL.com’s Big Ten Heisman contenders list in this post.
Can you smell it in the air Big Ten fans? The 2014 college football season is just around the corner.
Two of the most important keys to a successful college football team are a good quarterback and head coach. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently compiled a list of the top head coach-quarterback combinations in college football this year. Three Big Ten coach-quarterback combos appear on the list, which consists of 20 spots, as well as a “5 we don’t know about yet” category.
The Big Ten’s best football player? It has to be Braxton Miller, the two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, right? Right. The Lincoln Journal Star’s Brian Christopherson is no fool, and he recently ranked the dual-threat quarterback No. 1 in his gallery of the Big Ten’s top 10 football players.
While everyone is focused on the NFL draft, SI.com’s Zac Ellis is thinking about the Heisman Trophy. Yes, in early May. Ellis released his post-spring 2014 Heisman Watch on Monday, and he spotlights a handful of Big Ten stars. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon pace the Big Ten candidates as “The Frontrunners.” See all five players Ellis lists in the Heisman equation in this post.
Iowa, Michigan State and Rutgers wrapped up the Big Ten spring football season with spring games on Saturday. After 13 games, one practice and an infamous cat leading Nebraska onto the field, it’s safe to say that this year’s spring was a success. Many Big Ten teams faced questions heading into the spring, and a number of those questions were answered. So now we ask: Who are the top players in the conference heading into the 2014 Big Ten football season?
Braxton Miller received his second consecutive Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten’s top football player, during a timeout in the first half of Ohio State’s basketball game vs. Northwestern on Wednesday night. Miller, who will be a senior in the fall, will try to become the first three-time winner of the award in his final season. Watch the presentation in this post.
Well, look at who is a Heisman contender for 2014: Michigan State QB Connor Cook. No doubt, the national front-runner entering next season will be Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the award last season. But don’t discount Cook, who hit 58 percent of his passes for 2,755 yards with 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions during the Spartans’ 13-1 Big Ten title season.
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What was speculated is now official: Braxton Miller will return for his senior season. The school issued a statement tonight about Miller’s decision to return to Ohio State.
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Whether we’ve seen the last of Braxton Miller in an Ohio State uniform or not, he had a tremendous career in Columbus. Following Friday night’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Miller answered questions about his future. Will he come back to Ohio State? Or will he enter the 2014 NFL Draft? Miller said he will talk to his coaches and make a decision soon. As for a timeline, he told our Rick Pizzo, “Nah, I don’t have any timeline.” Watch our interview here.
Saturday was Braxton Miller’s 21st birthday. To no surprise, Ohio State football fans wanted to send their star quarterback birthday wishes. The number of messages inevitably increased following Miller’s memorable performance in Ohio State’s narrow 42-41 win at Michigan. See what Miller’s phone looked like after the game.
It was easy pickings for Braxton Miller on Saturday in Ohio State’s 56-0 rout of Purdue. In just one half, the Buckeyes quarterback tossed four touchdown passes, including three in the first quarter. That marked the most touchdown passes in a single quarter in his career.
It took less than a minute for No. 4 Ohio State to get on the scoreboard Saturday at Purdue, and it hasn’t slowed down since. To start things off, Doran Grant picked off Danny Etling and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown just 57 seconds into the game. It’s been a highlight show ever since, including a pair of unconventional touchdown passes, one from Braxton Miller and another from Kenny Guiton.
The Big Ten office released its Week 9 Players of the Week on Monday morning. Ohio State had a pair of honorees, Braxton Miller and Dontre Wilson, for its 63-14 victory over Penn State under the lights. See all the honorees in this post.
It’s rare for a one-yard run to drop jaws, but that’s just what Braxton Miller did on his short highlight-reel scoring run last season at Penn State. The run was so great, in fact, the Ohio State quarterback picked it as his “Signature Moment.” And to think it almost didn’t happen.
When the season started, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was considered by most to be a top Heisman contender. Why not?