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Athlon Sports preseason 2014 All-Big Ten teams

Can you smell it in the air Big Ten fans? The 2014 college football season is just around the corner. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently released their 2014 Big Ten Football All-Conference teams. Big-time names such as Braxton Miller, Melvin Gordon and Shilique Calhoun highlight the list, which consists of first, second, third and fourth All-Big Ten teams, as well as a team-by-team breakdown of players selected. Without further ado, here is a look at the teams and some instant thoughts on the picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Your team’s 2014 must-win game ] First-Team Offense QB Braxton Miller,

Three B1G schools in Athlon's best coach-QB tandems

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. Here are the three Big Ten tandems and a few graphs on why they earned a spot on the list: [ MORE: Four Big Ten teams ranked in SN’s preseason top 25 ] 2. Ohio

No surprise: Braxton Miller ranked No. 1 Big Ten player

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. No argument here. It’s almost impossible for anyone – even Michigan fans – to argue the point. A third straight Big Ten superlative and Chicago Tribune Silver Football aren’t out of the question in Miller’s final campaign. Nor is a trip to New York for the Heisman Gordon, Miller Heisman 'frontrunners'

While everyone is focused on the NFL draft,’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. [ MORE: 2014 Heisman Watch: An early look at potential field ] Here’s a look at Ellis’ complete list: Plenty of Big Ten love here; in fact, it’s a

B1G spring football: Top 3 players at each position

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? Here is a breakdown of the top three Big Ten players at each position. QUARTERBACK 1. Braxton Miller, Ohio

Braxton Miller receives second Silver Football

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. [ MORE: Scuffle leads to 16-minute delay, two ejections, 10 free throws ] Miller amassed 3,162 total yards and accounted for 36 touchdowns en route to guiding the Buckeyes to their second straight 12-0 regular

Is Connor Cook a 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate?

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. The junior-to-be really came on late last season, rising from little-known backup to a playmaking signal-caller for one of the Big Ten’s top teams in the last 25 years. Cook’s 332 yards passing and two

Dienhart: Miller made right choice to return

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. “I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” said Miller in a statement. “Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I’m looking forward to working for another year with Coach Meyer and Coach Herman. “And I want to graduate, so this will help get me closer to my academic goal.” [ MORE: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller to return for senior

Ohio State's Braxton Miller to return for senior season

Following Ohio State’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl, Braxton Miller told BTN that he didn’t have a timeline on deciding if he would turn pro. Now, the Buckeyes’ quarterback has made it official. Miller will return to Ohio State for his senior season. Miller, who has led Ohio State to consecutive 12-win seasons and totaled 8,346 yards of total offense and 84 touchdowns, was expected to return, but the announcement became official today. Headlines: #OhioState QB Braxton Miller to return for senior season in 2015. @BraxtonMiller5 #GoBucks — Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) January 10, 2014

Report: QB Braxton Miller to stay at Ohio State

After Ohio State’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Braxton Miller told BTN that he didn’t have a timeline on deciding if he would turn pro. Now, there’s a report that Miller will return for his senior season. And, it isn’t a shock. In fact, it’s a smart move. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 15. Ohio State will lose star linebacker Ryan Shazier, who declared for the draft officially on Saturday night. He’s great. But Miller’s loss would have been a much bigger blow to Ohio State. Honestly, Miller seemingly doesn’t have