Goodbye, BCS. Hello, College Football Playoff. With the new playoff system set to debut this fall, I hit the rewind button and asked one beat writer from all 14 schools for his team’s top player of the BCS era.
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On Sunday night, BTN aired a feature on former Michigan State standout Darqueze Dennard, who was selected in the first round of this week’s NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. The feature gives fans an inside look at Dennard’s rise from Twiggs County High School to the NFL. Watch the complete feature in this post.
Big Ten football fans might want to catch Thursday’s NFL Draft as a flurry of Big Ten players are expected to come off the board early. Names such as Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard, Ryan Shazier, Ra’Shede Hageman, Bradley Roby, Allen Robinson and Cody Latimer have all appeared in the first round of various NFL Mock Drafts.
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As dominant as both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were last season, no team in the NFL is perfect. Every organization has a need somewhere, and that is where the NFL Draft comes into play. Some of those needs will be filled by former Big Ten standouts such as Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard and Ryan Shazier. But where will these budding stars call home?
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We are inching closer to the NFL draft. And the Big Ten can only hope the 2014 draft is more fruitful than the 2013 draft. The Big Ten had just one first-round pick in 2013—and it didn’t come until No. 31 overall, when the Cowboys tabbed Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.
The snow has melted. Spring is here. And that means the much-anticipated NFL draft is just around the corner. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. released his most recent NFL Mock Draft 4.0 this week, and there is plenty of Big Ten love. Six Big Ten players appear in the first round of the mock draft, led by Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who he has going No. 6 overall to the Atlanta Falcons.
The NFL Combine wrapped up earlier this week. And the Big Ten was represented well as players tried to impress for the 2014 draft. I talked to NFL Network analyst Charles Davis to get his thoughts on some of the top Big Ten talent that was on display in Indianapolis. Last year, just one Big Ten player was selected in the first round when Wisconsin center Travis Frederick went at No. 31 to the Dallas Cowboys.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s show, our experts kick around an NFL Draft question: Who should be the first Big Ten football player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft?
January is here. College football has come to a close and your hometown NFL team has already been bounced from the postseason. So, what can you focus on now to get your daily dose of NFL and college football news?
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten player is the best NFL prospect? Taylor Lewan (#BTNLewan), Allen Robinson (#BTNRobinson), Ryan Shazier (#BTNShazier), or Darqueze Dennard (#BTNDennard).
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Tonight on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013″ presented by Best Buy we learn how Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard went from unknown recruit to one of the Big Ten’s best defensive players. We also track how Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has quickly learned the intricacies of Bill O’Brien’s system, and how Ohio State defensive back Christian Bryant has remained a contributor despite being sidelined by injury. The show airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
When you think of Michigan State, you think defense. And, there is no better player on the Spartan “D” than cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The 5-11, 197-pound senior from Dry Branch, Ga., is in his third season as a starter and has 136 tackles and 25 passes defended (eight interceptions, 17 pass break-ups) in 37 career games, including 33 starts (22 consecutive).