With the season about to conclude, awards soon will be handed out. On that note, who has been the top defensive player in the Big Ten? I asked some of my esteemed Big Ten media colleagues. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 12 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag ] My choice? It has to be Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, who has emerged from a former walk-on to become an All-American who should be a very high draft pick. NFL
In honor of Halloween this Saturday, who is the scariest player in the Big Ten? I asked some esteemed and sage members of the Big Ten media corps. Read what they told me, then you tell me: Who would scare you the most among all Big Ten football players? Brian Bennett, ESPN.com: Ohio State’s Joey Bosa. He just keeps coming and coming, like Jason Voorhees or the Terminator, and he haunts the dreams of offensive tackles like Freddy Krueger. Mike Griffith, Mlive.com: Michigan State’s Malik McDowell is a 6-6, 285-pound destroyer. He is a Freshman All-American and the best nose tackle in
Ohio State announced today the suspensions of four key players for the season opening game at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. Junior defensive end Joey Bosa, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, senior receiver Corey Smith and junior H-back Dontre Wilson have been suspended for violating department of athletics policy. The Buckeyes will miss the foursome, as Bosa, Marshall, Smith and Wilson are expected to play key roles this season for a team projected by most to be No. 1 in the nation. Bosa is the preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Some feel he may be the No. 1
It was the Big Ten’s turn Monday in SI.com’s conference-by-conference look at the top 2016 NFL Draft prospects. The publication ranked the Big Ten’s top 10 pro prospects, and all 10 play in the Big Ten East – more specifically, Ohio State (4), Michigan State (3), Penn State (2) and Rutgers (1). Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott top the list. Not surprisingly, those two claimed defensive and offensive player of the year, respectively, in cleveland.com’s annual preseason Big Ten poll. Here’s a snippet of what SI.com said about Bosa: The NFL will have to
Cleveland.com released its fifth annual Big Ten preseason football poll Monday, and it was all about reigning national champion Ohio State. All 40 voters from around the league picked the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten, while they also tabbed RB Ezekiel Elliott and DE Joey Bosa as offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively, in landslide decisions. Bosa garnered 37 of 38 first-place votes, with Maryland’s William Likely taking the only other top vote, and Elliott took 31 of 39. The West champion was a runaway winner, too, as Wisconsin tallied 32 first-place votes, to Nebraska’s five and
The 2015 college football awards watch lists are in - all 16 of them - and the Big Ten is well represented. All 14 Big Ten teams had at least one player on one of the lists, and 13 had multiple representatives.
The Big Ten will feature plenty of top-end talent this fall, a fact backed up by Athlon Sports’ top 50 players for 2015. Eleven Big Ten names make the list, including the No. 1 (Ohio State DE Joey Bosa) and No. 2 (Ohio State QBs Barrett/Jones/Miller) players. The next Big Ten player on the countdown? It’s another Buckeye, as running back Ezekiel Elliott checks in at No. 12. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, at No. 14, is Athlon Sports’ first non-Ohio State Big Ten player. See all of the Big Ten players on the list below. Click here to read
What's one of the last things Big Ten quarterbacks want to see? Joey Bosa doing this: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . That's Bosa's sack celebration, and we saw a lot of it during Ohio State's national championship season.
Who is the Big Ten’s best football player as we prepare for next month’s spring games? It’s Ohio State stud defensive end Joey Bosa, according to Athlon’s pre-spring player rankings. Bosa, the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, beat out Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook for the top spot. The publication ranked Bosa No. 1 because “he should be one of college football’s top defenders in 2015.” Indeed. Bosa was dominant in 2014, recording 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, a Big Ten-leading 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, and he should only get better in 2015. Ohio
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