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How B1G's NFL draft class stacks up to recent ones

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Russ Lande Talks B1G Defensive Prospects

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Le’Veon Bell, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt. All three are former Big Ten standouts, and all three are current stars in the NFL. With the 2014 NFL Draft starting Thursday night, I was wondering if there any future NFL stars in this year’s Big Ten draft class? If so, how does this year’s class compare to recent Big Ten classes?

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NFL Draft: Big Ten's top 10 picks since 2009

Dec 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) points to the crowd against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 29-17. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

#BTNLive Talks About Russell Wilson

The Big Ten has churned out plenty of successful NFL football players over the years. Names like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Charles Woodson top the list of Big Ten football icons. But what about recent Big Ten stars who have made a splash in the NFL? Here is a list of my top 10 Big Ten draft picks over the past five years, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1. The criteria included a combination of on-field production, potential and exceptions based on where they were drafted. I state my case for each one.

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Q&A: Le'Veon Bell talks about MSU's Rose Bowl win

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Michigan State vs. Stanford - Rose Bowl Highlights

Former MSU and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was one of many former Spartan players who made the trip out to California to see MSU take on Stanford in the 100th annual Rose Bowl game. I caught up with the former All-Big Ten back after the Spartans memorable 24-20 Rose Bowl win.

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Spartans' Le'Veon Bell headed to NFL

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Please tell me you aren’t shocked by news that Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is going pro a year early. Running backs have only so many carries in their body. And Bell already has used up a lot of them at Michigan State. In three years, he ran 671 times for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also caught 78 passes, which surely will impress NFL scouts.

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Spartans' Bell, Gholston address NFL, future

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Future Decisions for MSU Players

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Following Saturday night’s narrow 17-16 victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, BTN’s Lisa Byington caught up with juniors Le’Veon Bell and William Gholston to discuss each star’s upcoming career decision. Do they forgo their senior campaign and enter the NFL draft, or do they come back for their final year and try to improve their stock? Watch their answers now.

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Final Player Rankings: Bell, Hill reenter list

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) runs with the ball for a five yard gain in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Le'Veon Bell 14 Yard Rush

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It’s time for my final regular season Big Ten Player Rankings. This week, Le’Veon Bell and Jordan Hill reenter the list following jaw-dropping individual performances. See all the latest changes in this post. Remember, this feature ranks the Big Ten’s top six offensive and defensive players. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa.

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Senior Day, Ball's touchdown on tonight's 'Journey'

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The Journey 2012 Big Ten Football – Directors Cut - Ohio State at Wisconsin

You’ll want to see how “The Journey 2012″ covers Montee Ball’s historical TD last Saturday on tonight’s episode of the show at 7:30 p.m. ET. Ahead of the show we’ve posted two highlight reels, one from Ohio State vs. Wiscosnin and the other from Iowa vs. Michigan. As part of our ongoing coverage of the various Senior Day celebrations  our crew tracked Ball and Michigan’s Denard Robinson.

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Heisman watch: Miller further solidifies case

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Braxton Miller 72 Yard Rush 1st Down

Is anyone gonna catch Braxton Miller as the Big Ten’s top Heisman contender? It may be difficult. The Ohio State quarterback has a great chance to enhance his Heisman dossier playing this Saturday at Indiana, which has the worst rushing defense in the Big Ten (196.8 ypg).

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Week 7 Player Rankings: McGloin stays hot

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McGloin Scrambles, Dives into the Endzone

With Week 6 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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Week 6 Player Rankings: Hello, Matt McGloin

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Kawann Short blocks Marshall field goal

With Week 5 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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Week 5 Player Rankings: It's Weisman time!

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Weisman Tosses Aside Defender, Gets 3rd TD

With Week 4 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 4

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Burkhead Breaks Out a 61-Yard TD Run

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post.

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Week 4 Player Rankings: PSU WR debuts on list

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Robinson Catches Tip Ball for 3rd TD

With Week 3 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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Better Bell Hurdle: Boise State or Notre Dame?

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Hurdling defenders sure seems like the latest craze. And if the first three weeks of the season is any indication, few do it better than Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell. The Spartan star first showed off his track and field skills in Week 1, when he hurdled Boise State’s Jeremy Ioane. On Saturday night, Bell made another would-be tackler look foolish, this time hurdling Notre Dame’s Zeke Motta.

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Heisman Watch: Three Big Ten names to track

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Week 2 Sights and Sounds

The Heisman race still has a long way to go, but contenders already are jockeying for position. I have had a Heisman vote for over 10 years, and I am keeping my eye on players like USC quarterback Matt Barkley, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, among others.

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Week 3 Player Rankings: Braxton Miller moves on up

With Week 2 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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Dienhart: My top 3 Big Ten Heisman candidates

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Martinez Finds Osborne for the TD

Who are the top Heisman contenders from the Big Ten? Shockingly after one week, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead aren’t on my list for one reason or another. But, it’s very early, of course. Here are my top three Big Ten candidates after one week of play.

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Miller, Martinez enter Big Ten Player Rankings

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Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

With Week 1 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week

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Week 1 Sights and Sounds

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 1? Find out in this post. Also, watch our network’s Week 1 Sights and Sounds feature now.

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A closer look: Le'Veon Bell's career night

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In case you missed it Friday night, Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell put on quite the performance against Boise State. The junior star had his “Heisman Moment,” one could argue, touching the ball 50 times and totaling 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 17-13 comeback win at Spartan Stadium. Bell on his big night: “I had no idea how many carries or yards I had. It was the most I’ve had in my collegiate career,” he told The AP. “But I’ve still got a lot of things to work on to get better.” That’s a scary thought for Big Ten defenses. Read more about Bell’s big night in this post.

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Boise cheerleaders taken down; Le'Veon Bell hurdles Bronco

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Down Goes the Cheerleader

Friday night’s game between Michigan State and Boise State featured its share of Did You See This? moments. None, perhaps, were bigger than the couple of unforgettable plays from the first quarter. The first one occurred when Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and a Boise State receiver accidentally knocked down a trio of Bronco cheerleaders on the sideline following an incomplete pass that took the players outside the white lines. It was a lot like a game of Dominoes, and we’re happy to report no one was hurt in the process.

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MSU RB Le'Veon Bell captures moment with tattoo

The image above is of Le’Veon Bell hugging his mother moments after Michigan State’s heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin in last season’s inaugural Big Ten title game. It’s a moment Bell treasures, and it’s one he’ll certainly never forget. That’s because Bell had the image tattooed on his left arm, with the Bible verse Jeremiah 1:5 under it.

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