Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: West scariest player? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.
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Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: West most exciting player? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.
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.
A season ago, Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon battled for the rushing yards crown. Abdullah, in the end, finished on top, albeit on 75 more carries than his rival in Madison. This season, the way the Big Ten’s loaded at running back, it might be more than a two-man race. Will Abdullah be able to hold off the deep pool?
Ask anyone, and he or she will tell you the Big Ten is stacked at running back. Ask those same people, and they will say Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon are at the top of the deep talent pool.
Athlon Sports released its College Football 2014 All-America Team on Monday, and 18 Big Ten stars made the cut, with Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Ohio State DT Michael Bennett and Michigan State P Mike Sadler earning first-team distinction. See all of Athlon’s Big Ten preseason All-Americans in this post.
Find out more about: Melvin Gordon
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.
Take a moment to open your Big Ten football history books and think back to some of the top position units that have defined the conference’s excellence. Think back to when Penn State first adopted the name “Linebacker U.” Or Purdue’s “Den of Defensive Ends.”
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.
New Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Brown is excited about his new role, and for good reason. Brown, previously at Marshall, gets to coach star Melvin Gordon, in addition to Corey Clement, who produced as a freshman. Brown is so impressed by Wisconsin’s backs and its history of standout backs, from Alan Ameche to Ron Dayne to Montee Ball, that he called the Badgers “Tailback U” in a team’s YouTube video.
Find out more about: Gone Viral, Melvin Gordon
Northwestern received great news Tuesday, as running back Venric Mark was granted a medical hardship for a fifth season of eligibility. Mark’s return bolsters what will be a strong collection of running backs in the Big Ten in 2014. Here’s my ranking of the conference’s Top 10 backs for next season.
(AP) Running back Melvin Gordon will return to Wisconsin for his junior season in 2014. The 1,400-yard rusher said in a statement released by the team Friday that he had room for growth, and that he hoped to get the 19th-ranked Badgers back to the Big Ten title game. He also cited a desire to complete his degree.
Find out more about: Melvin Gordon
Wisconsin entered Saturday averaging 280 rushing yards this season, which ranked second in the Big Ten (10th in FBS). The Badgers just about doubled that total with a 2013 FBS-high 554 rushing yards in their 51-3 rout of Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium.
We have reached the one-third mark of the 2013 season. Where has the time gone? Last time I looked up from my keyboard, the kids still were splashing in the neighborhood swimming pool and the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Wait, that last item happened back in June. Forget it. You get the point.
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 4 Players of the Week on Monday. The list is headlined by Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, who threw an Ohio State record six scoring strikes, but it also includes a pair of Hawkeyes. See all the honorees and their video highlights in this post.
So, there’s this stat: Wisconsin never had three running backs rush for at least 100 yards in a single game before the 2012 Big Ten title game. Its now done it in two of its last three games, as a trio of Badgers reached the 100-yard mark in their 45-0 season-opening win over UMass. And both times, Melvin Gordon has led the assault. Watch our #BTNLive interview with Gordon now and see Bill O’Brien’s in this post.