The Big Ten is loaded with talented quarterbacks this season.
Big Ten action is finally here on a full-scale. And there are three interesting clashes involving West Division squads that will help set up an early pecking order in what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats are looking to remain perfect, while the Fighting Illini are looking for a signature victory and the Huskers for some credibility.
If you asked Indiana University senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld which one of his career numbers he’s most proud of, he probably wouldn’t say it’s the 4,306 passing yards, 34 touchdown passes or the 60.5 percent completion rate he got in his previous three seasons at the school. No, he’d likely say his most important stat is “two,” as that’s the number of times he’s traveled to the East African nation of Uganda — infamous for human-rights abuses and violence through the 1970s and 1980s — on humanitarian missions. Those experiences gave him valuable perspective on the serious issues people around
Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld and Ohio State’s Joshua Perry each delivered a speech at the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago. Watch both Sudfeld’s and Perry’s speeches in this post. On Saturday, BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special at 7 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine. We also have look back at previous Kickoff Luncheon speeches, too. Sudfeld traveled to Uganda as a 14-year-old and saw the poverty in that country. He recently returned last spring to do humanitarian work, and he spoke Friday of how it impacted his life. “Why do I have so much?” Sudfeld told the crowd. “And
Friday is a big day for Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld and Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry. [ MORE: Watch Drew Ott eat raw egg | Watch Shilique Calhoun play reporter ] The two Big Ten stars will speak on behalf of the players at the 44th annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon. The responsibility is a large one, for obvious reasons. It’s a daunting one, too, especially coming on the heels of memorable speeches from Kirk Cousins, Denard Robinson, John Urschel and Ameer Abdullah. BTN will air the Kickoff Luncheon at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. I asked the two speakers
Quick! Who is the Big Ten’s returning passing yards leader? Chances are, you’re thinking it’s Christian Hackenberg or Nate Sudfeld, right? Nope, it’s Devin Gardner (2,960 yards). Who will find his name on top of the passing yards list at season’s end? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post. PASSING YARDS 2013 leader: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois – 3,272 2014 returning leader: Devin Gardner, Michigan – 2,960 Tom Dienhart: Nate Sudfeld, Indiana. He wasn’t the full-time starter last season but still threw for 2,523 yards. Look for the big Californian to push well past 4,000 yards
Just two days after announcing he will transfer from Indiana, quarterback Tre Roberson has found a new home. The former Hoosier signal-caller announced that he will be transferring to Illinois State, via twitter. Illinois State is an FCS school, which means that Roberson will not have to sit out a year and is eligible to play this fall. Roberson, who threw for 1,128 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 423 yards and five scores in 2013, was expected to split snaps with Nate Sudfeld this upcoming season. He sent out the following tweet Friday morning, thanking Indiana fans for
Spring football is nearing a close. There are three more spring games Saturday (Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers), and that will mark the end of the Big Ten’s spring season. With most eyes already on the 2014 season, I decided to rank my top five offensive players (I took some liberties with that number) who should be receiving more attention entering the season. 1. Indiana quarterbacks. Whether it’s Tre Roberson or Nate Sudfeld, or a mixture of the two, under center, the Hoosiers figure to feature the Big Ten’s elite offense. The two signal-callers combined for 3,651 passing yards, 36 TD