Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of The Journey – this season and past – is available
The list of attendees for the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York has been released, and five Big Ten players appear on it. [ MORE: NFL Draft: Where could Big Ten prospects land ] Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, Indiana’s Cody Latimer, Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, and Ohio State’s Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier are scheduled to attend the event, which starts on Thursday, May 8. The complete list was tweeted out on Tuesday evening by the NFL’s Director of NFC Football Communications, Randall Liu. Here’s the complete list of the record 30 prospects attending the 2014 @NFL
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? Here is a look at the top 10 Big Ten draft prospects and where they could land in next month’s NFL Draft. [ MORE: How this year’s Big Ten draft class stacks up to others
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. Count on more Big Ten names getting drafted in the first round this year when the NFL Draft starts May 8 through May 10
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? Our choices: Ra’Shede Hageman #BTNHageman Darqueze Dennard #BTNDennard Allen Robinson #BTNRobinson Taylor Lewan #BTNLewan Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. Anytime you use one of those hashtags, you cast a vote. Spread the word. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013,” presented by Best Buy, our crew spends time with Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to learn what it’s like to be the starting quarterback and a husband at the same time. Also, come meet Iowa linebacker James Morris and Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman and learn about their family backgrounds. This week’s show also features the usual lush highlights from the Iowa’s OT thriller against Northwestern and Minnesota’s upset over Nebraska. The show airs at 7 p.m. ET and re-airs multiple time after that. Follow BTN’s popular documentary-style show “The Journey”
Ra’Shede Hageman arrived at Minnesota in 2009 as a tight end, fighting for a place to fit in on Tim Brewster’s roster. Now, the 6-6, 311-pound senior has become arguably the best defensive tackle in the Big Ten under a new regime in the Twin Cities. Hageman began to emerge in 2011, when he recorded 13 tackles (10 solo, three assisted) with four tackles for loss, including two sacks and forced one fumble. Last season, Hageman notched 35 tackles and was second on the team with 6.0 sacks en route to being named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media.
NFL scouts already like Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman. They’ll love him even more following his interception and nice return during Minnesota’s game at Northwestern. Watch the momentum-shifting play this post. INSTANT REPLAY: @NFL scouts will love this play from @GopherFootball's Ra'Shede Hageman. #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/91QUB9Z0IX — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 19, 2013 Presented by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, these video segments are great football moments clipped and posted online during live Big Ten football games. Are you on Twitter? Follow any or all of the accounts below to get many of these plays and other plays tweeted to