Sam Travis, much like the rest of the Indiana baseball team, is tearing it up. Name it, the first baseman has done it. In seven postseason games, Travis owns a .538 average (14-for-26), three home runs, 10 runs and 11 RBI on his way to claiming most outstanding player of the Big Ten tournament and the Bloomington Regional.
Everyone at Iowa is ready to turn the page on 2012 and move forward. Why not? Last season saw the Hawkeyes go 4-8, the program’s worst mark since 2000—Kirk Ferentz’s second season in Iowa City. Iowa missed a bowl for the first time since 2007, ending a four-year bowl run.
The Big Ten is known for churning out 1,000-yard running backs. That’s still the case in 2013, with talents such as Ameer Abdullah, Carlos Hyde, Venric Mark and James White, among others, calling the Big Ten home. In recent seasons, however, quarterbacks have joined the mix, too. And that only makes predicting the rushing yards leader even more fun. See our guys’ picks for this season’s rushing yards leader in this post.
Often, the most popular player on campus is the backup quarterback. The guy holding the clipboard and wearing a baseball cap typically is perceived as being the answer to every struggling offense. On that note, here’s my ranking of the Big Ten backup quarterback situations.
If we had told you prior to last season that Matt McGloin, Taylor Martinez, Robert Marve, Braxton Miller and Cam Coffman would finish 1-5 in touchdown passes, you would have thought we were crazy. Point is, at this time of year, it’s difficult to predict a category like this.
Phil Steele released his 2013 Preseason All-American Team, and the Big Ten featured 15 representatives, including three first-team honorees (Taylor Lewan, Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby). The Big Ten’s 15 players rank fifth among all conferences, one behind the Big 12. To no surprise, the SEC’s 27 honorees led the way. See Steele’s Big Ten preseason All-Americans in this post.