The 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft has come to a close. Catch up on all the picks right here. Minnesota left-hander Tom Windle was taken in the second round (No. 56) by the Los Angeles Dodgers to pace all Big Ten eligible players. Watch our feature on Windle and view the Big Ten’s drafted players in this post.
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There used to be a time when the rushing touchdown leaderboard always came down to the elite running backs. These days, the running backs receive stiff competition from dual-threat quarterbacks. More specifically, in the Big Ten, Kain Colter, Taylor Martine and Braxton Miller. Will a signal-caller lead the Big Ten in rushing scores this fall? See Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.
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.