Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, September 18, 2015
When it comes to sports, Twitter is the ultimate breaking news source. It also serves as an outlet for great individual personalities, including Big Ten football players.
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But, which players are the best follows on Twitter?
I asked one media member from every Big Ten school to give me their beat's must-follow account.
As you would expect, the answers are outstanding.
Here is a look at the best Twitter follow from every Big Ten football program.
ILLINOIS: Ted Karras, @_teddy_k
"The Illinois right guard isn't a prolific social media user. But when Karras sends out a message, it usually conveys a strong meaning. Check out what he said after Simon Cvijanovic made his allegations back in mid-May and what he shared with the world after Illinois fired Tim Beckman." – Matt Daniels (@mdaniels_NG), The News Gazette
Will always support and love Tim Beckman. Unfortunate day for the Illini but we have an obligation to put on a good show for this university— Teddy Karras (@_teddy_k) August 28, 2015
INDIANA: Zander Diamont, @zanderdiamont
"I say Diamont because he's not afraid to cross into the entertainment world. And of course, there's the eventually deleted picture of him and the Old Oaken Bucket and a victory cigar." – Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman), IndyStar.comhttps://twitter.com/zanderdiamont/status/571305137370636288
IOWA: Jaleel Johnson, @leel.lxvii
Iowa doesn?t allow its footballers to play on Twitter, but Johnson is one of the more active athletes on Instagram. His posts give you an appreciation for him as the person, not just for his football prowess. – Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman), The Gazette
"If you're looking for quality over quantity (and the best Twitter bio on the team), Evan Mulrooney is the best. But he rarely tweets. Brad Craddock is in the same boat. Not sure when they'll tweet, but when they do, it's always something worth reading." – Daniel Gallen (@danieljygallen), Baltimore Sun
Couldn't find any goal posts today so figured I'd aim for a tree pic.twitter.com/kWchBbKKzn— brad craddock (@BRADCRAD) July 3, 2015
MICHIGAN: Jabrill Peppers, @JabrillPeppers
"The same aggressive, enthusiastic approach he takes to playing football, Peppers brings to his Twitter game. He has an opinion, and he makes it, even on important subjects involving the NCAA and athletes. He's a smart, funny guy, and I think that comes across through his Tweets." – Angelique Chengelis (@chengelis), Detroit News
MICHIGAN STATE: Jack ?Meatball? Conklin, Kodi ?Meat Stick? Kieler, Benny ?Meatloaf? McGowan and Zach ?Pork Chop? Higgins, @meatsquadmsu
"One of the best follows is actually an account shared by four offensive linemen, dubbed The Meat Squad (@meatsquadmsu). If you like watching big guys eat, this is where you?ll find Jack ?Meatball? Conklin, Kodi ?Meat Stick? Kieler, Benny ?Meatloaf? McGowan and Zach ?Pork Chop? Higgins feasting, well, like meaty offensive linemen are known to do. Now, they just need to tweet as much as they eat." – Chris Solari (@chrissolari), Lansing State Journal
MINNESOTA: Peter Mortell, @PMortell37
"Peter Mortell, the reigning Big Ten punter of the year, is as funny on Twitter as any athlete I?ve covered." – Joe Christensen (@JoeCStrib), Star Tribunehttps://twitter.com/PMortell37/status/613454284647235585
NEBRASKA: Jake Gangwish, @jackgangwish
"That's a tough question. Jack Gangwish is probably most entertaining when he does tweet, which hasn't been very often." – Brian Rosenthal (@HuskerExtraBR), Lincoln Journal Star
I dont know what were gonna have at the training table tonight but as long as i can slather it in gravey im gonna be happy. #gains— Jack Gangwish (@jackgangwish) August 9, 2015
NORTHWESTERN: Joe Gaziano, @meanJoeBiden
"Honestly, no one leaped out at me as a particularly entertaining follow, so I asked several colleagues. They couldn?t come up with one either. I?m not sure what that says. Are NU players boring? Too focused on studying? Does Fitz have them on lockdown? In any event, instead of a good follow, I?m going to give you the best Wildcat Twitter handle: that belongs to freshman defensive end Joe Gaziano, aka @MeanJoeBiden. Now THAT?S funny." – Louie Vaccher (@WildcatReport), Wildcat Report
I hope that in the Boston featured snapchat story tomorrow there's a guy with a wicked heavy Boston accent talking about the Pats #FreeBrady— Joe Gaziano (@jgaziano97) June 18, 2015
OHIO STATE: Cardale Jones, @CJ12
"While there are a lot of characters on Ohio State's team — and many of them are excellent to follow on Twitter — this is an easy one: Cardale Jones all the way. Why? Because Cardale Jones isn't just the most-interesting follow among Buckeye players; his Twitter game trumps that of anyone else's in the world. OK, maybe not the entire world. Nah, the entire world. He's that good on Twitter. (Not bad on the field, too.)" – Dave Biddle (@davebiddle), Bucknuts.com
PENN STATE: DaeSean Hamilton, @SkeeterMills
"James Franklin said it best last season when he said Hamilton is "kind of his own man." The quick-witted wideout also has a plethora of motivational retweets, ones his mom, a retired Marine and breast cancer survivor, sends him regularly to help keep him focused and sometimes in line." – Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4), Pittsburgh Post-Gazettehttps://twitter.com/eastshy/status/638331426505654272
PURDUE: Frankie Williams, @24takeover
"They're pretty quiet for the most part. Not a lot of activity, especially during the season. Frankie Williams tweets more motivational stuff." – Mike Carmin (@carminjc), Lafayette Journal & Courier
Preparation is key— Frankie Williams (@Frankcorporate1) August 24, 2015
RUTGERS: Tim Gleeson, @tgless
"A specialist from Australia is a recipe for humor. Gleeson keeps it light on his account with tweets about the tribulations of kickers and plenty of retweets of funny videos." – Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21), NJ.com
Another American/Australian difference: Apple sauce is eaten by itself in the US. In Australia it is used only as a condiment for roast pork— Tim Gleeson (@tglees) April 10, 2015
WISCONSIN: Corey Clement, CoreyClement_6
"He generally speaks his mind when we talk to him either during the week or after games and I did a quick scan of many of the players' tweets and his appeared to be the best of the lot." – Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961), Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Can't expect to be the best if you're doing the same as everyone else #strive4More— Corey Clement (@CoreyClement_6) March 1, 2015