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2013 Prospectus Notes

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With the 118th season of Big Ten college footballhitting the fields in the fall, this prospectus isintended to assist the media’s preparation for the2013 football season. For additional information,please feel free to contact the Big TenCommunications office. Thank you for your coverageof Big Ten football and we look forward to workingwith you this season.
Big Ten Football Media Days
The 2013 Big Ten Football Media Days and 42ndannual Kickoff Luncheon will be held at the HiltonChicago from July 24-25. As in the past, all Big Tenhead coaches and multiple players from each teamwill be available for interviews over this two-dayperiod. For more information about the Big TenFootball Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, contactthe Big Ten Communications office.
Big Ten Football Championship Game
The 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game willbe held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis onSaturday, Dec. 7, and will be televised by FOX. TheBig Ten will conduct a media teleconference with thetwo participating head coaches on Sunday, Dec. 1.Another media teleconference with select student-athletes from each school will be held on Monday,Dec. 2. A press conference featuring both participat-ing head coaches will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium onFriday, Dec. 6. Credential application information andother details will be sent out in October.
Weekly releases, statistics and standings for Big Tenfootball, along with information and audio for theweekly coaches teleconference, will be availableonline at bigten.org. For daily updates on Big Tenfootball, visit the blog at bigten.org/blog/football/.
Social Media
For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter@BigTenConf and @B1Gfootball. You can alsobecome an online fan of the Big Ten by searching“Big Ten Conference” from your Facebook page.
E-mail Service
Information on Big Ten football will be e-mailedthroughout the year to accredited media. The BigTen utilizes a media email list website which requiresthat media fill out an application on-line to receivemedia e-mails. Once the information is submitted,media can control and adjust their own accounts toonly receive the information they need. Media mayalso remove themselves from the media e-mail list if necessary. For the media e-mail list website address,contact Scott Chipman at the Big Ten office.
Collegepressbox.com is the official media websitefor Big Ten Conference football. Access and down-load weekly game notes, quotes, statistics, mediaguides, headshots, logos and more for the confer-ence and each of its member schools. Login infor-mation will be distributed to accredited media oryou can apply for a password by sending an e-mailto password@collegepressbox.com.
Weekly Coaches Teleconference
The Big Ten Conference football coaches participatein a weekly media teleconference on Tuesdays from11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT. Contact the Big TenCommunications office for the phone number andweekly passcode.
Weekly Awards
Big Ten Football Players of the Week are selected infour categories: offensive, defensive, special teamsand freshman. Award winners are chosen by a voteof the Big Ten Communications staff from nomina-tions supplied by the schools’ communications offic-es. The Big Ten office will announce weekly footballaward winners on Mondays.
Postseason Awards
In football, coaches and a media panel choose All-Conference teams (first, second and honorable men-tion). The Big Ten will also hand out 19 individualawards based on votes from coaches, media andadministrators. A full list of the awards can be foundon Page 5 of this prospectus.The Big Ten Chicago Tribune Most Valuable Player ischosen from each of the 12 institutions’ MostValuable Players.The Big Ten also names one Sportsmanship Awardhonoree from each institution. These 12 student-athletes become candidates for the Big TenOutstanding Sportsmanship Award, as the confer-ence honors one male and one female student-ath-lete from each institution at the end of the schoolyear.Academic All-Big Ten teams are named for everysport. The teams are composed of all letterwinnerswho are in at least their second academic year attheir institution and carry a cumulative grade-pointaverage (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.The conference office also presents theDistinguished Scholar Award at the end of each aca-demic year. Student-athletes eligible for theDistinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinnersin at least their second year in residence at theirinstitution. Qualifying student-athletes must haveearned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current aca-demic year, excluding summer school.Scott Chipman (primary contact)*Assistant Commissioner, Communicationsschipman@bigten.orgOffice:യ(847) 696-1010, ext. 141Cell:യ(630) 936-6005Dan Mihalik (secondary contact)*Assistant Director, Communicationsdmihalik@bigten.orgOffice: (847) 696-1010, ext. 146Cell: (219) 688-9981Sarah AndreychikBob Hammel Communications Internsandreychik@bigten.orgSteve VillatoroBob Hammel Communications Internsvillatoro@bigten.org* Football Contacts
Steve Roesteven-roe@uiowa.eduPhone: (319) 335-9411
Justin Dickensdickensj@umich.eduPhone: (734) 763-4423
Michigan State
John Lewandowskilewski@ath.msu.eduPhone: (517) 355-2271
Paul Rovnakpsrovnak@umn.eduPhone: (612) 625-9379
Keith Mannkmann@huskers.comPhone: (402) 472-2263
Paul Kennedypkennedy@northwestern.eduPhone: (847) 467-2028
Kent Brownkwbrown3@illinois.eduDerek Nealdrneal@illinois.eduPhone: (217)യ333-1391
Jeff Keag jkeag@indiana.eduPhone: (812) 855-6209
Ohio State
Jerry Emigemig.2@osu.eduPhone: (614) 247-7023
Penn State
Jeff Nelson jtn4@psu.eduPhone: (814) 865-1757
Matt Rectorrector@purdue.eduPhone: (765) 494-3196
Brian Lucasbml@athletics.wisc.eduPhone: (608) 262-1811
The Road to Indy:
The third annual Big TenFootball Championship Game will once againdetermine the Big Ten Champion and sendone conference representative to play in theRose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship SeriesNational Championship Game. The 2013 BigTen Football Championship Game will bebroadcast in prime time by FOX on Saturday,Dec. 7, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Going For Four:
Wisconsin enters the 2013 sea-son seeking its fourth consecutive Big TenChampionship. The Badgers shared the title in2010 before winning the first two Big TenFootball Championship Games in 2011 and2012 to give them three straight titles for thefirst time in school history. Wisconsin has nowwon 14 Big Ten Championships and is lookingto join Michigan and Ohio State as the third BigTen program to win four straight conferencetitles. The Buckeyes were the most recent teamto accomplish that feat, earning at least a shareof five straight titles from 2005 to 2009.
Ohio State begins the 2013 cam-paign with the nation's longest active winningstreak after producing a perfect 12-0 recordlast season. The Buckeyes' string of 12 straighttriumphs is the longest winning streak by a BigTen team since Iowa won 13 straight gamesduring the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Wisconsinwon 14 straight games from 2006-07, whileOhio State claimed 19 straight victories from2005-06.
Welcome Back:
യThe 2013 Big Ten campaign willfeature 30 All-Conference players from last sea-son, with 18 first-team honorees and 12 sec-ond-team selections returning to the field thisfall. The first-team returnees are comprised of 10 offensive standouts, five defensive playersand three special teams performer. The return-ing second-team picks include nine players onoffense and three on defense. In addition, 36honorable mention honorees return to campus.A full breakdown of the returning first- and sec-ond-team honorees appears on page 3.
A Bevy of All-Big Ten Returnees:
യThe Big Ten's30 returning All-Conference standouts thisseason are the most for the Big Ten since atleast the 2005 season. In the last nine sea-sons, the highest total of All-Big Ten returneesprior to this season was 29 in 2011 and 28 in2005. In addition, the 18 returning first-teamhonorees are the most for the conference inthat time frame, followed by 15 first-teamreturnees in 2005 and 13 in 2011.
Returning Award Winners:
Along with the All-Conference honorees returning in 2013, thewinners of eight of the 13 regular-season indi-vidual awards from last season will also hit thefield again this fall. Michigan's Taylor Lewan waschosen as the Rimington-Pace OffensiveLineman of the Year while teammate WillHagerup was named the Eddleman-FieldsPunter of the Year, Northwestern's Jeff Budzienshared the Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Yearaward, Ohio State's Braxton Miller was namedthe Graham-George Offensive Player of theYear and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year,Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes wasnamed the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year while teammate Allen Robinson wastabbed the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Yearand Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen was selectedthe Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year.
Back For More:
Ohio State's Braxton Millerreturns to the field after being named theGraham-George Offensive Player of the Yearand Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year.Miller rushed for 1,271 yards last season,which ranks second in the Big Ten recordsbook for single-season rushing yards by aquarterback. Miller ranked among the top fourin the conference in total offense (second with275.8 yards per game), rushing yards (fourthwith 105.9 yards per game) and passing effi-ciency (fourth at 140.5). He accounted for 28total touchdowns, including 15 passing scoresand 13 rushing touchdowns. Miller led OhioState to a perfect 12-0 record and the outrightLeaders Division title last season.
On January 1, 2014, the Tournament of Roses will celebrate the100th Rose Bowl Game. As home to the Big Ten and Pac-12Conference Champions, the Rose Bowl Game will become thefirst postseason contest to reach this historic milestone. TheBig Ten and Pac-12 recently agreed to a 12-year extension withthe Rose Bowl Game through 2026. The two conferences origi-nally agreed to an exclusive Rose Bowl Game contract in 1946,although they had met twice before in a Rose Bowl Game,including a Michigan victory in the inaugural event in 1902 andan Ohio State loss in 1921. Since the pact was initiated in 1946,the Pac-12 holds a 33-29 advantage. In the Big Ten's last 10appearances (2001 through 2013), six different conference teams have participated in theRose Bowl Game. The union of the Big Ten and Pac-12 also led to soaring attendance. Prior to1947, the Rose Bowl Game drew a small number of sellout crowds. Every game since has beena sellout. The record for most appearances goes to USC (32) in the Pac-12 and Michigan (20) inthe Big Ten. In its 99 years, the Rose Bowl Game has maintained its tradition-rich standard of excellence, living up to the nickname "The Granddaddy of Them All." 
Beginning of Date of Spring Practice Spring GameLEGENDS DIVISION
Iowa March 27 April 27#Michigan March 16 April 13Michigan State March 19 April 20Minnesota March 26 April 27Nebraska March 2 April 6Northwestern Feb. 27 April 13
Illinois March 5 April 12Indiana March 2 April 13Ohio State March 5 April 13*Penn State March 18 April 20Purdue March19 April 13Wisconsin March 9 April 20# controlled scrimmage* at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati
BTN is the ultimate destination for Big Ten spring footballcoverage, with studio shows twice each week beginningApril 10 and telecasts of 12 Big Ten spring games or finalpractices. In all, the network will dedicate more than 28hours to Big Ten spring football, with every team receivinglive television or streaming coverage. BTN’s coverageincludes the
Big Ten Football Report 
Wednesday andSaturday nights beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 10 through May 1. The
Big TenFootball Report 
on Saturday, April 13, airs at 11:30 PM ET. Dave Revsine will host the showsalongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
An Offensive Trend:
For the fourth consecutiveseason, the Big Ten Offensive Player of theYear will be back to defend his award as OhioState's Braxton Miller returns for his juniorseason after being named the Graham-GeorgeOffensive Player of the Year. Wisconsin runningback John Clay was tabbed the conference'stop offensive player as a sophomore in 2009and returned for his junior season. Michiganquarterback Denard Robinson claimedOffensive Player of the Year laurels as a sopho-more in 2010 and played two more seasons,setting the NCAA career record for rushingyards by a signal caller. Badgers running backMontee Ball claimed the top offensive honoras a junior in 2011 and returned last season toset NCAA career records for points, totaltouchdowns and rushing touchdowns.
Double Dip:
Ohio State's Braxton Miller entersthe 2013 season with the chance to become just the second player to earn Big TenOffensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, joining former Indiana tailbackAnthony Thompson (1988-89). IncludingThompson, just four players have successfullydefended their Player of the Year award. OhioState linebacker James Laurinaitis won consec-utive Defensive Player of the Year awards in2007 and 2008, while Northwestern linebackerPat Fitzgerald earned the same honor in 1995and 1996. Illinois linebacker Dana Howard wastabbed the conference's top defensive playerin 1993 and 1994. Other two-time Big TenPlayers of the Year include Michigan State run-ning back Lorenzo White (1985, 1987) andPurdue quarterback Drew Brees (1998, 2000).
First-team All-American and Big TenRimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year
Spencer Long, SR, OL, NEB
Second-team All-American helped Nebraskalead Big Ten in total and rushing offense
Taylor Martinez, SR, QB, NEB (coaches only)
STATS: 228-368, 2,871 passing yards, 23 TDs& 195-1,019 rushing yards, 10 TDs
Led Big Ten in total offense (277.9 ypg) andthird in pass efficiency (141.6)
Braxton Miller, JR, QB, OSU (media only)
STATS: 148-254, 2,039 passing yards, 15 TDs& 227-1,271 rushing yards, 13 TDs
 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Yearranked among Big Ten's top four in totaloffense, rushing and pass efficiency
Andrew Norwell, SR, OL, OSU (media only)
Helped Ohio State lead Big Ten in scoringoffense on way to undefeated season
Kyle Carter, SO, TE, PSU (media only) 
STATS: 36-453 yards, 12.6 YPC, 2 TDs
Second on team in receptions and receivingyards as a freshman
Allen Robinson, JR, WR, PSU 
STATS: 77-1,013 yards, 13.2 YPC, 11 TDs
Led Big Ten in receptions and receivingyards per game; first PSU WR to lead inyards and second to lead in catches
John Urschel, SR, G, PSU (coaches only)
Helped PSU rank second in Big Ten inpassing offense; First-team Academic All-American graduated in just three years andis working on master's degree
Jared Abbrederis, SR, WR, WIS 
STATS: 49-837 yards, 17.1 YPC, 5 TDs
Led team in receptions and receiving yards;third in Big Ten in receiving yards per game
Jacob Pedersen, SR, TE, WIS (coaches only) 
STATS: 27-355 yards, 13.1 YPC, 4 TDs
Second on team in receptions, receivingyards and receiving touchdowns
DEFENSEMax Bullough, SR, LB, MSU (coaches only)
STATS:൵111 tackles (51 solo), 12.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks
Second-team Academic All-American rankedsixth in Big Ten in total tackles and tied forninth in tackles for loss
Darqueze Dennard, SR, CB, MSU (coaches only)
STATS:൵52 tackles (34 solo), 3.5 TFL, 3 int.
Tied for team lead and sixth in Big Ten withthree picks and sixth on team in tackles
Bradley Roby, JR, CB, OSU
STATS:൵63 tackles (41 solo), 2 int., 19 PD
First-team All-American led Big Ten inpasses defended and third on team in tackles
Ryan Shazier, JR, LB, OSU (media only)
STATS:൵115 tackles (70 solo), 17 TFL, 5 sacks
Led Big Ten in TFLs and ranked second intackles per game
Chris Borland, SR, LB, WIS (coaches only)
STATS:൵104 tackles (56 solo), 10 TFL, 4.5 sacks
Two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick rankedseventh in tackles per game in conferenceand second on team in TFLs
SPECIAL TEAMSWill Hagerup, SR, P, MICH (media only)
STATS:൵33-1,486 yards, avg. 45.0, long of 62
Led Big Ten in punting average
Mike Sadler, JR, P, MSU (coaches only)
STATS:൵79-3,422 yards, avg. 43.3, long of 70
Second-team Academic All-American ledconference in total punting yards andranked second in average per punt
Jeff Budzien, SR, PK, NU (coaches only)
STATS:൵19-20 FG, long of 44, 50-50 PATs
Led Big Ten in field goal percentage andsecond with 1.46 field goals per game
STATS: 51-805 yards, 15.8 YPC, 6 TDs
Ameer Abdullah, JR, IB, NEB (coaches only) 
STATS: 226-1,137 yards, 5.0 YPC, 8 TDs
Kenny Bell, JR, WR, NEB 
STATS: 50-863 yards, 17.3 YPC, 8 TDs
Jeremiah Sirles, SR, OL, NEBVenric Mark, SR, RB, NU 
STATS: 226-1,371 yards, 6.1 YPC, 12 TDs
Corey Brown, SR, WR, OSU (coaches only) 
STATS: 60-669 yards, 11.1 YPC, 3 TDs
Carlos Hyde, SR, RB, OSU 
STATS: 185-970 yards, 5.2 YPC, 16 TDs
Jack Mewhort, SR, OL, OSU (media only)Ryan Groy, SR, OL, WIS (coaches only)DEFENSEJake Ryan, JR, LB, MICH (media only) 
STATS: 88 tackles (56 solo), 16 TFL, 4.5 sacks
Christian Bryant, SR, S, OSU (coaches only) 
STATS: 70 tackles (36 solo), 1 int., 13 PD
Ricardo Allen, SR, CB, PUR (coaches only) 
STATS: 45 tackles (42 solo), 4 TFL, 1 int.
Starters Returning Starters LostSchool Off. Def. K/P Total Off. Def. K/P Total
Iowa 6 8 2 16 5 3 0 8Michigan* 5 6 3 14 6 5 0 11Michigan State* 9 7 1 17 3 4 1 8Minnesota* 10 7 1 18 2 5 1 8Nebraska* 7 5 0 12 4 8 1 13Northwestern 8 7 2 17 3 4 0 7
Illinois 9 4 2 15 2 7 0 9Indiana 10 9 2 21 1 2 0 3Ohio State 9 4 1 14 2 7 1 10Penn State 8 6 2 16 3 5 0 8Purdue* 5 9 3 17 6 3 0 9Wisconsin 8 7 2 17 3 4 0 7* some players split time as starters

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