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GREETINGS FROM THE BIG TEN
With the 119th season of Big Ten college football hitting the fields in the fall, this prospectus is intended to assist the media’s preparation for the 2014 football season. For additional information, please feel free to contact the Big Ten Communications office. Thank you for your coverage of Big Ten football and we look forward to working with you this season. Big Ten Football Media Days The 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and 43rd annual Kickoff Luncheon will be held at the Hilton Chicago from July 28-29. As in the past, all Big Ten head coaches and multiple players from each team will be available for interviews over this two-day period. For more information about the Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, contact the Big Ten Communications office. Big Ten Football Championship Game The 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 6, and will be televised by FOX. The Big Ten will conduct a media teleconference with the two participating head coaches on Sunday, Nov. 30. Another media teleconference with select studentathletes from each school will be held on Monday, Dec. 1. A press conference featuring both participating head coaches will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, Dec. 5. Credential application information and other details will be sent out in October. Website Weekly releases, statistics and standings for Big Ten football, along with information and audio for the weekly coaches teleconference, will be available online at bigten.org. For daily updates on Big Ten football, visit the blog at bigten.org/blog/football/. Social Media For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter @BigTenConf and @B1Gfootball. You can also become an online fan of the Big Ten by searching “Big Ten Conference” from your Facebook page. Email Service Information on Big Ten football will be emailed throughout the year to accredited media. The Big Ten utilizes a media email list website which requires that media fill out an application online to receive media emails. Once the information is submitted, media can control and adjust their own accounts to only receive the information they need. Media may also remove themselves from the media email list if necessary. For the media email list website address, contact Scott Chipman at the Big Ten office. Collegepressbox.com Collegepressbox.com is the official media website for Big Ten Conference football. Access and download weekly game notes, quotes, statistics, media guides, headshots, logos and more for the conference and each of its member schools. Login information will be distributed to accredited media or you can apply for a password by sending an email to email@example.com. Weekly Coaches Teleconference The Big Ten Conference football coaches participate in a weekly media teleconference on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT. Contact the Big Ten Communications office for the phone number and weekly passcode.
BIG TEN CONFERENCE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
Scott Chipman (primary contact)* Assistant Commissioner, Communications firstname.lastname@example.org Office: (847) 696-1010, ext. 141 Cell: (630) 936-6005 Dan Mihalik (secondary contact)* Assistant Director, Communications email@example.com Office: (847) 696-1010, ext. 146 Cell: (219) 688-9981 Adam Augustine Associate Director, Communications firstname.lastname@example.org Brett McWethy Associate Director, Communications email@example.com Sarah Andreychik Bob Hammel Communications Intern firstname.lastname@example.org Olivia Truby Bob Hammel Communications Intern email@example.com * Football Contacts Weekly Awards Big Ten Football Players of the Week are selected in four categories: offensive, defensive, special teams and freshman. Award winners are chosen by a vote of the Big Ten Communications staff from nominations supplied by the schools’ communications offices. The Big Ten office will announce weekly football award winners on Mondays. Postseason Awards In football, coaches and a media panel choose AllConference teams (first, second and honorable mention). The Big Ten will also hand out 19 individual awards based on votes from coaches, media and administrators. A full list of the awards can be found on Page 5 of this prospectus. The Big Ten Chicago Tribune Most Valuable Player is chosen from each of the institutions’ Most Valuable Players. The Big Ten also names one Sportsmanship Award honoree from each institution. These student-athletes become candidates for the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, as the conference honors one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year. Academic All-Big Ten teams are named for every sport. The teams are composed of all letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The conference office also presents the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of each academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year in residence at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL CONTACTS
EAST DIVISION Indiana Jeff Keag firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (812) 855-6209 Maryland Matt Taylor email@example.com Phone: (301) 314-7065 Michigan Justin Dickens firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (734) 763-4423 Michigan State John Lewandowski email@example.com Phone: (517) 355-2271 Ohio State Jerry Emig firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (614) 688-0343 Penn State Jeff Nelson email@example.com Phone: (814) 865-1757 Rutgers Jason Baum firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (732) 445-6069 WEST DIVISION Illinois Kent Brown email@example.com Derek Neal firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (217) 333-1391 Iowa Steve Roe email@example.com Phone: (319) 335-9411 Minnesota Paul Rovnak firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (612) 625-9379 Nebraska Keith Mann email@example.com Phone: (402) 472-2263 Northwestern Paul Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (847) 467-2028 Purdue Matt Rector email@example.com Phone: (765) 494-3196 Wisconsin Brian Lucas firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (608) 263-5052
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BTN COVERAGE OF BIG TEN SPRING FOOTBALL
BTN is the ultimate destination for Big Ten spring football, with live coverage on BTN2Go for all Big Ten teams with a spring game or practice, some of which will also air live or on delay on BTN. Coverage also includes highlights and analysis on #BTNLive and BTN Football Report. #BTNLive airs at 6 PM ET three nights a week, and BTN Football Report airs Saturday nights in April following the day’s spring football games. For dates and times of spring football games and coverage, please visit BTN.com/shows and BTN2Go.com. The Road to Indy: The fourth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will once again determine the Big Ten Champion. The 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be broadcast in prime time by FOX on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. A New Big Ten: The 2014 season will mark the beginning of a new era in Big Ten football, with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers and new divisions. The new division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules before moving to nine-game conference slates in 2016. Sparty Party: Michigan State aims for its second straight Big Ten Championship this season, after winning the Big Ten Football Championship Game last season. The Spartans look to repeat as conference champions for the first time since 1965-66 and would be the first Big Ten team to win back-to-back titles since Wisconsin claimed three-straight crowns from 2010-12. The conference title was the first for Michigan State since 2010, when the Spartans shared top honors with the Badgers. Clash of the Champions: Michigan State and Ohio State both look to repeat as division champions this season, as the Spartans and Buckeyes posted perfect 8-0 conference marks in 2013. Last season's divisional crowns marked the second in three years for Michigan State and the second in a row for Ohio State. This season, the Spartans and Buckeyes will face off in the East Division, battling for the same divisional crown. Welcome Back: The 2014 Big Ten campaign will feature 22 All-Conference players from last season, with 12 first-team honorees and 10 second-team selections returning to the field this fall. The first-team returnees are comprised of six offensive standouts, five defensive players and one special teams performer. The returning second-team picks include five players on offense, four on defense and one on special teams. In addition, 41 honorable mention honorees return to campus. A full breakdown of the returning first- and second-team honorees appears on page 3. Returning Award Winners: Along with the AllConference honorees returning in 2014, the winners of five of the 13 regular-season individual awards from last season will also hit the field again this fall. Michigan's Devin Funchess was chosen as the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun was named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, Ohio State's Braxton Miller was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was tabbed the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. Back For More: Ohio State's Braxton Miller returns to the field after being named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year for the second year in a row. The honor marks the second time in Big Ten history that a player claimed two consecutive Offensive Player of the Year awards as Indiana's Anthony Thompson was honored in 1988 and 1989. Miller led the Buckeye offense to an explosive 2013, breaking the conference's mark for yards in a season as Ohio State amassed 7,167 yards in 14 games. Miller rushed for 1,068 yards last season, which ranks sixth in the Big Ten records book for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback. Miller ranked among the top 10 in the conference in total o ffense (third with 263.5 yards per game), pass efficiency (third at 158.1), rushing (eighth at 89.0 yards per game) and passing (ninth with 174.5 yards per game). He accounted for 36 total touchdowns, including 24 passing scores and 12 rushing touchdowns. Miller led Ohio State to a perfect 12-0 regular season record and the outright division title last season.
2014 BIG TEN FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE AND GAME DATES
Beginning of Date of Spring Practice Spring Game EAST DIVISION Indiana March 8 April 12 Maryland March 1 April 11 Michigan Feb. 25 April 5 Michigan State March 25 April 26 Ohio State March 4 April 12 Penn State March 17 April 12 Rutgers March 25 April 26 WEST DIVISION Illinois Iowa Minnesota Nebraska Northwestern Purdue Wisconsin March 5 March 26 March 4 March 8 Feb. 26 March 6 March 5 April 12 April 26 April 12 April 12 April 12 April 12 April 12
An Offensive Trend: For the fifth consecutive season, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will be back to defend his award as Ohio State's Braxton Miller returns for his senior season after being named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Wisconsin running back John Clay was tabbed the conference's top offensive player as a sophomore in 2009 and returned for his junior season. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson claimed Offensive Player of the Year laurels as a sophomore in 2010 and played two more seasons, setting the NCAA career record for rushing yards by a signal caller. Badgers running back Montee Ball claimed the top offensive honor as a junior in 2011 and returned the following season to set NCAA career records for points, total touchdowns and rushing touchdowns. Triple Dip: Ohio State's Braxton Miller enters the 2013 season with the chance to become the first player to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors three times. He is just the second student-athlete to earn the award two times, joining former Indiana tailback Anthony Thompson (1988-89). Including Miller and Thompson, just five players have successfully defended their Player of the Year award, however none have earned the honor three times. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008, while Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald earned the same honor in 1995 and 1996. Illinois linebacker Dana Howard was tabbed the conference's top defensive player in 1993 and 1994. Other twotime Big Ten Players of the Year include Michigan State running back Lorenzo White (1985, 1987) and Purdue quarterback Drew Brees (1998, 2000).
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ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST-TEAM RETURNEES OFFENSE Brandon Scherff, SR, OL, IOWA (coaches only) Second-team All-American helped Iowa average over 375 yards per game Devin Funchess, JR, TE, MICH (media only) STATS: 49-748 yards, 15.3 YPC, 6 TDs Led all Big Ten tight ends with 748 receiving yards and caught six touchdowns Ameer Abdullah, SR, IB, NEB STATS: 281-1,690 yards, 6.0 YPC, 9 TDs Third-team All-American led the conference in all-purpose yards and ranked second in rushing Braxton Miller, SR, QB, OSU STATS: 162-255, 2,094 passing yards, 24 TDs & 171-1,068 rushing yards, 12 TDs Two-time Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year ranked among Big Ten's top 10 in total offense, pass efficiency, rushing and passing Paul James, SR, RB, RU STATS: 156-881 yards, 5.6 YPC, 9 TDs Led Rutgers in rushing and all-purpose yards Tyler Kroft, SR, TE, RU STATS: 43-573 yards, 13.3 YPC, 4 TDs Led team in receiving last season and caught four touchdowns DEFENSE Blake Countess, JR, DB, MICH (media only) STATS: 46 tackles (26 solo), 6 int., 10 PD Tied for Big Ten lead with six interceptions Shilique Calhoun, JR, DE, MSU STATS: 37 tackles (20 solo), 14 TFL, 7.5 sacks First-team All-American led the conference with four fumbles recovered and tied for sixth in sacks Kurtis Drummond, SR, S, MSU (coaches only) STATS: 91 tackles (49 solo), 3.5 TFL, 4 int. The top returning tackler from the Big Ten's best defense last season Randy Gregory, JR, DE, NEB STATS: 66 tackles (40 solo), 17 TFL, 10.5 sacks Led the Big Ten in sacks and tied for second in tackles for loss Noah Spence, SO, DL, OSU (media only) STATS: 52 tackles (24 solo), 14.5 TFL, 8 sacks Ranked second in the conference in sacks and sixth in tackles for loss SPECIAL TEAMS Mike Sadler, SR, P, MSU (coaches only) STATS: 76-3,233 yards, avg. 42.5, long of 69 First-team All-American totaled the most punting yards in the conference and ranked fourth in average per punt
STARTERS RETURNING/LOST FOR 2014
Starters Returning School Off. Def. K/P Total EAST DIVISION Indiana* 11 10 1 22 Maryland 9 9 2 20 Michigan 7 9 1 17 Michigan State 7 5 2 14 Ohio State* 5 8 1 14 Penn State 7 7 1 15 Rutgers 9 7 1 17 WEST DIVISION Illinois* Iowa Minnesota Nebraska* Northwestern Purdue* Wisconsin 7 8 2 17 8 5 1 14 8 7 1 16 5 8 1 14 9 9 0 18 10 8 1 19 6 3 2 11 * some players split time as starters ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND-TEAM RETURNEES OFFENSE Jack Allen, JR, C, MSU (media only) Connor Cook, JR, QB, MSU (coaches only) STATS: 223-380, 2,755 passing yards, 22 TDs Betim Bujari, SR, OL, RU Melvin Gordon, JR, RB, WIS STATS: 206-1,609 yards, 7.8 YPC, 12 TDs Rob Havenstein, SR, OL, WIS (media only) DEFENSE Carl Davis, SR, DL, IOWA (coaches only) STATS: 42 tackles (11 solo), 4 TFL, 1.5 sacks Frank Clark, SR, DE, MICH (coaches only) STATS: 43 tackles (19 solo), 12 TFL, 4.5 sacks Theiren Cockran, JR, DL, MINN (media only) STATS: 30 tackles (18 solo), 10 TFL, 7.5 sacks Michael Bennett, JR, DL, OSU STATS: 42 tackles (18 solo), 11.5 TFL, 7 sacks SPECIAL TEAMS Janarion Grant, SO, RS, RU STATS: 17 PR-156 yards, 1 TD, 21 KR-517 yards, 1 TD Familiar Faces Back in the Lineup in 2014: All 14 Big Ten teams welcome back at least 11 players to their starting lineups in 2014. Indiana leads all Big Ten schools with 22 players returning to their starting roles, while Maryland has 20 starters coming back in 2014. The Hoosiers welcome back 11 players on offense, 10 on defense and one on special teams, while the Terrapins will have nine returning offensive and defensive starters and two special team players. Purdue welcomes back 19 starters, including 10 on offense and eight on defense. Northwestern (nine on offense and defense) returns 18 starters, while Illinois (seven on offense, eight on defense), Michigan (seven on offense, nine on defense) and Rutgers (nine on offense, seven on defense) welcome back 17 starters. Minnesota (eight on offense, seven on defense) returns 16 starters, while Penn State (seven on offense and defense) brings back 15 starters. The lineups for Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State feature 14 returning starters, while Wisconsin welcomes back 11. Returning Stat Leaders: The Big Ten returns a number of players that ranked among the top 10 in various statistical categories last season. Eight of the conference's top 10 rushers return from last season, led by Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, who ranked second with 130.0 yards per contest. Eight of the top 10 passers are back on the field, topped by Michigan's Devin Gardner, who rated second last year with 246.7 passing yards per outing. Eight out of the top 10 in total offense return, paced by Gardner in second with 286.9 yards per outing, while seven of the top 10 in scoring touchdowns will be back in 2014, including Michigan State's Jeremy Langford, who ranked second with 8.1 points per game. On the defensive side of the ball, seven of the top 10 leaders in sacks return, including each of the top three in Nebraska's Randy Gregory (0.81 sacks per game), Ohio State's Noah Spence (0.62) and Minnesota's Theiren Cockran (0.58). Cockran also led the conference in fumbles forced (0.31 per game), while Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun paced the Big Ten in fumbles recovered (0.29 per game). Welcome to the Club: The Big Ten will welcome one new head coach to the sidelines for the 2014 campaign in Penn State’s James Franklin. Franklin led Vanderbilt to unprecedented success in his three years as head coach, winning nine games in each of the past two years, and finishing in the Top 25 in conStarters Lost Off. Def. K/P Total 3 2 2 2 4 2 4 6 6 4 4 4 2 4 5 3 3 6 3 4 7 5 2 2 2 3 5 8 1 6 0 4 1 7 0 10 1 11 1 9 1 7 0 8 1 10 1 8 1 13 2 6 1 6 0 13
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secutive seasons, both for the first time in school history. He posted a 24-15 record, including marks of 9-4 during each of the past two seasons, capped by bowl victories. Franklin's 2012 squad finished the season with seven consecutive victories and posted the school’s first nine-win season since 1915. A native of Langhorne, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, Franklin succeeds Bill O'Brien, who was named head coach of the National Football League's Houston Texans. Prior to his stint at Vanderbilt, Franklin spent three seasons at Maryland, where he served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Fresh Crop of Coaches: With Franklin making his Big Ten debut this season, 10 of the 14 current coaches have been at their institution for three years or less. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz is the Big Ten's longest-tenured mentor, with 15 seasons leading the Hawkeyes. Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald ranks second with eight years as the Wildcats' head coach, while Michigan State's Mark Dantonio has spent seven years leading the Spartans and Nebraska's Bo Pelini has been at the helm of the Cornhuskers for six seasons. Four head coaches began coaching at their respective schools in 2011 - Indiana's Kevin Wilson, Maryland's Randy Edsall, Michigan's Brady Hoke and Minnesota's Jerry Kill. Three head coaches took their jobs in 2012 - Illinois' Tim Beckman, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Rutgers' Kyle Flood. Purdue's Darrell Hazell and Wisconsin's Gary Andersen completed their first seasons last year. Six current Big Ten mentors have been head coaches for 10 years or more - Kill (20 seasons), Ferentz (18), Edsall (15), Meyer (12), Hoke (11) and Dantonio (10). A National Bowl Slate: The Big Ten unveiled the largest and most diverse postseason lineup in conference history last summer, with 12 different bowl partners spread across the country beginning with the 2014 season. The Big Ten's new bowl lineup will be highlighted by annual games against quality opponents from the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Conference Category Rushing Passing Avg. Passing Efficiency Total Offense Receptions Receiving Yards All-Purpose Yards Tackles Sacks Tackles For Loss Interceptions Punting USA and Mountain West in California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Tennessee and Texas, along with the opportunity to visit four other outstanding postseason venues as part of the College Football Playoff. The Big Ten's new bowl lineup will allow teams and fans to visit world-class cities while having the opportunity to experience 11 different NFL stadiums, along with some of the most iconic venues in the country, including Rose Bowl Stadium, Cotton Bowl Stadium and Yankee Stadium. These outstanding facilities have hosted or will host 30 different Super Bowls in 11 different stadiums. Bowl Breakdown: The conference office announced six-year bowl extensions with the Capital One and Outback Bowls, an eight-year agreement with the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and six-year agreements with the Fight Hunger and Holiday Bowls and the postseason game to be played in Detroit. The Big Ten also announced agreements for conference teams to appear on three occasions over a six-year period in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, TaxSlayer.com Gator, Heart of Dallas and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowls. The Big Ten previously announced a 12-year extension to face a Pac-12 team in the Rose Bowl Game through the 2025 campaign, and unveiled an agreement with the Discover Orange Bowl to send a Big Ten team to face an ACC representative at least three times following the 2014-25 seasons. Big Ten schools will also look to secure berths in the four-team College Football Playoff to begin after the 2014 campaign, with semifinals to rotate between the Chick-fil-A (Atlanta, Ga.), AT&T Cotton (Arlington, Texas), Tostitos Fiesta (Glendale, Ariz.), Rose, Discover Orange and Allstate Sugar (New Orleans, La.) Bowls. Mix and Match: The Big Ten’s 2014-19 bowl lineup will also feature a new selection process to ensure outstanding bowl matchups and fresh postseason destinations. Each bowl partner will work with the Big Ten to create the best possible matchup based upon an agreed set of parameters, with final approval by the conference office for all team selections. The Capital One, Fight Hunger, Holiday and Outback Bowls along with the bowl to be played in Detroit will feature at least five different schools during their six-year agreements, while the New Era Pinstripe Bowl will highlight at least six different programs over its eight-year agreement. Combined with the College Football Playoff and three-year rotations with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, TaxSlayer.com Gator, Heart of Dallas and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowls, the Big Ten’s new bowl lineup will provide a variety of postseason bowl options for conference teams and their fans over the term of the agreements. Big Ten Takes on Bowl Teams: Every Big Ten team will square off against at least one nonconference team that participated in a bowl game last season, with 24 total games against squads coming off bowl trips. Indiana, Ohio State and Rutgers will face three non-conference bowl teams in 2014, while Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin will each play two bowl opponents outside the conference schedule. Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue have one bowl qualifier on their schedule this fall. The Buckeyes will take on bowl teams in three of their first four games, opening against Navy (Armed Forces) on August 30 before hosting Virginia Tech (Sun) on Sept. 6 and Cincinnati (Belk) on Sept. 27. The Scarlet Knights also open with a bowl foe, hitting the road to play at Washington State (New Mexico) on August 28, before traveling to Navy on Sept. 20 and hosting Tulane (New Orleans) on Sept. 27. The Hoosiers head to Bowling Green (Little Caesars Pizza) on Sept. 13 and Missouri (Cotton) on Sept. 20, before welcoming North Texas (Heart of Dallas) on Oct. 4. Four Big Ten teams will face a pair of bowl participants. The Hawkeyes host Ball State
BIG TEN’S TOP STATISTICAL RETURNEES FOR ALL GAMES
Player, School Ameer Abdullah, NEB Devin Gardner, MICH Tre Roberson, IND Devin Gardner, MICH Tony Jones, NU Devin Funchess, MICH Ameer Abdullah, NEB Chi Chi Ariguzo, NU Randy Gregory, NEB Randy Gregory, NEB Blake Countess, MICH Cameron Johnston, OSU 2013 Stats (Big Ten-National ranking) 281 for 1,690 yards, 9 TDs, 130.0 ypg (2nd-9th) 208 of 345, 2,960 yards, 21 TDs, 246.7 ypg (2nd-33rd) 83 of 138, 1,128 yards, 15 TDs, 158.9 efficiency (2nd-NA) 510 plays, 3,443 yards (2,960 passing/483 rushing), 286.9 ypg (2nd-25th) 55 for 630 yards, 4 TDs, 4.6 rpg (6th-T84th) 49 for 748 yards, 6 TDs, 57.5 ypg (8th-104th) 1,999 all-purpose yards (1,690 rush/232 rec./77 KR), 153.8 per game (1st-13th) 106 total (62 solo), 8.8 per game (5th-T43rd) 10.5 (10 solo) for 69 yards, 0.81 per game (1st-T15th) 17.0 for 101 yards, 1.31 per game (T2nd-T23rd) 6 interceptions, 0.46 per game (2nd-T9th) 49 punts for 2,156 yards, 44.0 avg. (1st-16th)
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(GoDaddy.com) on Sept. 6 before traveling to Pittsburgh (Little Caesars Pizza) on Sept. 20. The Huskers head to Fresno State (Las Vegas) on Sept. 13 and host Miami (Fla.) (Russell Athletic) on Sept. 20. The Wildcats face Northern Illinois (Poinsettia) at home on Sept. 6 and travel to Notre Dame (Pinstripe) on Nov. 15. The Badgers kick off the season against LSU (Outback) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Aug. 30 and host Bowling Green (Little Caesars Pizza) on Sept. 20. The remaining Big Ten teams each square off against one bowl squad - Illinois at Washington (Fight Hunger) on Sept. 13, Maryland traveling to Syracuse (Texas) on Sept. 20, Michigan battling Notre Dame on Sept. 6, Michigan State heading to Oregon (Alamo) on Sept. 6, Minnesota hosting Middle Tennessee State (Armed Forces) on Sept. 6, Penn State versus Central Florida (Fiesta) at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on Aug. 30 and Purdue against Notre Dame at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sept. 13. No Plays for 2014: Each Big Ten team will not play against five conference teams each season. The "no-plays" for the 2014 season are listed below. WEST DIVISION Illinois Iowa Minnesota Nebraska Northwestern Purdue Wisconsin Does not play IND, MD, MICH, MSU, RU MICH, MSU, OSU, PSU, RU IND, MD, MSU, PSU, RU IND, MD, MICH, OSU, PSU IND, MD, MSU, OSU, RU MD, MICH, OSU, PSU, RU IND, MICH, MSU, OSU, PSU EAST DIVISION Does not play Indiana ILL, MINN, NEB, NU, WIS Maryland ILL, MINN, NEB, NU, PUR Michigan ILL, IOWA, NEB, PUR, WIS Michigan State ILL, IOWA, MINN, NU, WIS Ohio State IOWA, NEB, NU, PUR, WIS Penn State IOWA, MINN, NEB, PUR, WIS Rutgers ILL, IOWA, MINN, NU, PUR
BIG TEN FOOTBALL AWARDS
NAME OF AWARD Championship Game Awards Stagg Championship Trophy NAMED FOR Amos Alonzo Stagg, Chicago
BIG TEN CAREER RECORDS
Rushing Yards by a Quarterback 4,495 Denard Robinson, MICH 3,895 Amtwaan Randle El, IND 3,054 Braxton Miller, OSU Kickoff Returns 144 Troy Stoudermire, MINN 135 David Gilreath, WIS 106 Derrick Mason, MSU Brandon Williams, WIS 93 Mel Anderson, MINN Derin Graham, IND 88 Dorien Bryant, PUR 84 Stephen Simmons, NU Fred Owens, WIS 83 Venric Mark, NU Kickoff Return Touchdowns 5 Stan Brown, PUR 4 DeAndra Cobb, MSU 3 Derrick Mason, MSU Marcus Thigpen, IND Dorien Bryant, PUR 2 Multiple players, including Raheem Mostert, PUR 2009-12 1998-01 20112008-12 2007-10 1993-96 2002-05 1983-86 1998-00 2004-07 2007-10 1986-89 20101968-70 2003-04 1993-96 2005-08 2004-07 2011-
Touchdowns Off Interceptions 5 Jamar Fletcher, WIS 1998-00 4 Tim Wilbur, IND 1978-82 3 Bob Radcliffe, WIS 1949-50 Mike Gow, ILL 1972-74 Rod Woodson, PUR 1983-86 Tom Knight, IOWA 1993-96 Cyril Weems, WIS 1993-96 Mike Rose, PUR 1996-99 Ricardo Allen, PUR 2010-2013 2 Multiple players, including Collin Ellis, NU 2011Active players in bold
Grange-Griffin Championship Game MVP Harold Edward "Red" Grange, Illinois (media vote only) Archie Griffin, Ohio State Postgraduate Awards Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award Gerald R. Ford, Michigan (vote by school administrators) Nile Kinnick, Iowa Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award Tony Dungy, Minnesota (vote by school administrators) Anthony Thompson, Indiana Annual Awards (combined vote by coaches and media, unless otherwise noted) Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year Otto Graham, Northwestern Eddie George, Ohio State Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, Minnesota Charles Woodson, Michigan Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes, Ohio State (coaches vote only) Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler, Michigan Dave McClain Coach of the Year Dave McClain, Wisconsin (media vote only) Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year Darrell Thompson, Minnesota Antwaan Randle El, Indiana Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year Dave Rimington, Nebraska Orlando Pace, Ohio State Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, Michigan State Courtney Brown, Penn State Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year Bob Griese, Purdue Drew Brees, Purdue Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year Alan Ameche, Wisconsin Ron Dayne, Wisconsin Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Jack Tatum, Ohio State Rod Woodson, Purdue Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Dick Butkus, Illinois Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Pat Richter, Wisconsin Desmond Howard, Michigan Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Ted Kwalick, Penn State Dallas Clark, Iowa Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year Jim Bakken, Wisconsin Morten Andersen, Michigan State Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year Thomas Dwight "Dike" Eddleman, Illinois Brandon Fields, Michigan State
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2013 SEASON RECAP
Big Ten Polling Place: Five Big Ten schools received votes in the final Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, including at least two top-10 teams for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Michigan State ended the season ranked No. 3 in both national polls, the second straight season a Big Ten team concluded the year at No. 3 after Ohio State was rated third in the final 2012 AP poll. The No. 3 ranking was the best finish for the Spartans since ending the 1966 campaign second in the country. The Buckeyes also ended the season rated among the top 10 nationally, appearing in a tie for No. 10 in the coaches’ poll and No. 12 in the AP vote. The Big Ten also placed multiple schools among the top 10 in the final national rankings in 2011 (No. 10/11 Wisconsin, No. 11/10 Michigan State, No. 12/9 Michigan), 2010 (No. 5/5 Ohio State, No. 7/T8 Wisconsin), 2009 (No. 5/5 Ohio State, No. 7/7 Iowa, No. 9/8 Penn State) and 2008 (No. 8/8 Penn State, No. 9/11 Ohio State). Other Big Ten schools to end the season among the top 25 were Wisconsin, rated No. 22 by the media and No. 21 by the coaches, and Nebraska, ranked No. 25 in the USA Today poll. The Huskers and Iowa also received votes in the AP rankings. Spartan Legend: For the second time in four seasons, Michigan State was crowned Big Ten Champion following its victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Spartans earned a share of the conference title in 2010 before winning the 2013 championship, securing the program’s eighth Big Ten crown. The conference championship sent the Spartans to the historic 100th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, the program’s first appearance in “The Granddaddy of Them All” since the 1987 season. Double-Digit Winners: For just the second time in Big Ten history, two teams finished the year with 12 or more victories, with Michigan State posting a 13-1 record and Ohio State registering a 12-2 mark. The only other time two Big Ten squads won 12 or more games was in 2006 when Ohio State and Wisconsin ended the year with 12-1 marks. The Spartans and Buckeyes officially became just the 10th and 11th teams in Big Ten annals to end the year with at least 12 victories. The last conference team to win 12 games was Ohio State in 2012, while Michigan State’s 13 triumphs broke the school record of 11 wins set in 2010 and 2011. Lucky 13: Michigan State ended the 2013 campaign with a victory in the 100th Rose Bowl Game and a 13-1 record, the most wins in school history. The Spartans are only the third Big Ten team to win 13 or more contests in a season, as Minnesota won 13 games in 1904 and Ohio State recorded 14 victories in 2002. Seven Bowl Teams: The bowl season featured seven Big Ten programs, marking the 15th straight season that six or more squads took part in postseason play. Dating back to the 2002 season, the conference has officially sent seven or more teams to bowl games on eight occasions, including each of the last four seasons. Overall, the Big Ten has officially sent six or more teams to postseason play 22 times. Additionally, new Big Ten members Maryland and Rutgers both competed in bowl games last season. Coming Up Roses: In the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Michigan State defeated No. 5 Stanford, 24-20, to improve to 4-1 all-time in Pasadena, the best winning percentage of any team to make more than two appearances. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook was named the game’s offensive MVP after posting a career-high 332 passing yards with two touchdowns, including a 25-yard scoring strike to Tony Lippett in the fourth quarter to give MSU a 24-17 advantage. The Cardinal pulled within 24-20 but the nation’s topranked defense stopped Stanford on fourthand-one near midfield with 1:46 to play to seal the victory. In his first career start, fifth-year senior linebacker Kyler Ellsworth was tabbed the game’s defensive MVP after recording the tackle on the fourth-down stop, part of a fourtackle effort that included 1.5 tackles for loss. The Spartans were making their first trip to the Rose Bowl Game since the 1988 contest, a 20-17 win over USC, and also claimed victories in 1954 and 1956, with a narrow two-point loss in 1966. Spartan Triple Play: With a win in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Michigan State recorded a third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history. The Spartans knocked off TCU, 17-16, in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after the 2012 season and went to triple overtime to edge Georgia, 33-30, in the Outback Bowl after the 2011 campaign. The last Big Ten team to win three straight postseason contests was Iowa after the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, while Ohio State won four straight bowls following the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 campaigns. Huskers Win Gator Bowl: Nebraska defeated No. 22 Georgia, 24-19, in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl behind the longest pass play in school, conference and Gator Bowl history. Senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa registered a career-high 129 receiving yards on four catches, including a 99-yard scoring strike in the third quarter to give Nebraska a 24-12 lead. Enunwa was named the game’s MVP and set a school record with his 12th touchdown catch of the season. His 99-yard score equaled the longest reception in Big Ten history, matching the effort of Indiana’s Thomas Lewis in 1993, Purdue’s Vinny Sutherland in 1999 and Wisconsin’s Lee Evans in 2003.
ASSOCIATED PRESS -- FINAL
Team (1st Place Votes) 1 Florida State (60) 2 Auburn 3 MICHIGAN STATE 4 South Carolina 5 Missouri 6 Oklahoma 7 Alabama 8 Clemson 9 Oregon 10 UCF 11 Stanford 12 OHIO STATE 13 Baylor 14 LSU 15 Louisville 16 UCLA 17 Oklahoma State 18 Texas A&M 19 USC 20 Notre Dame 21 Arizona State 22 WISCONSIN 23 Duke 24 Vanderbilt 25 Washington Record 14-0 12-2 13-1 11-2 12-2 11-2 11-2 11-2 11-2 12-1 11-3 12-2 11-2 10-3 12-1 10-3 10-3 9-4 10-4 9-4 10-4 9-4 10-4 9-4 9-4 PTS 1500 1428 1385 1247 1236 1205 1114 1078 974 959 936 816 778 717 693 632 598 459 299 256 255 245 190 117 109 Prev. 1 2 4 8 9 11 3 12 10 15 5 7 6 14 18 17 13 20 NR 25 16 19 22 NR NR
Others Receiving Votes: NEBRASKA 107, Fresno State 57, Northern Illinois 22, North Dakota State 17, Texas Tech 14, Georgia 13, IOWA 13, Ole Miss 10, Kansas State 8, Arizona 5, Navy 3, Utah State 2, East Carolina 2, Mississippi State 1
USA TODAY -- FINAL
Team (1st Place Votes) 1 Florida State (59) 2 Auburn 3 MICHIGAN STATE 4 South Carolina 5 Missouri 6 Oklahoma 7 Clemson 8 Alabama 9 Oregon 10 OHIO STATE Stanford 12 UCF 13 Baylor 14 LSU 15 Louisville 16 UCLA 17 Oklahoma State 18 Texas A&M 19 USC 20 Arizona State 21 WISCONSIN 22 Duke 23 Vanderbilt 24 Notre Dame 25 NEBRASKA Record PTS Prev. 14-0 1475 1 12-2 1388 2 13-1 1375 4 11-2 1219 8 12-2 1200 9 11-2 1189 10 11-2 1091 11 11-2 1086 3 11-2 975 12 12-2 872 6 11-3 872 7 12-1 865 15 11-2 796 5 10-3 719 14 12-1 703 16 10-3 597 18 10-3 587 13 9-4 443 21 10-4 313 NR 10-4 302 17 9-4 266 19 10-4 202 21 9-4 180 NR 9-4 125 NR 9-4 123 NR
Others receiving votes: Washington 67, Fresno State 54, Northern Illinois 21, Marshall 17, Texas Tech 13, Kansas State 11, Ole Miss 7, Texas 4, Miami (FL) 4, Cincinnati 3, East Carolina 3, Arizona 2, North Texas 2, Utah State 2, Navy 1, LouisianaLafayette 1
2014 FOOTBALL PROSPECTUS
2013 SEASON RECAP
The Big 5-0: Nebraska joined elite company when it kicked off at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against Georgia. The Huskers made their 50th bowl appearance, making them just the third team in NCAA history to have played in 50 postseason contests, joining Alabama with 60 and Texas with 52 postseason berths. Nebraska faced a Georgia squad that made its 49th bowl appearance, making the Gator Bowl a matchup of programs that have a combined 99 bowl appearances. Two in the BCS: In the final installment of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the conference sent a pair of programs to one of the series’ five contests with Michigan State in the Rose Bowl Game and Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. The Big Ten officially sent two teams to BCS contests 11 times in the 16-year history of the series, including nine of the last 12 seasons. With the conclusion of the BCS era, the conference officially sent 27 squads to BCS contests, led by nine official appearances by Ohio State and five each by Michigan and Wisconsin. With Michigan State making its first BCS appearance in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game, nine current Big Ten schools played in BCS bowl contests during the 16-year history of the event. The eight other current conference programs to play in BCS games are Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Since 2007, seven conference teams (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) participated in BCS contests, accounting for 12 official appearances over seven seasons. Packing the House: The Big Ten established a new conference record for total attendance among all games and conference games only in 2013. Big Ten schools saw 6,061,514 fans come through the turnstiles, breaking the old conference record of 6,008,124 fans in the 2011 season. In addition, 3,414,448 patrons attended the 48 Big Ten contests, passing the old mark of 3,408,963 that was also set in 2011. The Big Ten averaged 70,483 fans per game among all games, while seeing that number increase to 71,134 fans per game during conference games only, marks that each rank among the top 10 in conference history. In addition, the attendance of 66,002 at the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game established a new Big Ten record. Nation’s Best Fans: Big Ten schools filled three of the top five spots in the NCAA rankings for average attendance while seven conference programs rated among the top 23 in the country overall. Michigan led the country with an average of 111,592 fans per game, Ohio State ranked second with 104,933 patrons per contest and Penn State rated fifth with 96,587 fans per outing. Other Big Ten schools to appear among the top 23 in average attendance were Nebraska (ninth at 90,933), Wisconsin (17th at 78,911), Michigan State (20th at 72,328) and Iowa (23rd at 67,125).
BIG TEN COACHING RECORDS Coach, School EAST DIVISION Kevin Wilson, IND Randy Edsall, MD Brady Hoke, MICH Mark Dantonio, MSU Urban Meyer, OSU James Franklin, PSU Kyle Flood, RU WEST DIVISION Tim Beckman, ILL Kirk Ferentz, IOWA Jerry Kill, MINN Bo Pelini, NEB Pat Fitzgerald, NU Darrell Hazell, PUR Gary Andersen, WIS Career (Yrs) 10-26 (3) 87-94 (15) 73-63 (11) 82-46 (10) 128-25 (12) 24-15 (3) 15-11 (2) 27-34 (5) 120-100 (18) 144-94 (20) 58-24 (6) 55-46 (8) 17-21 (3) 39-35 (6) At School (Yrs) 10-26 (3) 13-24 (3) 26-13 (3) 64-29 (7) 24-2 (2) 0-0 15-11 (2) 6-18 (2) 108-79 (15) 17-21 (3) 58-24 (6) 55-46 (8) 1-11 (1) 9-4 (1) Big Ten Only 5-19 0-0 15-9 38-18 16-0 0-0 0-0 1-15 64-56 8-16 17-7 27-37 0-8 6-2
Quite a Career: A number of Big Ten players ended the season ranked among the top 10 in conference career records. Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland ended his career with 15 forced fumbles, breaking the Big Ten record set by Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan from 2007-10. Two other Wisconsin standouts ended their time in Madison among the Big Ten’s top 10 – running back James White with 48 total touchdowns (ninth) and 45 rushing scores (ninth) and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis with 3,140 receiving yards (eighth). Ohio State’s Braxton Miller boosted his career numbers to 3,054 rushing yards with one year of eligibility remaining, which ranks third for rushing yards by a quarterback in conference annals behind only Michigan’s Denard Robinson (4,495 yards from 2009-12) and Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El (3,895 yards from 1998-01). Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez ended his career with 2,964 rushing yards, which ranks fourth among quarterbacks, and 10,233 yards of total offense, which rates ninth. Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase wrapped up his career with 1,848 total offensive plays, which ranks sixth, and 2,066 rushing yards, which rates 10th among quarterbacks, while Northwestern’s Kain Colter’s 2,188 rushing yards places him sixth among signal callers in conference annals. Big Ten Record Breakers: Ohio State set a pair of Big Ten single-season records during the 2013-14 campaign, while other individual and team performances ranked among the top five in conference history. The Buckeyes produced 4,321 rushing yards, breaking the Big Ten and program record of 4,199 yards set in the 1974 campaign. OSU kicker Drew Basil tallied 77 extra points, surpassing the previous conference best of 67 extra points set by Wisconsin’s Philip Welch in 2010. The Buckeyes offense also ended the season ranked among the top three in Big Ten
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BIG TEN IN THE POLLS (ASSOCIATED PRESS/USA TODAY/HARRIS)
Associated Press/USA Today/Harris (NOTE: Harris poll first released on Oct. 13)
2014 FOOTBALL PROSPECTUS
2013 SEASON RECAP
annals with 38 passing scores (tied for second), 87 touchdowns (third) and 637 points (third). Indiana’s offense produced 36 passing touchdowns, good for fourth in Big Ten history. Penn State’s Allen Robinson also ended the year ranked among the Big Ten’s top four with 97 receptions (tied for fourth) for 1,432 yards (fourth). Big Ten Players Earn National Honors: Two Big Ten players and one coach took home national individual honors. Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard won the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award. He is the first Spartan to win the honor, which has been awarded annually since 1986 to the nation’s best defensive back. Meanwhile, Spartan defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was named the winner of the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. Dennard is the sixth Big Ten standout to claim the Thorpe Award, while Big Ten assistant coaches have claimed the Broyles Award on two previous occasions. Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was named the winner of the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on. He is the second Big Ten player to win the annual honor. Making a Name for Themselves: At least 19 conference standouts were named to various All-America squads, including nine that earned first-team distinction from at least one organization. Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard was named a unanimous consensus All-American after earning first-team accolades from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers’ Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp, and also earned first-team status from other organizations. Other conference standouts to earn firstteam status from at least one outlet included Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun and Mike Sadler, Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien, Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort and Ryan Shazier, Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Wisconsin’s Chris Borland. ris, Michigan State’s Max Bullough and Mike Sadler, Nebraska’s Spencer Long and Penn State’s John Urschel. Urschel was one of two players to earn first-team accolades for a second time while both Bullough and Sadler earned second-team accolades during the 2012 season. The Big Ten’s second-team Academic All-Americans were the Nebraska pair of Jake Long and C.J. Zimmerer. Michigan State was one of just three schools to have two student-athletes earn placement on the first team. To be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average. Showing Their Smarts: The Big Ten recognized a total of 271 football student-athletes who were named to the Academic All-Conference Team, breaking the record of 259 Academic All-Big Ten honorees established in 2012-13. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Crowning Stat Champions: The Big Ten crowned various statistical champions in conference games only. Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde finished as the Big Ten rushing leader, averaging 156.1 yards per game, becoming the first Buckeye to lead the conference since Chris Wells in 2007. Hyde also finished the season as the conference scoring leader at 11.2 points per game, equaling his Big Ten-leading mark from 2012. Teammate Braxton Miller led the conference in pass efficiency with a rating of 164.5, the first Buckeye to lead in that category since Terrelle Pryor in 2008. Miller also became the first Ohio State player to lead the Big Ten in total offense since Bobby Hoying in 1995 after averaging 295 yards of offense per game. For the second year in a row, Penn State’s Allen Robinson led the conference in receptions and receiving yards per game, finishing with 8.9 catches and 123 yards per game. He is the first Big Ten player to lead the conference in receptions in consecutive years since Purdue’s Dorien Bryant in 2005 and 2006 and the first to lead the Big Ten in receiving yards in back-to-back years since Purdue’s Brian Alford in 1996 and 1997.
Urschel Wins Campbell Trophy: Penn State standout John Urschel was named the recipient of the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree, Urschel was the first Penn State student-athlete to win the Campbell Trophy, which was first presented in 1990. The William V. Campbell Trophy is presented to the nation’s premier college football scholar-athlete. A two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, Urschel will receive a total of $25,000 for postgraduate work. Urschel is the first Big Ten student-athlete since 2003 to win the Campbell Trophy and 2013 BIG TEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK the fifth overall from a current Big Ten institution. Other Camp- Date Offensive Defensive Special Teams Freshman bell Trophy winners from current 9-2 Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, ILL Collin Ellis, LB, NU Sam Ficken, K, PSU Christian Hackenberg, QB, PSU Big Ten schools are the Nebraska 9-9 Jeremy Gallon, WR, MICH Shilique Calhoun DL, MSU Marcus Jones, PR, MINN Corey Clement, RB, WIS duo of Robert Zatechka (1994) Akeem Hunt, KR, PUR and Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) 9-16 Kenny Guiton, QB, OSU Ryan Shazier, LB, OSU Justin DuVernois, P, ILL Christian Hackenberg, QB, PSU Kenny Guiton, QB, OSU B.J. Lowery, DB, IOWA Kevonte Martin-Manley, PR, IOWA Mitch Leidner, QB, MINN and the Ohio State pair of Bobby 9-23 Melvin Gordon, RB, WIS Hoying (1995) and Craig Krenzel 9-30 Braxton Miller, QB, OSU James Morris, LB, IOWA Cameron Johnston, P, OSU Aaron Bailey, QB, ILL (2003).
10-7 Ameer Abdullah, RB, NEB Darqueze Dennard, DB, MSU Bradley Roby, DB, OSU Joey Bosa, DE, OSU
Carlos Hyde, RB, OSU Students of the Game: The Big C.J. Olaniyan, DE, PSU Mike Sadler, P, MSU Christian Hackenberg, QB, PSU Ten led all conferences with eight 10-14 Jeremy Langford, RB, MSU 10-21 Jeremy Gallon, WR, MICH Max Bullough, LB, MSU Mitch Ewald, K, IND Desmond King, DB, IOWA student-athletes named to the Braxton Miller, QB, OSU James Morris, LB, IOWA Chris Hawthorne, K, MINN Dontre Wilson, RB, OSU Capital One Academic All-America 10-28 Philip Nelson, QB, MINN Denicos Allen, LB, MSU Peter Mortell, P, MINN Jordan Westerkamp, WR, NEB first or second teams. The Big Ten 11-4 Bill Belton, RB, PSU has led all Football Bowl Subdivi- Tevin Coleman, RB, IND Randy Gregory, DE, NEB Peter Mortell, P, MINN Tommy Armstrong, Jr., QB, NEB sion (FBS) conferences in Academ- 11-11 Chris Borland, LB, WIS ic All-Americans for nine straight 11-18 Carlos Hyde, RB, OSU Ryan Shazier, LB, OSU Brendan Gibbons, K, MICH Corey Clement, RB, WIS seasons, with 72 honorees over 11-25 Steve Hull, WR, ILL Ryan Shazier, LB, OSU Pat Smith, K, NEB Ralpheal Green III, DT, IND that time span. The Academic Christian Hackenberg, QB, PSU All-America first-team honorees 12-2 Tre Roberson, IND, QB Christian Kirksey, LB, IOWA Jeff Budzien, K, NU Christian Hackenberg, QB, PSU from the Big Ten were Indiana’s Mark Murphy, Iowa’s James Mor-
2014 FOOTBALL PROSPECTUS
2014 COMPOSITE SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, AUG. 28 Eastern Illinois at MINNESOTA RUTGERS at Washington State FRIDAY, AUG. 29 Jacksonville State at MICHIGAN STATE SATURDAY, AUG. 30 Youngstown State at ILLINOIS Indiana State at INDIANA Northern Iowa at IOWA James Madison at MARYLAND Appalachian State at MICHIGAN Florida Atlantic at NEBRASKA California at NORTHWESTERN OHIO STATE vs. Navy  PENN STATE vs. UCF  Western Michigan at PURDUE Howard at RUTGERS WISCONSIN vs. LSU  SATURDAY, SEPT. 6 Western Kentucky at ILLINOIS Ball State at IOWA MARYLAND at USF MICHIGAN at Notre Dame MICHIGAN STATE at Oregon Middle Tennessee State at MINNESOTA McNeese State at NEBRASKA Northern Illinois at NORTHWESTERN Virginia Tech at OHIO STATE Akron at PENN STATE Central Michigan at PURDUE Western Illinois at WISCONSIN SATURDAY, SEPT. 13 PENN STATE at RUTGERS ILLINOIS at Washington INDIANA at Bowling Green Iowa State at IOWA West Virginia at MARYLAND Miami (Ohio) at MICHIGAN MINNESOTA at TCU NEBRASKA at Fresno State Kent State at OHIO STATE PURDUE vs. Notre Dame  SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 Texas State at ILLINOIS INDIANA at Missouri IOWA at Pittsburgh MARYLAND at Syracuse Utah at MICHIGAN Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE San Jose State at MINNESOTA Miami (Fla.) at NEBRASKA Western Illinois at NORTHWESTERN Massachusetts at PENN STATE Southern Illinois at PURDUE RUTGERS at Navy Bowling Green at WISCONSIN SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 ILLINOIS at NEBRASKA IOWA at PURDUE MARYLAND at INDIANA MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN NORTHWESTERN at PENN STATE Wyoming at MICHIGAN STATE Cincinnati at OHIO STATE Tulane at RUTGERS USF at WISCONSIN SATURDAY, OCT. 4 MICHIGAN at RUTGERS NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN STATE OHIO STATE at MARYLAND PURDUE at ILLINOIS WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN North Texas at INDIANA SATURDAY, OCT. 11 ILLINOIS at WISCONSIN INDIANA at IOWA MICHIGAN STATE at PURDUE NORTHWESTERN at MINNESOTA PENN STATE at MICHIGAN SATURDAY, OCT. 18 IOWA at MARYLAND MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA NEBRASKA at NORTHWESTERN PURDUE at MINNESOTA RUTGERS at OHIO STATE SATURDAY, OCT. 25 MARYLAND at WISCONSIN MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE MINNESOTA at ILLINOIS OHIO STATE at PENN STATE RUTGERS at NEBRASKA SATURDAY, NOV. 1 ILLINOIS at OHIO STATE INDIANA at MICHIGAN MARYLAND at PENN STATE NORTHWESTERN at IOWA PURDUE at NEBRASKA WISCONSIN at RUTGERS SATURDAY, NOV. 8 IOWA at MINNESOTA MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN STATE PENN STATE at INDIANA WISCONSIN at PURDUE SATURDAY, NOV. 15 INDIANA at RUTGERS IOWA at ILLINOIS MICHIGAN STATE at MARYLAND NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN OHIO STATE at MINNESOTA NORTHWESTERN at Notre Dame Temple at PENN STATE SATURDAY, NOV. 22 INDIANA at OHIO STATE MARYLAND at MICHIGAN MINNESOTA at NEBRASKA NORTHWESTERN at PURDUE PENN STATE at ILLINOIS RUTGERS at MICHIGAN STATE WISCONSIN at IOWA FRIDAY, NOV. 28 NEBRASKA at IOWA SATURDAY, NOV. 29 ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE MICHIGAN STATE at PENN STATE MINNESOTA at WISCONSIN PURDUE at INDIANA RUTGERS at MARYLAND SATURDAY, DEC. 6 Big Ten Championship Game   - M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.  - Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  - Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas  - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
BIG TEN NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS IN 2014
(Number in parenthesis indicates total times a Big Ten team will face an opponent from this conference.) American Athletic (5) Cincinnati* 0-0 Temple 0-0 UCF* 0-0 USF (2) 0-0 ACC (4) Miami (Fla.)* Pittsburgh* Syracuse* Virginia Tech* Big 12 (3) Iowa State TCU West Virginia 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Colonial (1) James Madison 0-0 Conference USA (4) Florida Atlantic 0-0 North Texas* 0-0 Middle Tennessee State* 0-0 Tulane* 0-0 Independent (5) Navy (2)* 0-0 Notre Dame (3)* 0-0 MAC (11) Akron Ball State* Bowling Green (2)* Central Michigan Eastern Michigan Kent State Massachusetts Miami (Ohio) Northern Illinois* Western Michigan MEAC (1) Howard Missouri Valley (6) Indiana State Northern Iowa Southern Illinois Western Illinois (2) Youngstown State Mountain West (3) Fresno State* San Jose State Wyoming Ohio Valley (2) Eastern Illinois Jacksonville State Pac-12 (5) California Oregon* Utah Washington* Washington State* SEC (2) LSU* Missouri* Southern (1) Appalachian State Southland (1) McNeese State Sun Belt (2) Texas State Western Kentucky * indicates 2013-14 bowl team 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2014-15 BIG TEN BOWL LINEUP
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas) Bowl to be played in Detroit (Detroit, Mich.) Capital One Bowl (Orlando, Fla.) Discover Orange Bowl (Miami, Fla.) Fight Hunger Bowl (Santa Clara, Calif.) Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.) Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas, Texas) Holiday Bowl (San Diego, Calif.) New Era Pinstripe Bowl (New York, N.Y.) Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fla.) Rose Bowl Game (Pasadena, Calif.) TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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