Penn State v Ohio State

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller highlights All-Big-Ten team


Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller earned his second-straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award to highlight the release of this year’s All-Big-Ten team.

Chris Borland of Wisconsin was the Defensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Christian Hackenburg was the Freshman of the Year and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio was selected by both media and coaches as the Coach of the Year.

Michigan State and Ohio State both led the way with five first-team selections each.

The link to all the honors are here.

Here are the first-team selections:


QB — Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB — Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
RB — Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
WR — Allen Robinson, Penn State
WR — Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
OC — Corey Linsley, Ohio State
OG — John Urschel, Penn State
OG — Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
OT — Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OT — Taylor Lewan, Michigan
TE — C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
PK — Jeff Budzien, Northwestern


DL — Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL — Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
DL — Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL — DaQuan Jones, Penn State
LB — Max Bullough, Michigan State
LB — Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
LB — Chris Borland, Wisconsin
DB — Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
DB — Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB — Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
DB — Brock Vereen, Minnesota
DB — Ciante Evans, Nebraska
DB — Bradley Roby, Ohio State
P — Mike Sadler, Michigan State
P — Cody Webster, Purdue

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.

Gophers down eight starters for game vs. Boilermakers

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 03: at Ryan Field on October 3, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Minnesota 27-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It would be an understatement of significant proportions to say that the Minnesota football team is banged up.

How banged up?  On his radio show Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, revealed his team will be down a whopping eight starters for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Kill’s revelation comes one day after he confirmed a total of 20 players donned non-contact jerseys in practice earlier in the day.

The coach didn’t specifically identify which starters would be sidelined, with the Pioneer Press writing “[t]he known injuries to starters include safety Damarius Travis (hamstring), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), tight end Lincoln Plsek (back) and tackle Ben Lauer (knee/hand).”

One injured starter who will play, Kill confirmed, is quarterback Mitch Leidner. While not detailing any specific injury, Kill said Wednesday that Leidner “hasn’t been healthy. He’s been beat up.”

Overall, though, the Gophers’ health, or lack thereof, is bordering on historic.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 32 years in coaching,” Kill said yesterday. “The toughest thing for me right now is all of these kids that work so hard, and when they get hurt, it kills me. … We are running out of people.”

Coming off an 8-5 season last year, the Gophers are struggling. While they stand at 3-2 after five games, the three wins came by a total of nine points over the likes of Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio. Their second loss — the first was by six to TCU in the opener — was a 27-0 shutout at the hands of Northwestern in the Big Ten opener last weekend.