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Big Ten latest P5 to announce media days attendees

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The SEC has done it this week.  So has the ACC.  Now, it’s the Big Ten’s turn to do it.

The “it,” of course, is a Power Five conference releasing its list of player who will represent their respective schools at the annual preseason media event.  And that’s just what the Big Ten did, with the Midwestern conference revealing the 42 players who’ll represent the league’s 14 member institutions at the B1G Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago July 30-31.

From the conference’s press release:

The list of students scheduled to attend features 27 returning all-conference selections, including first-team honorees in Maryland’s Brad Craddock and William Likely, Michigan State’s Jack Allen and Shilique Calhoun, Minnesota’s Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Penn State’s Anthony Zettel and Rutgers’ Leonte Carroo.

Just five of the 14 teams in attendance will send quarterbacks, with none of those being QB-rich Ohio State: Indiana (Nate Sudfeld), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong Jr.) and Wisconsin (Joel Stave).

This is, though, a conference that greatly respects veteran leadership as 36 of the 42 players are classified as seniors. The other six players are juniors.

Below is the complete list of Big Ten players attending football media days.

EAST DIVISION

INDIANA
Adarius Rayner, Sr., DL
Jason Spriggs, Sr., OL*
Nate Sudfeld, Sr., QB

MARYLAND
Brad Craddock, Sr., PK*
William Likely, Jr., DB*
Andrew Zeller, Sr., OL

MICHIGAN
Joe Bolden, Sr., LB
Jehu Chesson, Sr., WR
James Ross III, Sr., LB

MICHIGAN STATE
Jack Allen, Sr., C*
Shilique Calhoun, Sr., DE*
Connor Cook, Sr., QB*

OHIO STATE
Taylor Decker, Sr., OT*
Joshua Perry, Sr., LB*
Adolphus Washington, Sr., DT*

PENN STATE
Jordan Lucas, Sr., S*
Angelo Mangiro, Sr., C/G*
Anthony Zettel, Sr., DT*

RUTGERS
Leonte Carroo, Sr., WR*
Darius Hamilton, Sr., DT*
Keith Lumpkin, Sr., OL

WEST DIVISION

ILLINOIS
Josh Ferguson, Sr., RB
Ted Karras, Sr., OG*
Mason Monheim, Sr., LB*

IOWA
Austin Blythe, Sr., C*
Jordan Lomax, Sr., DB*
Drew Ott, Sr., DE*

MINNESOTA
Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Sr., DB*
Theiren Cockran, Sr., DE*
Mitch Leidner, Jr., QB

NEBRASKA
Tommy Armstrong Jr., Jr., QB
Nate Gerry, Jr., S*
Jordan Westerkamp, Jr., WR

NORTHWESTERN
Traveon Henry, Sr., S
Christian Jones, Sr., WR
Dan Vitale, Sr., SB*

PURDUE
Danny Anthrop, Sr., WR
Robert Kugler, Sr., C*
Frankie Williams, Sr., CB*

WISCONSIN
Michael Caputo, Sr., S*
Corey Clement, Jr., RB
Joel Stave, Sr., QB*

* indicates previous all-conference selection

Purdue’s top WR medically cleared to resume all football activities

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Nearly eight months after a serious injury cut his 2014 season short, Danny Anthrop has cleared a rather significant health hurdle.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Anthrop has been medically cleared to resume all football-related activities.  The wide receiver sustained a torn ACL in the fourth quarter of an early-November loss to Nebraska and, obviously, missed the remainder of the 2014 season.

In mid-February, Anthrop stated he was ahead of schedule in his recovery; four months later, the receiver is fully participating in summer workouts ahead of the start of summer camp.

“For me right now, this is when the work begins,” Anthrop told the Star. “I have to test the waters.”

Anthrop was easily the Boilermakers’ leading receiver in yardage at the time of the injury, topping the team with 616 (No. 2 was at 218). His 38 receptions, four receiving touchdowns and 16.2 yards per catch were also tops on the team.

He ended up leading the team in three of those categories (yardage, ypc and TDs) and second in the other (receptions) despite missing a quarter of the season.

Purdue’s top WR ahead of schedule in ACL recovery

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A significant knee injury cost Danny Anthrop the end of the 2014 season, but it shouldn’t cost him the beginning of the 2015 season.  Or summer camp, for that matter.

In November of last year, the Purdue wide receiver sustained a torn ACL in the fourth quarter of an early-November loss to Nebraska.  While the injury sidelined him for Boilermakers’ three remaining games, the rehab from the injury has been going well.

So well, in fact, that Anthrop, while not being a full participant, could see some non-contact action during spring practice that begins next month.  Barring a setback, he’ll be ready for not only summer camp but for the summer workouts that precede them.

“I think May is a very realistic goal of when I’ll be back,” Anthrop told the Indianapolis Star. “That’s what I have my heart set on for my recovery date.”

When you consider that the injury wasn’t just a simple ACL tear, it’s borderline amazing that he’ll return as soon as he is. From the Star:

Surgery, though, revealed the injury was more than just an ACL tear. He had torn the lateral medical meniscus, sustained cartilage damage and suffered broken bones in his tibia and femur. Anthrop said he still has bone contusions, which may take longer to heal than the ACL.

Anthrop was easily the Boilermakers’ leading receiver in yardage at the time of the injury, topping the team with 616 (No. 2 was at 218). His 38 receptions, four receiving touchdowns and 16.2 yards per catch were also tops on the team.

He ended up leading the team in three of those categories (yardage, ypc and TDs) and second in the other (receptions) despite missing a quarter of the season.

Pat Narduzzi completes coaching staff with hiring of WRs coach Kevin Sherman

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Everyone in college football knows that if you want a dynamic, explosive wide receiving corps, Purdue is the place to look.

With that in mind, new Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi has plucked wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman away from the Boilers to coach a similar post with the Panthers, according to multiple reports.

Sherman spent two seasons at Purdue and holds FBS experience at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Ohio, and also deposited stints at Methodist College, Ferrum College and Virginia Military Institute.

“He is a tremendous recruiter that has excelled in assessing and assembling the top prospects east of the Mississippi River,” Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell said of Thomas before the season according to Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune.

Purdue boasted FBS’s 103rd-ranked passing attack in 2014, throwing for an average of 187.4 yards per game – one spot ahead of Pittsburgh. Danny Anthrop led the club with 38 grabs for 616 yards with four touchdowns. No other wideout collected more than 19 receptions. Sherman’s main task will be maintaining or increasing production of rising junior Tyler Boyd, who led all returning ACC players with 78 catches for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns.

The hire completes Narduzzi’s initial coaching staff.