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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.

After Arkansas, LSU visits, ex-Purdue QB Danny Etling opts for Tigers

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The SEC is once again very much on the radar of a transferring Midwest quarterback.  And, this time around, a member of that conference was able to close the deal.

Late last week, WholeHogSports.com reported that Danny Etling was taking an official visit to Arkansas.  Over the weekend, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported, the former Purdue signal-caller visited UA’s fellow SEC West partner LSU.  The latter website noted that current Tiger offensive coordinator Cam Cameron attended the same high school as Etling.

LSU subsequently confirmed that Etling has indeed transferred into the Tigers program.

Earlier this month, Etling asked for and was granted a release from his Purdue scholarship for the purpose of transferring to another institution to continue his collegiate playing career.  Etling will be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA guidelines; he will then have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

Etling began the 2014 season as Purdue’s starter, but lost the job midseason to Austin Appleby.  With Etling seemingly entrenched as the starter following spring practice, Etling decided to look elsewhere for what will be a delayed opportunity to start again.

In 13 career games, the former four-star recruit passed for nearly 2,500 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.  He added four rushing touchdowns, although his career running stats are minus-104 yards on 88 carries.

Purdue grants QB Etling release from scholarship

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Quarterback Danny Etling won the starting job at Purdue last August, but he will be looking elsewhere to play college football this fall. Etling has asked for and been granted a release from his scholarship from the Boilermakers. The school announced the release Thursday afternoon with a brief statement from head coach Darrell Hazell.“We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that Danny has put into the Purdue program,” Hazell said. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future both on and off the football field.”

“We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that Danny has put into the Purdue program,” Hazell said. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future both on and off the football field.”

Etling, a former four-star quarterback recruit in the Class of 2013 according to Rivals, played in 13 games for the Boilermakers over the course of the past two years. He passed for 2,490 yards and 16 touchdowns. But the once-promising quarterback recruit ended the 2014 season on a sour note. He ended the year running Purdue’s second-team offense in practice, having lost the starting job to Austin Appleby in early October. Appleby will more than likely be Purdue’s starting quarterback this fall, with Etling now searching for a new football home.

Should he transfer to another FBS school, of course, he will have to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

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.