Big Ten lunch links
May, 9, 2014
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com
Fourteen Big Ten programs combined to produce four first-round NFL draft picks. Louisville, Northern Illinois and Buffalo together had five. Eleven of 32 came from the SEC. Discuss.
- A big night at the NFL draft for Michigan's Taylor Lewan, who landed with the Titans at No. 11 to lead off a better opening day for the league.
- Ohio State's defensive duo, Ryan Shazier at No. 15 to the Steelers and Bradley Roby at No. 31, went to the Broncos.
- And Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard found a home with the Bengals at No. 24.
- Michigan’s other offensive tackle, Michael Schofield, has used a family struggle as his motivation to prepare for this draft.
- Former Indiana receiver Cody Latimer went to New York to hear his name called at the draft. He’s still waiting.
- Also waiting, defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hagemen of Minnesota, which hasn’t had a player drafted since Eric Decker in 2010. And the wait is almost over, too, for Wisconsin’s Chris Borland.
- Tracking the Maryland prospects for the second through seventh rounds.
- Meanwhile, Purdue’s 15-year streak of landing at least one player in the draft is in jeopardy.
- Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel lands the presidency at Youngstown State after he was bypassedat the University of Akron.
- What to do this offseason? Shane Morris can play catch ... with himself.
- Michigan State appears interested in the younger brother of tight end Dylan Chmura.
- James Franklin and the Penn State coaches continue their 17-stop caravan in Pittsburgh. Can the grayshirting of recruits help PSU overcome its scholarship limitations.
- Former Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage earns the endorsement of ex-coach Greg Schiano.
- Former Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz will remain on staff in 2014 as a graduate assistant. An appeal is deniedfor the summer jail sentence in Colorado for offensive tackle Alex Lewis is denied.
- Minnesota loses a backup defensive lineman to North Dakota.
- Kirk Ferentz marches to the beat of his own drum in recruiting, but even he occasionally extends a scholarship offer to a high school freshman.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska