Freeman, Williams lead Big Ten in Senior Bowl
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
As was the case throughout the 2008 season, the Big Ten took a backseat to other conferences in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.
The South team beat the North, 35-18, and no Big Ten players were involved in the scoring for the North squad. But there were some bright spots for the Big Ten in the nation's premier postseason all-star showcase.
- Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman recorded a game-high eight tackles for the North team. As teammate James Laurinaitis sat out the game, Freeman likely improved his pro stock with a solid effort.
- Penn State wide receiver/return man Derrick Williams racked up a game-high 124 all-purpose yards. Williams had 89 yards on three kickoff returns, including a 44-yard burst. He also had an 11-yard punt return, caught two passes for 19 yards and had a five-yard carry. Williams' speed and versatility certainly will help his cause on draft day.
- Purdue running back Kory Sheets had a team-high seven carries for 31 rushing yards. He also notched the game's longest kickoff return, a 61-yarder in the fourth quarter, and caught four passes out of the backfield. Filling in for injured Michigan State star Javon Ringer, Sheets finally got some national exposure after being overlooked on a poor Purdue team this fall.
- Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie finished as the game's No. 2 receiver with 47 yards on three receptions.
- Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King had four tackles and a quarterback hurry in the game, while Michigan defensive end Tim Jamison had three stops and Purdue defensive end Alex Magee recorded an assisted tackle.
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