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Big Ten update from Shrine Game

1/24/2011

As promised, I wanted to catch you up on how the Big Ten draft hopefuls performed Saturday at the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando.

The East squad rolled to a 25-8 victory against the West as its defense forced three first-half fumbles and recorded a safety. Several Big Ten players contributed to the East's dominant defensive performance, including Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle, who forced a fumble on the first play from scrimmage.

Despite a strong week of practice, Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien had a rough outing for the West team, completing 2 of 5 passes with a fumble that fellow Big Ten teammate Randall Hunt recovered in the end zone for a team safety.

As for some of the other Big Ten notables:

  • Penn State running back Evan Royster (EAST) had nine carries for 38 yards and a 4-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter

  • Indiana receiver Terrance Turner (EAST) recorded two receptions for 20 yards, while Purdue tight end Kyle Adams (EAST) had two catches for 13 yards

  • Iowa punter Ryan Donahue (EAST) averaged 38 yards on five punts, placing two inside the 20-yard line

  • Michigan State linebacker Eric Gordon (EAST) recorded four tackles

  • Ohio State's Rolle (EAST) had two tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup

  • Penn State defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu (EAST) recorded a sack and a quarterback hurry

Despite his touchdown run, Royster's stock dropped during the week, colleague Todd McShay explainsInsider. Donahue earns some praise in the Shrine Game blogInsider, while our experts detail a tough afternoon for both Tolzien and Adams.

All in all, not the greatest performance for the Big Ten contingent.

The Senior Bowl is up next this week, and I'll have updates on how the Big Ten players perform in Mobile.