Big Ten: Curenski Gilleylen

You've asked for it and you've been very patient, so here it is. The Big Ten All-Name team.

Who doesn't love a good name? And there are some very strong candidates around the Big Ten this season.

The only criteria, besides having an awesome name, is a player must be on a Big Ten roster entering the 2011 season. Incoming freshmen are eligible. Names that could have a football connotation help your cause.

Let's do this ...

Coach: Jerry Kill, Minnesota

OFFENSE

QB: Moses Alipate, Minnesota
RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan
RB: Mika'il McCall, Iowa
FB: Jared Crank, Purdue
OL: Fou Fonoti, Michigan State
OL: Jack De Boef, Purdue
OL: Rocko Khoury, Michigan
OL: Seung Hoon Choi, Nebraska
OL: Riki Kodanko, Wisconsin
WR: Fritz Rock, Illinois
WR: Xzavian Brandon, Minnesota
WR: Tariq Tongue, Penn State
WR: Nick Toon, Wisconsin
TE: Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State

DEFENSE

DL: DeJazz Woods, Illlinois
DL:
Kyle Baublitz, Penn State
DL: Wisdom Onyegbule, Illinois
DL:
Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
LB: Storm Klein, Ohio State
LB: Coddye Ring-Noonan, Wisconsin
LB:
Kaulana Judd, Purdue
DB: Miami Thomas, Illinois
DB: John Lowdermilk, Iowa
DB: Peniel Jean, Wisconsin
DB: Shady Salamon, Minnesota

SPECIAL TEAMS

P: Alex Butterworth, Penn State
K: Carson Wiggs, Purdue

PRACTICE SQUAD
  • Zepheniah Grimes, LB, Illinois
  • Griffen Dahlstrom, LB, Indiana
  • Curenski Gilleylen, WR, Nebraska
  • Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
  • Caleb TerBush, QB, Purdue
  • Takudzwa Kubvoruno, WR, Michigan State
  • Dakota Getz, LB, Iowa
  • Darius Millines, WR, Illinois
  • Dusty Kiel, QB, Indiana
  • Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Northwestern
  • DeOn'tae Pannell, OL, Penn State
  • Khairi Fortt, LB, Penn State
  • Sahr Ngekia, TE, Minnesota
  • Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
  • Silas Redd, RB, Penn State
  • Nick Stoner, DB, Indiana (nod to Adam's hometown of Berkeley, Calif.)
  • Marlandez Harris, DL, Indiana
  • Logan Link, DB, Purdue
  • Stone Pinckney, LB, Northwestern

Spring superlatives: Nebraska

March, 21, 2011
3/21/11
10:30
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The spring superlatives series, which examines the strongest and weakest position groups for each Big Ten squad in the spring, matches on with Nebraska.

Strongest position: Defensive line
  • Key returnees: DT Jared Crick (70 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries); DE Cameron Meredith (64 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries); DT Baker Steinkuler (46 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries)
  • Key losses: DE Pierre Allen (65 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries)
  • The skinny: Crick leads a dynamic group that should anchor a very strong Huskers defense in 2011. The Huskers boast the Big Ten's best defensive tackle tandem as well as a talented pass rusher in Meredith. Allen will be missed on the other edge, but Nebraska has some intriguing options like Kevin Thomsen, Josh Williams, Jason Ankrah and the speedy Eric Martin, who shined on special teams. Junior college transfer Joseph Carter also should be in the mix at end. Crick is a game-changing type of defensive tackle, in the same mold as recent Big Ten standouts like Jared Odrick and Corey Liuget. Opponents will have a tough time running between the tackles against Nebraska.
Weakest position: Wide receivers
  • Key returnees: Brandon Kinnie (44 receptions, 494 receiving yards, 5 TDs)
  • Key losses: Niles Paul (39 receptions, 516 yards, 1 TD), Mike McNeill (21 receptions, 346 yards, 1 TD)
  • The skinny: Production has been an issue with this group, and Paul's departure creates a need for others to emerge around Kinnie, clearly the team's top option at this stage. Kinnie must take his game to another level, and Nebraska's coaches must do a better job of developing other pass-catching options aside from the tight ends and running backs. Although tight end Kyler Reed and running back Rex Burkhead will help here, a team needs more than one reliable wide receiver. Nebraska needs more from players like Curenski Gilleylen and Kenny Bell, who redshirted last season but generated buzz on the scout team.

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