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  1. Poll: Big Ten's top defensive tandem

    Adam Rittenberg

    The best Big Ten defenses often boast standout tandems, as we've seen in recent years. In 2008, Ohio State had linebacker James Laurinaitis and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. In 2009, Iowa had defensive end Adrian Clayborn and linebacker Pat Angerer,...

    Blog | June 20, 2012
  2. Big Ten did you know? Week 1

    Adam Rittenberg

    Some notes and nuggets from around the Big Ten to make you smarter as you head out to the games this weekend. If Michigan QB Denard Robinson earns Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors this fall, he would become just the second player to do...

    Blog | September 02, 2011
  3. Greg Jones a Butkus Award semifinalist

    Adam Rittenberg

    Michigan State senior linebacker Greg Jones has been named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Jones is the only Big Ten representative among the 15 semifinalists, and he's one of three repeat semifinalists f...

    Blog | October 22, 2010
  4. Spartans' Eric Gordon not to be ignored

    Adam Rittenberg

    If Eric Gordon played for any other team, he'd probably be a household name. He'd likely have a few more awards listed below his mug shot in the media guide. Who knows, he might even have his own promotional Web site, like this one. Gordon easi...

    Blog | October 20, 2010
  5. Brian Rolle is Buckeyes' man in the middle

    Adam Rittenberg

    Most coaches would take one look at Brian Rolle and think strong safety or running back. A 5-foot-11, 218-pound middle linebacker? Maybe in the Sun Belt, but never at Ohio State, a program rich in linebacker tradition that can hand pick the player...

    Blog | September 08, 2010
  6. Gholston, Bullough seek instant impact

    Adam Rittenberg

    William Gholston and Max Bullough aren't typical freshmen, so Michigan State sees no point in treating them that way. While a large portion of Spartans freshman can be penciled in as redshirts for 2010, head coach Mark Dantonio has made it clear t...

    Blog | August 18, 2010
  7. Big Ten rankings: No. 12, Ross Homan

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and 2010 potential, continue with ... No. 12: Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State, Sr., 6-0, 227 2009 numbers: Led Ohio State and tied for second in the Big Ten with five interceptions; fi...

    Blog | June 18, 2010
  8. Six BT players on Lott Trophy watch list

    Adam Rittenberg

    Six Big Ten defenders have been named to the watch list for the Lott Trophy, an award that recognizes both on-field performance and off-field character attributes. The watch list includes 42 players, and here are the six from the Big Ten: Purd...

    Blog | April 15, 2010
  9. Big Ten Q&A: Jim Heacock, Part I

    Adam Rittenberg

    Ohio State opened spring drills Thursday, and for the Buckeyes' defense, it's business as usual. Though the defense loses six starters, it remains one of the nation's elite units, thanks in large part to coordinator Jim Heacock. Ohio State has ranked...

    Blog | April 02, 2010
  10. PSU, OSU time-tested on defense

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's no secret that the Big Ten is typically a defense-oriented league, a theme that starts at the top and trickles down. Penn State's sports information department took a look at defensive statistics from 2004 to 2009 and found that only two team...

    Blog | January 28, 2010
  11. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    We'll start off with some of your thoughts on Michigan State's new proposed logo, and move on from there. Adam from Baltimore writes: Hey Adam,Love the blog! As a life-long Spartan fan, just figured I'd respond about the new logo. It looks as thou...

    Blog | January 22, 2010
  12. Big Ten all-decade team

    Adam Rittenberg

    I hope you enjoyed the decade recap series. We had a lot of fun researching and putting it together. Not surprisingly, my top players list generated a ton of feedback -- mostly negative, but that's cool -- from the Big Ten faithful. Because there ...

    Blog | January 22, 2010
  13. Big Ten players of the decade

    Adam Rittenberg

    Our decade recap continues with a look at the top players in the Big Ten from 2000-09. The league produced just one Heisman Trophy winner, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith in 2006, but many other national award recipients on both sides of the ball. ...

    Blog | January 19, 2010
  14. Ohio State Buckeyes season recap

    Adam Rittenberg

    Ohio State won the Big Ten this year, which is nothing new. The Buckeyes have won or shared six league championships since 2002, cementing themselves as the team of the decade in the Big Ten. But in some ways, this year's title run might be the mo...

    Blog | December 09, 2009
  15. Reflections on All-Big Ten teams, awards

    Adam Rittenberg

    I've had some time to digest this year's All-Big Ten teams and league awards, which, for the most part, accurately reflected the conference this fall. It's always interesting to see the differences in voting between the coaches and the media, as well...

    Blog | November 24, 2009
  16. Big Ten spotlight: Ohio State's Austin Spitler

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg No James Laurinaitis? No Malcolm Jenkins? No problem for Ohio State's defense, which is showing that it reloads better than any single unit in the Big Ten year in and year out. The Buckeyes bullied USC's herald...

    Blog | September 25, 2009