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  1. Illini's Lewis completes amazing comeback

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten hands out awards for practically everything at the end of the regular season, but the league lacks a comeback player of the year honor. If it did, Illinois' Corey Lewis would be the obvious choice. Most probably didn't notice Lewis ...

    Blog | November 07, 2012
  2. Poll: Big Ten's weakest position group

    Adam Rittenberg

    Earlier this week, I asked you to identify the Big Ten's strongest position group. Not surprisingly, running back ran away from the competition with 53 percent of the vote. Can't blame you there. The Big Ten returns its top three running backs fro...

    Blog | July 05, 2012
  3. Beckman retains Illinois' building blocks

    Adam Rittenberg

    Tim Beckman's first pivotal recruiting venture at Illinois didn't take place in a living room or at a camp for prep players. It happened at a California hotel in late December. His targets already wore the Orange and Blue. The group gathered befor...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  4. Illini offense aims to regain its swagger

    Adam Rittenberg

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- After the 2011 season, Illinois center Graham Pocic sat down with his linemate, Jeff Allen, to compile a highlight tape for Allen to show NFL talent evaluators. It sounded like a fun exercise. And for a little while, it was. ...

    Blog | March 28, 2012
  5. Big Ten postseason position rankings: OL

    Adam Rittenberg

    The postseason position rankings march on with the offensive lines. No position group is evaluated more as a collective unit, and the Big Ten had a mix of strong offensive lines and shaky ones. There were some individual standouts, such as Michigan c...

    Blog | February 08, 2012
  6. B1G players help North to Senior Bowl win

    Adam Rittenberg

    The North team recorded a 23-13 win against the South in Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and several Big Ten players contributed to the victory. Big Ten players factored in all the scoring for the North squad. Wisconsin quarterback Russell...

    Blog | January 30, 2012
  7. B1G players in spotlight at Senior Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's Senior Bowl week, and the semi-creepy weigh-in took place earlier today in Mobile, Ala. Both teams are currently going through their first practice session, and colleague Todd McShay has previewed what should be an interesting week leading up...

    Blog | January 23, 2012
  8. B1G players on initial NFL combine list

    Adam Rittenberg

    My apologies for posting this a bit late, but the initial invitations list is out for the 2012 NFL scouting combine, which takes place next month in Indianapolis. This list does not include the five Big Ten juniors who have declared for the draft. ...

    Blog | January 18, 2012
  9. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    A lunch links shout-out to my local Division III team, North Park, which is 3-0 for the first time since 2005. Kudos to coach Scott Pethel and the Vikings! Coaches Bo Pelini and Bret Bielema take different approaches to the Nebraska-Wisconsin hoo...

    Blog | September 27, 2011
  10. Q&A: Illinois OC Paul Petrino

    Adam Rittenberg

    Illinois set team records for points scored (423) and points per game (32.5) in Paul Petrino's first season as offensive coordinator. Here's the scary part: Petrino thinks the unit can be even better this fall. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is...

    Blog | August 17, 2011
  11. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    Illinois and Penn State hit the practice field today. RIP, Bubba Smith. Michigan State great Bubba Smith was a trailblazer in football, Drew Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press. Smith gave State some swagger, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit...

    Blog | August 04, 2011
  12. Player list for Big Ten media days

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten on Thursday announced its list of players appearing at preseason media days, which will be held July 28-29 in Chicago. This announcement is probably bigger for media types than fans, but it gives an idea of who teams view as leaders an...

    Blog | July 14, 2011
  13. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    You've got to explain this planking thing to me. Nebraska players are doing it. Illinois tackle Jeff Allen is doing it. What am I missing here? Bret Bielema discusses Wisconsin's courtship of Russell Wilson here and here. Wisconsin boosted its...

    Blog | June 29, 2011
  14. Ranking the B1G centers, guards, tackles

    Adam Rittenberg

    My apologies for posting these a day late -- blame it on Russell Wilson -- but it's time to break down the Big Ten offensive linemen entering the 2011 season. Rather than list the top 10 across the three position groups, I've decided to go a diffe...

    Blog | June 28, 2011
  15. Big Ten position rankings: Offensive line

    Adam Rittenberg

    The preseason position rankings march on with the offensive lines. Team rankings are below, and we'll take a look at the individual rankings for tackles, centers and guards early next week. Looking at the league landscape, offensive line could be ...

    Blog | June 24, 2011
  16. Three Big Ten dark horses for this season

    Adam Rittenberg

    Earlier today, my colleague Edward Aschoff from the SEC blog took a look at three potential dark horse teams in that league for the 2011 season. At the risk of playing catchup to the SEC -- something Big Ten folks hate to do -- I think it's a good...

    Blog | May 23, 2011