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
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 explains. Donahue earns some praise in the Shrine Game blog, 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.