Big Ten media days player lineup

The Big Ten has announced its player lineup for preseason media days and the annual kickoff luncheon, to be held July 26-27 in Chicago. All 12 head coaches will be in attendance.

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will speak on behalf of the players at the kickoff luncheon July 27. He has a very tough act to follow (Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins hit a home run with his speech in 2011), but it's great to see Robinson, shy and reserved at the start of his career, reach this point.

Here's the full lineup:


Michael Buchanan, DE, senior

Graham Pocic, C, senior

Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, junior


Larry Black, DT, senior

Will Matte, C, senior

Adam Replogle, DT, senior


James Ferentz, C, senior

Micah Hyde, CB, senior

James Vandenberg, QB, senior


Jordan Kovacs, S, senior

Taylor Lewan, OT, junior

Denard Robinson, QB, senior


Max Bullough, LB, senior

Andrew Maxwell, QB, junior

Chris Norman, LB, senior


Keanon Cooper, LB, senior

MarQueis Gray, QB, senior

Ed Olson, OT, junior


Rex Burkhead, RB, senior

Will Compton, LB, senior

Kyler Reed, TE, senior


Kain Colter, QB, junior

Brian Mulroe, G, senior

David Nwabuisi, LB, senior


Zach Boren, FB, senior

Etienne Sabino, LB, junior

John Simon, DE, senior


Jordan Hill, DT, senior

Silas Redd, RB, junior

John Urschel, G, senior


Ricardo Allen, CB, junior

Kawann Short, DT, senior

Caleb TerBush, QB, senior


Montee Ball, RB, senior

Mike Taylor, LB, senior

Ricky Wagner, OT, senior

Some quick thoughts:

  • Of the years I've covered Big Ten media days, this is one of the better player contingents. It includes seven quarterbacks, which is a so-so number, but Robinson, Vandenberg, Gray, Scheelhaase, Colter and TerBush are all recognizable names, and it's good to see Michigan State acknowledging Maxwell's leadership role by bringing him to media days as a first-year starter. Ball is an obvious choice, and it's good to see him on the list.

  • That said, there are always players I'd love to see at this event who aren't attending. Michigan State defensive end William Gholston is at the top of my list. He's a national awards candidate and a guy who would get a lot of attention in Chicago. Would he hug it out with Michigan's Lewan? Unlikely. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez isn't the best talker, but he seems to be slowly warming up to the media. It'd also be great to see Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, although he's just a sophomore. If someone from Nebraska can get wide receiver Kenny Bell to Chicago, my fellow scribes and I would be eternally grateful.

  • Purdue bringing TerBush is significant, as it further acknowledges him as a team leader and the top quarterback entering fall camp. He exited the spring as the Boilers' top signal-caller, and while Robert Marve and Rob Henry are lurking, TerBush remains the man to beat.

  • Best talkers among the group: Scheelhaase, Hyde, Vandenberg, Lewan, Gray, Nwabuisi, Compton, Redd, Short and Ball.

What are you thoughts on the media-day rundown? Any surprises?