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 24-25 in Chicago. All 12 head coaches will be in attendance.

Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel will speak on behalf of the players at the kickoff luncheon on July 25. Urschel, who's a Big Ten medal of honor winner and a brilliant guy, should deliver one whale of a speech. I can't wait to hear it.

Here's the full lineup:


Tim Kynard, Sr., DL

Corey Lewis, Sr., OT

Nathan Scheelhaase, Sr., QB


Mitch Ewald, Sr., K

Greg Heban, Sr., S

Kofi Hughes, Sr., WR


Christian Kirksey, Sr., LB

James Morris, Sr., LB

Brett Van Sloten, Sr., OL


Devin Gardner, Jr., QB

Thomas Gordon, Sr., S

Taylor Lewan, Sr., LT


Max Bullough, Sr., LB

Darqueze Dennard, Sr., CB

Blake Treadwell, Sr., OG


Ra’Shede Hageman, Sr., DT

Donnell Kirkwood, Jr., RB

Brock Vereen, Sr., S


Quincy Enunwa, Sr., WR

Ciante Evans, Sr., CB

Taylor Martinez, Sr., QB


Kain Colter, Sr., QB

Venric Mark, Sr., RB

Tyler Scott, Sr., DE


Jack Mewhort, Sr., OT

Braxton Miller, Jr., QB

Bradley Roby, Jr., CB


Glenn Carson, Sr., LB

John Urschel, Sr., G

Malcolm Willis, Sr., S


Ricardo Allen, Sr., CB

Bruce Gaston, Sr., DT

Gabe Holmes, Sr., TE


Jared Abbrederis, Sr., WR

Chris Borland, Sr., LB

James White, Sr., RB

Some quick thoughts:

  • This looks like a very solid lineup. You've got the three headliner quarterbacks -- Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez and Devin Gardner -- as well as Northwestern's Kain Colter and Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase. While only five QBs total is a low number, there are so many quarterback battles in the league that it makes sense this year. There are also several other star players, like Michigan's Taylor Lewan, Wisconsin's Chris Borland and Jared Abbrederis, Northwestern's Venric Mark and Michigan State's Max Bullough and Darqueze Dennard.

  • You may have heard a roar from the media when it was announced that Ohio State was bringing Bradley Roby. The star cornerback is one of the most engaging and fun interviews around. Let's hope he shows his full personality in Chicago. Good to see Ohio State bringing high-profile players, including two non-seniors, though this may well end up being the final year for Roby and -- possibly -- Miller. We'd love to see Nebraska's Kenny Bell in attendance, but he's an underclassman and the Huskers have a pretty good group. Martinez has slowly started to warm up to the public spotlight, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the glare of media day.

  • Should we read anything into Michigan State not bringing Andrew Maxwell? The quarterback is a fifth-year senior and a very polished public speaker, after all, but he is in the midst of a position battle. Maybe the Spartans simply didn't want the quarterback competition to overtake the conversation.

  • This is Scheelhaase's second straight year at the event, and his inclusion probably signals that he's got a firm grip on the starting QB job. I'm a little surprised not to see the Illini bring Jonathan Brown. But Corey Lewis, who has battled back from multiple knee injuries and was granted a sixth year of eligibility, is a tremendous story.

  • The guy I'm most disappointed not to see on the list? It's got to be Penn State's Allen Robinson, the best receiver in the league. He's only a junior, but it would have been nice for him to get some more national exposure. At least Urschel can fill up any reporter's notebook. All in all, it should be a vastly different experience for the Penn State contingent this year compared to last year's insanity.

What do you think of the lineup?