The Big Ten announced the attendees for next week's conference media days in Chicago, so we now know which Huskers we'll be hearing from next week in addition to Scott Frost.
It's a good group. A varied group.
Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. is the biggest personality of the three Huskers headed to Chicago. He'll be good for some fun and style next week.
Defensive lineman Mick Stoltenberg is typically pretty straightforward, but he'll give an earnest and thoughtful answer to any question any reporter might ask. Offensive lineman Jerald Foster is sort of the swing man between those two types. Quick with a joke and a smile early in his career, we've seen Foster take on a more traditional leadership tone as his career has progressed. If this were a 3-on-3 basketball team, you'd be able to fill most of the necessary roles with that group. (Free idea for the Big Ten: Hold a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the last day of this event.)
The rest of the representatives in the Big Ten provide some telling snapshots for a few teams.
PURDUE: The Boilermakers are bringing both their quarterbacks, Elijah Sindelar and David Blough. Has this ever happened before? At any conference media days? I like Jeff Brohm more and more. (And it's not like Purdue has a lot of veteran defenders to pick from either.)
RUTGERS: Happy to see that defensive back Blessuan Austin will be in attendance. He's one of the best players in the conference that too few people know about. Add in linebacker Deonte Roberts and I feel like Chris Ash is telling you a bit about his team. I think the Scarlet Knights have a chance to be pretty good defensively in 2018.
PENN STATE: In terms of overall star power* for the conference as a whole, it's Trace McSorley and then everybody else. I'll be interested to see the buzz around him and Penn State as a whole next week.
* Star power is always somewhat diminished at these events thanks to coaches' preference for taking upperclassmen, robbing us this year of access to Jonathan Taylor and Noah Fant, two of the best players in the conference.
MICHIGAN STATE: A quarterback, a running back and a safety. I feel like we've been sent back in time three or four years. When the Spartans have been among the conference's best (and the nation's) haven't they traditionally been strong at those three spots? (Dominant d-lines helped, too.)
QUARTERBACKS: Five conference quarterbacks are going, but that includes two for Purdue (I'm still amused by that), so only four teams will be represented by their signal-callers. Most notably Ohio State and Wisconsin, far and away the favorites to meet in the conference title game, will not be. It makes some sense given that Dwayne Haskins is only a sophomore at Ohio State, but no Alex Hornibrook (junior) for Wisconsin? What are you hiding Paul Chryst?!
Big Ten media days kicks off next Monday from Chicago. We'll have a good team there, so if there are any storylines you're particularly interested in from the event feel free to drop them in the comments below and we'll take those into account.
The Grab Bag
- What's the timeline for success at Texas A&M for Jimbo Fisher? "The timeline is now."
- Oklahoma tops ESPN.com's preseason Big 12 power rankings followed by West Virginia and TCU.
- Speaking of quarterback groups, does the SEC have the best collection in the country this season?
- ICYMI: Mick Stoltenberg shares some insight on offseason workouts, Jacob Padilla caught up with recent Nebrasketball offer Akol Arop and Derek Peterson previews Illinois.
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