Big Ten Media Days: Day 2 Interview Highlights, Quotes and Takeaways
Day 2 of Big Ten media days should be more interesting than Day 1, with players such as Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Michigan's Devin Gardner available for round-table interviews. If that wasn't enough, coaches Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke and Pat Fitzgerald are scheduled to address the media.
This is a chance to hear from some of the top players in the conference and get their take on how the upcoming season is going to unfold.
If you found Wednesday's media day intriguing, you're in for a treat today.
The targeting rule was a topic touched on once again during Big Ten Media Days. Apparently this was an issue last season as well and would have resulted in plenty of ejections if the rule was in place, according to Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network:
Player safety is important to everybody, but it seems like the ejection part of the rule is what bugs a lot of people. That's why Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald came up with an interesting idea that the conference should consider, per Jeffery Fowler of CBS Sports:
Coaches talked about a good idea Pat Fitzgerald has for targeting rule -- yellow card for 1st offense, red card signaling ejection for 2nd— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) July 25, 2013
If it works, it works.
Budzien is Your New Favorite Kicker
Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien was not invited to Big Ten media days, but that didn't stop him from showing up anyway. The Lou Groza Award candidate decided to grab a microphone and put on a show, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN:
Don't lie, he is now your new favorite special teams player.
Do You Know Where Northwestern Is?
Having so many games scheduled on the Big Ten Network has helped the conference grow tremendously. Another thing it does is bring awareness to Northwestern, as Fitzgerald told Brett McMurphy of ESPN:
Pat Fitzgerald said w/Northwestern games on B1G Network "17-year olds know we're not located in Seattle"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 25, 2013
Hopefully this was never the case, but still...
Party On, Coach!
Last season, Northwestern won its first bowl matchup since 1949. It was a great moment for the program, and coach Fitzgerald wasn't going to act all nonchalant about it, per Dan Wolken of USA Today:
Pat Fitzgerald on aftermath of Northwestern's Gator Bowl win: "I partied my tail off. I'm not gonna lie."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 25, 2013
Why isn't there video of this?
Taylor Lewan Highlights
"That was a great hit, he won an ESPY for it," Lewan said. "He played a good game, I played a good game, it was two people with mutual respect for each other in a 12-round fight. That's all it was."
Too bad there isn't a rematch to look forward to.
As media day dragged along, Lewan continued to pay respect to Clowney, but he wouldn't go overboard with it:
Taylor Lewan on Jadeveon Clowney saying he's the best faced: "Just a man respecting another." Wouldn't say Clowney is the best he faced #B1G— Patrick Woo (@P_Woo) July 25, 2013
Lewan also commented on his Michigan career and considers it a failure up to this point, according to Nick Baumgardner:
Taylor Lewan says, to this point, his Michigan career has been a failure. No B1G titles.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 25, 2013
I guess being a top NFL draft prospect, a leader for Michigan and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection isn't good enough.
Just in case you are wondering how Lewan showed up to media days, Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report has you covered:
Taylor Lewan best dressed at B1G media days. Garner on his attire, "That's a big suit." pic.twitter.com/H6RUlHHNLw— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) July 25, 2013
He's a big dude.
Speaking of size, Lewan has an incredible diet that isn't for an ordinary college student. He can eat with the best of them, according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press:
“I eat 12 eggs a day, 12 tablespoons of olive oil a day, six cans of tuna; I only eat carbs right after my workout or not at all,” Lewan said Wednesday at the Big Ten media days at the Hilton Chicago. “I’m way more energetic. I can run for a lot longer. I can lift a lot more weight. I’m way stronger than I was during the season.”
At Buffalo Wild Wings, he’ll order “a salad and five chicken breasts,” explaining to the server it’s not a prank.
It looks like the Michigan offensive lineman could be the newest contestant on Man v. Food.
Devin Gardner Isn't Impressed
Don't ask Gardner about the Clowney hit, because he will call it overrated. Just check out his reaction during media days, per Matt Hayes of the Sporting News:
Devin Gardner on Clowney hit: "blown out of proportion. If a guy's not blocked, he should make that play."— Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) July 25, 2013
Update on Chris Bryant
The Michigan offensive lineman, who suffered a season-ending injury last year, is doing better but still has some work to do, according to Kyle Meinke of Mlive:
Hoke said Chris Bryant still has pain. He's not healthy. But "he's really fighting. ... He's made strides."— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) July 25, 2013
As for the rest of the offensive line, head coach Brady Hoke has an idea how the offensive line would look if the season started today, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN:
Hoke hinted that if the season started today, the OL would be from left to right: Lewan, Braden, Miller/Glasgow, Kalis, Schofield.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) July 25, 2013
If Hoke Wasn't Coaching...
The Michigan head coach has big dreams. He has emerged as one of the top head coaches in the country and is leading one of the most prestigious programs in the nation. If he wasn't coaching? He would have shot for arguably an even bigger job, according to Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors:
Before he got into coaching, Brady Hoke said he wanted to be a Secret Service agent.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 25, 2013
Hoke Speaks on Ohio State-Michigan
It's no secret that Ohio State is the overwhelming favorite to win the Big Ten. But a lot of the media predicted that Michigan and Ohio State will square off for the Big Ten title, which would mean the rivals would play each other two times in one season.
Hoke likes that idea, per Dan Wolken of USA Today:
Hoke on possibility of OSU-Michigan playing two weeks in a row: "I think it's interesting. It would be good for the league."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 25, 2013
Ohio State Arrest Updates
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told the media yesterday that he had no update on his running back Carlos Hyde. Nothing has changed since then.
Urban Meyer said he has no update on the Hyde situation.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 25, 2013
As for cornerback Bradley Roby, Meyer expects there will be some type of suspension.
Urban Meyer said some sort of suspension for Bradley Roby is likely.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 25, 2013
Ohio State opens the season against Buffalo.
Braxton Miller not a Heisman Candidate?
Meyer apparently predicted the future with Tim Tebow at Florida, but he doesn't think his current quarterback is on the same level quite yet:
Urban said he was ready to declare Tim Tebow a Heisman candidate before his '07 season. Not ready to say that for Braxton Miller yet.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 25, 2013
That's strange considering Miller is widely considered one of the front-runners to win the award.
As for Miller himself, he will have added motivation when his team plays Michigan on Nov. 30.
The Game lands on Braxton Miller's 21st birthday this year.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 25, 2013
Nobody ever wants to lose on their birthday.
Speaking of that game, Miller and Ohio State haven't forgotten what Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner said about this year's rivalry.
Braxton Miller broke into a big smile when asked about Devin Gardner's prediction for The Game. Said it made its way around locker room.— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) July 25, 2013
You can read more on the guarantee by clicking here.
Brandon Taylor is No Longer on Team
Veteran defensive tackle Brandon Taylor has left Purdue due to an academic situation, per Gold and Black:
Senior DT Brandon Taylor has left #Purdue team due to academics, per Darrell Hazell.— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) July 24, 2013
Taylor was entering his senior season and finished last year with 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Shots Fired at Georgia
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez isn't impressed with the Georgia defense. Well, at least that's what his comments indicated during media days, per Patrick Woo of SiriusXM College Sports Nation:
Taylor Martinez did it again. He said he played better defenses than Georgia's in the Big Ten and that Michigan State was toughest. #B1G— Patrick Woo (@P_Woo) July 25, 2013
Last season, Nebraska beat Michigan State 28-24 but lost to Georgia 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl.
Bo Pelini has Lost his Marbles
The Nebraska head coach also decided to diss the SEC by reminding the media that the entire conference isn't just one team:
Bo Pelini: "The whole SEC isn't Alabama. There are a lot of teams in the SEC that would like to be Nebraska."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 25, 2013
Uh, OK then.
Pelini also continued to comment on the targeting rule, and his opinion has not changed since yesterday:
Pelini: "If they're going to throw people out for the Clowney hit, we should find another sport."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 25, 2013
Nebraska's coach was very upset Wednesday when asked about the new rule that was implemented this season.
Believe it or not, Indiana showed up to Big Ten media days and decided to display some sweet looking helmets, per Brent Yarina of the Big Ten Network.
The helmets were released earlier this offseason, but they were obviously too cool to leave at home. These are certainly going to pop when the Hoosiers take the field this season.
Check back later, this article will be updated with highlights throughout Day 2 of Big Ten media days.
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