Media Days...the unofficial start of the college football season.
Conferences and individual teams schedule events at the start of the season to allow members of the college football media access to players and coaches. Big Ten's Media Day in Chicago is just around the corner and the list of attendees is full of personality.
The list of players includes 25 seniors and eight juniors, the offensive and defensive players of the year, 19 All-Big Ten players, a few long-shot Heisman hopefuls and America's favorite quarterback. One glance and the urge to power-rank it overwhelmed me.
Did you think I was kidding when I said I could power rank anything in the off-season to fill my college football addiction?
Bryant Browning, G, Sr.
Cameron Heyward, DL, Sr.
Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Sr.
Seriously, no Terrelle Pryor?!
There is more outrage than shock from this. Head coach Jim Tressel is no stranger to shielding his starting quarterback from the media.
Heyward and Sanzenbacher are great selections, but Pryor is a Heisman hopeful and college football writers need quotes. Not bringing your starting quarterback to Big Ten Media Day when he's a favorite for the Heisman Trophy is a major fail.
Mark Moundros, FB, Sr.
Stephen Schilling, G, Sr.
Troy Woolfolk, CB, Sr.
Michigan opted not to bring a quarterback because head coach Rich Rodriguez doesn't know who his starter is yet. They do bring three team veterans to answer the media's questions.
I've got $20 for the first reporter that yells Baba Booey at Rich Rod.
Eddie McGee, WR, Sr.
Clay Nurse, DE, Sr.
Tavon Wilson, CB, Jr.
Illinois is the only team besides Ohio State and Michigan not bringing its starting quarterback, but it makes sense because after the departure of Juice Williams, their quarterback is a redshirt freshman.
McGee is a good choice, though, and should provide several usable quotes to the media.
This slide brings up a good chance to provide a helpful reminder for all those who attempt slideshows on Bleacher Report—whenever possible, try to select the goofiest picture you can find to represent a rival team.
Brandon Kirksey, DT, Jr.
Kim Royston, S, Sr.
Adam Weber, QB, Sr.
Minnesota brings veteran quarterback Weber along for the trip, along with his wide receiving target Royston.
All three players were named Minnesota captains for 2010.
Ben Chappell, QB, Sr.
Tyler Replogle, LB, Sr.
Terrance Turner, WR, Sr.
Indiana brings three seniors along, including starting quarterback Chappell, who should provide the media with much needed Hoosier material.
Corbin Bryant, DT, Sr.
Quentin Davie, LB, Sr.
Dan Persa, QB, Jr.
Northwestern's Bryant is one of Adam Rittenberg's most quotable players.
Davie is a consensus preseason All-Big Ten linebacker who has already earned preseason second-team honors from Lindy's, Athlon Sports, and Phil Steele.
D'Anton Lynn, CB, Jr.
Evan Royster, RB, Sr.
Stefen Wisniewski, G, Sr.
Penn State brings three All-Big Ten selections with Royster, Wisniewski, and Lynn.
Wisniewski, who blocks for the long-shot Heisman hopeful Royster, could be the best conference's best guard.
Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Sr.
Robert Marve, QB, Jr.
Keith Smith, WR, Sr.
Purdue brings an interesting mix to Chicago for media day.
Marve is the junior starting quarterback who transferred from Miami. Smith is the Big Ten's leading receiver and Kerrigan is one of the best defensive players in the league.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Jr.
Greg Jones, LB, Sr.
Keith Nichol, WR, Jr.
Michigan State has a great group of players selected, despite being the only team bringing two juniors along on the media day trip.
Most of the attention will fall on Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Greg Jones, but Nichol and Cousins will be in high demand. Head coach Mark Dantonio will also be in high demand for a high volume of questions about off-the-field incidents.
John Clay, RB, Jr.
Scott Tolzien, QB, Sr.
Jay Valai, S, Sr.
The Badgers bring last year's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in running John Clay. They also bring one of the most quotable players in college football, senior safety Jay Valai.
With expectations being high for Wisconsin, this group should get showered in attention from the media corp.
If someone could ask head coach Bret Bielema what his thoughts were on the fake Twitter account, @BeingBielema, I'd be very grateful.
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Sr.
Karl Klug, DT, Sr.
Ricky Stanzi, QB, Sr.
The only way Iowa's media day group could have improved is if Mr. Third Down was in attendance. "If they could sneak in Derrell Johnson-Koulianos to the Hyatt, I'd be in heaven," writes ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.
Iowa picks two no-brainers with Stanzi and Clayborn, as both are media favorites. The Hawkeyes also bring along Klug, who is on the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
Anyone care to take a wager on how many times Stanzi gets asked about his Orange Bowl quote?
The over/under is 35.