Who Will Be Missed From the Big Ten in 2013?
Gone From the Big Ten in 2013?
For fans of the Big Ten, last year was another thrilling season filled with great action packed football. There were upsets, double overtime games, jaw dropping victories, and heartbreaking losses. There was the drama of two storied football dynasties recovering from in house scandals. Both Ohio State and Penn State overcame adversity and made fans of the Big Ten proud to have them as members of the conference.
Jim Delaney is undoubtedly very proud of the conference and all of the football programs that make the games an event worth watching every week. Delaney does deserve a lot of credit for the success of the league, but he does an outstanding job sharing the credit. The Big Ten Network helps to make the league the sensation that it is. Also the coaches and athletic directors have done an outstanding job conducting themselves in a professional manner. The Big Ten, like all other conferences, does encounter their share of controversies. The Big Ten has done an amazing job handing down punishment so that athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans know what to expect and can be proud of the caliber of individuals that the Big Ten produces both on and off the field.
That said, each year it is sad to see some of the individuals move on from the Big Ten. Most of the time it is to bigger and better things, and they can take with them fond memories of their time spent in the conference. Coaches are offered better jobs and players may be moving on to the NFL or finished with an amazing football career ready to move on to the next stage of their lives. Here is a look at some of the individuals that will be missed in the Big Ten this season.
This running back has epitomized everything that Nebraska fans want out of their star players and leaders. His on field play was outstanding and his relationship with young Jack Hoffman, the seven year-old brain cancer patient, has been inspirational.
This young man brought a great amount of excitement and talent to an Iowa Hawkeyes secondary that will be greatly missed this season. He was the Defensive Back of the Year in the Big Ten in 2012.
Ball enjoyed a college career running behind an always tremendous Wisconsin offensive line. Ball was an All-American in 2011 and 2012. He scored a record 83 touchdowns in his time as a Badger.
This talented defensive end will be greatly missed on the Spartans' line in 2013. He is a physical specimen and was a joy for fans to watch when healthy.
Unfortunately for Spartan fans their most electrifying offensive weapon decided to forgo his senior year and enter the draft. Ball steadily improved each year at Michigan State and many are expecting him to do so in the NFL as well.
Perhaps one of the most electrifying athletes the Big Ten has seen in a while, Robinson will be missed in Ann Arbor. It will be interesting to see how his skills translate into an NFL career.