Devin Gardner on the Davey O'Brien Award watch list for the nation's top QB.
39 players total on the list, including 5 from the Big Ten:
Connor Cook (MSU)
Braxton Miller (OSU)
Christian Hackenberg (PSU)
Joel Stave (Wisconsin)
UM (and other B1G) teams have released the offical posters for the upcoming seasons. I'm a big fan of Michigan's. Between this and the cool weather in SE Michigan, I can't wait for football season. Go Blue!
UM Poster (Full Size): http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/mich/graphics/promotions/posters/fbl-poster-l-2014.jpg
BTN Article about the posters: http://btn.com/2014/07/15/photos-see-2014-big-ten-football-team-posters/
Angelique Chengelis has a great ARTICLE on Will Heininger's battle with depression while a redshirt freshman. I had no idea that Heininger had to fight through this, but it's great that he's getting out there and raising public awareness of a very serious mental illness.
“Part of why I understand how serious (mental illness) is, it got to a point it was bad enough, I understood what it felt like to not want to live, which is a scary, scary feeling,” Heininger, 25, said during a recent interview. “If life was that bad, and every day was that hard, how do you do this for a lifetime, let alone another year?” No one knew what he was going through because he didn’t know what it was.
The article mentions that 1 in 5 youths will suffer some sort of mental illness, and the core message here is to seek help if you find yourself in those straits. According to the CDC, "for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death."
Mental illness is real illness, and folks like Will Heininger going public about his illness just may result in people getting the professional help they need rather than trying to deal with it alone. Hat tip to you, Will Heininger, for your work on this front.
The majority of the Lions 2015 schedule was released. There are two games to be determined based on 2014 outcomes. The schedule looks brutal based on 2013 results. The Lions finally get a home game against Arizona.
2015 home opponents: Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals.
2015 away opponents: Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams.
BTN ranks the B1G's best QB/QR duos. Miller/Smith come in first, whatevs.
But Devin/Devin come in second.
2. Devin Gardner and Devin Funchess, Michigan. The Devin-to-Devin connection put up some huge numbers last season and should only improve. Gone is Jeremy Gallon, which means that Funchess’ role in the offense will continue to grow. Gardner threw 10 interceptions in the Wolverines’ first six games of the 2013 season, and then had just one pick in the final six games. If he can continue that trend, and get the ball in Funchess’ hands, this combo could be one of the better QB-WR duos in college football.
Indiana's guys are third, and Sparty's are fifth. An increasingly respectable-looking Maryland checks in fourth, primarily due to Diggs.