I GET IT
big ten media days
First, WTF is the point of the Big Ten Network if they don't even air the student keynote speech live?
Some tweets coming out on it:
Denard Robinson also talked about his family, including a brother who died when he was 10.
Denard Robinson says it was tough to do the right things growing up on the neighborhood he grew up in
Denard Robinson says he didn't leave Michigan b/c his teammates were his brothers
Emotional Denard Robinson doing an outstanding job delivering a speech at Big Ten kickoff before a huge ball room
Denard Robinson: "I met the President of the United States. And LeBron James. And they both knew who I was." (Laughter)
Denard Robinson: "Trust me. I'm not perfect. Just ask Coach Hoke."
Denard Robinson says character is who you are when no one else is watching
Denard Robinson says "it doesn't matter where you come from. Anything is possible."
Some Big Ten schools and players passed on chance to succeed Kirk Cousins' speech but Denard Robinson accepted the challenge and delivered
Denard Robinson: “It wasn’t easy where I came from. What made it possible was my two parents, who had nothing but gave everything.”
Background behind the speech:
Video (embedded below):
schadjoe Michigan CB Troy Woolfolk: "When I see 'O' shaped objects I get instantly angry."
schadjoe Woolfolk: "I don't eat Cheerios, Froot Loops or Apple Jacks."
Joe_Stapes Troy Woolfolk: Denard has been able to jump ahead of Tate during the summer, Tate has work to do to catch up during camp.
Rittenberg reports that OSU, Iowa, Wisconsin have been selected by the Big Ten media as the top 3 teams in their pre-season poll and Pryor and Jones were selected as pre-season POYs.
For the third straight year, Ohio State has been picked as the Big Ten preseason favorite. No one will be surprised by Ohio State's selection. The bigger drama came at the No. 2 spot, as media around the country seem to be split on Iowa and Wisconsin. Iowa got the nod from the Big Ten press corps, coming in at No. 2 after an Orange Bowl championship in January. Wisconsin rounds out the preseason poll at No. 3 (unlike other leagues, the Big Ten only reveals the top three teams in preseason voting).
The media's selections for preseason players of the year mirrored last year's choices: Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (offense) and Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones (defense). It marks the first time this has happened since 1998, when Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer received the honors.
I have the opportunity to field one question to Rich Rod via Dave Biddle a writer for Buck Nuts on Tuesday at Big Ten media days. You might start off by asking what are you doing cavorting with the enemy? Dave is a high school friend of mine who is doing me a solid because I'm deployed to Iraq. Right now I'm leaning towards: What area of the team do you expect to see the most improvement from coming out of camp and how much of an impact do you think this years group of freshman will play on the team?