Big Ten Announces List of 42 Football Players to Appear at 43rd Annual Kickoff Luncheon Presented by Allstate and BMW
July 10, 2014
Rosemont, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today the 42 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, held Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, at the Hilton Chicago. The 43rd annual event will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten and will feature 20 returning all-conference selections and all 14 head coaches.
The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 29, and features a new format for the 2014 event. Beginning at 10 a.m. CT, fans in attendance will take part in an autograph session with the head coaches and one former player from each school, while current players will take part in brief, live interviews highlighted by questions from fans on-site and through social media channels. Coaches and current and former student-athletes will be available for a photo session around 11 a.m. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and will showcase interviews with all 14 head coaches, and include speeches by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Tournament of Roses president Rich Chinen and Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska. The All-Big Ten running back and Academic All-Big Ten honoree will speak on behalf of the players in attendance.
The list of student-athletes scheduled to attend features 20 returning all-conference selections, including two individual award winners from last season. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller has claimed each of the last two Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year laurels, while Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun is the reigning Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. Miller and Calhoun were joined on the All-Big Ten first team last season by Iowa’s Brandon Scherff, Michigan State’s Kurtis Drummond and Nebraska’s Abdullah.
Attendees who have earned second-team All-Big Ten honors include Iowa’s Carl Davis, Michigan’s Frank Clark and Jake Ryan, Michigan State’s Connor Cook, Nebraska’s Kenny Bell, Ohio State’s Michael Bennett and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Rob Havenstein. Previous honorable mention all-conference honorees scheduled to appear at the event are Indiana’s Shane Wynn, Maryland’s Stefon Diggs, Michigan’s Devin Gardner, Nebraska’s Corey Cooper, Northwestern’s Ibraheim Campbell, Ohio State’s Jeff Heuerman and Penn State’s Sam Ficken.
A limited number of tickets remain available for $110 per seat or $1,100 per table (10 seats). Contact Josh Munk at the Big Ten office at 847-696-1010, ext. 105, or firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually attracts some of the most talented names in college sports. The event has drawn legendary coaches as well as each of the conference’s Heisman Trophy winners since 1970. In all, more than 850 of the conference’s finest players, over 60 head coaches and nearly 50,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.
* indicates previous all-conference selection