Big Ten Announces 33 Football Standouts to Appear at 2010 Kickoff Luncheon
July 19, 2010
Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday the 33 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2010 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, held Tuesday, August 3, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The 39th annual event, which also features all 11 conference head coaches, begins at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. CT, with comments from all 11 coaches and returning All-Big Ten wide receiver Keith Smith of Purdue, who will speak on behalf of the players in attendance.
The list of student-athletes scheduled to attend includes 19 former All-Big Ten selections, including seven first-team honorees from last season. The list also includes the 2009 Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and two standouts who were recognized as their respective teams' Most Valuable Players.
Scheduled to attend from last year's All-Conference first team are Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Michigan State's Greg Jones, Penn State's Evan Royster and Stefen Wisniewski, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Smith and Wisconsin's John Clay. Clay was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year by the conference coaches and media last season, while Jones earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades from the media. Kerrigan shared MVP honors for the Boilermakers, while attendee Ricky Stanzi was named Co-MVP at Iowa.
Also among the list of attendees are 12 players who received either second-team or honorable mention All-Big Ten status in 2009 or 2008: Illinois' Clay Nurse, Indiana's Ben Chappell, Iowa's Karl Klug and Stanzi, Michigan's Stephen Schilling, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Minnesota's Adam Weber, Ohio State's Bryant Browning and Cameron Heyward, Penn State's D'Anton Lynn and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien and Jay Valai.
Rounding out the list of student-athletes scheduled to appear at the Kickoff Luncheon are Illinois' Eddie McGee and Tavon Wilson, Indiana's Tyler Replogle and Terrance Turner, Michigan's Mark Moundros and Troy Woolfolk, Michigan State's Keith Nichol, Minnesota's Brandon Kirksey and Kim Royston, Northwestern's Corbin Bryant, Quentin Davie and Dan Persa, Ohio State's Dane Sanzenbacher and Purdue's Robert Marve. The complete list of attendees can be found below.
The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually draws some of the most interesting and talented names in college sports. The list of former Kickoff Luncheon attendees includes coaching legends like Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes, along with each of the Big Ten's Heisman Trophy winners since 1970 - Archie Griffin, Desmond Howard, Eddie George, Charles Woodson, Ron Dayne and Troy Smith. In all, approximately 750 of the conference's finest players, more than 50 head coaches and nearly 44,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.
PLAYERS ATTENDING 2010 BIG TEN KICKOFF LUNCHEON
* Indicates previous All-Big Ten selection