The player and coach attendees for this year’s Big Ten Media Days in Chicago were announced Thursday morning, and a couple interesting names were left off the list.
For Penn State, senior safety Jordan Lucas, senior center/guard Angelo Mangiro and senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel will be attending alongside head coach James Franklin, while junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg will not.
Hackenberg isn’t the only prominent quarterback who won’t be going, however.
Ohio State isn’t sending a single signal-caller to the event, presumably in light of the media-hyped quarterback battle sure to take place this fall between Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.
Miller just recently was under question regarding his future at Ohio State. After severely injuring his shoulder last August (for the second time in his collegiate career), he watched first Barrett, then Jones lead the team to a National Championship.
Many thought Miller would consider a transfer, but he said Thursday, “I’m from Ohio, this is my home state. This is where I started and this is where I’m going to finish it.”
Ohio State declined to send running back Ezekiel Elliot, as well.
As for Penn State, Franklin’s decision to bring three senior players echoes his move the previous year. Kicker Sam Ficken, running back Bill Belton and linebacker Mike Hull attended the event in 2014.
This year’s Big Ten Media Days will take place from July 30-31.
Illinois: RB Josh Ferguson, OL Ted Karras, LB Mason Monheim
Indiana: DL Adarius Rayner, OL Jason Spriggs, QB Nate Sudfeld
Iowa: OL Austin Blythe, DB Jordan Lomax, DL Drew Ott
Maryland: K Brad Craddock, DB Will Likely, OL Andrew Zeller
Michigan: LB Joe Bolden, WR Jehu Chesson, LB James Ross
Michigan State: OL Jack Allen, DL Shilique Calhoun, QB Connor Cook
Minnesota: DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, DL Theiren Cockran, QB Mitch Leidner
Nebraska: QB Tommy Armstrong Jr., DB Nate Gerry, WR Jordan Westerkamp
Northwestern: DB Traveon Henry, WR Christian Jones, SB Dan Vitale
Ohio State: OL Taylor Decker, LB Joshua Perry, DL Adolphus Washington
Penn State: DB Jordan Lucas, OL Angelo Mangiro, DL Anthony Zettel
Purdue: WR Danny Anthrop, OL Robert Kugler, DB Frankie Williams
Rutgers: WR Leonte Carroo, DL Darius Hamilton, OL Keith Lumpkin
Wisconsin: DB Michael Caputo, RB Corey Clement, QB Joel Stave