"I really have an opportunity and a platform right now to make a difference," he said.
Extra points: BTN has hired former Big Ten stars Corey Wootton (Northwestern), James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) and Braylon Edwards (Michigan) to its broadcast lineup. BTN President Mark Silverman said Laurinaitis "had perhaps the best screen test I've ever seen." ... Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said the wide receiver job is "wide open" — but maybe not as up for grabs as the right guard spot. At least seven players have a shot to win that job: Matt Burrell, Malcolm Pridgeon, Branden Bowen, Demetrius Knox and true freshmen Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis and Thayer Munford. ... Maryland has 42 homegrown players on its roster. Many others come from surrounding states. "In our backyard there's a strong group of talent every year that ... you can win a lot of games, win championships with," second-year coach DJ Durkin said. "I don't know if that's the case everywhere."