Big Ten FB: The Five on Five

In today's Big Ten Five on Five, we hit on Michigan's suspension, a touching Mother's Day Story, the post spring ESPN Big Ten rankings, and more.

Michigan receiver suspended

The Michigan Wolverines suspended wide receiver Darryl Stonum indefinitely for a drunk-driving offense. Stonum is one of Denard Robinson's favorite targets after he accounted for 633 yards and four touchdowns on 49 catches last season.

Head coach Brady Hoke commented on the decision to suspend the junior wideout on Saturday before word broke on what exactly happened.

"Darryl made a poor decision that is unacceptable and won't be tolerated...This is a serious situation," said Hoke, according to ESPN.


Wisconsin fails to snag four-star TE

The Florida Gators have won the recruiting battle with Wisconsin for the highly coveted tight end, Colin Thompson.

Scout.com ranks him as the No.3 tight end in the nation and a tight end that has the ability to block and catch the ball.

Wisconson was among a dozen schools that had made an offer to the 6-foot-5, Pennsylvania native; a list that included Alabama, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Stanford.


Uplifting Mother's Day Story for Illinois RB

The Chicago Tribune recently did a story regarding fullback/halfback Jay Prosch and his decision to step away from football in order to be with his mother, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in early April.

Earlier this week, his mother underwent a second surgery that removed approximately 90% of the tumor; Prosch was in the room after the surgery and surprised his mother.

"I was very surprised to see him walk into hospital room," said Iris Prosch, "It was hard to see that big old boy with tears. But he was amazing and optimistic."

Prosch was granted a leave of absence by head coach Ron Zook for the surgery and a week after the surgery to be with her in her time of recovery; he returned in time to take part in the team's spring game. He will return back home on May 14 after the semester is over.


John Clay shocked about NFL Draft

At Wisconsin, John Clay was a beast in the Badgers' backfield. He finished with multiple 1,000-yard seasons and 32 touchdowns; he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award in 2009, as well.

With all that said, he figured he would be a lock to get drafted, and in his mind, drafted in the first two days. But his thoughts were wrong, and now, Clay is stuck with the label of being an 'undrafted free agent.'

"It was tough...Me and my family, we had a rough weekend," said Clay, according to Pro Football Talk.

With a lockout in place, Clay cannot be contacted by any team, leaving him in a great amount of stress. "You don't know when you're going to get that phone call and be able to sign with a team," said Clay.


ESPN's Big Ten rankings posted

Adam Rittenberg, the ESPN Big Ten blogger, recently released his "post-spring" Big Ten rankings. In just their 1st year in the Big Ten, Rittenberg has the Huskers contending for a title.

1. Ohio State
2. Nebraska
3. Michigan State
4. Wisconsin
5. Penn State
6. Northwestern
7. Iowa
8. Michigan
9. Illinois
10. Purdue
11. Minnesota
12. Indiana

- Josh Harvey -


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