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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 27, Digital 6

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 6 84 The change in the recruiting calendar becomes effective Aug. 1 and will first affect the 2019 recruiting class. "The new recruiting rules has been a windfall for Ne- braska," DiNardo said. "It is going to take maybe two or three years to manifest itself. Nebraska is a school, not only in the Big Ten, but in the country, that has benefited most from this legislation. Because if you are going to try to live up to Nebraska's reputation and historic past, which is conference and national championships, something had to change in recruiting. Legendary Nebraska coaches Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney were great recruiters." Back in Osborn's and Devaney's days, a prospect al- ways visited officially before making a decision. That hasn't been true for the last much of the past 10 years. "Kids are making decisions based on unofficial visits paid by themselves, and who the hell can make their own way to Lincoln, Nebraska?" DiNardo said. "Not only that, but you will be able to pay for families as well. So when you identify the ones that are open to something differ- ent, and you are allowed to fly their families to campus, and that family gets off the plane and looks at Lincoln, Neb., as a drastically different environment than they are used to and they say, 'My son can come here and be safe?' That is pretty powerful stuff." The New Guys As in any new season, all eyes will be on the newcom- ers to the Big Ten. Minnesota, Indiana and Purdue have new head coaches, but each inherits a dramatically dif- Iowa Athletics Akrum Wadley's abilities at running back may help smooth the Hawkeyes' transition into a new quarterback. Gold and Black's All-Big Ten Team OFFENSE WR Nick Westbrook, Indiana WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State C Billy Price, Ohio State OL Jamarco Jones, Ohio State OL Mason Cole, Michigan OL Brian Allen, Michigan State OL Sean Welsh, Iowa QB Trace McSorley, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State RB Justin Jackson, Northwestern K Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota DEFENSE DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan DL Nick Bosa, Ohio State DL Rashan Gary, Michigan DL Sam Hubbard, Ohio State LB Josey Jewell, Iowa LB Tegray Scales, Indiana LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State CB Chris Jones, Nebraska S Marcus Allen, Penn State S Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern P Blake Gillikin, Penn State Offensive Player-of-the-Year Barkley, Penn State Defensive Player-of-the-Year Gary, Michigan Special Teams Player-of-the-Year De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska Coach-of-the-Year James Franklin, Penn State

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