While most of Big Ten Media Days is filled with coach speak and questions about the overall talent level of each team in the conference, I try to create a fun exercise for the players instead.
Last year, I asked all 42 athletes in attendance to try to draw their school’s primary logo from memory. Some of them weren’t very pretty. This time around, though, I handed every player a blank template and gave them the task of designing their team’s alternate uniform.
Some — admitting their lack of skill with a pen — declined to take part, while others either attempted to draw or simply gave instructions on what they’d like to see when it comes to colors and logos.
With all that in mind, I recreated their designs on my own personal uniform template below. It appears some programs would be well-served asking their players for advice moving forward, while others should avoid it for fear of fan backlash.
Let’s take a look at what they came up with, shall we?
ILLINOIS DEFENSIVE TACKLE JAMAL MILAN
INDIANA SAFETY JONATHAN CRAWFORD
IOWA DEFENSIVE LINEMEN MATT NELSON AND PARKER HESSE
MARYLAND OFFENSIVE TACKLE DERWIN GRAY AND SAFETY DARNELL SAVAGE JR.
MICHIGAN SAFETY TYREE KINNEL
MICHIGAN STATE QUARTERBACK BRIAN LEWERKE
MINNESOTA RUNNING BACK RODNEY SMITH
NEBRASKA DEFENSIVE TACKLE MICK STOLTENBERG
NORTHWESTERN LINEBACKER NATE HALL
OHIO STATE OFFENSIVE TACKLE ISAIAH PRINCE
PENN STATE CORNERBACK AMANI ORUWARIYE
PURDUE LINEBACKER MARKUS BAILEY
RUTGERS CORNERBACK BLESSUAN AUSTIN
WISCONSIN LEFT GUARD MICHAEL DEITER