Football officially gets going today with the beginning of the Big Ten kickoff media event in Chicago. I will be headed up tomorrow for the luncheon as I have been accepted as a member of the Big Ten Network's inaugural fan council. I'll try to update throughout the day via Twitter or CoverItLive on the proceedings, which be attended by several of my fellow bloggers. Feel free to visit Lake the Posts, Hail to the Orange, MGoBlog, Maize N' Brew, and Eleven Warriors for other coverage.
In the meantime, the countdown continues with another two player day today.
Reggie Pegram - Fr.
Hometown: Terrell, TX (James Madison HS)
5'11", 222 pounds
2010 Projection: possible contributor at running back
Pegram could be a contributor in his first season at running back.
I did a profile on Pegram last October when he committed. He was fairly under the radar, but he had fantastic stats for James Madison High in Texas. With Ralph Bolden's return up in the air and the lack of depth at running back Pegram could be a guy who plays immediately. Things were so bad in spring practice with Al-Terek McBurse, Dan Dierking, Keith Carlos, and Jared Crank hurt we were forced to go with George Brigandi and Javeare White for most of the spring. Since Pegram is a scholarship back he has every chance of playing.
He has good size and his senior year stats were great. He ran for 1,394 yards and 15 touchdowns as his team made the Texas State playoffs. He also ran track and played basketball. He visited during the upset of Ohio State and that was enough to convince him to come. He seems like an underrated player that could surprise before his time is done.
Jarrett Dieudonne - Fr. (RS)
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Dillard HS)
6'1", 190 lbs
2010 Projection: reserve at safety.
Why can't he play this year?
Our other #33 is a redshirt freshman hat walked on last year after a pretty successful career at Dillard high in Ft. Lauderdale. Dieudonne is more of a basketball player, winning a state championship his senior year. He is still quite a football player though. His highlight reel has some impressive moves in the highly competitive world of South Florida football. He redshirted for us last season after walking on, but he got a decent look in spring practice. He played in the BCAA all-star game after his senior season and even had to take on mythical national champion St. Thomas Aquinas. He is a player that may work his way to the field because he was a leader of a pretty good team down in Florida.
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