Ohio State freshman star D’Angelo Russell is turning pro. No surprise, as Russell is widely projected as a lottery pick. Russell was a sensation in 2014-15, living up to his billing as the top incoming player in the Big Ten en route to earning Freshman All-American and consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors. The 6-5, 180-pound Louisville, Kebntucky, native led all freshmen in the nation in scoring (19.3), entering double-figures in 33 of 35 games. Russell also averaged 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Russell’s departure creates another hole in an Ohio State roster that already must replace guard Shannon Scott, forward
The nation is abuzz over Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan. And Ohio State is coming off a national title behind Urban Meyer, while Michigan State has emerged as an elite program under Mark Dantonio. But keep an eye on Penn State and James Franklin in the uber-tough Big Ten East.
The trend in recent years has been for NFL teams to avoid drafting running backs in the first round. The first back didn’t come off the board in 2014 until the 54th pick. The Big Ten hasn’t been immune to that trend. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] In the last 10 drafts, since 2005, the Big Ten has had just three running backs taken in the first round: Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (2006), Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall (2008) and Ohio State’s Beanie Wells (2009). And five drafts have passed since Wells was the last Big Ten back
In Thursday's Big Ten links, Tom Dienhart looks at the simmering controversy around Big Ten football teams setting up camp in SEC country. Also, what did Jim Harbaugh say this time? And how is Michigan State football giving Western Michigan football a boost? Get the answers to these questions and more in this post.
It has been a slow, steady build at Illinois under Tim Beckman. He has made steady progress since arriving from Toledo and taking over the Illini in 2012, going 2-10 (0-8 Big Ten), 4-8 (1-7) and 6-7 (3-5) last season.
If you want to be an NFL receiver, the places to go in the Big Ten are Michigan and Ohio State. Over the last 10 drafts, each school has had seven wideouts picked.
It seems some in the SEC and ACC are still in a bunch over Penn State having these satellite camps across the nation. My advice: Get over it. What are they afraid of? I think I know. The central issue in play is the viewpoint of the SEC and ACC that satellite camps are a “loophole” in an NCAA rule that says camps must be hosted within a 50-mile radius of the university’s campus. The rule doesn’t cover a coaching staff guest-coaching at camps hosted by other institutions. The SEC and ACC are free to hold similar camps, if they
Several Big Ten teams have had no trouble churning out NFL draft picks along the offensive line over the last 10 years. Recently, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin have done it the best. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] In all, 73 Big Ten offensive linemen have been selected, including Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers, since the 2005 draft. Ten of those selections were first-rounders. But, if you had to make the pick, which school is the Big Ten’s Offensive Line U? Let’s take a quick look. Also: Select your team
Seeing which school can have the biggest spring game attendance sometimes is more fun than the actual “games” themselves. So far, the Big Ten has the top three attendances in the nation. So, take that. Ohio State is No. 1 with 99,391; Nebraska No. 2 at 76,881 and Penn State No. 3 with 68,000. Michigan is No. 6 at 60,000. *** Ohio State was feted at the White House for winning the 2014 national title. Pretty sweet. Here is the complete transcript of what President Obama said to the team. And, of course, here is Twitter reaction and photos from
Wisconsin has been one of the Big Ten’s bellwether programs of late, and that success has yielded 42 picks in the last 10 NFL drafts. See Tom Dienhart's Wisconsin's NFL draft snapshot inside.