Proof that time flies: This will be Pat Fitzgerald's 10th season at the helm in Evanston. And, it has been an interesting ride. Check out Tom Dienhart's Q&A with Fitzgerald inside.
The best way to describe Northwestern’s NFL draft success the last 10 years? Modest. The Wildcats have produced just 11 picks—with one first-round selection (Luis Castillo, 2005).
Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker declared for the NBA draft last week. Is Michigan’s Caris LeVert next? For now, he’s still in fact-finding mode. He’s also in a walking boot until May. Is he REALLY ready for the NBA? I guess I don’t think so. The underclassman entry deadline is April 26. LeVert said after the season that he’ll weigh his decision right up until that date. The NBA Draft Combine will be held until May 12-17 and is followed by draft entrants being invited for individual workouts with NBA teams. *** On this same subject … this just in: Yogi Ferrell
There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star
Few Big Ten schools can match the production that Nebraska has had in the NFL draft the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers have had 37 picks—almost four per draft. And the program also has had four first-rounders. The most prolific position has been defensive back with 11 selections. The offensive line and linebacker (each with seven picks) also have been production positions for producing pros in Lincoln. Nebraska will add to its impressive array of NFL draftees April 30-May 2, with end Randy Gregory projecting as a high first-round pick. Other Cornhuskers who should be selected are wideout Kenny Bell,
Four Big Ten teams held closed out their spring on Saturday, and five more do the same this weekend. As a result, there's a lot of football news in Tom Dienhart's Monday Big Ten links.
New Nebraska coach Mike Riley gets it. It’s all about the football at Nebraska. Always has been, and it always will be. That’s why he’s here.
Digging through my mail bag, looking for questions and queries to answer with spring football in full gear and basketball now in our rear-view mirror. Keep those cards and letters coming.
Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links, Mark Dantonio feels his football team is ready to play now. Plus, we found five great questions about Michigan's basketball team. Braxton Miller won't get in trouble for that Instagram photo. And a few other football teams are focused on improving specific team units. Let's get to the links.
Minnesota hasn’t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 11 draft choices in that span. In fact, the Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years—2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the eighth round. Minnesota could have a few picks in this year’s draft, with TE Maxx Williams and RB David Cobb leading the way. Williams may be a first-round pick, as he is considered by most to be