The annual summer trek through Big Ten country continues as the 11th stop on our tour brought us to Rutgers where we watched the Scarlet Knights scrimmage Saturday night. Here are the fives things I learned at Rutgers. 1. The defensive line should be good. End Kemoko Turay was a revelation last season in his debut, but he missed Saturday’s scrimmage with injury. Senior Darius Hamilton, who could be one of the best tackles in the Big Ten, also didn’t play Saturday. He lacks great bulk but is quick off the ball. RU needs both of these guys 100 percent.
So, what does Ohio State do for an encore coming off a stunning 14-1 national championship season? How about winning another crown? The reigning kings of college football have it all going on, as Urban Meyer features a loaded roster. Will this team lose a game this season? Hmmmm. Some issues may arise to derail the mighty Buckeyes. Here are three things I’ll be watching Monday at practice. 1. How do the quarterbacks look? This is obvious, right? I mean, no position in America has been scrutinized more that the Ohio State quarterback spot. Junior Cardale Jones and sophomore J.T.
The BTN bus has left Maryland, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while watching the Terrapins scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Maryland tweets ] Senior Brandon Ross and junior Wes Brown are battling to see who will be the No. 1 running back. Each took turns rotating today. Ross limits mistakes, which is a trait the staff likes. Brown is a physical specimen who is still looking to hit his stride. Is either a top back? Depth was hurt when Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid
The 10th stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to College Park, Maryland, where we watched the Terrapins scrimmage Saturday afternoon.
Rutgers begins its second season in the Big Ten. But, some big issues hang over Kyle Flood’s program. The team is breaking in a new quarterback. How will that go? There also is a new offensive coordinator. And the secondary is being re-worked. Here are three things I will be watching at Rutgers practice. 1. What is the offensive identity? Rutgers is on its sixth offensive coordinator in six years, with Ben McDaniels now pushing the buttons on the offense. Don’t expect a radical difference, as the Scarlet Knights figure to be built around the run to help buffer the
Maryland’s debut in the Big Ten was mixed. There were wins vs. Iowa, Penn State and Michigan and a bowl trip but a late-season meltdown marred a 7-6 season. Hope floats in College Park, as Randy Edsall may have his best team yet as he begins his fifth season on campus. Here are three things I will be watching at Terrapins’ practice. 1. How does the o-line look? This unit has been underperforming since Randy Edsall has been in charge. A lack of depth and talent have been issues. But, the unit looks to be well-stocked. And there is some
The BTN bus has left Penn State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered from watching the Nittany Lions on Thursday and Friday.
The ninth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to State College, Pennsylvania, where we watched the Nittany Lions practice Thursday and Friday.
For the most part, James Franklin’s debut in State College was a success. But, this program remains a work in progress as it looks to build quality depth in the aftermath of NCAA probation. Scholarship numbers are back at 85, but youth is still prominent on the roster. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Penn State. 1. How does Christian Hackenberg look? The guy is an uber talent, but he was under constant duress last season playing behind a spotty line. How bad was it? Hackenberg was sacked 44 times as a sophomore. And he was pressured numerous
You have questions, and I have answers in my mailbag. I type this from the BTN bus as we chug toward State College, Pennsylvania, to watch Penn State practice. We have seen lots of interesting things that have stirred Big Ten Nation. Thanks for the cards and letters!! How much of a loss is WR De’Mornay Pierson-El for Nebraska? – Matt P. It is a huge loss for the Cornhuskers. Pierson-El, who is out six to eight weeks with a foot issue, was one of the Big Ten’s most electrifying players, a true go-the-distance guy who can score each time