Kirk Ferentz is the dean of Big Ten coaches as he enters his 17th season at the helm at Iowa. But the program finds itself at a bit of crossroads. Check out our Q&A with the Iowa coach inside.
The decision by Brandon Scherff to return for his senior season paid off—handsomely, as he was the No. 5 overall pick. He won the Outland Trophy that goes to the nation’s best interior lineman. He became the Hawkeyes’ 21st consensus All-American. And Thursday, he became the fifth player in the history of Iowa football to get drafted in the top five. The guy is gonna be a stud. “I set goals for myself that (offensive line coach) Brian Ferentz and coach (Reese) Morgan told me to set for myself, and I accomplished some of those and I’m happy,” Scherff said.
The Big Ten had three first-round picks last night to kick off the 2015 NFL Draft. That brings the Big Ten school’s total first-round picks to 57 in the last 11 drafts. Ohio State leads the way with 13 first-round picks, almost twice as many as No. 2 school Wisconsin which has had seven. On Thursday, Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. It is a bit of a surprise to see Illinois No.
Just three Big Ten schools had players picked in the opening round of the draft, with Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin being represented. When could other schools see their first player picked? Here is a look at the player most likely to be picked first (or next) from each Big Ten school over the next two days of the draft. You can track the draft at FoxSports.com. Illinois: TE Matt LaCosse, 7th round-FA Indiana: RB Tevin Coleman, 2nd-3rd round Iowa: DT Carl Davis, 2nd-3rd round Maryland: WR Stefon Diggs, 3rd-4th round Michigan: WR Devin Funchess, 3rd-4th round Michigan State: RB
The Big Ten had three first-round picks, as Iowa T/G Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, then Michigan State CB Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings, and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. I was a bit surprised to see Scherff go so high, but he’s a safe pick, and he is very good. Waynes went about where I thought he would as did Gordon. But I thought Gordon would be the first back taken. He wasn’t, as the St. Louis Rams took Georgia’s Todd Gurley at No. 10. Remember when Nebraska DE Randy Gregory
By many measuring sticks, Rutgers’ Big Ten debut was a success in 2014. Credit coach Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Miss Rutgers’ spring game? Watch the replay on BTN2Go ] The fourth-year boss of the Scarlet Knights guided the program to an 8-5 overall record and a 3-5 Big Ten mark that saw Rutgers beat Washington State, Navy, Michigan, Maryland and North Carolina, among others, en route to taking RU to a bowl for the third season in a row. The 44-year-old Flood has a 23-16 mark as the coach of the Scarlet Knights as he looks to push the program
In Thursday's Big Ten links, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talked to reporters at the College Football Playoff spring meetings about the satellite camps this week. "I view it as permissible practice," Delany said. Also, get some last minute Big Ten updates before tonight's NFL Draft
Spring football 2015 is in the books. It's never smart to put too much emphasis on what we see in the spring, but that doesn't mean we should highlight the best of the best performances.
What school has earned the reputation over the last 10 years for being “Linebacker U” when it comes to NFL draft choices? It’s Ohio State.
Indiana hasn’t been to a bowl since the 2007 season, but you don’t have to tell that to Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson. He’s aware. He knows history. He wants to change it. And that change could happen this season.