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Randy Edsall Q&A: 'Our guys have a lot of confidence'

Maryland enjoyed a successful Big Ten debut in 2014, going 7-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play. That allowed the Terps to finish in third place in the uber-tough East Division highlighted by roads victories at Penn State and at Michigan. Now, it’s time to keep developing.

Dienhart: Check out Penn State's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

The NFL draft has been good to Penn State the last 10 years, as the Nittany Lions have produced 36 picks. That total is more impressive when you consider Penn State had no picks in 2005. The program has lived up to its billing as “Linebacker U,” producing nine picks at that storied position in State College, Pa. No other position has produced as many NFL picks over the last 10 years for PSU. The Nittany Lions also have been fertile on both lines and in the defensive backfield. The offensive skill spots? Not so productive. There are several Nittany

Big Ten links: Run through a handful of Spring Football headlines

Update on Penn State's and Ohio State's offensive line. A look at football helmet safety ideas. Where will star running back Tevin Coleman land? And a crazy mascot story involving a horse. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart scooped up the top Thursday headlines and offers them up ... right here.

Dienhart: Check out Ohio State's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

Prolific. There is no other way to describe Ohio State’s performance in the last 10 NFL drafts. It’s a proverbial football factory in Columbus. But, I think we already had an inkling of that.

Dienhart: Should Frank Kaminsky have his No. 44 retired? Yep

Should Wisconsin retire Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44? Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal thinks so. And, I agree. Kaminsky was a transcendental player who took this program to heights it hadn’t seen in generations.

Big Ten Links: Jake Ryan on paying players, Bo Pelini's house & more

OK, we have another opinion in the endless debate on if players should be paid. This time, it’s ex-Michigan LB Jake Ryan weighing in. And he doesn’t think players should get any loot. “If (someone is) a winning coach, so be it, pay them what you think,” Ryan said to Matt Shepard of WDFN. With the whole paying student-athletes thing, you’re getting an education. You’re getting a Michigan degree, that’s what I got. You get that throughout your four or five years and I think that’s perfect. You work hard towards that, that’s what I worked hard towards. “That, and

Big Ten Links: NBA draft decisions, Urban Meyer's new deal & more

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

Dienhart: Some things learned--and not learned--from Saturday

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