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
The eighth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where we watched the Wolverines practice Wednesday morning.
The BTN bus just left Michigan practice, and now it’s time for Tom Dienhart to share some nuggets he gathered while watching the Wolverines in action Wednesday morning.
The arrival of Jim Harbaugh has sent the Michigan program into a new stratosphere. Harbaugh is being hailed as a savior, as the program looks for its first Big Ten title since 2004. Harbaugh inherits a team that has talent. It just needs some direction, leadership and swagger, all of which Harbaugh can provide. The defense is ready-made for success. It’s the offense that needs a lot of attention. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Michigan. 1. Who will be the quarterback? This is a question that has been nagging since the equipment was put away after last
The seventh stop on our annual summer bus tour the Big Ten brought us to East Lansing, Michigan, where I got the chance to see Michigan State practice on Tuesday.
The BTN bus just left Michigan State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Spartans in action Tuesday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s MSU practice tweets ] In his eight seasons, Mark Dantonio has had just two punters: Aaron Bates and Mike Sadler. Now, Jake Hartbarger takes over. He’s a banger. Backup QB Tyler O’Connor also is the team’s backup punter. Michigan State has a tradition during camp under Mark Dantonio of having all personnel wear their names on their shirt written onto white tape. O-line
Michigan State is on a roll under Mark Dantonio, winning double-digit games four times in the last five years with two Big Ten titles and wins in the Cotton and Rose Bowls.
The BTN bus just left Northwestern practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Wildcats in action Monday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s NU practice tweets ] This was NU’s first practice of 2015 at Camp Kenosha at UW-Parkside, just a few miles from Lake Michigan. This is the team’s 20th season conducting some preseason drills in Wisconsin. There will be eight practices here. When we attended Camp Kenosha last year, there were an alarming number of players out with injury. That wasn’t the case this