Time to answer some mail! How good are the Minnesota linebackers? Will Michigan topple a rival this season? Is David Blough the answer to Purdue’s QB ills? I look at those questions and more. I have been impressed by Minnesota’s linebackers and think they will be among the best in the Big Ten. What do you think? – Bill White I like the Gopher linebackers when I watched the team scrimmage last Saturday. Jack Lynn has All-Big Ten potential, and Cody Poock is a tough player who excels vs. the run. Jonathan Celestin rounds out the unit. He’s a nice
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has its most talented team—and perhaps its best–since Tracy Claeys arrived in Dinkytown in 2011. [ MORE: Dienhart: Here’s what I learned at Minnesota practice ] Yes, this roster still lacks top-end depth across the board. But there is plenty of speed and athleticism, along with size. It was on display on Saturday in a tough, hard-hitting scrimmage in TCF Bank Stadium. Get my fun takes from Minneapolis below. Most impressive player: LB Jack Lynn is a physical force who covers a lot of ground. He may end up being an All-Big Ten player. Also have to
The BTN bus tour hit Minneapolis on Saturday, and our crew was able to take in the Golden Gophers' scrimmage at TCF Bank Stadium. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned inside.
What will Paul Chryst do for an encore after a strong debut that saw him win 10 games? It will be interesting. He lost a great defensive coordinator in Dave Aranda, who left for the same post at LSU, and must replace veteran quarterback Joel Stave. Here is what I’ll be watching for at Monday’s practice. 1. Are the Badgers OK at QB? Who is it gonna be with Joel Stave gone? It’s a clash between Bart Houston, who will be a fifth-year senior, and Alex Hornibrook, who redshirted as true freshman last year. Houston has more experience and played
The Minnesota program is on solid footing, having been to a bowl each of the last four seasons as Tracy Claeys assumes command. But the staff has been altered. Still, there is momentum coming off a bowl win that capped a disappointing 6-7 season. Claeys let go offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski. Jay Johnson was hired from Louisiana-Lafayette to run the offense and coach quarterbacks, while Bart Miller was tabbed to coach the line. Here is what I’ll be watching at Minnesota practice. 1. Is the offense clicking? More run-pass balance is needed for
The letters are flowing in as I am on the road for the Big Ten camp tour. I have questions about Penn State’s depth, Michigan State’s ability to develop talent and Michigan’s chances to beat Ohio State this season, among others. Let’s go!
Stop No. 9 on the BTN bus tour brought us to Nebraska practice Thursday. The Cornhuskers, fresh off a 6-7 season in Mike Riley's debut, return plenty of talent on a team trying to dethrone defending Big Ten West champ and rival Iowa.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Mike Riley is looking for more in his second season in Lincoln. His debut was marked by myriad close losses. The good news: The Huskers finished 2015 on a roll, capping the season with a big bowl win over UCLA. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s fun takes from Nebraska practice ] There are some good building blocks moving forward as Nebraska, which is searching for its first conference title of any sort since 1999, looks to make a move in the Big Ten West. Here is what I learned at Cornhusker practice. 1. This will be one
Before the premiere of "Green & White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp, presented by Meijer," at 7 p.m. ET tonight, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at a handful of Spartans' position battles that should be monitored this summer.
The BTN bus tour stopped in Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday to check out the defending Big Ten West champions. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's fun takes from the physical practice inside.