Let’s answer some mail. Are new spread attacks at Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland different? Can Maryland start 6-0? How long before Michigan is battling for national titles? I look at those queries and more. Let’s go! [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s summer football tour coverage ] Three Big Ten East teams are installing spread offenses this year. How do the spread offenses that Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers compare to each other? – Philip McCollum Having watched all three practice, I didn’t notice a big difference between the three. I asked cohort Gerry DiNardo for his option.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The fifth stop on the annual BTN summer football tour had us in State College, Pennsylvania, to check out James Franklin’s third Penn State team. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Penn State football practice ] Always one of the most accommodating stops on the tour, the Nittany Lions never fail to impress. On this day, the team practiced at beautiful Beaver Stadium, and, as detailed below, Franklin was on his game. Check out some of my fun takes from Saturday’s practice: Most impressive player: LB Nyeem Wartman-White is 6-1, 248 pounds of athletic
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — This is an important training camp in State College, as Penn State looks to make a move up the pecking order of the challenging Big Ten East. To do that, some key questions must be answered for a program that is finally up to its full allotment of 85 scholarships. [ MORE: Football tour notebook: Fun takes from Penn State practice ] It was a busy offseason for James Franklin and Co., as he overhauled his staff with new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Here are five things I learned at Penn State practice.
The sixth stop on the BTN bus tour takes us to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where our team will watch Jim Harbaugh's second Wolverines' team practice Monday.
This is a big season. James Franklin said as much at Big Ten media days. He knows it’s time to make a move in the Big Ten East after back-to-back 7-6 seasons. The staff has been altered radically, as James Franklin enters what he calls a “pivotal” season. He fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row. Here is what I’ll be watching for
The BTN bus tour spent Friday morning watching Rutgers' practice on the school's Livingston Campus, far from High Point Solutions Stadium. Why? Chris Ash wants to preserve the fields adjacent to the stadium.
The fourth stop on the 2016 BTN bus tour had us at Rutgers practice on Friday morning. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned about the Scarlet Knights inside.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — This was a quick-paced and long practice. Lots of tempo, no walking, all hustling. And the coaches were constantly chirping. The energy level was impressive for such a hot day. It was go, go go! [ MORE: Dienhart: Here’s what I learned at Maryland practice ] Here are my fun takes from Thursday’s practice: Most impressive player: RB Wes Brown looks, walks and talks like an NFL back. He is what those in the biz call a “cut above.” Loudest coach: Lots of candidates. Let’s go with DJ Durkin. At one point, he went ballistic on
The the third stop on the 2016 BTN summer bus tour brought us to College Park, Maryland, where our team watched DJ Durkin's first Terrapins team practice. Seewhat BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned inside.
New Rutgers coach Chris Ash has work to do after arriving from a gig as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Good thing his area of specialty is defense, as the Scarlet Knights need a lot of help on that side of the ball. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven needs a lot of work, as the linebacking corps is being rebuilt and a young secondary needs to mature. The offense will be undergoing a scheme change. One of the biggest position battles