These are halcyon days in Iowa City, as the Hawkeyes take aim at repeating as Big Ten West champs. Iowa welcomes back a strong corps of players on both sides of the ball led by QB C.J. Beathard on offense and CB Desmond King on defense. But there are some concerns for the Hawkeyes. [ MORE: @BTNStatsGuys: 5 things to know about Iowa Hawkeyes ] Here are five areas I will watch at practice. 1. How does the kicking look? The Hawkeyes must replace K Marshall Koehn and punter Dillon Kidd. Koehn hit 16-of-20 field-goal attempts last season and was
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even though Michigan State is coming off a Big Ten title and playoff berth, the Spartans are being overlooked by many who favor Ohio State and Michigan in the East. As we have learned, not heeding the Spartans’ prowess can be a mistake. Yes, Michigan State has some holes to fill. But talent still oozes on this roster. Here is what I learned while watching the Spartans practice. 1. There has been a lot of attrition along the d line, but the unit still should be good. Mark Dantonio and Co., have recruited well. There is
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The BTN Bus Tour stopped in East Lansing, Michigan, today to watch the defending Big Ten champions practice. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans are coming off a Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Yes, there are some holes to fill, but this roster is loaded with talent from top to bottom. Here are my fun takes from today’s Michigan State football practice. Most impressive player: WR Monty Madaris has been impressive all camp. And that continued on this day. He may be the top wideout on the squad. Top specimen: Defensive
Another year, another double-digit win season? We shall see. Michigan State has many challenges looming as it looks to reload and repeat as East Division champion. [ MORE: @BTNStatsGuys: 5 fun facts for Michigan State ] One of the biggest: find a QB. Gone is Connor Cook, the winningest signal-caller in school history (34-5 record) and the school-record holder for most passing yards with 9,194 and passing TDs with 71. Senior Tyler O’Connor is the top contender. He is famous for starting and leading the Spartans to a huge win at Ohio State last season. Here is what I’ll be
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The sixth stop on the annual bus tour had us in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to check out Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines. [ MORE: 5 things I learned at Michigan practice ] I got a chance to see Harbaugh’s much-talked about freshman class, led by defensive tackle Rashan Gary, who certainly looks the part. All eyes will be on the quarterback spot for the Wolverines, and I got a front row seat to see John O’Korn, Wilton Speight and Shane Morris compete. Check out some of my fun takes from Monday’s Michigan football practice. Most impressive player:
The sixth stop on our annual summer football tour had us in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Monday. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned inside.
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.