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Few schools are better at producing star offensive linemen than Iowa. Could Sean Welsh be the next great one? Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com explains why. The junior-to-be might be the most vital lineman in the eventual five-man puzzle for the defending Big Ten West champions. That’s because he brings high blocking grades and position flexibility, not to mention quite the endorsement from his head coach. “We think he’s a pretty good player,” Kirk Ferentz told HawkCentral.com. “I hate to throw this out, because I don’t want to start this train going, but Marshal (Yanda) comes to mind.” *** Ohio State

Predicting 2016 starting quarterbacks: East Division

The calendar reads early April. And spring football is in full gear (Michigan actually is finished) with the start of the 2016 season months away. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football coverage ] But let’s look into the crystal ball and try to predict who will start at quarterback for each Big Ten East team in the opener. I will look at the Big Ten West tomorrow. INDIANA Richard Lagow. Nate Sudfeld leaves as the school’s all-time leading passer, but Lagow could be the elixir to IU’s quarterback ailment in what is shaping up as a battle with

Big Ten links: Badgers at Lambeau, Gaelin Elmore tattoo & more

Wisconsin practiced at Green Bay over the weekend in anticipation of playing in the historic venue this fall vs. LSU on Sept. 3. How cool is this? *** Gaelin Elmore was so touched by Jerry Kill’s emotional resignation news conference in October that the Gophers’ junior defensive end added a tattoo of what Kill said. Ink on Elmore’s left forearm reads, “Count on your health instead of your wealth. Count on GOD instead of yourself.” With the initials “J.K.R.K” for Jerry and his wife, Rebecca Kill, beneath it. “He was a really influential guy in my life and career,” Elmore

Dienhart: Four observations from Michigan's spring game

Year Two under Jim Harbaugh gained more momentum with the spring game on Friday. And, excitement continues to grow coming off a 10-win debut for Harbaugh. But questions loom for a Michigan program that is looking for its first Big Ten title since 2004. Here are four observations. 1. It looks like Wilton Speight—yes, Wilton Speight—has emerged as the leader in the quarterback race to replace Jake Rudock. The 6-6 Speight engineered two TD drives to lead his squad to victory in the spring game. The sophomore hit 5-of-6 passes for 46 yards with a scoring toss to star tight

Jay Johnson Q&A: 'This is a really neat place'

Change is brewing in the air at Minnesota. The Tracy Claeys era has begun, and he quickly put his stamp on things by shaking up the staff.

Josh Whitman Q&A: 'We want to ignite and inspire our fan base'

New Illinois A.D. Josh Whitman is a lot of things. He’s smart, engaging and hard-working. He also is a man of action. To wit: On his first day on the job, he fired Bill Cubit and within a few days, he was introducing Lovie Smith as his new coach.