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
Rolling through the hills of Pennsylvania on the Big Ten Network bus, what better time than now to dip into my Big Ten Mailbag? Exactly. I look at the continued perceived disrespect of Michigan State. And would Wisconsin be the West Division fav if it had a veteran QB? How will Purdue’s schedule break down? That and more. Let’s go! You certainly disrespected Michigan State if your story of “best chance for Big Ten teams to get upset.” Are the Spartans now chopped liver? Looks like you just fall in line with others, overlooking Sparty. Interesting. – Roger Elliott Look,
The DJ Durkin era has begun in College Park, Maryland. Can he move the Terrapins up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East? It will be tough, as Durkin and company have some key personnel issues to deal with and problems to solve. In the Big Ten, Maryland ranked 11th in scoring defense (34.4 ppg) and 11th in total defense (421.2 ypg). The offense also has problems. No school in the nation turned the ball over more than Maryland’s 36. And the quarterback play was abysmal, as the Terps tossed an FBS-high 29 interceptions for a program that
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State put on a high-tempo, intense practice with no wasted motion Tuesday morning. There also was a lot of contact, as players went through pass rush drills live. No shortage of action on what was just the third practice of camp in Columbus. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Ohio State practice ] Most impressive player: LB Raekwon McMillan is a living, breathing NFL player who is still in college. Top specimen: It’s impossible not to notice 6-5, 266-pound DE Sam Hubbard, who looks primed for stardom with Joey Bosa gone. Loudest coach: DB
The second stop of the annual BTN bus tour took us to Columbus, Ohio, to watch Urban Meyer's Buckeyes practice. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned watching Ohio State inside.