Well, that was quite a first night of the NFL Draft. We round up a variety of stories from Big Ten outlets, including some good news for Iowa's Drew Ott. Also, one national college football writer says the Big Ten is back in a pretty big way. catch up on Friday's headlines.
The opening night of the 2016 NFL Draft was all about Ohio State and its five first round picks.
The NCAA has lifted its ban on satellite football camps, and that was the right thing to do, writes BTN.com's Tom Dienhart.
Earlier today, I posted my All-Spring Football Team for the offensive side of the ball. Now I’ll get into the defensive players who stood out to me and made my All-Spring Football defensive Team after the past few weeks of spring games and practices. As I mentioned then, all available spring football games are on BTN2Go, in case you want to look back. Here are the links to watch: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin. Let’s get to my defensive team. Keep this post handy and let’s see how it plays
2016 Big Ten spring football season is over and the 2016 NFL Draft is here. As recent Big Ten football stars move on to their pro careers, new names line up to take their place next fall. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart watched plenty of spring football and he names the offensive players who caught his eye.
There are five schools to have a football player drafted every year since 1967, and three of them are in the Big Ten. Also, Ohio State is primed for a big NFL Draft night, too. Also, today's headlines digest has the final ranking of attendance at Big Ten spring football games. Dive on in.
In his fifth season in Bloomington, Indiana, Kevin Wilson enjoyed a breakthrough by leading the Hoosiers to their first bowl since 2007. Now, he wants to take the program another step foward: winning a bowl. Wilson and Co., are on track. But work needs to be done to move up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Indiana spring game on BTN2Go ] The offense loses some key players but should be OK with Wilson’s steady hand guiding things. The defense? It remains an albatross around the neck of the program, ranking
Purdue has had some surprising success in the last 10 NFL drafts, with 19 overall selections and three first-round picks. Not bad for a program that has been to just four bowls in the last 10 years and none since 2012. Linemen have been the most common picks, with seven coming on defense and five on offense. The Boilermakers’ ability to produce defensive ends/outside linebackers has been remarkable, with the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril, Ray Edwards, Rob Ninkovich and Ryan Russell coming off the board in recent years. Purdue is billed as the “cradle of quarterbacks”
Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Wisconsin spring game on BTN2Go ] Key personnel is gone. And the coaching staff has been impacted with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaving for the same post at LSU. Chryst tabbed Justin Wilcox from USC to take over. How will that impact the defense, which was excellent under Aranda? Having a healthy Corey Clement
The NFL draft starts on Thursday. And, know this: Michigan State’s Connor Cook won’t be intimidated, according to Mark Dantonio. “Connor will not be intimidated in the NFL — he won’t,” Dantonio said following the team’s banquet. “When you play on the big stages we’ve played on, the next stage is just another stage. “Connor makes plays, he’s got great touch on the ball, he throws guys open, he has good arm strength and he studies. No one is perfect, but I think he’s resilient.” How high will Cook be picked? Second round? Third round? Later? *** More draft: The