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
Honest question: How many college football teams can say they have a nicer practice field than Northwestern's new lakeside Hutcheson Fiel
But wait, it gets better: There are also human hearts.
Our annual summer football tour is headed to College Park, Maryland, to catch the new-look Terrapins practice.
The countdown to the official kickoff of Big Ten football is at 22 days. Fans have become accustomed to hearing names like J.T. Barrett, Desmond King and Jabrill Peppers. How about some young, upcoming stars that Big Ten fans should expect to hear a lot about in this upcoming season? I chatted with several players and coaches, as well as media members at this year’s Big Ten Media Days, asking them about the freshmen that have stood out in practice. I asked about true freshmen just arriving on campus and early enrollees who could be poised to make a big
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,
Seen this on IG.. Had to try it lol harder than I thought pic.twitter.com/ZvLZRjfLhM — JP5 (@JabrillPeppers) August 6, 2016 Jabrill Peppers is expected to be one of the best players in the nation, let alone the Big Ten, in 2016. [ MORE: Alex Hornibrook owns JUGS machine | Saquon Barkley drops jaws in drill ] Michigan’s cornerback-turned-safety-turned-linebacker is an athletic talent who can make plays all over the field, even on the offensive side of the ball. He’s fast. He’s quick. He’s strong. He’s powerful. His hands are pretty impressive, to boot. Watch Peppers show off his hands in
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
Saquon Barkley is used to making defenders look silly.