Without a good quarterback, a team has little chance to enjoy a glorious season. The Big Ten will feature several good signal-callers in 2016, led by Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett. In fact, Barrett just may be the league’s best hope to win the Heisman. [ MORE: East OL | West OL | East pass-catchers | West pass-catchers | East backfields | West backfields ] Here is a ranking of the Big Ten’s top seven quarterbacks. 1. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Jr. No competition this fall. The job is Barrett’s, as he looks to capture his 2014 form, when he was
In case you missed this, and I’m sure you did, Purdue DT Ra’Zahn Howard is in the upcoming NFL supplemental draft, according to reports. Yes, Howard was an underachiever, but the Boilermakers sure could have used his run-stuffing skills and size on the interior. But he didn’t take care of academics and was suspended for the spring. Now, he’s gone for good. *** Minnesota continues to add to its football team, landing a commitment from JC offensive lineman Donnell Greene. The Gopher line added two key JCs in the spring. The Star Tribune says the 6-7, 345-pound Greene, who hails
Six ex-Big Ten stars were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft last week. [ MORE: Relive every Big Ten 2016 NBA Draft pick ] Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, the national and Big Ten players of the year, was the first Big Ten name off the board, going No. 14 to the Chicago Bulls. Michigan’s Caris LeVert, the conference’s only other first-round selection, went No. 20 to Indiana but was traded to Brooklyn. Several former Big Ten standouts went undrafted, though, and they began signing free-agent contracts immediately after the draft. Here’s the updated list. Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Brooklyn Just got
This time last year, few could have envisioned the historic season Iowa was about to enjoy. The Hawkeyes started the season 12-0, a first, and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1990 season after playing in their first Big Ten title game. This season shapes up well, too, beginning with a loaded backfield. [ MORE: West offensive lines | West pass-catchers | 2016 Big Ten West predictions ] Here’s my ranking of the offensive backfields in the Big Ten West. 1. Iowa. Things are looking good with QB C.J. Beathard back. The senior is coming
Tribute to Radio Icon Bob Brooks https://t.co/n4ePvGMW0e — The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) June 26, 2016 It was sad to hear of the passing of Iowa broadcasting legend Bob Brooks. The Cedar Rapids Gazette assembled some nice remembrances from former Hawkeyes on Twitter, showing the impact Brooks had. It would be neat if Iowa teams wore some type of patch to honor Brooks in 2016-17. Mike Hlas has a nice tribute to Brooks here. *** I am on record as saying I think John O’Korn will win the QB job at Michigan. Recently, he turned heads at the Manning Passing Academy
Not bad for a 270lb TE… Over a 6'0 wide receiver 🙄🤔🔵⚪️ @Nbowers28 pic.twitter.com/OyXuWlci16 — Saquon Barkley (@saquonb21) June 25, 2016 If any student-athlete knows about athleticism at Penn State, it’s running back Saquon Barkley. The sophomore is a dynamo out of the backfield, as hard as any back to corral in the open field, and he captured an athletic achievement on campus that is well worth your time. Barkley caught mammoth tight end Nick Bowers (6-foot-7, 270 pounds) dunking over a six-foot teammate. Watch Bowers soar for the impressive slam above. Think Patrick Chambers would be interested in Bowers?
At the intersection of academics and innovation lie Champaign and Urbana. When it comes to success in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, few colleges can claim to be on the same level as the University of Illinois. The list of Illini alumni in these areas is long and distinguished, and includes names like Fazlur Rahman Khan (structural engineer for groundbreaking skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center in Chicago) and Martin Eberhard (co-founder of Tesla Motors). In information technology and computer science in particular, Illinois excels. From famous figures like Larry Ellison and Marc Andreessen to lesser-known —
Andrew White, the second-leading scorer for Nebraska last season, plans to play his final season at another school as a graduate transfer.
Doffing cap and gown, thousands of Big Ten students recently made one of the biggest transitions of their lives. These newly-minted college graduates are poised to face the challenges of an ever-changing world beyond campus. If an education from one of the best universities in the nation wasn’t enough, they also received valued advice from that bastion of the baccalaureate — the commencement speaker — as a parting gift. And this year’s speakers brought both gravitas and levity to graduation days around the Big Ten. From a crusading clinician to the leader of the free world, these addresses are filled
Including the phrase “the leaders and best” in your school’s fight song is a pretty bold move. But when it comes to Michigan, it’s not just idle boasting. From its winged helmets to “The Big House,” from Fielding Yost’s “Point a Minute” football teams to Tom Brady and Charles Woodson, the university’s athletics have always stood out. And Michigan excels in many other areas, too — auto engineering, alternative energy and adaptive technologies, to name a few. These LiveBIG stories demonstrate how Michigan continues to be among the “leaders and best” in many important respects: For Michigan professor, computer science