Ohio State has a lot of holes to fill as it heads into 2016. That made Saturday’s spring game in front of spring game record 101,189 fans interesting. It actually carried some heft. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Here are five things I learned about the Buckeyes on Saturday. 1. The secondary could be good. Three new starters are needed with Eli Apple, Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell gone. Malik Hooker looked good, picking off a J.T. Barrett pass and racing 82 yards for a TD. Hooker also intercepted an offering from
How do star players stay entertained in the final minute of a spring game? [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Nebraska spring game on BTN2Go ] At Nebraska, when you’re quarterback Tommy Armstrong and wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, you play a quick game of Hangman on the whiteboard. The roommates were caught playing the popular game on the team bench with just a little but more than one minute remaining at Memorial Stadium. That being the case, Armstrong’s choice of phrases, “Game over,” was perfect. Watch the scene in the video at the top of this post. *** Here
Big Ten fans might not see a better highlight in 2016 spring games than the one Jerome Baker executed in Ohio State’s annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Late in the third quarter, Baker made a terrific leaping one-handed interception to thwart a likely Gray scoring drive. As impressive as the one-handed catch was, the strength Baker showed in holding onto the ball as he hit the turf was even be better. Watch the highlight-reel play in the video above, and get more highlights from the
New Maryland football coach DJ Durkin spent last season as Michigan's defensive coordinator. He learned a thing or two from Jim Harbaugh about intensity, something that is clear in our behind-the-scenes feature.
Saturday featured a handful of Big Ten spring football games. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football game highlights, interviews ] Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all put a wrap on their spring schedules Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes closed their spring in front of a spring game record 100,189 fans at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State honored late defensive end Will Smith, 34, who died last weekend in after a traffic dispute in New Orleans, prior to kickoff. Check out some of the top plays from all five of Saturday’s spring games below. MARYLAND: Red 51, White
Ohio State honored former defensive end Will Smith before its spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] The Buckeyes held a moment of silence for Smith, 34, who was shot and killed following a minor car accident last Saturday night in New Orleans, and also wore a “WS” helmet decal that featured a Buckeye leaf in between Smith’s initials. It was a powerful moment at Ohio Stadium, in front of a spring game record 100,000-plus fans. A champion in college (2002 BCS title, Ohio State’s first football crown in 34 years) and
Tavis Smiley is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest interviewers of our generation. He’s a best-selling author and one of the most popular media figures in America. Time Magazine named him one of “The World’s Most Influential People.” Not bad for someone who was raised in a trailer in Indiana. Smiley grew up poor with nine brothers and sisters, all of whom lived in a three-bedroom trailer with their parents. And though space was limited, dreams were not. “There were 13 people in that trailer. Mom. Dad. A maternal grandmother named Big Mama,” Smiley said. “Many of the life lessons
The Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry continues to heat up, and it’s not even football season. Former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared on the Paul Finebaum show today. He spoke about the upcoming NFL Draft, where he is projected as the first running back to come off the board and a potential first round pick. But where things got really juicy is when Elliott was asked about Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. “I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh, he needs to get in check with reality,” Elliott said about Michigan’s head coach. “You can’t talk smack
Ohio State’s spring game always is a big deal. And Saturday’s festivities drip with more intrigue than usual, as the Buckeyes search for myriad answers as the program looks to get back on top of the Big Ten East. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The list of key players gone is long: CB Eli Apple; S Vonn Bell; C Jacoby Boren; DE Joey Bosa; OT Taylor Decker; RB Ezekiel Elliott; OT Chase Farris; DT Joel Hale; QB Cardale Jones; LB Darron Lee; WR Jalin Marshall; WR Braxton Miller; LB
The NFL draft has not been kind to Maryland of late. To wit: The Terps have had a total of only eight players drafted in the last six years.