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The BTN tour bus stops at Minnesota next. And there will be a lot to watch at Saturday afternoon’s practice in Minneapolis at the Gibson Nagurski Football Complex. The Minnesota Preview Show will air at 10 p.m. ET Sunday. Jerry Kill’s second team has lots of questions. On offense, I will watch to see how quarterback MarQueis Gray is passing the ball. He hit just 50.7 percent of his passes last year. That must improve, while also maintaining his vast running skills.
The second stop of our BTN bus tour brought us to Lincoln, Neb., where we watched the Huskers practice on an absolutely beautiful night Thursday. Here is what I learned and observed while taking in the practice. Talking to offensive coordinator Tim Beck after practice, he says quarterback Taylor Martinez has made strides in his mechanics. Beck showed me how Martinez had a hitch in his delivery, thrusting his hips forward and dropping his right shoulder before delivering the ball.
Last night, we watched the Huskers practice on the second stop of our BTN bus tour. Up next, it’s Minnesota on Saturday. You can watch the Nebraska Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET tonight. Until then, check out these quality Big Ten web links.
On Thursday, the BTN bus tour hit Lincoln, Neb. There, our guys took in practice and shared their thoughts on Twitter. Dive inside this post and check out all of Gerry DiNardo’s (@gerrydinardo) post-practice impressions, something he’ll do after all 12 stops. Plus, see what Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) had to say. And don’t forget to catch the Nebraska Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Friday.
Two stops down, two Big Ten football player signatures added to the BTN tour bus. The BTN Football Tour was in Lincoln on Thursday night, and that meant it was time for Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez to sign his likeness on our bus. If you haven’t seen the bus yet, either in pictures or on the streets across Big Ten country, a Big Ten player from every team is represented on it. Martinez, a junior, is Nebraska’s representative. See the picture inside this post and watch our interview with Martinez now.