The 2015 BTN camp tour is over after 17 days crisscrossing the interstates from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Piscataway, New Jersey. I still have not caught up with laundry and or reintroduced myself to my family, but I thought I’d offer one takeaway from every stop along the way. Here are my final thoughts from each stop: ILLINOIS Good energy at Camp Rantoul—along with some good teaching. QB Wes Lunt looked good, but coming up with explosive/big plays may be a challenge. The RB spot is especially worrisome. The d-line looks better equipped to stop the run. No more big plays.
In exactly one week, Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) will help kick off the 2015 college football season. We’ve been counting down the days for weeks now (watch the videos), so it’s exciting to know we’re inside the one-week mark. Before Thursday night arrives, the BTN.com team takes a look at our top three preseason candidates for the Big Ten’s postseason awards. See our preseason leaderboard for each award below: Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year 1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State 2. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State 3. J.T. Barrett/Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State Nagurski-Woodson
For Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., is more than just the site of the flagship campus. It’s the school’s hometown, and the community it serves. Incoming RU freshman learned that lesson this summer before even setting foot in a lab or lecture hall for a course. Thanks to a new partnership between Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) and Rutgers New Student Orientation, roughly 6,000 future students worked to help provide food to about 1,700 underprivileged children in New Brunswick. Over the course of two months, groups of future Scarlet Knights packed 24,000 packages of food for kids ages 6-12 taking part
Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown injured his left leg during practice Wednesday and will miss the season. Brown will have surgery Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery.
The BTN bus has left Purdue practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while watching the Boilermakers. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Tweets from practice ] The Boilermakers have a nice collection of defensive tackles. Junior Jake Replogle is a playmaker on the interior. Fellow junior Ra’Zahn Howard has trimmed down and could be a force on the nose. Senior Ryan Watson moves well. Senior Michael Rouse needs a big send-off and looks ready. Purdue is using more “tempo” on offense as a way of keeping defenses off balance. And that tempo offense
The BTN bus tour continues the trek through Big Ten country. On Wednesday, we reached our 14th and final stop at West Lafayette, Indiana. [ MORE: See our team’s tweets from Purdue football practice ] Our crew got the chance to watch the Boilermakers practice on Wednesday. Here are five things I learned after watching the practice. 1. The offensive line should be good. No doubt, this is the best front in Darrell Hazell’s three seasons in West Lafayette. The unit his regime inherited was a disaster. This group has size, experience and depth; the bodies look better. And the
Wednesday marked the 14th and final stop of our 2015 BTN summer bus tour across Big Ten country. The final stop brought us to West Lafayette, Indiana, to watch the Purdue Boilermakers in action. Darrell Hazell enters his third season as Purdue’s head coach, looking to improve on last year’s 3-9 (1-7 in Big Ten) mark. Get host Dave Revsine, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the Purdue practice below. @BTNDaveRevsine @GerryDiNardo @BTNTomDienhart
Ivan Applin is a 10-year-old boy from Toledo, and he is a huge Ohio State football fan. Applin recently underwent a cardiac catheterization, a procedure where a small wire-framed device, a Cardioform, is used to close holes in the heart. The surgery was due to a condition that creates holes in the heart and interferes with proper blood flow. It was scheduled to be held at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Like any individual, Applin had concerns before going through with the procedure. However, there was one specific question he had for doctors before the surgery. “Will
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about the Big Ten East’s top uniform. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player | West most exciting player | East top newcomer | West top newcomer ] Such a topic almost always stirs good debate, and that’s especially the case when the talk centers around the Big Ten
The countdown clock to the start of Big Ten football has reached eight days. As the opening week of games approaches, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Big Ten teams entering the 2015 season. Who will be the starting quarterback at Ohio State? How will Jim Harbaugh do in his first season? And who will take the wide open West Division? We’ve made predictions for many queries in our preseason Big Ten coverage, but let’s go ahead make some positional predictions. Here is one prediction for every position group heading into the season. QB: J.T. Barrett will win the