The final stop on our annual summer football tour was Thursday, and we spent the day in Ann Arbor, Mich., checking out Brady Hoke’s talented Michigan team. I had many observations from the practice, none bigger than Denard Robinson looked more comfortable than ever under center. He’s such a dangerously quick athlete who can legitimately score any time he touches the ball. His skills were on full display today. But more importantly, Robinson looked better as a passer—when he was able to set his feet, which always is key for him. [RELATED: Watch the Michigan Preview Show at 10 p.m.
The final stop on our annual summer football tour took us to Ann Arbor, Mich., where our team watched Michigan practice. It was a fun couple of weeks on the road, and the BTN tour bus will return to Chicago better than it left it. And it has this year’s tradition of having every player represented on the bus autograph his likeness to thank. Michigan’s representative was Denard Robinson, of course. See a picture of Robinson autographing our bus in this post. [BTN.com: BTN experts’ tweets from Michigan practice] Check out similar shots of Michigan State’s William Gholston, Ohio State’s
Our annual summer bus tour came to a close Thursday, but not before we took in Michigan practice. @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNDaveRevsine live tweeted from the practice, and @GerryDiNardo provide his post-practice tweets – a feature he provided after every stop. See all the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to catch the debut of the Michigan Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Friday. [BTN.com: Tom Dienhart’s thoughts from Michigan practice] BTN Bus Tour #Wolverines Two biggest concerns: 1. Keeping DR heathy 2. Devlopment of D Line – Good team but don't think they are top 10 now — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo)
We’re down to the final stop of the annual BTN summer football tour. Today, we’re taking in Michigan practice, and then we’re headed back home. It’s been an incredible trip across the Big Ten footprint, and it’s been great to see all the teams, all the coaches and all the campuses. Read all my tour coverage here and check out Thursday’s web links in this post. RUSSELL’S NEXT: The next great Purdue defensive end could be Ryan Russell. He turned heads as a redshirt freshman and looks primed to join the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Shaun Phillips, Chike Okeafor, Rosevelt
The BTN bus is heading south from East Lansing to Ann Arbor for the 12th and final stop on our grand tour of every Big Ten training camp. Watch the Michigan Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Friday on BTN/BTN2Go. This may be the top team in the Big Ten, as the Wolverines are the highest-ranked league squad in the AP and Coaches’ polls coming off an 11-2 season under Brady Hoke. But to live up to those expectations, some questions have to be answered. [BTN.com: 10 reasons for Michigan to be excited in 2012] Among those on offense are
Perhaps you heard the story of the 5-year-old Oklahoma boy whose school forced him to turn his Michigan shirt inside out last week? If not, evidently, the shirt was against the school district’s dress code, which states only Oklahoma college apparel is allowed. Clothes from all other schools are against the current policy. The reasoning? Gangs. The boy’s mom, Shannon Barton, was not pleased with the decision. “They should really worry about academics,” she told News9.com. “It wasn’t offensive. He’s five.” It’s a crazy and pathetic story, but some good came out of it all. Michigan AD Dave Brandon invited
Two stops remain on BTN’s annual summer bus tour. Today, we’re at Michigan State, the reigning Legends Division champ, and then we head to instate rival Michigan before heading back to Chicago. It’s been a fun journey across the Big Ten landscape. Read all my tour coverage here and check out Wednesday’s web links in this post. HUSKER TAKING ADVANTAGE: Brent Qvale has gone from reserve to starting left offensive tackle with the unexpected departure of Tyler Moore. And Qvale looks good. And, it’s better late than never for the fourth-year junior, who will be protecting Taylor Martinez’s blind side.
Former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN lead football analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his 12th annual Herbie Awards on Tuesday morning. The Big Ten, as expected, is well-represented in the popular piece. Herbstreit ranks the nation’s top 5 players/coaches/teams in 25 categories, and the Big Ten received four No. 1 selections. See all of Herbie’s Big Ten honorees in this post. [ESPN.com: 12th annual Herbie Awards] Best Running Backs 2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin Quarterbacks: Dual Threat 3. Denard Robinson, Michigan 5. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Tight Ends: Best In The Biz 2. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State End Game: Defensive Ends
When sports fans see something new and odd on the shelves of their local grocery store, it’s almost become tradition to take a picture of it and tweet it to ESPN Sports Business Reporter & Business Correspondent Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell). Rovell tweeted a couple of the latest Big Ten-related items he’s had sent his way Monday. One was a bottle of Ohio State ketchup, which happened to be on sale, and the other was Michigan branded Pop-Tarts. [BTN.com: Big Ten players all over 12th annual Herbie Awards] At $1.69 a bottle and just in time for tailgate season, try and
After taking in Penn State practice Monday, we’re headed back west. To East Lansing, Mich., to be exact. We have two stops remaining on our annual tour, and it will be great to see Michigan State and Michigan. You can find all of my tour previews and recaps over here. I’m also providing updates via Twitter. Don’t forget to check out my colleagues @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, and @HowardGriffith, too. Now, let’s get to my Tuesday links. HIGH HOPES FOR BOILERS: Purdue is finished with camp and brims with optimism. Some questions have been answered. Others still loom. Mike Carmin of the