No Big Ten school has produced defensive backs like Ohio State over the past 10 years. Since the 2005 draft, the Buckeyes have had 12 defensive backs taken with a league-high three of those coming in the first round–Donte Whitner in 2006; Malcolm Jenkins in 2009; Bradley Roby in 2014. Nebraska is right behind Ohio State with 11 picks, including two first-rounders: Prince Amukamara in 2011 and Fabian Washington in 2005. [MORE: Read all of our Big Ten NFL Draft coverage. ] The Big Ten has had 70 defensive backs picked, with 10 first-round selections, over the last 10 years. Michigan
In Thursday's Big Ten links, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talked to reporters at the College Football Playoff spring meetings about the satellite camps this week. "I view it as permissible practice," Delany said. Also, get some last minute Big Ten updates before tonight's NFL Draft
For a child with cancer, it’s a dream come true: stepping out on to a gridiron, catching a pass on a slant route and running it into the end zone for six. That’s the kind of thing participants experience at the University of Minnesota football team’s annual Youth Camp. Hosted in partnership with nonprofit organization HopeKids, more than 100 children who have cancer and other serious illnesses participate in a light football practice and interact with Golden Gopher players. “The players pass to the kids, and they dive and jump on a cushion like they’re making a winning touchdown —
Spring football 2015 is in the books. It's never smart to put too much emphasis on what we see in the spring, but that doesn't mean we should highlight the best of the best performances.
The University of Minnesota and the wrestling community lost a legend late Monday night, as ex-Minnesota wrestler Verne Gagne, 89, passed away after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Gagne won four Big Ten championships and was the program’s first three-time All-America (1947, 1948 and 1949) and first two-time NCAA champion (1948 and 1949). “Verne represents what’s great about the University of Minnesota and our wrestling program,” Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said in a school release. “He was an incredible athlete — Big Ten champ, national champ, Olympian — but he also selflessly served his country, took academics seriously
BTN.com Web Editor Sean Merriman teamed up with Senior Writer Tom Dienhart and Senior Web Editor Brent Yarina to create a list of the top three Big Ten NFL Draft prospects at each position.
When it comes to NFL quarterback production, the Big Ten has lagged. [ MORE: Get all of our NFL draft coverage ] How bad has it been? The league hasn’t had a signal-caller taken in the first round since Penn State’s Kerry Collins was tabbed by the Panthers in 1995 with the No. 5 pick. Many feel current Penn State rising junior Christian Hackenberg will end that drought when he comes out for the draft. No Big Ten quarterbacks figure to be drafted this year. Rutgers’ Gary Nova may be the league’s best hope. Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian also is gaining
Coming off a season that saw Ohio State take home the national championship, the highlight of a successful 2014 bowl season, the Big Ten is not slowing down this spring season.
When it comes to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are the two biggest names in the game. So, what better than a head-to-head mock draft with the two ESPN NFL gurus? [ MORE: Where could Big Ten’s top prospects call home? ] That’s exactly what happened as McShay and Kiper recently got together and took part in a mock draft where they alternated picks, with no trades allowed. A total of 15 Big Ten players were selected in this three-round mock draft, highlighted by five selections in the first round. Iowa’s Brandon Scherff was the
The Big Ten has had its share of quality tight ends in recent years. And the NFL has taken notice.