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.
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.
Cody Strong is becoming a #BTNStandout regular. Earlier this week, the Purdue second baseman went horizontal for this catch in short right field. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] In Friday’s doubleheader loss to Maryland, Strong was at it again, this time making a great barehanded play on a dribbler up the middle. The ball had a lot of English on it, but Strong was able to pick it up cleanly and throw across his body, despite all of his momentum heading toward the third base dugout. Making the play even better, Kyle Wood made a nifty scoop
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
When speaking to Darrell Hazell, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the third-year Purdue boss. Tough, unflappable, focused, goal-oriented and positive … always positive, even though Hazell has exactly one Big Ten victory in two seasons in West Lafayette. No matter, when Hazell says he is on track to succeed, you believe him.
The Big Ten has had its share of quality tight ends in recent years. And the NFL has taken notice.
Big Ten schools on Thursday announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. Minnesota and Ohio State lead the way with three night games on those networks, while Michigan State boasts a pair of primetime matchups. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers will each take part in one night contest on those networks. The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two primetime games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Minnesota hosts TCU to kick off the season at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Michigan State faces
Big Ten fans have seen a number of outstanding plays on the diamond this season. On Wednesday, it was Cody Strong’s turn to join the fun. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] With Purdue holding onto a 6-0 lead and one out in the ninth inning, Strong tracked down a fly ball to shallow right field and made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch to help preserve the shutout. Check out the highlight in the video above. Can you say, “Web Gem!”