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Big Ten beat writers nominate 2014 spring stars

The Big Ten spring football season is officially in the books, which means it’s time to point out those who stood out and made an impact for their respective teams. I reached out to writers from every Big Ten school and asked them who they were most impressed with in their team’s spring football game and why. [ MORE: Dienhart: My 2014 All-Spring Football Team ] Illinois: Matt Daniels (@mdaniels_NG), News Gazette – WR Justin Hardee Based strictly on the spring game, which the Blue easily won 38-7 with Reilly O’Toole and Wes Lunt receiving roughly the same snaps at

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Top Big Ten NFL-producing teams of last 5 years

Remember, not so long ago, when Purdue was deemed the name “The Den of Defensive Ends” for producing a massive amount of top-notch defensive ends who went on to play in the NFL? Names like Rosevelt Colvin, Chike Okeafor, Shaun Phillips and Anthony Spencer struck fear in opposing Big Ten quarterbacks throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Even before that, Penn State became known as “Linebacker U” because of dominant linebackers such as Shane Conlan, LaVar Arrington and Paul Posluszny, all of whom had or are currently having success in the NFL. This year’s NFL Draft is loaded with

Dienhart: We need scheduling uniformity

I was a bit bummed when I heard the SEC would retain its current scheduling format, which calls for eight conference games each season. Meanwhile, the other four “power leagues” (Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12) are or will play nine-game conference schedules. With the start of a four-team playoff this fall, college football needs more uniformity across the board when it comes to building schedules—then ultimately comparing resumes when it comes to selecting playoff teams. Having all of the major conferences playing the same number of league games would have been a start. The next would be to have

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Dienhart: My 2014 All-Spring Football Team

With Big Ten spring practices finished, it’s time for my annual tradition of naming an All-Spring Team. These are players who made moves in the spring as surprise players—or vets who took another step in their development. See my complete team in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten spring football coverage ] 2014 BTN.com All-Spring Team OFFENSE QB Trevor Siemian, Northwestern. He enjoyed a strong spring, firming up his status as the No. 1 man with Kain Colter gone. Yes, Siemian lacks the mobility of previous NU signal-callers. But he has a superior arm. Expect the

Who has easiest B1G schedule, based on 2013 records?

Who will have the easiest Big Ten conference schedule in 2014, based on last year’s records? Wisconsin, followed by three fellow Big Ten West teams. Jesse Temple of FOX Sports Wisconsin did the calculations. The combined 2013 league record of Wisconsin’s eight 2014 Big Ten foes is 22-42 (.343 winning percentage). Not having to play Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan from the Big Ten East helps. A lot. The Badgers’ cross-division foes are Rutgers and Maryland. Here’s a look from 1-14 of each team’s 2014 Big Ten schedule ranked on the 2013 won-lost record of its opponents.

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Video: Gerry DiNardo's team-by-team spring thoughts

With the Big Ten spring football season in the books, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo offered his team-by-team impressions on Monday night’s #BTNLive. Watch DiNardo and Mike Hall discuss the camps for every team in this post. Here, DiNardo shares his thoughts on the East Division. Inside, it’s all about the the West Division. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten spring football coverage ]

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B1G spring football: Top 3 players at each position

Iowa, Michigan State and Rutgers wrapped up the Big Ten spring football season with spring games on Saturday. After 13 games, one practice and an infamous cat leading Nebraska onto the field, it’s safe to say that this year’s spring was a success. Many Big Ten teams faced questions heading into the spring, and a number of those questions were answered. So now we ask: Who are the top players in the conference heading into the 2014 Big Ten football season? Here is a breakdown of the top three Big Ten players at each position. QUARTERBACK 1. Braxton Miller, Ohio

Jim Delany

#BTNLive: Jim Delany on NCAA proposal

The NCAA’s board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation’s biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany appeared on Thursday’s “#BTNLive” to discuss the latest developments, and you can watch that entire interview in this post. If approved later this year, schools in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC could implement some rules on their own

Wisconsin named as pipeline for offensive linemen

Our colleagues over at ESPN recently published a fun-filled article listing the biggest college pipelines of NFL talent at specific positions. Coming in at No. 5 on the list is Wisconsin’s talented group of offensive linemen. [ MORE: NFL Draft: Where could Big Ten prospects land? | All NFL Draft coverage ] “On the college level, great offensive line play is much more a part of Wisconsin’s identity than USC’s, and the Badgers are starting to see that reputation extend to the NFL,” says ESPN College Football Insider Brad Edwards. “Joe Thomas is the most acclaimed of this group, but

Courtney Brown

NFL Draft history: Big Ten stunners & surprises

Talent evaluation is a dicey proposition. Even with all of the resources that NFL teams have to learn about college players—the NFL Combine, interviews, on-campus workouts, an army of scouts, reels of video—teams still can mess up a pick or stumble into a pleasant surprise. The disappointments become glaring when they happen in the first round, the one round of picks where you would think teams could get correct. And years later, the nice surprises almost jump out off the draft board when you see how a college player went on to exceed expectations in the NFL. Here’s a look