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.
The Big Ten put the finishing touches on spring football over the weekend with Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin playing games. Here are some things I learned.
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
Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes have been best friends, high school teammates, college rivals and Big Ten stars. In a few days, they'll add NFL draft picks to the list.
Paul Chryst’s first spring back in Madison, Wisconsin, is now complete. The Badgers held their annual spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Wisconsin spring game on BTN2Go ] In search of how the former Badger player and assistant is adjusting to life as the Wisconsin football coach, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo recently sat down with Chryst. Among several topics discussed, DiNardo asked Chryst about Wisconsin’s academic standards, his offensive approach and working for a legend who just so happens to have a statue outside of Camp Randall Stadium. Watch the interview in the video above. Also,
Paul Chryst knows the culture of this school and state. He knows, loves it, sells it and embraces it ... and most importantly, he understands it. That’s what makes Chryst so perfect for this job. He’s a natural in Wisconsin red. And, it showed today in Wisconsin's spring game.
And, that's a wrap. Saturday featured the Big Ten's last three spring football games of the year. Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin were in action on the final Saturday of the Big Ten spring season.
Fresh off a second straight Final Four run, former Wisconsin hoops stars Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan got the chance to serve as honorary coaches at the Wisconsin spring football game Saturday afternoon. [ Watch the replay of Wisconsin’s spring game on BTN2Go ] Gasser was in charge of the White team, while Dukan coached the Red team. In doing so, Gasser made the choice to dress up like New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. He is sporting the classic cut-off hooded sweat shirt look, with the long sleeve undershirt and khakis. Dukan is imitating Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry
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.