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Watch Penn State TE Nick Bowers show off athleticism

Not bad for a 270lb TE… Over a 6'0 wide receiver 🙄🤔🔵⚪️ @Nbowers28 pic.twitter.com/OyXuWlci16 — Saquon Barkley (@saquonb21) June 25, 2016 If any student-athlete knows about athleticism at Penn State, it’s running back Saquon Barkley. The sophomore is a dynamo out of the backfield, as hard as any back to corral in the open field, and he captured an athletic achievement on campus that is well worth your time. Barkley caught mammoth tight end Nick Bowers (6-foot-7, 270 pounds) dunking over a six-foot teammate. Watch Bowers soar for the impressive slam above. Think Patrick Chambers would be interested in Bowers?

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Illinois

At the intersection of academics and innovation lie Champaign and Urbana. When it comes to success in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, few colleges can claim to be on the same level as the University of Illinois. The list of Illini alumni in these areas is long and distinguished, and includes names like Fazlur Rahman Khan (structural engineer for groundbreaking skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center in Chicago) and Martin Eberhard (co-founder of Tesla Motors). In information technology and computer science in particular, Illinois excels. From famous figures like Larry Ellison and Marc Andreessen to lesser-known —

BTN LiveBIG: Inspiring commencements around the conference

Doffing cap and gown, thousands of Big Ten students recently made one of the biggest transitions of their lives. These newly-minted college graduates are poised to face the challenges of an ever-changing world beyond campus. If an education from one of the best universities in the nation wasn’t enough, they also received valued advice from that bastion of the baccalaureate — the commencement speaker — as a parting gift. And this year’s speakers brought both gravitas and levity to graduation days around the Big Ten. From a crusading clinician to the leader of the free world, these addresses are filled

Dienhart: Big Ten East offensive backfield unit rankings

The personnel losses at Ohio State were significant after 2015. Heading the list of key departures: running back Ezekiel Elliott. How will the Buckeyes replace him? [ MORE: Big Ten East OL | Big Ten East receiving corps | Big Ten East predictions ] Michigan State can sympathize, as it has lost all-time great quarterback Connor Cook. Relax. Each school appears to have answers in its backfield. Here is a ranking of the Big Ten East offensive backfields. 1. Ohio State. It was a huge loss with RB Ezekiel Elliott declaring for the draft and going fourth overall. Who will

Athlon: Madison, Ann Arbor land in experts' top college towns

People love to debate top college towns. That being the case, they also love reading stories that rank the top college towns. Athlon Sports knows this, and it recently released its experts’ top 10 college towns. Two Big Ten towns made the cut, with Madison, Wisconsin, coming in at No. 2, behind Athens, Georgia, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, landing at No. 5. State College, Pennsylvania, finished outside the top 10, at No. 13, and Columbus, Ohio, received votes. Anything stand out as unusual? See the full list at AthlonSports.com.

Dienhart: Big Ten West receiving corps unit rankings

When you think of Nebraska, you think of ground-pounding offenses. Mike Riley wants to commit to the rush game in 2016. But, he’ll surely also want to take advantage of what looks like the top set of pass catchers in the West Division. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten West offensive lines | 2016 Big Ten West predictions ] Here is my ranking of the Big Ten West pass-catchers. 1. Nebraska. No shortage of options for QB Tommy Armstrong with seniors Brandon Reilly, Jordan Westerkamp and Alonzo Moore leading the way. And speedy junior De’Mornay Pierson-El is back from injury. He

Dienhart: Big Ten East receiving corps unit rankings

Having a strong running game is key to any team’s success. But a good passing game enhances any stout ground attack. And you need good wideouts to stretch the field. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten East offensive lines | Big Ten East predictions ] This fall, there will be no shortage of good pass-catching options across the Big Ten East, headlined by Penn State. But Michigan’s corps also looks stout. Here’s my ranking of the receiving corps in the Big Ten East. 1. Penn State. Talent galore. And that’s good news for the new QB, most likely Trace McSorley. Juniors

Big Ten links: Scroll through Wednesday's best headlines

Indiana University’s board of trustees on Friday officially approved a $53 million proposal to enclose the south end of Memorial Stadium. The enclosure will add 66,575 gross square feet of facility space to the south end of IU’s football stadium.

Meyer, Dantonio among best coaches at developing NFL talent

Ohio State and Michigan State have been among the top college football programs in the nation over the past couple of years. In fact, the Buckeyes and Spartans have combined to go 74-9 over the past three seasons, with each school making an appearance in the College Football Playoff, and the Buckeyes winning the inaugural playoff in 2014. NFL.com College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread is the latest to recognize the job both Meyer and Dantonio have done at their respective schools, which includes developing a lot of NFL talent. Goodbread recently made up a list of the top 16

Dienhart: Big Ten West offensive line unit rankings

I continue my look at Big Ten units with a ranking of the offensive lines in the Big Ten West. Once again, Iowa looks to have a stout front. But keep an eye on Wisconsin, whose front looks to be back up to its usual stellar form.