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Here's a look at Penn State in the last 10 NFL drafts

The NFL draft has been good to Penn State the last 10 years, as the Nittany Lions have produced 39 picks. The program has lived up to its billing as “Linebacker U,” producing nine picks at that storied position in State College, Pennsylvania. No other position has produced as many NFL picks over the last 10 years for PSU. The Nittany Lions also have been fertile on both lines and in the defensive backfield. The offensive skill spots? Not so productive. Christian Hackenberg will be the first Penn State QB picked since Wally Richardson in 1997. In addition to Hackenberg,

Photo: Check out these Michigan Jordan brand concept uniforms

Michigan Jordan concept ——————————————– COMMENT REQUESTS AND RATE 1-10! ——————————————– 👇Tag a college football fan👇 ——————————————– #Michigan #Wolverines #GoBlue #Big10 #Nike #Jordan #helmet #football #ball #pass #footballgame #footballseason #footballgames #footballplayer #pass #jersey #stadium #field #yards #yardline #pads #touchdown #catch #quarterback #fit #grass #kickoff #run #NationsBest #Shoutout A post shared by Concept Uniforms (@next_gen_uniforms) on Apr 1, 2016 at 5:20pm PDT We are all anticipating Michigan’s move to Jordan Brand, which will become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider for both the football and basketball teams. But here is the million dollar question: What will their uniforms look

2016 NFL Draft Feature: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

Jack Conklin didn’t expect to be here. With no Division I scholarship out of Plainwell High School in Plainwell, Michigan, Conklin has defied odds en route to becoming one of the Big Ten’s premier offensive lineman and a likely first round NFL draft pick. Here he is, though, just days away from being a high pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, which starts with the first round Thursday night in Chicago. Before Conklin hears his name called in Chicago, BTN host Mike Hall profiles the former Michigan State walk-on-turned-star’s story, one that would make a great movie script. Watch the

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Iowa spring scrimamge

Iowa, fresh off one of the school’s greatest seasons in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start, capped a successful spring practice Saturday afternoon. Don’t’ look now, but Kirk Ferentz 18th edition of the Hawkeyes could have a shot to repeat as West champs. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Iowa spring game on BTN2Go ] Iowa welcomes back a strong corps of players on both sides of the ball, led by QB C.J. Beathard on offense and CB Desmond King on defense. But there are some concerns as the Hawkeyes. The defense could be a cut-above if the front

Big Ten links: NFL draft talk, spring football updates & more

How about this: an anonymous scout has blasted Christian Hackenberg. Pennlive.com notes that while the scouts managed to highlight Hackenberg’s upside, they also blasted him for a lack of production and his role in taking 104 career sacks. But those criticisms were tame compared to this scorcher on Hackenberg’s leadership: “He was a Bill O’Brien guy and he had some issues with Franklin,” the scout said. “He hangs out more with managers than he does teammates. It tells me he likes to be king of the little people rather than king of the big people.” Wow. Seems kind of unfair.

Check out our all-access feature on Rutgers' Chris Ash

Whenever Julian Pinnix-Odrick sees Chris Ash in the hallways of Rutgers' football center, the fifth-year senior tells his first-year coach that it's OK to smile. Ash has cracked a few smiles in wrapping up his first spring practice on Saturday night in front of 14,177 fans.

Tyler O'Connor trying to emerge as Connor Cook's successor

(AP) Tyler O’Connor has been keeping a list of goals in a spot near and dear to any 22-year-old’s heart. [ MORE: Watch replay of Michigan State spring game on BTN2Go ] “The background of my phone has been the goals that I’ve had for this spring,” the Michigan State quarterback said. “I do feel like I’ve accomplished those things, so I feel very good.” O’Connor wrapped up spring practice Saturday, throwing for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Spartans’ spring game. His Green team lost 14-11 to the White team, but O’Connor put up the best passing numbers

Iowa's defense looks strong heading into 2016 season

(AP) Iowa had hoped that the return of star defensive end Drew Ott would fill out its defense. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Iowa spring game on BTN2Go ] The Hawkeyes should be stout on that side of the ball anyway. Iowa suffered its first major loss in 2016 when the NCAA denied Ott’s appeal for an extra year of eligibility because of a medical hardship. But the Hawkeyes should still have one of the best defenses in the Big Ten next fall, with seven starters back from a unit that allowed just 19 points a game last season.