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

Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons. The Wolverines have had a storied reputation for producing receivers—and that bears out in the numbers, as Michigan has seen seven wideouts picked since 2006. But where are all of the quarterbacks (one)? There was a time when this program churned out signal-callers, including the likes of Brian Griese, Tom Brady, Elvis Grbac, Chad Henne and Jim Harbaugh, among others. The absence of NFL running backs also is noticeable, as just two Wolverine backs have been selected

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Penn State spring game

This is a big season for James Franklin, who begins his third campaign in State College looking for a breakthrough. He slowly has built up a depleted roster. And a staff alteration that included changing both coordinators offers intrigue. How will all of this play out for a program that dropped its last four games of 2015? [ MORE: Watch replay of the Penn State spring game on BTN2Go ] You never want to read too much into a spring game, but the Nittany Lions showed many positives in their annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Here is

Big Ten links: List of nation's largest athletic programs & more

USAToday is out with the Top 20 largest athletic programs in the nation. And the Big Ten is well represented with seven entries. The SEC? It has 10. Texas, Oklahoma and Florida State are the lone non-Big Ten and SEC schools in the Top 20. Here’s a look at the Big Ten teams: No. 3 Ohio State No. 4 Michigan No. 10 Penn State No. 12 Wisconsin No. 18 Minnesota No. 19 Michigan State No. 20 Iowa *** Could Mark Dantonio have his best defense yet since arriving at Michigan State? That’s a mouthful. Dantonio said recently that time will

Indiana to add wellness center inside Memorial Stadium

(AP) Indiana University announced Sunday that it was kicking off a $170 million athletic department fundraising campaign that will help fund football stadium upgrades and other projects. The plan includes adding an Excellence Academy in the south end of Memorial Stadium, a $50 million project that will enclose both ends of the stadium. The new facility will house training tables and a wellness center for athletes and will allow the Hoosiers to renovate the football team’s locker room. The $50 million project will add no more than a few hundred seats at the football facility. Other projects include adding a

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Ohio State spring game

Ohio State has a lot of holes to fill as it heads into 2016. That made Saturday’s spring game in front of spring game record 101,189 fans interesting. It actually carried some heft. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Here are five things I learned about the Buckeyes on Saturday. 1. The secondary could be good. Three new starters are needed with Eli Apple, Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell gone. Malik Hooker looked good, picking off a J.T. Barrett pass and racing 82 yards for a TD. Hooker also intercepted an offering from

Video: Tommy Armstrong, Jordan Westerkamp play Hangman

How do star players stay entertained in the final minute of a spring game? [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Nebraska spring game on BTN2Go ] At Nebraska, when you’re quarterback Tommy Armstrong and wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, you play a quick game of Hangman on the whiteboard. The roommates were caught playing the popular game on the team bench with just a little but more than one minute remaining at Memorial Stadium. That being the case, Armstrong’s choice of phrases, “Game over,” was perfect. Watch the scene in the video at the top of this post. *** Here

Watch Jerome Baker haul in leaping one-handed interception

Big Ten fans might not see a better highlight in 2016 spring games than the one Jerome Baker executed in Ohio State’s annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Late in the third quarter, Baker made a terrific leaping one-handed interception to thwart a likely Gray scoring drive. As impressive as the one-handed catch was, the strength Baker showed in holding onto the ball as he hit the turf was even be better. Watch the highlight-reel play in the video above, and get more highlights from the

Watch our all-access feature on Maryland's DJ Durkin

New Maryland football coach DJ Durkin spent last season as Michigan's defensive coordinator. He learned a thing or two from Jim Harbaugh about intensity, something that is clear in our behind-the-scenes feature.

Watch top highlights from Saturday's Big Ten spring games

Saturday featured a handful of Big Ten spring football games. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football game highlights, interviews ] Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all put a wrap on their spring schedules Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes closed their spring in front of a spring game record 100,189 fans at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State honored late defensive end Will Smith, 34, who died last weekend in after a traffic dispute in New Orleans, prior to kickoff. Check out some of the top plays from all five of Saturday’s spring games below. MARYLAND: Red 51, White

Video: Ohio State holds moment of silence for late Will Smith

Ohio State honored former defensive end Will Smith before its spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] The Buckeyes held a moment of silence for Smith, 34, who was shot and killed following a minor car accident last Saturday night in New Orleans, and also wore a “WS” helmet decal that featured a Buckeye leaf in between Smith’s initials. It was a powerful moment at Ohio Stadium, in front of a spring game record 100,000-plus fans. A champion in college (2002 BCS title, Ohio State’s first football crown in 34 years) and