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BTN's Tom Dienhart

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Dienhart: Nebraska Huskers in the last 10 NFL drafts

Few Big Ten schools can match the production that Nebraska has had in the NFL draft the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers have had 36 picks—almost four per draft. And the program also has had three first-rounders. The most prolific position has been defensive back with nine selections. The offensive line, defensive line and linebacker (each with six picks) also have been productive positions for producing pros in Lincoln. Nebraska will add to its impressive array of NFL draftees in 2016, with offensive tackle Alex Lewis, defensive tackles Vincent Valentine and Maliek Collins and fullback Andy Janovich most likely to

Big Ten Mailbag: More spring football questions & answers

Sifting through my mail bag on a warm spring day and what do I find? Questions about Nebraska’s 2016 prospects, Indiana’s spring game, Wisconsin’s quarterback situation and more. Let’s go! Reminder: All available Big Ten spring football games are on BTN2Go, so you can watch games that already happened and get ready for ones coming up. I’ll be at Michigan State’s game on Saturday – it’s one of four games on the final weekend of spring football. All games are listed here with links to watch each live on BTN2Go. More spring football coverage: After watching the spring game, what is

Big Ten links: New developments in satellite football camp debate

Don’t start shoveling dirt on those satellite camps just yet. Plus, guess who showed up at Michigan State football practice. And one NFL expert believes Penn State's Christian Hackenberg should go in the first round. Catch up on all the news in Thursday's digest.

Dienhart: Minnesota Gophers in the last 10 NFL Drafts

Minnesota hasn’t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 14 draft choices in that span. But that could change in coming years, beginning with this year’s draft. The Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years—2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the 8th round. Minnesota could have a few picks in this year’s draft, highlighted by defensive backs Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell also has a

Big Ten links: Reports of a new TV deal has Big Ten buzzing

Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.

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

Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games five times in the last six seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system. [ MORE: Watch the Michigan State spring game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The results are prodigious, with nine bowl trips including an appearance in the College Football Playoff last season under Dantonio, who routinely turns three-star recruits into