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Spring Preview: All about defense for Indiana

NCAA Football: Indiana at Illinois

2013 Signing Day - Indiana

Indiana is a program on the rise as it enters its third season under Kevin Wilson. It also is a young program that’s still developing and lacking a strong senior core. Still, there is some excitement for a program searching for its first bowl since 2007. To take that next step, the Indiana defense needs to improve—a lot. Hope floats for a program that may be on the verge of turning the corner.

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Film Session: Penn State DL coach Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson Film Session

Larry Johnson is a fixture on the Penn State sideline. The defensive line coach has been with the Nittany Lions since 1996, and he’s had plenty of success. Under his tutelage, six defensive linemen have been selected in the first round of the NFL draft, including No. 1 pick Courtney Brown (2000). What makes his players so successful? Here’s what Johnson told our Howard Griffith: “My philosophy is very basic: Doing the simple stuff over and over again. Keep it small, keep it fun.”

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Spring Preview: Ohio State's big expectations

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The debut for Urban Meyer was smashing, as he led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in 2012. If not for being on NCAA probation, Ohio State would have been in the thick of the national championship race. The shackles are off this season—and expectations are sky high for a team that should have a terrific offense. How will the defense develop? That will be the key for a Buckeyes team that has legit national championship aspirations.

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Audio: Listen to Legends Division coaches, players

Spring football is in full swing, and there are a handful of spring games Saturday. On Wednesday, Legends Division coaches and star players joined the Big Ten spring football teleconference. See what all those coaches and players had to say about spring practice and the upcoming season in this post.

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Spring Preview: Talented Michigan eyes Big Ten title

Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Buys Time, Hits Dileo in the Endzone

Michigan came close to breaking through to the Big Ten title game last season in Year Two under Brady Hoke. But, alas, it didn’t happen—as a loss at Nebraska in which Denard Robinson got hurt proved to be detrimental. So, the program still is searching for its first Big Ten championship since 2004. It could come this season, if among other things, Devin Gardner proves to be the real deal and the defensive line develops. Yes, this is still a relatively young team, but it has lots of talent, potential and hunger as it begins life without Robinson, a Michigan icon.

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