Few schools are better at producing star offensive linemen than Iowa. Could Sean Welsh be the next great one? Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com explains why. The junior-to-be might be the most vital lineman in the eventual five-man puzzle for the defending Big Ten West champions. That’s because he brings high blocking grades and position flexibility, not to mention quite the endorsement from his head coach. “We think he’s a pretty good player,” Kirk Ferentz told HawkCentral.com. “I hate to throw this out, because I don’t want to start this train going, but Marshal (Yanda) comes to mind.” *** Ohio State
The calendar reads early April. And spring football is in full gear (Michigan actually is finished) with the start of the 2016 season months away. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football coverage ] But let’s look into the crystal ball and try to predict who will start at quarterback for each Big Ten East team in the opener. I will look at the Big Ten West tomorrow. INDIANA Richard Lagow. Nate Sudfeld leaves as the school’s all-time leading passer, but Lagow could be the elixir to IU’s quarterback ailment in what is shaping up as a battle with
Wisconsin practiced at Green Bay over the weekend in anticipation of playing in the historic venue this fall vs. LSU on Sept. 3. How cool is this? *** Gaelin Elmore was so touched by Jerry Kill’s emotional resignation news conference in October that the Gophers’ junior defensive end added a tattoo of what Kill said. Ink on Elmore’s left forearm reads, “Count on your health instead of your wealth. Count on GOD instead of yourself.” With the initials “J.K.R.K” for Jerry and his wife, Rebecca Kill, beneath it. “He was a really influential guy in my life and career,” Elmore
The Ohio State football team hosted its fifth annual Student Appreciation Day on Saturday. Nearly 2,500 students attended the much-anticipated event inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. After taking in an hour-long scrimmage, it was all about the students. There was a fastest student race and a post-practice autograph and photo session with coaches and players, to name a couple highlights. They even got to hear from Urban Meyer, who entertained while speaking to the students. At one point, the coach kicked out a student wearing blue, the color of fierce rival Michigan. Watch the moment in the video at
Year Two under Jim Harbaugh gained more momentum with the spring game on Friday. And, excitement continues to grow coming off a 10-win debut for Harbaugh. But questions loom for a Michigan program that is looking for its first Big Ten title since 2004. Here are four observations. 1. It looks like Wilton Speight—yes, Wilton Speight—has emerged as the leader in the quarterback race to replace Jake Rudock. The 6-6 Speight engineered two TD drives to lead his squad to victory in the spring game. The sophomore hit 5-of-6 passes for 46 yards with a scoring toss to star tight
Football is here as the Michigan Wolverines kicked off the 2016 spring football season with the first Big Ten spring game of the year.
MARYLAND RELEASE — Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin announced Friday that Scott Shafer has stepped down as the team’s defensive coordinator for personal reasons. “I want to thank DJ Durkin for the opportunity to be on his staff, but at this time I feel it’s best to step aside to tend to personal matters,” said Shafer. “I’m sincerely appreciative of his support and friendship.” “I, along with the entire Maryland football family, will continue to support Scott in every way that we can,” said Durkin. Shafer originally joined the Terrapins football staff on December 9. Read more at umterps.com.
Michigan is set to kick off this year’s Spring Football slate tonight at 6 p.m. ET on BTN (Watch on BTN2Go). [ MORE: Watch Michigan’s Spring Football game on BTN/BTN2Go ] Fans are already looking forward to the 2016 college football season, which means preseason rankings are taking over the internet. The latest set of rankings comes from ESPN”s Joe Schad, who has four Big Ten teams listed in his Preseason Top 25 for 2016. Leading the way is Ohio State, who Schad has pegged at No. 6 on this list. He ranks Michigan at No. 8, with Iowa coming
With progress comes change. At least that’s what James Franklin hopes as he begins this third season at the helm of Penn State.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart offers his Big Ten links.