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BTN's Tom Dienhart

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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

Ezekiel Elliott has strong take on Harbaugh, Wolverines

The Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry continues to heat up, and it’s not even football season. Former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared on the Paul Finebaum show today. He spoke about the upcoming NFL Draft, where he is projected as the first running back to come off the board and a potential first round pick. But where things got really juicy is when Elliott was asked about Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. “I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh, he needs to get in check with reality,” Elliott said about Michigan’s head coach. “You can’t talk smack

Dienhart: Five things to watch in Ohio State spring game

Ohio State’s spring game always is a big deal. And Saturday’s festivities drip with more intrigue than usual, as the Buckeyes search for myriad answers as the program looks to get back on top of the Big Ten East. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The list of key players gone is long: CB Eli Apple; S Vonn Bell; C Jacoby Boren; DE Joey Bosa; OT Taylor Decker; RB Ezekiel Elliott; OT Chase Farris; DT Joel Hale; QB Cardale Jones; LB Darron Lee; WR Jalin Marshall; WR Braxton Miller; LB

Big Ten links: True freshmen, transfer thoughts & more stories

True freshmen who could start for Ohio State football this fall. Tom Izzo on the topic of player transfers. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh goes dancing. How did satellite camps help Penn State? Catch up on Friday's Big Ten headlines in our last news digest of the week.

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

Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft.