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Gruden: Cook is 'Perhaps the best quarterback in this year’s draft'

Who is the best quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft class? That has been a highly contested question as there isn’t a true “slam dunk” answer to that this year. Former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is one of seven quarterbacks taking part in Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series this year. Gruden had some high praise for Cook, calling him “perhaps the best quarterback in this year’s draft.” “What stands out the most is his experience,” Gruden said about Cook. “He’s mature; he’s a fifth-year senior. He’s been in a pro-style system. He’s got size and athleticism, and he’s willing

Big Ten links: Dive into Friday's football news digest

In Friday's Big Ten news digest, our writer takes another spin around the football spring training camps with stories on Michigan's and Michigan State's linebackers, Wisconsin's receiver, and one story comparing J.T. Barrett to a former Big Tenn QB now in the NFL.

Big Ten links: Our Thursday Spring Football edition

In Thursday's Big Ten headlines, we catch you up on a number of spring football stories, including nes out of Nebraska's defensive backfield, upgrades on Michigan's offensive line, and why one team's coaching staff keeps injuries under wraps.

Big Ten Mailbag: Dark horse players, Penn State QB & more

It’s time for my latest Big Ten Mailbag, what with the basketball season in our rear-view mirror and spring football in full swing. Lots of interest in Michigan and its upcoming season. And who could be some dark horse offensive players next fall? Who do you think are some dark-horse offensive players for the 2016 season? – Joey Brown There are some interesting choices for the upcoming football season. Here are some dark horses to watch for each school. Illinois WR Mikey Dudek Indiana QB Richard Lagow Iowa RB Akrum Wadley Maryland WR D.J. Moore Michigan RB Ty Isaac Michigan

Big Ten links: Spartans disrespect, football updates & more

Just what Michigan State needed: a bigger chip on its shoulder. ESPN sent out a push notification Monday erroneously referring to newly selected basketball hall of famer Tom Izzo as “Tim” Izzo, riling many in the Michigan State fan base. You think ESPN would make this mistake for, say, Michigan’s “Joe” Harbaugh? I doubt it. This blunder comes on the heels of what seems like an uncharacteristically high rate of mispronunciations and misspellings related to Michigan State’s veteran football coach, Mark Dantonio. Mistakes happen, and all media organizations make them from time to time. But it sure seems like Michigan

Predicting 2016 starting quarterbacks: West Division

On Monday, I predicted who would be the starting quarterback for each Big Ten East team. So, in an attempt to be fair, it’s time to share my Big Ten West predictions–even if most of the starting situations are settled. Here goes. ILLINOIS Wes Lunt. Tumult has been the order of the day in Champaign, where there have been three head coaches since August. But the arrival of Lovie Smith brings the prospect of better days. Smith had to be pleased to find Wes Lunt, a veteran hand who looks like an NFL quarterback. But Lunt needs to improve as

Andy Buh named Maryland defensive coordinator

Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin announced Tuesday that he has hired Andy Buh as the team’s defensive coordinator. Buh, who has previously served as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and Cal, comes to Maryland from the University of Kentucky, where he’s been the outside linebackers coach since 2015 and was recently promoted to also serve as special teams coordinator. Durkin and Buh were on the same staff at Stanford in 2007. “I’m excited that we were able to get a quality coach like Andy to join our staff,” said Durkin. “I’ve known Andy since our time at Stanford

Weird, but true: Somebody stole Sparty's golf cart

From the never-thought-we'd-write-this file: Sparty's golf cart has gone missing. That's right, somebody stole the sculpted Michigan State mascot's ride from the MSU Union on Sunday, according to the Michigan State University Police Department.