The seventh stop on our annual summer bus tour the Big Ten brought us to East Lansing, Michigan, where I got the chance to see Michigan State practice on Tuesday.
The BTN bus just left Michigan State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Spartans in action Tuesday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s MSU practice tweets ] In his eight seasons, Mark Dantonio has had just two punters: Aaron Bates and Mike Sadler. Now, Jake Hartbarger takes over. He’s a banger. Backup QB Tyler O’Connor also is the team’s backup punter. Michigan State has a tradition during camp under Mark Dantonio of having all personnel wear their names on their shirt written onto white tape. O-line
Halfway home, Tuesday marked the seventh stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun notes from MSU practice ] Stop No. 7 of 14 had us visiting East Lansing, Michigan, to watch the Spartans’ training camp Tuesday morning. Michigan State, the reigning Cotton Bowl champs, return plenty of top-end talent, headlined by quarterback Connor Cook and defensive end Shilique Calhoun. Get BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practice below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE
A group of Ohio State football fans mapped out a path and walked 19 miles to spell out "Script Ohio" on Google Maps. See the map inside this post!
Our countdown to kickoff series chugs along, and today it’s all about Big Ten East breakout players. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team ] There are no shortage of candidates this season, from as far west as Indiana to as far east as Rutgers. Who is your leading Big Ten East breakout player candidate? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s selections below. Tom Dienhart: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan
Indiana AD Fred Glass announced Tuesday that IU Athletics has extended its apparel agreement with adidas for eight years through 2024.
Mark Dantonio has built Michigan State into one of the nation's top football programs. The Spartans have the state-of-the-art facilities to back it up, too. Shilique Calhoun gave us a tour of the facilities Tuesday.
“Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp” debuts at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, and we’ve got a few clips from the first episode. The show takes viewers behind the scenes at the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes’ training camp. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons, the series’ first clip shows Braxton Miller’s working on his transition from quarterback to wide receiver/H-Back. In the second clip below, Urban Meyer’s addresses the entire team at the start of training camp. You can also share these clips from this very page, or find them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Michigan State is on a roll under Mark Dantonio, winning double-digit games four times in the last five years with two Big Ten titles and wins in the Cotton and Rose Bowls.
The final installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most important game. See who they said inside!