Holders are an interesting breed. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Football fans rarely, if ever, notice the holder unless he has made a mistake on an extra point or a field goal attempt, usually resulting in a failed kick or an embarrassing failed attempt to reach the end zone/first-down line. Minnesota holder and punter Peter Mortell has done his best to bring attention to the position, the best example coming in this fantastic tweet that yielded more than 13,000 retweets and 17,000 likes. Northwestern holder Christian Salem is doing his part, too.
After eight years, the wait is over for Indiana. Finally, the Hoosiers are going to a bowl game. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The last time it happened was 2007, when Bill Lynch was the coach. In fact, this is just the second time since 1993 that Indiana is in a bowl. Now, Kevin Wilson has the Hoosiers in the postseason in his fifth season on the job. And his
While staffs at Penn State and Ohio State have filled openings, Purdue still has yawning holes at offensive and defensive coordinator. But, it sounds like Darrell Hazell has a timeline for these oh-so-critical hires that probably will make or break his tenure. No pressure. *** Hey-yo! Rutgers has a new offensive coordinator/QB coach. His name: Drew Mehringer. Who is this guy? Dan Duggan of NJ.com has the low-down. Mehringer and RU coach Chris Ash never have worked together. But each has worked with Houston coach Tom Herman. In fact, Mehringer was WR coach at Houston last year. *** The Rose
To call Mike Riley’s debut in Lincoln “bumpy” would be an understatement. His trial run was filled the agony of several close, crushing defeats. There was a loss vs. BYU on a Hail Mary … there was an overtime setback at Miami (Fla.) that squandered a gutty comeback … and on it went in a season noteworthy for its soul-ripping losses that ended 5-7. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] But
A day after the 2015 AP All-America Team was released, it was the Football Writers Association of America’s turn Monday. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The 2015 FWAA All-America Team includes 11 Big Ten players, including five first-team nods: Indiana OL Jason Spriggs, Penn State DL Carl Nassib, Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert, Iowa DB Desmond King and Maryland punt returner William Likely. Nassib and King were first-teamers on the AP’s
Minnesota is one of three teams in the nation that is in a bowl despite having a losing record. Regardless of your opinion about 5-7 teams bowling, it’s a chance for the Golden Gophers to finish the season on an up-note after they lost five of their last six games coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons that had fueled optimism. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Minnesota also is looking to end
Illinois’ season took a bizarre twist before the first kickoff, as Tim Beckman was fired a week before the opener amid allegations he had mistreated players. The school quickly turned to sage offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, who did a good job keeping the program on track. Alas, he was unable to get the Fighting Illini back to a bowl game after making it in 2014. There were issues on both sides of the ball. The offense struggled to run the ball, ranking last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg) with only 13 TDs on the ground. That short-circuited
The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my picks for those players: Indiana: QB Nate Sudfeld. The senior is No. 1 in the
Another week of NFL action, another opportunity for a former Big Ten quarterback to pass Hall of Famer Dan Marino on the all-time passing touchdowns list. One week after Tom Brady (Michigan) surpassed Marino’s 420 career scoring strikes vs. Philadelphia, Drew Brees (New Orleans) did the same Sunday afternoon in a win at Tampa Bay. Brees tossed a pair of touchdowns in the 24-17 victory to give him 421 in his brilliant career. The total trails just Peyton Manning (539), Brett Favre (508) and the aforementioned Brady (425) in NFL annals. Kind of cool that two of the four all-time
The Big Ten placed 17 standouts on the 2015 AP All-America Team, released Sunday. First-teamers Taylor Decker (Ohio State), Jack Allen (Michigan State), Carl Nassib (Penn State), Desmond King (Iowa) and Vonn Bell (Ohio State) pace the Big Ten representatives. Eight Big Ten schools had at least one player recognized, headlined by Ohio State (5) and Michigan State (3). Indiana, Michigan and Iowa all had two players receive laurels. See all 17 honorees, plus the full AP All-America Team, below: FIRST TEAM Offense Quarterback — Deshaun Watson, sophomore, Clemson. Running backs — Derrick Henry, junior, Alabama; Leonard Fournette, sophomore, LSU.