V’Angelo Bentley is one of the biggest stars on the Illinois football team. He also has a pretty cool No. 1 fan and friend in Colby Crowley, a young Illinois fan who has x-linked juvenile retinoschisis, a condition that leads to legal blindness. Crowley met Bentley one day after Illinois practice, and he asked the only player in Illini history to score on a kick, punt, interception and fumble return to attend his birthday party. Bentley attended, and the two have developed a special friendship since. “What Colby has, you can’t see it,” said Jennifer Crowley, Colby’s mother. “He just
The Football Writers Association of America released its 75th Anniversary All-America Team on Thursday, and Big Ten fans will enjoy the results. The Big Ten placed a leading 19 players on the list, four more than ACC, however eight of the conference’s representatives played before their schools (Nebraska, 6; Maryland, 1; Penn State, 1) entered the Big Ten. On the topic of the Cornhuskers, no program had more than their six representatives, four of which garnered first-team honors, also tops on the FWAA list. The team with the second-most players? That would be Ohio State, with five. Michigan (3), Illinois
For the most part, James Franklin’s debut in State College was a success. But, this program remains a work in progress as it looks to build quality depth in the aftermath of NCAA probation. Scholarship numbers are back at 85, but youth is still prominent on the roster. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Penn State. 1. How does Christian Hackenberg look? The guy is an uber talent, but he was under constant duress last season playing behind a spotty line. How bad was it? Hackenberg was sacked 44 times as a sophomore. And he was pressured numerous
Our countdown to kickoff series chugs along, and today it's all about Big Ten East most exciting players. For what it's worth, our panel picked three different Buckeyes. See the picks inside.
You have questions, and I have answers in my mailbag. I type this from the BTN bus as we chug toward State College, Pennsylvania, to watch Penn State practice. We have seen lots of interesting things that have stirred Big Ten Nation. Thanks for the cards and letters!! How much of a loss is WR De’Mornay Pierson-El for Nebraska? – Matt P. It is a huge loss for the Cornhuskers. Pierson-El, who is out six to eight weeks with a foot issue, was one of the Big Ten’s most electrifying players, a true go-the-distance guy who can score each time
The premiere of “Scarlet & Gray Days” aired Wednesday night on BTN/BTN2Go to rave reviews. [ MORE: Watch “Scarlet & Gray Days” now on BTN2Go ] Did you miss BTN Originals’ all-access look at the defending national champ Ohio State’s training camp? If so, catch encore presentations at 5:30 and 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN. Whether you watched it or not, I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from the series’ first of two episodes. Speaking of which, the second episode will debut at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday. *** After a great intro from J.K. Simmons,
It’s World Photography Day, so I decided to take a look back at some of my favorite USA TODAY Sports Image shots from the 2014 football season. See a shot for all 14 teams below.
The eighth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where we watched the Wolverines practice Wednesday morning.
Our summer football tour brought us to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Wednesday morning, which, of course, means the quarterback position was a very popular topic. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun notes from Michigan practice ] Who has the edge in the race to start Michigan’s season opener Thursday, Sept. 3 at Utah? Is it Iowa transfer Jake Rudock? Junior Shane Morris? Someone else? There’s still 14 days until new coach Jim Harbaugh has to select a starter, and when he does make the decision, it doesn’t mean only one guy will take snaps. It was just
The BTN bus just left Michigan practice, and now it’s time for Tom Dienhart to share some nuggets he gathered while watching the Wolverines in action Wednesday morning.