Nebraska head coach Mike Riley announced on Wednesday that Huskers wide receiver and return specialist De’Mornay Pierson-El will be out six to eight weeks after suffering a foot injury in Tuesday’s practice. Nebraska Athletics released the news via email on Wednesday afternoon. The release also confirms that Huskers freshman receiver Lavan Alston will be out for the season after suffering a knee injury during Tuesday’s practice. Pierson-El ranked second nationally in punt-return average last season (17.5 yards per return), and he tied for the national lead with three returns for touchdowns. On offense, Pierson-El caught 23 passes for 321 yards
Our countdown to kickoff series chugs along, and today it’s all about Big Ten West 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 | East breakout player ] There are no shortage of candidates this season, from as far east as Purdue to as far west as Nebraska. Who is your leading Big Ten West breakout player candidate? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s selections below. Update: De’Mornay
When it comes to Big Ten football personalities, there aren’t many bigger than Shilique Calhoun. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong | Theiren Cockran | Nick VanHoose ] The Michigan State defensive end is comfortable in so many roles, on and off the field. Calhoun has shown this at Big Ten media days each of the last two seasons, more than happily grabbing the mic and interviewing teammates and rivals (2014 example | 2015 example). He’s
The arrival of Jim Harbaugh has sent the Michigan program into a new stratosphere. Harbaugh is being hailed as a savior, as the program looks for its first Big Ten title since 2004. Harbaugh inherits a team that has talent. It just needs some direction, leadership and swagger, all of which Harbaugh can provide. The defense is ready-made for success. It’s the offense that needs a lot of attention. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Michigan. 1. Who will be the quarterback? This is a question that has been nagging since the equipment was put away after last
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.