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Football tour notebook: Tom Dienhart's fun takes from Illinois

The BTN bus just rolled out of Rantoul, Illinois, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered from Illinois’ first fall practice. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Illinois practice tweets ] Senior RB Josh Ferguson told me after practice that he may split out wide more often as the offense deals with the absence of sophomore WR Mikey Dudek, who is likely out at least until midseason recovering from a knee injury suffered in the spring after a boffo debut in 2014. Tim Beckman told me he’s encouraged by Dudek’s recovery; he

5 things Tom Dienhart learned at Illinois football practice

The first stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten had us in Rantoul, Illinois, to watch the Illini practice Monday. [ MORE: View our tour schedule | See our team’s Illinois practice tweets ] Before we turn our attention to Iowa, which we will watch practice Tuesday morning, here are five things I learned at Illinois practice: 1. This finally looks like a Big Ten team. I couldn’t say that the other three times I visited Illinois for training camp on the BTN tour. But Tim Beckman’s squad has improved its size across the board. And depth

Video: Illinois football opens fall camp with strong dance-off

How did Tim Beckman and Illinois kick off fall camp Monday? [ MORE: Get our team’s tweets from Illinois practice ] With a dance-off, of course. A pretty good dance-off, to boot. Senior offensive lineman Chris Boles started things off with some nice moves, but it was senior defensive lineman Jihad Ward’s answer that really stole the show. With the help of some of his defensive friends, Ward flashed some basketball moves, including a killer Eurostep, before going up for a lefty finger-roll in Boles’ face. Count this as another reason why we’re glad football is back.

Twitter: Get our team's tweets from Illinois football practice

Monday marked the first stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: Instagram photos/videos | Get all of our football tour coverage ] Stop No. 1 of 14 had us visiting Rantoul, Illinois, to watch Tim Beckman’s fourth Illini team. Throughout Monday’s practice, BTN.com senior editor Tom Dienhart, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo tweeted their thoughts. See our team’s tweets below: @BTNTOMDIENHART *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO  

Watch Penn State DT Anthony Zettel roundhouse-kick water bottle

Anthony Zettel is one of the Big Ten’s elite players and athletes. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The Penn State defensive tackle also likes to have fun, and do so on camera. Earlier this summer, Zettel tackled a tree, which drew more than its share of attention. Sunday night, he was back at it, this time roundhouse-kicking a water bottle out of a teammate’s raised hand in the Penn State locker room. Zettel kicked the bottle so hard that it nearly took out a teammate. Luckily, the teammate, believed to be Saquan

Follow our Summer Football Camp Tour & watch BTN Live for updates

BTN’s annual summer football camp tour is back as we visit all 14 Big Ten training camps and count down the days to #KickoffOnBTN. Watch “BTN Live” weekdays at 6 p.m. ET for various camp coverages, and find the daily show on Facebook and Twitter. Also, follow BTN on social media for bonus coverage from the road, too. That includes: Pictures & videos on BTN’s Instagram page Camp updates via BTN’s Facebook page Camp reports from BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) Find us on Snapchat at bigtennetwork for stories from each stop Occasional live video reports from various stops via

3 things Tom Dienhart will be watching at Illinois football practice

The 2015 BTN bus tour is officially underway. We will trek to all 14 schools to watch a practice and talk to coaches and players, getting one last time to “kick the tires” on each team before the season kicks off. The tour heads West first. And stop No. 1 is Illinois, which will be working out off campus in nearby Rantoul, Illinois, where the Fighting Illini will practice 14 times on the former Chanute Air Force Base. The squad lovingly refers to it as “Camp Rantoul.” Here are three things I’ll be looking for as I watch Tim Beckman’s

Watch this incredible Michigan football hype video

There is plenty of hype surrounding the Michigan football program heading into the 2015 season. However, if you are in need of a little something extra to get you excited, we've got you covered!