Dienhart: My observations from NU practice

There was lots to watch today at Camp Kenosha, as Northwestern looks to answer some big questions on defense while searching for a running back, SuperBack and developing quarterback Kain Colter as a passer. One thing that stood out was how the speed and athletic ability of this roster has improved. Offensive coordinator Mick McCall told me the team has more speed than it ever has since he arrived in Evanston six seasons ago. And, he is correct. This is a Wildcat team that has some ability and can run.

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DiNardo: NU football practice tweets

On Tuesday, the BTN bus tour hit Kenosha, Wis., where the BTN crew took in Northwestern practice. With the practice and filming now complete, it’s time for analyst Gerry DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. See all of DiNardo’s tweets in this post. Also, don’t forget to catch the debut of the Northwestern Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Northwestern DL Tyler Scott signs BTN tour bus

The BTN tour bus was in Kenosha, Wis., Northwestern’s summer home, on Tuesday to take in Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats’ practice. Per the tradition this summer, we had the player represented on one of the sides of our bus sign his likeness. That would be defensive lineman Tyler Scott. See a picture of him signing the bus in this post.

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Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 wide receivers of BTN era

Believe it or not, BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great football careers during our time on the air. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My first list ranks the top five wide receivers of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era.

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Sneak peek: First look at Penn State nameplates

As it was announced last week, Penn State is adding nameplates to the back of its jerseys for the first time in program history. The Nittany Lions also will wear a blue ribbon on their uniform to support all victims of child abuse. @PennStateFball tweeted a picture of the road jersey nameplates Tuesday afternoon. See the photo in this post, plus a video of the home nameplates being prepared.

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