Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] The Wolverines have had a storied reputation for producing offensive linemen and receivers—and that bears out in the numbers from the past 10 NFL drafts. Michigan has seen seven offensive linemen and seven wideouts picked. But where are all of the quarterbacks (one) and running backs (two)? The 2015 NFL draft should see tight end-turned-receiver Devin Funchess go high. And linebacker Jake Ryan looks like
Who has the best shot to get to the title game: Wisconsin or Michigan State? How do you defend Duke big man Jalil Okafor? Thoughts on Iowa QB Jake Rudock going to Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on those reader questions and more in this week's mailbag. Read on.
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a number of basketball and football stories. Wisconsin looks loose headed into the Final Four. Michigan State shares some things in common with last year's NCAA champs. Maryland's Melo Trimble is staying at Maryland. Christian Hackenberg is refocusing at Penn State. Read all that and more in this post.
He hasn’t given many one-on-one interviews since officially being named the head football coach at the University of Michigan, but BTN College Football Analyst Gerry DiNardo sat down with Jim Harbaugh to talk to him about a variety of topics in an interview on “BTN Live.” (Follow “BTN Live” on Twitter and Facebook.) Michigan’s spring football game airs live on BTN and BTN2Go this Saturday at noon ET. Here’s the link to watch the event live online. In the interview, DiNardo asked Harbaugh about coaching mentors, rivalries and Madonna, in addition to several other topics. Check out the full interview
Who’s ready for some football? Michigan’s annual spring football game will take place on Saturday at Noon ET and can be seen on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Watch Michigan’s spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The Maize and Blue team rosters were released today, with defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin coaching the maize team, while offensive coordinator Tim Drevno will coach the blue team. The game will feature four 10-minute quarters, with a two-minute break between quarters and a five-minute halftime break. Here is a look at the rosters. BLUE TEAM 2 Blake Countess DB 3 Bo Dever WR
The NFL draft has not been kind to Maryland of late, as the Terps have had a total of only two players drafted in the last three years; six players in the last five drafts. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] This year’s draft, held April 30-May 2 in Chicago, may be more fertile. Wideout Stefon Diggs and defensive tackle Darius Kilgo look primed to be picked—especially Diggs, who turned pro early. Fellow wideout Deon Long, quarterback C.J. Brown and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil may be late selections. Here is a breakdown of how Maryland
In recent years, Big Ten teams have embraced the idea that spring football games are about more than the action inside the white lines. Relive some of our favorite moments from last spring inside.
Pardon me, Kennedys: But this is Camelot for Michigan State, right? I mean, will it ever get any better than it is right now in East Lansing with the Tom Izzo-Mark Dantonio dynamic duo? Final Fours and league titles have become the norm. Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press says this is a giddy, glorious time for Spartan Nation — MSU fans, students and alumni — because of these coaches, the success they have built and how they have done it with so much class. To wit: The football team has finished in the top five in the country
Like all of the great rivalries, Michigan and Ohio State never seem to run out of jabs or ways to troll each other. [ MORE: Ohio State team schedule lists National Championship ] Urban Meyer and Ohio State call Michigan “That Team Up North,” and Brady Hoke referred to Ohio State as “Ohio” during his tenure in Ann Arbor. It’s all in good fun, and, in a weird way, it shows respect and enhances the rivalry. Funny thing is, often times, the rivalry is more fierce between the two fan bases and schools. The new College of Veterinary Medicine in
First, there was Tom Brady jumping off a cliff, and now there’s DeAndre Levy taking a walk on the wings of a biplane. [ MORE: Video: J.J. Watt sings about stadium food on tonight’s “New Girl” ] It’s safe to say two of the Big Ten’s top NFL players are enjoying their offseasons – not to mention scaring fans of their teams and schools. The former Wisconsin linebacker was recently in the Pacific Northwest, in Sequim, Washington, where he took a ride on a biplane. Levy, entering his seventh season with the Detroit Lions, was strapped in and standing on