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.
That @zone6_osu swag is official… 👌🏼🎩 A post shared by Zach Smith (@coachzachsmith) on Aug 18, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT Ohio State has one of the most well-recognized jerseys in college football. However, it is possible the Buckeyes may be mixing it up this season. OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith posted a photo on Instagram today, which shows a matte black Buckeye helmet with a red and white stripe down the middle. The helmet features two Buckeye stickers on the front, as well as a “Zone 6” decal, which refers to OSU’s wide receivers. Check out the photo on
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