Maryland’s debut in the Big Ten was mixed. There were wins vs. Iowa, Penn State and Michigan and a bowl trip but a late-season meltdown marred a 7-6 season. Hope floats in College Park, as Randy Edsall may have his best team yet as he begins his fifth season on campus. Here are three things I will be watching at Terrapins’ practice. 1. How does the o-line look? This unit has been underperforming since Randy Edsall has been in charge. A lack of depth and talent have been issues. But, the unit looks to be well-stocked. And there is some
The BTN bus has left Penn State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered from watching the Nittany Lions on Thursday and Friday.
Friday marked the ninth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun notes from PSU practice ] Stop No. 9 of 14 had us visiting State College, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and Friday to watch James Franklin’s second Nittany Lions team. As expected, the offensive line, which surrendered 44 sacks last season, was the area our analysts monitored the most, evidenced by their practice tweets. Get BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE ***
The ninth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to State College, Pennsylvania, where we watched the Nittany Lions practice Thursday and Friday.
Looking for a reason to give Periscope a try? [ MORE: Visit our summer football tour page ] Our team on board the Big Ten Network summer bus tour is providing a live stream from every training camp stop, save for Michigan. The live streams have included several one-on-one interviews and a couple all-access tours, including the Shilique Calhoun one in the video above. We’ve posted the other seven Periscope streams in the tweets below. Find us on Periscope at bigtennetwork.
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten West most exciting 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 | West breakout player | East most exciting player ] This is a fun category, to be sure, because the Big Ten is blessed with a bevy of players who can drop jaws and be regulars on the highlight reels. Who is your leading
Michigan’s video team has been putting together some outstanding videos as of late. We have seen the “Tradition” video. We have also seen “The Team, The Team, The Team” video. Now, it’s time to check out a video titled, “This Is A Brotherhood.” The video features defensive back Jabrill Peppers as the narrator. “We all love one another, it’s a brotherhood” Peppers says in the video. “On Saturdays, that’s what it comes down to.” Check out the full video on top of this post. Enjoy, Michigan fans!
V’Angelo Bentley is one of the biggest stars on the Illinois football team. He also has a pretty cool No. 1 fan and friend in Colby Crowley, a young Illinois fan who has x-linked juvenile retinoschisis, a condition that leads to legal blindness. Crowley met Bentley one day after Illinois practice, and he asked the only player in Illini history to score on a kick, punt, interception and fumble return to attend his birthday party. Bentley attended, and the two have developed a special friendship since. “What Colby has, you can’t see it,” said Jennifer Crowley, Colby’s mother. “He just
The Football Writers Association of America released its 75th Anniversary All-America Team on Thursday, and Big Ten fans will enjoy the results. The Big Ten placed a leading 19 players on the list, four more than ACC, however eight of the conference’s representatives played before their schools (Nebraska, 6; Maryland, 1; Penn State, 1) entered the Big Ten. On the topic of the Cornhuskers, no program had more than their six representatives, four of which garnered first-team honors, also tops on the FWAA list. The team with the second-most players? That would be Ohio State, with five. Michigan (3), Illinois
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