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Former Penn State RB Saquon Barkley shines at 2018 NFL Combine

This will surprise no one who watched Saquon Barkley during his decorated Penn State career: The electric running back and likely early first-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft was the talk of the NFL Combine on Saturday.

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

The good times are rolling for Wisconsin, which has won back-to-back Big Ten West titles and is coming off a historic 13-1 season. Credit Paul Chryst, who has gone 34-7 overall and 22-4 in the Big Ten in three seasons at his alma mater.

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

No one said it would be easy. But Chris Ash is making progress at Rutgers. That was apparent last season, his second with the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers improved from 2-10 (0-9 in the Big Ten) in 2016 to 4-8 overall (3-6 Big Ten) last season. But work remains to be done for a program that teems with potential. The offense struggled mightily all season, as Rutgers ranked 13th in the Big Ten in scoring (18.0 points per game) and last in total offense (262.7 yards per game). The passing game was abysmal, ranking last in the conference (115.6 ypg). Quarterback

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

What a difference a year makes. This time in 2017, Jeff Brohm was about to embark on his first spring practice at Purdue. He faced myriad questions and personnel shortcomings as he began the process of sweeping up the wreckage left by the former regime. Expectations were minimal: Just win two or three games … and don’t get embarrassed. Well, Brohm exceeded everyone’s wildest dreams, grinding out a 7-6 record that included the school’s first bowl appearance since the 2012 season and first bowl win since 2011. Along the way, Brohm showed deft roster management and coaching acumen by adjusting

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

These are happy days in Evanston. Northwestern is coming off its second 10-win season in the last three years and its third under Pat Fitzgerald. The program is rolling and may be on the precipice of a breakthrough to a Big Ten West title as it has gone to bowls each of the last three seasons. And so, Northwestern is the latest of our 2018 Spring Football previews. A sparkling facility is rising on the banks of Lake Michigan. And talent is abundant in Evanston. More good news: Many key players will be back in 2018, but keep an eye

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Bill Callahan couldn’t do it. Neither could Bo Pelini nor Mike Riley. Maybe Scott Frost can bring Nebraska its first conference title since Frank Solich delivered a Big 12 championship in 1999. Here's a look at three positions to watch during spring ball.