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Penn State standout quarterback Christian Hackenberg is set to take his talents to the NFL.
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The Big Ten is loaded with talented quarterbacks this season.
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Penn State needs to get Christian Hackenberg on track. Don’t you wonder when Michigan State will start to get more props? Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong deserves more credit. These are just three of the ten thioughts BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on the day before Week 3 football games kick off.
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Bowl season is over, and now it’s time to consider the Big Ten’s biggest stars from a statement-making 6-5 postseason. See Tom Dienhart’s All-Big Ten postseason team inside.
Northwestern’s Matthew Harris was knocked out of Saturday’s game after tackling Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg near the sideline late in the third quarter. Hackenberg was sprinting to the left when Harris took him down near Penn State’s bench.
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Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East top pro prospect? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.
Think Braxton Miller is just a runner? Think again. The electric Ohio State quarterback tossed a Big Ten-leading 24 touchdowns last season.
The Big Ten has featured plenty of great quarterbacks, including Drew Brees, Troy Smith and Russell Wilson, to name a few. But as good as these guys were, none of them were perfect in every area of the game.
Two of the most important keys to a successful college football team are a good quarterback and head coach. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently compiled a list of the top head coach-quarterback combinations in college football this year. Three Big Ten coach-quarterback combos appear on the list, which consists of 20 spots, as well as a “5 we don’t know about yet” category.
National Singing Day was Wednesday, and that means we now know where the nation’s top players will be playing college football. The Big Ten has secured plenty of big-name recruits over the years, but have they all lived up to the hype?
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four.
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 14 Players of the Week on Monday, and two of the honorees are first-time winners: Indiana QB Tre Roberson and Iowa LB Christian Kirksey. See all the winner, plus watch highlights, in this post.
The Big Ten office released its Week 13 Big Ten Players of the Week on Monday morning. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier took home defensive honors for the second time in as many weeks and the fifth time in his career, matching the Big Ten record. See all the honorees, plus watch their highlights, in this post.
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Tonight on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013” presented by Best Buy we learn how Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard went from unknown recruit to one of the Big Ten’s best defensive players. We also track how Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has quickly learned the intricacies of Bill O’Brien’s system, and how Ohio State defensive back Christian Bryant has remained a contributor despite being sidelined by injury. The show airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
The Big Ten Conference released its Week 7 Players of the Week on Monday. A pair of Nittany Lions took home superlative honors following their thrilling 4OT victory over previously unbeaten Michigan. See all the honorees in this post, plus watch their highlights.
We have reached the one-third mark of the 2013 season. Where has the time gone? Last time I looked up from my keyboard, the kids still were splashing in the neighborhood swimming pool and the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Wait, that last item happened back in June. Forget it. You get the point.
The Big Ten office released its Week 3 Players of the Week on Monday morning, and Ohio State won two of the four awards. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton won Offensive Player of the Week and star linebacker Ryan Shazier took home Defensive Player of the Week. See all the honorees in this post.
The Big Ten office released its Week 1 Players of the Week on Monday, and it was Nathan Scheelhaase (Offense), Collin Ellis (Defense), Sam Ficken (Special Teams) and Christian Hackenberg (Freshman) taking home the season’s first accolades. Read more about their Week 1 performances and watch video highlights in this post.
So, THAT’s why Christian Hackenberg came to Penn State as such a highly touted prospect. The Penn State true freshman, who was named the starting quarterback Friday, dazzled college football fans with this absolute laser on a 54-yard touchdown pass to Geno Lewis in Saturday’s win over Syracuse. Seriously, watch the arm, watch the accuracy, and check out the Twitter reaction to the bomb in this post.
According to an ESPN report, true freshman Christian Hackenberg will start for Penn State on Saturday when the Nittany Lions open the season vs. Syracuse in MetLife Stadium.
This time last year, few knew who Devin Funchess of Michigan was. Ditto David Santos of Nebraska, Jason Spriggs of Indiana and Mason Monheim of Illinois. But by the end of November, each of these true freshmen had made a name for himself. In fact, I tabbed them on my 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.