Penn State standout quarterback Christian Hackenberg is set to take his talents to the NFL. Following Penn State’s 24-17 loss to Georgia in Saturday’s Taxslayer Bowl, Hackenberg announced that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Hackenberg finishes his Penn State career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history. The former Big Ten Freshman of the Year is PSU’s all-time leader in multiple passing categories, including career completions, yards, and 300-yard passing games. In Penn State’s Big Ten regular season finale against Michigan State, Hackenberg passed Matt McGloin as the school’s
The Big Ten is loaded with talented quarterbacks this season.
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.
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. Medical personnel attended to Harris while Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald stood over his player. Harris did give the “thumbs up” sign as he was carted off the field. Later in the game, BTN’s Tina Cervasio reported from the sideline that the medical teams said Harris was responsive from the moment they got to him, but that they took him to the
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. See our other 2014 predictions: Tom Dienhart: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State. The last Big Ten quarterback selected in the first round? It was Penn State’s Kerry Collins in 1995. It’s fitting that the next could be another Nittany Lions signal-caller. “Hack” is just a sophomore, but he’s already special and has
Think Braxton Miller is just a runner? Think again. The electric Ohio State quarterback tossed a Big Ten-leading 24 touchdowns last season. Will Miller, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, lead the Big Ten again? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 2013 leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 2014 returning leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 Tom Dienhart: Wes Lunt, Illinois. I know, the guy never has thrown a pass in Champaign. But I think the Illini attack will be built around Lunt and his ability to
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. This got me thinking, what would my perfect Big Ten quarterback look like? You know, a quarterback with the ideal arm strength, size, speed, accuracy, smarts and ability to perform in the clutch. I chose six Big Ten quarterbacks and combined their skill sets (hypothetically, of course) to create one, ultimate Big Ten signal-caller. Here we go. [ MORE: Four Big
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. Here are the three Big Ten tandems and a few graphs on why they earned a spot on the list: [ MORE: Four Big Ten teams ranked in SN’s preseason top 25 ] 2. Ohio
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? Here is a breakdown of every top-ranked recruit from each Big Ten school over the past three seasons, as well as a recruit from each school who wasn’t ranked as a highly-touted recruit, but played like one on the field. [ MORE: Dienhart: All of the best from 2014 signing day ] Iowa Who was a top recruit: