Believe the hype about Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell—at least that’s what his teammates and coaches say. “I think that this is the year that sort of catapults him,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said last week at Big Ten media days. “So he’s got to have a great year and I think he’s poised to do that.” The hype around McDowell is reaching massive levels. I wonder if he can live up to it. Gonna be difficult. And then there is this from LB Riley Bullough. “If you just walk in the room with Malik you’ll see he’s
Last year, Iowa QB C.J. Beathard was beat up more than we all realized. He estimated he played 2 1/2 games at full strength last season. Beathard is the ultimate tough guy who fought through injury to steer the Hawkeyes to greatness. Now, Beathard’s healthy and primed for a big season. What can he do if he stays healthy all season? “I’m not curious, I’m excited to see what I can do,” Beathard said. “I know I can do things with my feet that I wasn’t able to do last season. Hopefully, I stay healthy all season long, so I
Coaches can now interact with recruits on Twitter. Oh, man. The Fanboys are gonna love this. The rule makes it permissible for staff members to like, retweet, favorite or endorse a recruit’s post in any way on public social media platforms. They aren’t allowed to tweet directly at recruits. Well, I have a feeling it won’t be long before there are no barriers involving coaches/recruits/Twitter. Just give it another year or two. *** When you think of Indiana, you typically think of a prolific offense led by a good passing game. But Kevin Wilson really has built his program on
The lives of Nebraska’s Sam Foltz and Michigan State’s Mike Sadler recently were honored in moving ceremonies. Jump inside to see more about both of them.
I have to check out “Men of Sparta,” a flick that tells the story of the national champion 1966 Michigan State squad that is too often forgotten. Mlive.com says the film is directed by Bob Apisa, an All-American fullback on the 1965 and 1966 teams. The project, he said, had been discussed for years between members of those teams, but was always put off for a later date. But said as members of those teams began to pass away — including George Webster and Bubba Smith — Apisa said he decided the story of some of the best teams in
David Jones of Pennlive.com pays a nice tribute to former Northwestern coach Dennis Green, who did the impossible by making the Wildcats semi-competitive from 1981-85. *** Pennlive.com looks at five things it learned about the Nittany Lions at Big Ten media days. The issue of other schools using negative recruiting vs. the Nittany Lions came up. It was a classic he said/she said affair that predictably went nowhere. We also learned this: Cam Brown could be a special LB. Remember the name for what could be a boffo set of linebackers. *** Ohio State made one of the most key
Michigan State is establishing a scholarship fund in honor of Mike Sadler. Some compare the 2016 Buckeyes to the 2014 Buckeyes, Iowa's working on a contract extension with Kirk Ferentz. More stories in Thursday's news digest.
As expected, Ohio State and Michigan were the picks in the Big Ten at media days. But, don’t sleep on Michigan State, which continues to always be overlooked. Amazing, isn’t it? Remember, this team won the Big Ten and went to the playoff last year. When will we learn? “Based on what they’ve done, Michigan State deserves the right to be included in the conversation of the elite Big Ten football teams,” new Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. “They’ve done it, they’ve done it well for a number of years now. They made the College Football Playoff last year. If
Who could have been the Nebraska football a few years ago? The answer may surprise you. Also, breakout players at Penn State, updates on Purdue's search for a new athletic director, and more. Read Friday's round up of Big Ten headlines.
With Bri’onte Dunn getting the boot from Ohio State, Mike Weber has a clear path to No. 1 running back status. Weber figured to win the job at some point this season. But now, with Dunn gone, Weber is the clear No. 1 back from the start of camp. He is supposed to be a stud. We shall see as works behind a line with three new starters. The No. 2 back could be true freshman Antonio Williams. Dontre Wilson and Curtis Samuel also could get carries. And J.T. Barrett may run more, too. *** Don’t be shocked if Penn