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Players on the rise? Here's Tom Dienhart's list!

Cethan Carter

Tom Dienhart on O'Bannon Ruling

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With the 2014 BTN bus tour in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look back at my team-by-team player on the rise. These are the players who have a bright future. They might not be a star or consistent regular this fall, but you should learn their names and get to like their games.

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Dienhart's best of the 2014 BTN bus tour

Melvin Gordon

Michael Bennett - Fall Practice Interview


The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath!

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Illinois

Josh Ferguson

Tim Beckman Announces Illinois' Quarterback


Illinois is looking to continue progress in Year Three under Tim Beckman. Seven starters are back on offense; nine on defense. The offense remains ahead of the defense. In fact, this could become an upper-level Big Ten attack with freshly-minted starting quarterback Wes Lunt at the controls.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Iowa practice

Brandon Scherff

Tom Dienhart Talks with Mark Weisman


Our annual summer football tour rolls on!’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith were at Iowa practice Tuesday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Iowa camp preview: Is QB Jake Rudock developing?

Jake Rudock

Kirk Ferentz Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

This looks like a potentially special Iowa team, a squad good enough to win the Big Ten West. The Hawkeyes are coming off a strong 8-5 season with six starters back on offense and five on defense in what will be Kirk Ferentz’s 16th season on the job.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Nebraska


Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini - BTN Live


LINCOLN, Neb. – Could this be the year Nebraska finally wins the program’s first league championship since 1999? It may happen if the offense develops balance and the defense delivers on big expectations.

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Dienhart's Diary: Next best thing to being on the bus

Braxton Miller

BTN Live - Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates.

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Nebraska camp preview: Is Armstrong ready?

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Purdue

Bell Goes Up Top for the One-Handed Grab, Touchdown!

Expectations are trending up for Nebraska after it closed last season with a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia. This is a club that welcomes back five starters on offense and seven on defense. There is plenty of skill on offense. And the defense could be Bo Pelini’s best since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. Could this team win the new Big Ten West? Perhaps.

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Photo: Minnesota unveils new gold alternate helmet

Minnesota Helmet

Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill - BTN Live

Minnesota unveiled a new alternate helmet during BTN Live’s visit Saturday. The gold lid, with a maroon “M,” facemask and stripe down the middle, was on our set for Saturday night’s show. The helmet also features the school’s “Ski-U-Mah” cheer on the front and back of the stripe. See the helmet in this post.

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