During our annual BTN bus tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart teamed up with Parris Campbell for a tutorial on punt returning.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some fun observations from today’s Ohio State practice. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Ohio State fall practice ] Most impressive player: Sam Hubbard. The defensive end is a load off the edge who often caused issues in drills. He looks ready for a big season on a loaded OSU defensive front. Top specimen: DE Jalyn Holmes should be the first guy off the bus. He looks even bigger than his listed 6-5, 270 pounds. And he’s very quick, too. Loudest coach: This is tie between cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs and offensive line coach Greg
This Ohio State squad is loaded with top talent across the board and is the pick of most to win the Big Ten and return to the College Football Playoff for a second year in a row.
Expectations always are big in Columbus. But when Urban Meyer said at Big Ten media days that this edition of the Buckeyes was his most talented yet … well, big things could be coming in 2017. Here are five things Tom Dienhart will watch at Ohio State practice.
The BTN bus tour made its first stop Friday, visiting Indiana practice. New coach Tom Allen inherits a team that has gone to bowls in consecutive seasons. There are some holes to fill, but this roster has enough juice to return to the postseason.
There's a lot of excitement in Bloomington, as the Tom Allen era begins. Unlike in recent years, defense looks to be the strength of this IU squad, as the back seven looks strong. The offense is loaded with skill, but questions loom up front.
The 2017 BTN bus tour is underway, starting today at Indiana practice and coming to a close Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Northwestern. The 14-stop trek across the Big Ten footprint will span 20 days, and include countless hours on the bus and at practice.
The 2017 BTN bus tour kicks off on Friday, as the luxurious cruiser will pull up to practice at Indiana for the first stop on a 19-day tour of all 14 Big Ten campuses. Before each stop, I’ll share what I’ll be watching for at each practice. Then, I will offer a wrap up on what I learned as well as some fun takes. [btn-post-packge-v2] These are high times in Bloomington, as Indiana is aiming to reach a bowl for a third season in a row. The Hoosiers last went to three bowls in a row from 1986-88. To reach
Another August, another Big Ten Network tour in the books. I have been on five now. And for a guy who loves football, food and fun, I feel lucky. Here is a fun look at the Best of the 2016 BTN Bus Tour. [ MORE: Relive all of Tom Dienhart’s football tour coverage ] FAVORITE CAMPUSES Penn State. The place belongs on a postcard, nestled in the hills of central Pennsylvania. Go ahead and put on your letterman’s jacket and stroll across campus for a dip of Alumni Swirl ice cream at the Berkley Creamery. Michigan. No Big Ten campus
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No coach shook up his staff more than Darrell Hazell. Gone are offensive coordinator John Shoop and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, along with defensive line coach Rubin Carter. [ MORE: Dienhart: Here’s what I learned at Purdue practice ] Hazell promoted tight ends coach Terry Malone to run the offense, a role he had with Michigan under Lloyd Carr from 2002-05. Ross Els was tabbed to be defensive coordinator. Former Purdue assistant Randy Melvin is back to coach the d-line; DeAndre Smith was hired from Syracuse to coach RBs; Tim Lester was tabbed from Syracuse to