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The BTN tour bus just became an even bigger fan attraction. On Monday, the tour hit Madison, meaning it was time for 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball to sign his likeness on our bus. If you haven’t seen the bus, either in pictures or on the road, it features one Big Ten player from every team. Ball, of course, represents Wisconsin, the two-time defending Big Ten champs.
Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from every stop along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We saw the Gophers practice Saturday, and Minnesota fans sent me some questions. We’ll be at Wisconsin practice Monday, and here’s what I want to see from the Badgers. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart).
The BTN bus tour hit Minneapolis on Saturday, and that means it’s time for analyst Gerry DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. Did you miss our Minnesota Preview Show on Sunday night? Watch it on BTN2Go. And on Monday, we’re headed to Wisconsin practice. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s Wisconsin practice preview.
Anytime you watch Minnesota, you can’t help but focus on quarterback MarQueis Gray. At 6-4, 250 pounds, Gray looked like a linebacker or defensive end when I stood by him at practice. He’s a physical beast. But he also has made some great strides as a passer, which were apparent in the practice we watched. Quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski told me things are slowing down for Gray in his second season in the scheme. You could sense a maturity and confidence about Gray as he worked out. He’s older and wiser—and it showed today.
Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. While on the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from every stop along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We were at Nebraska practice Thursday night, and Husker fans sent me their questions. We’ll be at Minnesota practice Saturday, and here’s what I want to see from the Gophers. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart).
The BTN tour bus stops at Minnesota next. And there will be a lot to watch at Saturday afternoon’s practice in Minneapolis at the Gibson Nagurski Football Complex. The Minnesota Preview Show will air at 10 p.m. ET Sunday. Jerry Kill’s second team has lots of questions. On offense, I will watch to see how quarterback MarQueis Gray is passing the ball. He hit just 50.7 percent of his passes last year. That must improve, while also maintaining his vast running skills.
The second stop of our BTN bus tour brought us to Lincoln, Neb., where we watched the Huskers practice on an absolutely beautiful night Thursday. Here is what I learned and observed while taking in the practice. Talking to offensive coordinator Tim Beck after practice, he says quarterback Taylor Martinez has made strides in his mechanics. Beck showed me how Martinez had a hitch in his delivery, thrusting his hips forward and dropping his right shoulder before delivering the ball.
On Thursday, the BTN bus tour hit Lincoln, Neb. There, our guys took in practice and shared their thoughts on Twitter. Dive inside this post and check out all of Gerry DiNardo’s (@gerrydinardo) post-practice impressions, something he’ll do after all 12 stops. Plus, see what Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) had to say. And don’t forget to catch the Nebraska Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Friday.
Two stops down, two Big Ten football player signatures added to the BTN tour bus. The BTN Football Tour was in Lincoln on Thursday night, and that meant it was time for Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez to sign his likeness on our bus. If you haven’t seen the bus yet, either in pictures or on the streets across Big Ten country, a Big Ten player from every team is represented on it. Martinez, a junior, is Nebraska’s representative. See the picture inside this post and watch our interview with Martinez now.
Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. While on the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from every stop along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We were at Iowa practice Wednesday, and Hawkeyes fans sent me their questions. Nebraska is up Thursday. Here’s what I want to see from the Huskers. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart).
Keenan Davis, meet Keenan Davis. The Iowa WR got a chance to check out the BTN tour bus Wednesday during its visit to Iowa City, the first of 12 stops across the Big Ten. The bus, as it did last year, features a player from every Big Ten school.
Headed to stop No. 2 on the BTN bus tour: Nebraska. We will watch an evening practice on Thursday, and our preview show will air at 10 p.m. ET Friday. I will be eager to watch the offense in Year Two under coordinator Tim Beck. I think with better familiarity and experienced personnel, the Cornhusker offense will take a big step this fall.
BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and the rest of the BTN crew was in Iowa City, Iowa, Wednesday to shoot the Iowa Preview Show. As DiNardo does every week during the regular season in a feature called Sunday Ruminations, he went to Twitter to offer his thoughts on what he saw. See all of the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to watch the Iowa show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday. Until then, here’s our interview with senior James Ferentz. You also can view our entire bus tour TV schedule in this post.
If it’s August, it must be time for the Big Ten Football Preview Tour. For the sixth straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will zigzag across Big Ten country to bring fans a 60-minute, on-site preview show from every Big Ten campus on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour, presented by Culligan. The BTN crew will travel over 3,000 miles, across the conference’s nine states, in a customized chartered bus branded with the BTN logo. All shows can also be seen on BTN2Go.
Good news! Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith and the rest of our BTN team is still heading out for our annual Summer Football Tour (have you seen the bus?) but the TV show times have changed. Every team still gets an hour-long show, but they will debut at 10 p.m. ET a few days earlier than previously schedule. See our new show schedule in this post.
Our annual summer BTN Football Tour starts next week and our tour bus is getting warmed up for the trip by driving around Chicago. As you can tell from the photo in this post, it stopped by Wrigley Field. Where will it be next?
Get ready, Big Ten campuses: Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are coming to town as part of BTN’s annual Summer Football Tour. This year, we’re pleased to announce every team gets an hour-long show. Another new wrinkle this year: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be aboard the bus, too. You can follow Dienhart on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart) for all of his updates throughout the tour. See our show schedule in this post.