You may remember this past April when BTN featured former Michigan State standout Jack Conklin as he prepared for the 2016 NFL Draft. With no Division I scholarship out of Plainwell High School in Plainwell, Michigan, Conklin defied odds en route to becoming a premier offensive lineman at Michigan State and a first round NFL draft pick. Conklin was selected with the No. 8 pick in this year’s draft by the Tennessee Titans. He was the second offensive lineman off the board. Take a look back as BTN host Mike Hall profiles the former Michigan State walk-on-turned-star’s story, one that
Jack Conklin didn’t expect to be here. With no Division I scholarship out of Plainwell High School in Plainwell, Michigan, Conklin has defied odds en route to becoming one of the Big Ten’s premier offensive lineman and a likely first round NFL draft pick. Here he is, though, just days away from being a high pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, which starts with the first round Thursday night in Chicago. Before Conklin hears his name called in Chicago, BTN host Mike Hall profiles the former Michigan State walk-on-turned-star’s story, one that would make a great movie script. Watch the
Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes have been best friends, high school teammates, college rivals and Big Ten stars. In a few days, they'll add NFL draft picks to the list.
BTN analyst Shawne Merriman travelled to East Lansing to spend some time with Shilique Calhoun and discuss the fine art of rushing the passer. What did Merriman learn? Watch the feature above.
Michigan State’s Sally Nogle isn’t just any athletic trainer. She’s one of the few female head athletic trainers in college athletics. In the latest edition of “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” Kara Lentz profiled Nogle and finds out how she worked her way to the top of her field. Watch the feature here and check out our entire collection of Big Ten video feature stories.
On our most recent episode of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” BTN’s Lisa Byington (@LisaByington) took to the ice at Michigan State as part of a program to introduce women to college hockey and hockey in general. Modeled after a similar program at Michigan State for football, any female hockey fan could sign up. For Byington’s hockey session, she was joined by a few familiar Michigan State faces. Watch the entire feature story in this post, and get more details on this program at MSUSpartans.com. In this piece, the special guests participants include Spartan women’s coaches Suzy Merchant (basketball),
When Michigan State beat Wisconsin on a long, last-second touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichol last fall, the eyes of the rest of the conference were on that game. In a feature story that ran on our pregame TV show this morning, BTN talked to a number of Big Ten names who recall watching that incredible play on TV. We’ve posted the whole video here. Track today’s rematch with us on the Wisconsin-Michigan State game page. Also, here’s a look at another feature on that same play where the participants from both teams recall what it was like
In 2009, the Big Ten Network brought you the inspiring story of Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. – a blue-chip recruit from Chicago’s legendary Mt. Carmel High School who in 2007 was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left leg just weeks after signing with MSU. At the time of the piece, Ray was cancer-free and off his crutches for the first time in nearly two years. With his spirits high and an eagerness to return to football full-time, Ray suffered yet another setback – an infection. He wasn’t cleared to play again for another 18 months.
New Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell missed Saturday’s Green-White game due to a sprained right knee, but Mark Dantonio and company know what they have in their junior signal-caller. Maxwell, who spent the past two seasons as Kirk Cousins’ backup, is a sharp product who understands the game and his role — just like his predecessor. In nine game career games, Maxwell has completed 29 of 51 passes (57 percent) for 294 yards and one touchdown. Watch our feature with the Spartans’ new quarterback now and see a sideline interview with him from Saturday’s spring game. Talking spring football, all
During the latest edition of “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” Kara Lentz offered fans a behind-the-scenes look into how Michigan State women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant balances being a coach and a mom. Watch the feature here and check out our entire collection of Big Ten video feature stories.