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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Wisconsin spring game

Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Wisconsin spring game on BTN2Go ] Key personnel is gone. And the coaching staff has been impacted with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaving for the same post at LSU. Chryst tabbed Justin Wilcox from USC to take over. How will that impact the defense, which was excellent under Aranda? Having a healthy Corey Clement

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Iowa spring scrimamge

Iowa, fresh off one of the school’s greatest seasons in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start, capped a successful spring practice Saturday afternoon. Don’t’ look now, but Kirk Ferentz 18th edition of the Hawkeyes could have a shot to repeat as West champs. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Iowa spring game on BTN2Go ] Iowa welcomes back a strong corps of players on both sides of the ball, led by QB C.J. Beathard on offense and CB Desmond King on defense. But there are some concerns as the Hawkeyes. The defense could be a cut-above if the front

Check out our all-access feature on Rutgers' Chris Ash

Whenever Julian Pinnix-Odrick sees Chris Ash in the hallways of Rutgers' football center, the fifth-year senior tells his first-year coach that it's OK to smile. Ash has cracked a few smiles in wrapping up his first spring practice on Saturday night in front of 14,177 fans.

Tyler O'Connor trying to emerge as Connor Cook's successor

(AP) Tyler O’Connor has been keeping a list of goals in a spot near and dear to any 22-year-old’s heart. [ MORE: Watch replay of Michigan State spring game on BTN2Go ] “The background of my phone has been the goals that I’ve had for this spring,” the Michigan State quarterback said. “I do feel like I’ve accomplished those things, so I feel very good.” O’Connor wrapped up spring practice Saturday, throwing for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Spartans’ spring game. His Green team lost 14-11 to the White team, but O’Connor put up the best passing numbers

Iowa's defense looks strong heading into 2016 season

(AP) Iowa had hoped that the return of star defensive end Drew Ott would fill out its defense. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Iowa spring game on BTN2Go ] The Hawkeyes should be stout on that side of the ball anyway. Iowa suffered its first major loss in 2016 when the NCAA denied Ott’s appeal for an extra year of eligibility because of a medical hardship. But the Hawkeyes should still have one of the best defenses in the Big Ten next fall, with seven starters back from a unit that allowed just 19 points a game last season.

Questions remain, but Spartans look poised for big 2016 season

EAST LANSING, Mich. – If you came to Michigan State’s spring game looking for concrete answers, you most likely left unsatisfied. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Michigan State spring game on BTN2Go ] Is the offensive line ready to go? Maybe. Is Tyler O’Connor the answer at quarterback? I guess. Is LJ Scott capable of being a workhorse running back? Possibly. Are the young receivers ready to step up? Perhaps. For the record, the White defeated the Green, 14-11. But the answer to those aforementioned queries is mostly a collective shrug of the shoulders. Still, no one left sun-splashed

Video: Michigan State honors record-setting 2015 senior class

As far as senior classes go in the history of Michigan State football, it doesn’t get much better than the 2015 group. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Michigan State spring game on BTN2Go ] Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun and company accomplished so much in their four seasons in East Lansing, Michigan. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights: Winningest senior class (43 wins) Two Big Ten crowns 2014 Rose Bowl champions 2015 Cotton Bowl champions Three straight top 10 finishes Well, the Spartans honored the record-setting class Saturday at its spring game at Spartans Stadium. ICYMI –

Video: Young Wisconsin fan leads Badgers onto field for spring game

This is what spring games should be about. [ MORE: Watch Wisconsin student-athletes go bald for a good cause ] Brett Boettcher, a young Wisconsin fan who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, led the Badgers onto the field for the team’s annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium. Boettcher, a Menomoni, Wisconsin, native, was diagnosed with DMD when he was five years old, and he’s developed a friendship with Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst. Prediction: Boettcher won’t forget this day. Well done, Wisconsin. *** Here are some of the top highlights from the spring game.