It was just a year ago that Jack Hoffman, then 7, introduced himself to the world with his memorable and emotional touchdown run in Nebraska’s spring game. It’s been a whirlwind year since the brain cancer patient took the handoff from Taylor Martinez and sprinted to paydirt last April. Hoffman has met the President, had an Upper Deck card made and won an ESPY. We caught up with Jack and father Andy Hoffman at Saturday’s spring game.
Ohio State tailback Dontre Wilson is thought of by many to be the fastest player in the Big Ten… Not so fast! Urban Meyer invited OSU students to challenge several Buckeye football players in a race during halftime of Saturday’s Scarlet and Gray spring football game.
It’s a Saturday in April, so that means it’s time for spring football games. There was a total of eight games today, and we aired all of them live on BTN2Go. Here are the team’s in action today: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Eight Big Ten football teams are holding their spring football game today, and BTN2Go is airing each and every one. Here’s the complete schedule, all times ET: Purdue (1), Ohio State (1:30), Penn State (1:30), Nebraska (3), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Minnesota (3:30) & Wisconsin (4). Check out some of the best photos from the day’s action in this post.
Remember Jack Hoffman’s memorable spring football moment? Remember Sparty taking a handoff? With eight Big Ten football teams conducting spring games Saturday, BTN.com will monitor each one and post video highlights and special moments to Twitter, Facebook, and our instant highlights central page. Who’s playing? It’s Purdue (1 p.m. ET), Ohio State (1:30 p.m. ET), Penn State (1:30 p.m. ET), Nebraska (3 p.m. ET), Illinois (3 p.m. ET), Indiana (3 p.m. ET), Minnesota (3:30 p.m. ET), and Wisconsin (4 p.m. ET).
Adam Weber enjoyed a standout career during his time at Minnesota. The former Gopher signal caller holds school records for career passing yards with 10.917 and career touchdown passes with 72. Currently an NFL free agent, Weber will be taking on a new role and spending his time in the booth on Saturday to call the Gophers’ annual spring football game. I recently caught up with Weber and asked him about Jerry Kill, Big Ten expansion and a number of other fun-filled topics.
There will be a lot to watch at the Ohio State spring game this Saturday. How will the defense look? Is the offensive line coming together? Any good running backs with Carlos Hyde gone?
Coaches and players from the West and East Division football teams joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. All of Saturday’s spring games can be seen live via BTN2Go.
If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which 2013 Big Ten divisional football champion has the best chance to repeat this season?
The new-look Penn State Nittany Lions will take the field on Saturday for their annual spring football game. Fans will get a first-look at new head coach James Franklin, who takes over a Penn State team coming off a 7-5 season and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten play.
This will be Michigan’s fourth season under Brady Hoke. And, make no mistake about it: It’s a crossroads campaign. No one in Ann Arbor was satisfied with the 7-6 record last season. And heads rolled, as offensive coordinator Al Borges was fired. Hoke looked to Alabama for a replacement, tabbing Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
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BTN/BTN2Go aired Michigan’s spring practice Saturday afternoon, and we clipped all the top moments and interviews from Michigan Stadium. Relive all of the top highlights and all of our interviews in this post.
The way uniforms change nowadays, nothing is out of the question. Like, could adidas one day outfit the Michigan football team in an all-maize uniform? Possibly, although the school and company have not announced any such plans. For what it’s worth, Devin Gardner and the rest of the quarterbacks were in all-maize for Saturday’s annual spring game.
Northwestern is the lone Big Ten team that doesn’t play a spring game. Instead, the Wildcats just conduct a final practice. Hanging over the on-field goings-on on this day was the specter of NU players forming a union. The players will vote on April 25.
BTN/BTN2Go aired Northwestern’s spring practice Saturday morning, and we clipped all the top moments and interviews from the 90-minute session. If you’re a Northwestern fan, you’ll want to see Kyle Prater’s highlight-reel catch and hear Venric Mark’s bold prediction about the team’s 1-2 backfield punch. Watch all of the videos in this post.
BTN/BTN2Go will air the Michigan spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, with a re-air at 8. The Wolverines are coming off a frustrating 7-6 season, one that started with many experts pegging them for the Big Ten title game. There’s a clear sense of urgency in Ann Arbor, as Michigan has gone from 11 to eight to seven wins in Brady Hoke’s first three seasons.
BTN/BTN2Go will air Northwestern’s spring practice at 11 a.m. ET Saturday, with re-airs at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.. The Wildcats, fresh off a disappointing 5-7 season that saw them miss a bowl game for the first time in six years, welcome back plenty of talent from a team that started 4-0 in 2013.
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Last season, Iowa got back on track by rebounding from a 4-8 (2-6 Big Ten) season and going 8-5 (5-3).
The good times are rolling in East Lansing for a Michigan State program coming off a Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship. Mark Dantonio has this program humming along as an elite machine that can stand toe-to-toe with any Big Ten squad—if not the nation. The next goal: A national championship. Why not?
The lid is being taken off the James Franklin era. And it’s an exciting time. He brings energy and enthusiasm—not to mention a strong resume that saw him win 24 games in three seasons at Vanderbilt—to State College.
As spring practice dawns, Nebraska seems to be primed for some big things. I know, I know. It seems the Cornhuskers are primed for big things each year, but it may really happen in 2014 for a team that could have one of the top defenses in the Big Ten.
It has been slow, steady growth for Indiana under Kevin Wilson. And, that’s good. Progress is being made as the Hoosiers inch closer to their first bowl since the 2007 season.
There is just no sugarcoating it: Darrell Hazell’s debut was brutal. How brutal? The 1-11 season arguably was the worst in Purdue history. And the one win came vs. a FCS foe that went—you guessed it—1-11. There was very little that this team did well last season during a winless Big Ten campaign in which blowouts were the norm. Perhaps this summarizes things best: The best player on the team was the punter.
Year Three of the Tim Beckman era is about to dawn. And the picture in Champaign is still fuzzy. Is Illinois a program on the rise? The good news: Illinois ended a dubious 20-game Big Ten losing streak last season. The bad news: Progress has made glacial tangible progress under Beckman, who is 6-18 overall in two years and 1-15 in the Big Ten.
The good times are rolling at Minnesota, as Jerry Kill continues to put his stamp on the program. The proof: The Golden Gophers’ win total has improved each of Kill’s three seasons, going from three to six to eight victories last season. The guy has won at every stop in his career.