Year Two under Jim Harbaugh gained more momentum with the spring game on Friday. And, excitement continues to grow coming off a 10-win debut for Harbaugh. But questions loom for a Michigan program that is looking for its first Big Ten title since 2004. Here are four observations. 1. It looks like Wilton Speight—yes, Wilton Speight—has emerged as the leader in the quarterback race to replace Jake Rudock. The 6-6 Speight engineered two TD drives to lead his squad to victory in the spring game. The sophomore hit 5-of-6 passes for 46 yards with a scoring toss to star tight
Football is here as the Michigan Wolverines kicked off the 2016 spring football season with the first Big Ten spring game of the year.
The resume of Michigan State’s Connor Cook glistens. A three-year starter who finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history with 34 victories (34-5 overall record, 23-2 vs. Big Ten opponents), Cook did it all for the Spartans during a spectacular career. The Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Unitas Award winner in 2015, Cook left campus as an all-time great. Now, the Spartans’ BMOC is gone. What’s next? Michigan State is one of several Big Ten squads that face a yawning hole under center. In fact, there are no less than nine schools with some
(AP) A fresh start for Wisconsin running back Corey Clement called for a new number in spring practice. Foregoing his familiar No. 6 jersey for No. 24, Clement also has a different outlook looking ahead to his senior season as he puts the drama of 2015 behind him. “Me and Coach (Paul) Chryst are really talking about … changing my mindset and attitude toward how I approach practice each day,” Clement said after practice Tuesday. “He kind of made a joke out of it. `Can you handle 24, because 24 is really the workload number.” As in the number that
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: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Key personnel is gone. And the coaching staff has been impacted with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaving for a fat raise and the same post at LSU after leading a unit that led the Big Ten in scoring defense (13.7 ppg) and total defense (268.5 ypg) in
Change is the operative word at Rutgers, as Chris Ash continues to put his stamp on the program after taking over for Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Ash has work to do after arriving from a gig as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Good thing his area of specialty is defense, as the Scarlet Knights need a lot of help on that side of the ball. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven
For Purdue this spring, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching three areas for the Boilermakers: Quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line. And there is work to do in all three areas.
Change is the theme as James Franklin begins this third season at the helm of Penn State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The staff has been altered radically. Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row. Is this a cause for alarm? No matter your spin, there is no denying that 2016 is a big
Urban Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Now, Meyer faces some big challenges next season. Yes, he will have some building blocks for his fifth squad, but questions loom. A big one: Who will be the running back with Ezekiel Elliott gone? Bri’onte
Jim Harbaugh basked in the sun Monday, spending six hours on the practice field with his Michigan Wolverines. Back home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was cloudy and gray, temperatures were in the 40s and the locals were preparing for snow.