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2013 Signing Day - Final Thoughts

Are you ready for some spring football? Hey, it’s not the real thing with packed stadiums, marching bands, tailgaters and cheerleaders all pouring their hearts into a regular season game. But, it’s the next best thing to cure your football fix. Northwestern is the first to start, opening spring drills on Feb. 27. Minnesota is the last to open, starting on March 26.

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Signing Day: 12 teams look to fill needs

The Feb. 6 National Signing Day for football is a less than a week away, and it’s the first day recruits can ink letters of intent. It’s also the day when every fan dreams big while studying the list of players their school signed and wondering which players will be stars and which ones might be busts. But, honestly, they all look like studs on Signing Day, right?

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All-Spring Defense & Special Teams Honorees

Minnesota's Mike Rallis

Minnesota Spring Game - Football Highlights

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart released his All-Big Ten Spring Offensive Team. Today, it’s time to recognize the best on defense and special teams. Which players shined the most from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa.? Dienhart talked to media, coaches and college officials across Big Ten country to get their views.

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All-Big Ten Spring Offensive Team

Michael Thomas

Ohio State Spring Game - Football Highlights

Big Ten spring practices officially ended last Saturday, with Michigan State and Wisconsin playing their spring games. What players shined from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa.? I talked to media, coaches and college officials across Big Ten country to get their views. With that, I unveil my All-Big Ten Spring offensive team. My defensive team will follow. See my offensive stars in this post.

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The Best of 2012 Big Ten Spring Football

Brandin Hawthorne

Sparty Play - Michigan State Spring Football Game

With 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game participants Michigan State and Wisconsin wrapping up spring football Saturday, every Big Ten team can turn its attention to the summer. Here at BTN.com, we’re not ready to put spring football behind us just yet. That’s why we compiled this post featuring the best from this year’s spring action. And when talking the best of spring, nothing — at least in our minds — comes close to topping Sparty lining up in the backfield and taking the handoff. Watch the entertaining play now.

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Spring Game Central: Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Bret Bielema

Wisconsin Spring Game - Football Highlights

Wisconsin played its annual spring game Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, and while several key Badgers were on the sidelines, including stars Montee Ball and Chris Borland, it still looked strong. Watch highlights now and see our sideline interviews with Ball, Borland and former wide receiver Nick Toon, who was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL draft, in this post. Also, see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned from Saturday’s action and check out some of the best in-game tweets. You can watch the game again at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN.

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Spring Game Central: Michigan State

Michigan State Celebration

All Access - Michigan State Spring Football Game

The Michigan State football team held its annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. It was an entertaining and insightful day in East Lansing, Mich., as Mark Dantonio gave BTN an all-access pass to the scrimmage. Watch now as Lisa Byington was allowed into the Michigan State huddle, plus get interviews and highlights from Saturday’s 14-2 decision in this post. Also, see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned from the spring game and read some of the best tweets that were sent out during the action.

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Sparty takes handoff in Michigan State spring game

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Sparty Play - Michigan State Spring Football Game

Spring games are great because they give fans a glimpse into what their teams will look like in the fall. But, lets face it, the games lack the excitement and entertainment of a real game. Saturday’s Michigan State game had a moment of great entertainment, though. Mark Dantonio made sure of it, as he put Sparty, Michigan State’s chiseled mascot, in the backfield and dialed up a running play. Let’s just say no one will confuse Sparty with Le’Veon Bell, because the mascot struggled on the play, losing yards and putting the ball on the ground. To be fair, the defense was offside. Either way, it was a priceless moment.

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Sideline Interviews: Ex-Spartans Jones & Worthy

Greg Jones

Greg Jones Interview - Michigan State Spring Football Game

The last time we saw former Michigan State star linebacker Greg Jones he was proposing to his girlfriend on the field following the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win. On Saturday, he was an honorary captain for Michigan State’s spring game at Spartan Stadium. Watch Lisa Byington’s interview with the two-time first team All American now. Also, Byington caught up with former Spartan star DT Jerel Worthy, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers on Friday. Watch Worthy’s interview in this post.

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Dienhart: Thomas Shines in Spring Game

Michael Thomas

Half-time with Tom Dienhart - Ohio State Spring Football Game

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer has talked about the need to find players who can make things happen. He calls them “wow” players. Well, the first-year Ohio State coach found one in the spring game today in receiver Michael Thomas.

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Spring Game Central: Penn State

Paul Jones

Penn State Spring Game - Football Highlights

The Penn State Blue-White game will be archived on BTN2Go. It is also available on the Big Ten Digital Network as part of a separate subscription. The Penn State game will re-air on BTN TV on Saturday at 8 p.m. And what is Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher doing at the Penn State game? Watch the interview inside this post and find out.

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Spring Game Central: Ohio State

Braxton Miller

Ohio State Spring Game - Football Highlights

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart went to Columbus and tweeted live from the stadium. Follow Tom here: @BTNTomDienhart. Or look in this post for a sampling of his tweets. The Big Ten Network will archive the game on BTN2Go. And it will be replayed Saturday at 11 p.m. on BTN TV.

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Spring Game Central: Minnesota

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Minnesota Spring Game - Football Highlights

BTN spoke to several familiar Gopher names during Saturday’s spring football game. Watch the videos here and inside this post. As for the game, a lone 21-yard field goal from Chris Hawthorne proved to be the difference as the Maroon eked out 3-0 win in a shortened spring game that featured a running clock and just two 25-minute halves.

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Indiana, Purdue spring football video

Purdue's Danny Hope

Indiana Spring Football Roundup

Like much of the Midwest, Indiana experienced terrible weather Saturday. In fact, it got so bad in the Hoosier State that both Indiana and Purdue were forced to cancel their spring game and scrimmage indoors. The weather affected our broadcasts of the events, to the point where we can’t re-air the games on BTN tonight, as originally scheduled. Instead, we’ll show Purdue’s 2011 win over Ohio State at 7 p.m. ET and Indiana’s 2007 bowl-clinching win over Purdue at 9. Watch our Indiana video now and get a handful of Purdue packages in this post.

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Dienhart: What I learned Saturday

Josh Ferguson

Dickerson Touchdown - Northwestern Spring Game

Spring football games broke out across Big Ten territory Saturday afternoon, with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue all in action. Weather played a big role all day, forcing the Hoosiers and Boilermakers inside and resulting in Nebraska canceling its game. Find out what I learned from Saturday’s action in this post. Also, don’t forget to check out our Big Ten spring roundup.

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Big Ten Spring Football Roundup

Devin Gardner

Illinois Spring Game - Football Highlights

Mother Nature wreaked havoc on Big Ten spring games Saturday, as Indiana, Nebraska and Purdue’s games were canceled. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers both moved inside to scrimmage, but the Huskers didn’t get to take the field and will not make up the game. Illinois, Iowa and Michigan also were in action, and you can catch up on all of it in this post. Also, see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned Saturday, find out why Michigan wore maize shoelaces and watch all of Saturday’s highlights.

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Spring Game Central: Illinois

Donovonn Young

Jeff George Interview - Illinois Spring Game

The Illinois football team held its annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Watch our interview with former Illinois and NFL quarterback Jeff George, who served as an honorary coach Saturday. In this post, get video highlights from the scrimmage, see photos, courtesy of US Presswire, check out some of the best tweets and catch up on all of your Illinois spring coverage.

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Spring Game Central: Michigan

Fitz Toussaint

Brandin Hawthorne Interception - Michigan Spring Game

The Michigan football team hosted its annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines wore maize shoelaces to support Lace up for Michigan, a fund-raising effort initiated and run by Wolverine student-athletes with support of the school’s athletic dept. Watch Brandin Hawthorne’s impressive one-handed interception now and see photos, tweets and get all your Michigan spring coverage in this post.

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Spring Game Central: NU

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald

Dickerson Touchdown - Northwestern Spring Game

The Northwestern football team held its annual spring football game Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field. See tweets, get Northwestern spring coverage and watch our Northwestern highlights in this post. Also, check out Cameron Dickerson’s highlight-reel touchdown grab from Trevor Siemian now. Dickerson lost a shoe and had to shed a tackler en route to stretching his way into the end zone.

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Spring Game Central: Iowa

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

Nico Law Defense - Iowa Spring Game

The Iowa football team held its controlled spring practice Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium. Right now, watch Nico Law’s bone-crushing hit, one that was so powerful it dislodged running back Damon Bullock’s helmet. Good stuff. Also, in this post, watch highlights from Iowa’s spring practice, see tweets from the festivities and get all of your Iowa spring coverage.

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Spring Game Central: Indiana

Indiana's Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson - Indiana Spring Game

Indiana had its spring game canceled due to weather Saturday afternoon, so it adjusted on the fly and scrimmaged indoors. As a result, BTN’s live steam of the event also was canceled. See tweets and Indiana spring coverage in this post, plus watch our interview with Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson now.

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Spring game Central: Purdue

Purdue's Danny Hope

Purdue Spring Game - Football Highlights

The Purdue football had its annual spring game canceled due to inclement weather Saturday afternoon. The Boilermakers moved the festivities indoors and practiced in front of former players and media. As a result, BTN’s live steam of the event also was canceled. Watch our Purdue highlights now, and see tweets and get all your Purdue spring coverage in this post.

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