In his latest review of Big Ten football spring games, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart looks at the latest developments at Purdue. Here are five things he learned about the Boilermakers this spring.
To put it mildly, Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. Nebraska struggled, no doubt about it, but the squad finished 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season that forever will be remembered by myriad tough losses. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Nebraska spring game on BTN2Go ] There was plenty to work on this spring, as the Huskers welcomed back lots of talent on both sides of the ball, giving the staff a nice nucleus to work with. The progression of quarterback Tommy Armstrong was key. Did he
This is a big season for James Franklin, who begins his third campaign in State College looking for a breakthrough. He slowly has built up a depleted roster. And a staff alteration that included changing both coordinators offers intrigue. How will all of this play out for a program that dropped its last four games of 2015? [ MORE: Watch replay of the Penn State spring game on BTN2Go ] You never want to read too much into a spring game, but the Nittany Lions showed many positives in their annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Here is
(AP) Indiana University announced Sunday that it was kicking off a $170 million athletic department fundraising campaign that will help fund football stadium upgrades and other projects. The plan includes adding an Excellence Academy in the south end of Memorial Stadium, a $50 million project that will enclose both ends of the stadium. The new facility will house training tables and a wellness center for athletes and will allow the Hoosiers to renovate the football team’s locker room. The $50 million project will add no more than a few hundred seats at the football facility. Other projects include adding a
Ohio State has a lot of holes to fill as it heads into 2016. That made Saturday’s spring game in front of spring game record 101,189 fans interesting. It actually carried some heft. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Here are five things I learned about the Buckeyes on Saturday. 1. The secondary could be good. Three new starters are needed with Eli Apple, Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell gone. Malik Hooker looked good, picking off a J.T. Barrett pass and racing 82 yards for a TD. Hooker also intercepted an offering from
How do star players stay entertained in the final minute of a spring game? [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Nebraska spring game on BTN2Go ] At Nebraska, when you’re quarterback Tommy Armstrong and wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, you play a quick game of Hangman on the whiteboard. The roommates were caught playing the popular game on the team bench with just a little but more than one minute remaining at Memorial Stadium. That being the case, Armstrong’s choice of phrases, “Game over,” was perfect. Watch the scene in the video at the top of this post. *** Here
Big Ten fans might not see a better highlight in 2016 spring games than the one Jerome Baker executed in Ohio State’s annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Late in the third quarter, Baker made a terrific leaping one-handed interception to thwart a likely Gray scoring drive. As impressive as the one-handed catch was, the strength Baker showed in holding onto the ball as he hit the turf was even be better. Watch the highlight-reel play in the video above, and get more highlights from the
New Maryland football coach DJ Durkin spent last season as Michigan's defensive coordinator. He learned a thing or two from Jim Harbaugh about intensity, something that is clear in our behind-the-scenes feature.
Saturday featured a handful of Big Ten spring football games. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football game highlights, interviews ] Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all put a wrap on their spring schedules Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes closed their spring in front of a spring game record 100,189 fans at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State honored late defensive end Will Smith, 34, who died last weekend in after a traffic dispute in New Orleans, prior to kickoff. Check out some of the top plays from all five of Saturday’s spring games below. MARYLAND: Red 51, White
Ohio State honored former defensive end Will Smith before its spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] The Buckeyes held a moment of silence for Smith, 34, who was shot and killed following a minor car accident last Saturday night in New Orleans, and also wore a “WS” helmet decal that featured a Buckeye leaf in between Smith’s initials. It was a powerful moment at Ohio Stadium, in front of a spring game record 100,000-plus fans. A champion in college (2002 BCS title, Ohio State’s first football crown in 34 years) and