We are smack-dab in the middle of the dead period, with training camps so close you can taste it, but still weeks away from watching actual football. In the meantime, we took a look at what some of our Big Ten brethren from the SB Nation network are talking about this week as we all get ready for the lead up to the season.
Sometimes no news is good news, but it never stays quiet for long...
Big Ten East
“As a sophomore, though, McLean cracked the rotation at nose tackle. He played in nine games and had his first start against Michigan in November. By the time Maryland’s spring practice ended, he was atop our projected depth chart at nose tackle. That’s not a guarantee of anything, but it’s a good sign.”
“In all likelihood, the path to winning the Big Ten East will go through Columbus and Ohio State. Sure, Michigan hung tough with the Buckeyes despite some horrendous quarterback play. And sure, Michigan likely won’t have to deal with that as much this season. Regardless, Ohio State is the favorite in the Big Ten for a reason, and its defensive line vs. the Wolverines’ offensive line is as big a mismatch as Michigan will see all season.”
“There’s some debate about this — how all of Dantonio’s 100 wins at MSU stack up against each other.
Well, we’re giving it our best shot this summer by going through all the victories for MSU that our head coach has delivered.”
“There are freakish athletic beasts and then there is Micah Parsons. On the football field Parsons is big, fast, and violent. To put it in James Franklin speak, Parsons is a game wrecker on the defensive side of the ball, and he has already earned the renowned #11.”
“Despite the recent news of an investigation of Rutgers football players due to credit card fraud, there are many positives occurring off the field within the program as well. On Tuesday, offensive lineman Zach Heeman was nominated for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team due to his commitment to community service.”
Big Ten West
“Boyd, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound offensive lineman from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, was a BTN.com All-Freshman Team honorable mention and playing in all 12 games and making nine starts last season.”
“This year, the Hawkeyes return a known quantity at the position. They also return a slightly lesser-known quantity. And after that? It’s anyone’s guess!”
Minnesota Gophers (via The Daily Gopher)
“Wiley is the 20th commitment to this 2019 recruiting class and is almost certainly the final take at running back. Treyson Potts is also coming into the 2019 class as a RB, but Potts may also end up as more of a slot receiver type of a player. Regardless, with an anticipated smaller class, expect running back to be done for 2019.”
“NOTHING IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN HUSKER ATHLETICS! IT’S THE SUMMER SO GO ENJOY IT!”
“Noah Coffman: There are plenty of groups, mainly defensive, to choose from here, but the linebackers are the cream of the crop. Featuring arguably Northwestern’s two most productive returning defensive players in Nate Hall and Paddy Fisher, the group is established and has tons of playmaking ability.”
“It is always good to see a walk-on make it to the field regardless of position. Today we have a long-time member of the team that finally saw some action last year.”
“As you can tell, the kid is good and he should be poised for an even better season in 2018. Behind him is a stable of backs more than eager to further cement Wisconsin’s reputation as one of the sport’s best rushing teams.
Behind Taylor is a set of four running backs: redshirt seniors Chris James and Taiwan Deal, redshirt junior Bradrick Shaw, and sophomore Garrett Groshek.”