The Big Ten concluded its media days on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the best quotes, best boasts and best dance moves that came out of Chicago.
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Injuries and inconsistency have kept Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner from reaching his potential so far. Could 2016 be the season it all comes together?
Naturally, Jim Harbaugh will be the center of attention, but there will be plenty of big topics to cover when the Big Ten kicks off its media days.
Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer
Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys praises senior QB Mitch Leidner for his leadership after competing through a foot injury. This marks Leidner's third media day appearance. "People recognize him more than they do me," Claeys said.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Minnesota has dropped 12 straight to archrival Wisconsin, but Gophers linebacker Jack Lynn expects the streak to end Nov. 26 in Madison. "We should get it this year," Lynn said. "There's no reason why we can't do it. The way we're working, we're quiet about it, but I can feel it with this team more than any other team that we will be successful."
Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer
Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner, who had offseason foot surgery, says he has been 100 percent for about a month and that his foot "has never felt better." Senior was MVP of Quick Lane Bowl despite playing with four torn ligaments in that foot.
Watch: Day 1 at Big Ten media days
Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Penn State's James Franklin are among the coaches at Big Ten media days on Monday. Ohio State's Urban Meyer will take the podium on Tuesday. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN
The Big Ten has a huge new TV rights deal, a football landscape with a rising profile, and relatively few worries heading into the football season.
Ohio State fell short of a Big Ten title game appearance last season. Will the Buckeyes get back for the third time in four seasons? Or will Michigan take over the East Division?
Will QB Mitch Leidner (foot) regain his mobility? How will head coach Tracy Claeys' new offensive scheme look. Media days should give us some insight.
Some talented runners and receivers highlight the list of the Golden Gophers' top players since the turn of the century.
Veteran QB Mitch Leidner and explosive running back Shannon Brooks are mainstays for Minnesota, which needs a receiver to develop into a threat.
Wisconsin's Corey Clement is one of nine Big Ten rushers named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list. Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Indiana's Devine Redding also highlight the list.
Another Urban Meyer-groomed quarterback could win the Davey O'Brien Award in 2016. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett is one of five from the Big Ten to make the award's preseason watch list.
Brian Bennett and Josh Moyer debate the number of regular-season wins this season for the Minnesota Gophers.
From crazy road trips to pillow-soft starts to the season to games that leave you wondering how they ever got scheduled in the first place, a look through the 2016 schedule is eye-opening.
Conference media days are here, which means questions for coaches (some good, some bad) are coming. There are a few that need to be asked before the season arrives. Will they be answered?
With a soft nonconference schedule, the Gophers could be poised to return to a bowl game -- but they'll need to find some playmakers on offense first.
Every Big Ten team boasted at least one candidate on one of the watch lists for the Maxwell and Bednarik awards. Here's a breakdown, by team.
The Rams will need to be at the top of their game to grab a road win at Minnesota.
In their season opener, the Gophers host Oregon State, a team that figures to still be rebuilding in Gary Andersen's second season.
Last year, the Big Ten finished the season with six teams ranked in the final AP Top 25. How will things shake out this season?
Who will play quarterback at Michigan? And can any one player fill the massive hole left by Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State? The Big Ten has some interesting position battles to watch.
Forget 140 characters. Drew Wolitarsky is writing 140 pages. The Gophers' leading returning receiver is just as good with words as he is with routes.
Minnesota will take on Oregon State on Thursday, Sept. 1 on the opening weekend of the season. A look at the Golden Gophers.
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