Even though Northwestern is already loaded at linebacker, sophomore Cameron Queiro made a big play for playing time during spring practice.
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Penn State will hope to improve despite losing its QB; Northwestern returns its QB, who must be better and so must his receivers.
Anthony Walker, an All-American who led the Big Ten with 20.5 tackles for loss last season, tops Northewstern's roster heading into the summer.
Big Ten writes Josh Moyer and Jesse Temple debate whether the coaches or the players can better influence change in the NCAA.
Some leagues play eight conference games, others play nine. Some have title games, others -- well, only the Big 12 -- don't. How can the playoff committee make fair choices without uniformity?
College coaches haven't been shy about voicing their opinions on the new satellite camp ban. Here's what more than 25 Power 5 coaches had to say about the new rule.
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Northwestern and Minnesota will play their spring games on Saturday, and the following two weekends will be filled with the return of more Big Ten football action.
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Phillips said the leagues initially had agreed to include satellite camps as part of a comprehensive review with other issues, such as an early signing period, the overall recruiting calendar, practice and playing season, initial eligibility, roster sizes, staff sizes, number of coaches, time demands, and more. But because satellite camps had been scheduled, some leagues felt there was urgency to address this now rather than stick to the initial agreement. "From a Big Ten perspective, we were hoping for a holistic, comprehensive review," Phillips said. "There was a decision made by a couple of conferences that that couldn't wait."
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Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips, chair of Division I council (and Big Ten rep), on satellite camp vote: "You had autonomy 5 against and for it, and the other 5, some were against and some for." The SEC and ACC led the movement to oppose but also had support from the Mountain West. Leagues like the Big Ten and MAC were in favor of keeping the camps. "We debated it. It was collegial, it was cordial and at the end of the day, the vote carried."
A look at major award winners in the Big Ten in the last 25 years who returned for another season and how they fared.
Cam Green and Steven Reese, who brought dance moves to the Northwestern sideline last season, hope to move up the WR depth chart in the fall.
Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska can lay claim to being the best in the league in the often unappreciated special-teams battles.
Northwestern leaned on several high-impact seniors in 2015, so there are plenty of major holes to fill for the 2016 season.
Miami and Florida are mentioned among the best programs in the Power 5, but their facilities rank among the worst in their conferences.
Competitions at receiver, interior offensive line and cornerback will produce important starters for the Wildcats in the fall.
Cornerback? Running back? Defensive line? ESPN's experts predict which position group will make the biggest impact in the Big Ten in 2016.
Northwestern isn't about to fade away after it equaled a program-record with 10 wins, but the Wildcats will have some adversity to face in 2016.
In a Big Ten filled with star cornerbacks, Northwestern's Matthew Harris is ready to shine.
Wildcats tasked with tough schedule
The question arises each year: Who has the most challenging schedule in college football? Phil Steele crunched the numbers and projected which teams will likely have the most demanding 2016. Teams with toughest schedules (Insider)
If quarterback Clayton Thorson continues to develop as expected, the pieces are in place to turn Northwestern into a consistent contender.
Northwestern hit the field for its first spring workout in 2016. Here is the schedule for every other Big Ten team.
Coming off a 10-win season, the Wildcats should have plenty of optimism when they hit the field for spring practice.
As power consolidates at the top of the Big Ten East -- see Michigan's rapid ascent under Jim Harbaugh -- programs such as Maryland, Minnesota and Illinois lag way behind.
Northwestern, Michigan State and Iowa have the most stable coaching staffs in the Big Ten, and all are coming off solid seasons.
Like last season, Northwestern's game against Iowa looms as a big obstacle for the Wildcats.
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