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Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota must pick QBs. Northwestern and Purdue need playmakers. Wisconsin and Illinois need help on the defensive front.
Don't look now but the Wildcats have developed a potent passing attack thanks to QB Clayton Thorson and a surprising group of receivers.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Northwestern expects transfer wide receiver Jalen Brown to report the day after he graduates from Oregon. He will start summer school immediately. Northwestern recruited Brown in high school and Brown reached out to the coaches after Oregon's coaching change.
Northwestern has plenty of reason to be optimistic and will be looking to build on the positive momentum from its showing in the Pinstripe Bowl.
From Iowa's running game to Wisconsin's linebackers, we examine the biggest strengths of each team in the Big Ten West division.
Finding a way to beat division rival Minnesota will be a priority this season for the Wildcats, who have lost three of the past four in the series.
Nebraska, Northwestern and others have plenty of returning talent in the defensive backfield in 2017.
Four-star defensive end Earnest Brown got a late offer from Ohio State but stuck with his commitment to the Wildcats at a postion of need.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will enter the fall with a talented and experienced group of productive performers along the defensive line.
Once again, Washington will refrain from much heavy lifting in its nonconference schedule. The Huskies headline the teams who are keeping it light out of conference play in 2017.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Northwestern's Justin Jackson head a talented group of running backs returning to the Big Ten.
Trace McSorley and J.T. Barrett are at the head of the class of Big Ten QBs, with Wilton Speight and Clayton Thorson leading the next tier.
Ohio State stays on top after signing a star-studded class ranked No. 2 in the country and an especially good haul in the defensive backfield.
The top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board issued an official opinion this week that players at all 17 private colleges in the FBS are employees of their schools.
Oregon wide receiver Jalen Brown will graduate in June and transfer to Northwestern.
Maryland became the first Big Ten school other than Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State to sign more than five ESPN 300 recruits.
Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer
Northwestern officially announced the addition of graduate transfer Jalen Brown. The wide receiver played in 25 games for Oregon, catching 26 passes for 407 yards and four TDs in two seasons. The former ESPN 300 recruit will have two years of eligibility remaining and can play this fall for the Wildcats, who must replace Biletnikoff Award finalist Austin Carr.
Ohio State and Michigan grabbed the headlines, but don't ignore what Penn State, Maryland -- Maryland! -- and Nebraska did on national signing day as the Big Ten flexed its recruiting muscles.
It might surprise you to learn that Rutgers has more players on the Super Bowl rosters than any other Big Ten team.
Which teams have the easiest roads to a productive nonconference season? A look at seven teams primed for some early wins.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Here are the schools that voted against the proposal to ban offseason trips for practice during a vacation period: NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia.
Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation
NCAA Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips confirmed the council will meet again on April 13-14 in Indianapolis, and it's during that session that the recruiting reform package that will create an early signing period in December and alter the official visit calendar for April-June trips is expected to pass.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Interesting comment during the autonomy discussion on Proposal No. 2016-139 (banning offseason practice off campus) from Nandi Mehta of Northwestern women's soccer: "Why are we here?" Mehta, among 15 student-athlete reps on the autonomy committee, opposes the proposal. She says the point of college athletics is to create opportunity for student-athletes. "I don't think it's right to strip a student-athlete of this opportunity."