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  1. Big Ten mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    Welcome to our first game week mailbag of the 2014 season. Man, that feels good to type. Keep the questions flowing, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @BennettESPN . Brian Bennett: The strength on defense throughout the league right n...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  2. Preseason position preview: Specialists

    Brian Bennett

    We've been previewing each position group in the Big Ten, and we've gone through every level of the offense and defense. But that's only two-thirds of the game. Don't forget special teams. It can be hard to judge some of the new guys in the kickin...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  3. Big Ten lunch links

    Brian Bennett

    Proof there is a God. Jay Paterno's lawsuit against Penn State contains some leaky logic, David Jones writes. Couldn't agree more. The defense should rest after saying just two words: Matt McGloin. Mark Dantonio shared photos of Michigan State'...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  4. Big Ten Monday mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    Mondays stink. Except when it's mailbag time. Which it is right now. Go. Mitchell C. from Parts Unknown writes: How confident should Ohio State be coming into the third year with Urban Meyer and five new starters on defense and six new starters o...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  5. Depth offers latest hope for IU defense

    Brian Bennett

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A recent Indiana practice came down to a winner-take-all snap in the red zone. Redshirt freshman Kris Smith ended things by sacking Nate Sudfeld (at least unofficially, since there's no tackling the quarterback in practice). T...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  6. Spartans offense says it can take lead

    Brian Bennett

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- For nearly a season and a half, Michigan State leaned hard on its defense to try to win games while the offense sputtered. That pattern finally changed midway through last season, as Connor Cook settled the quarterback posit...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  7. IU's Wynn can turn a defense inside out

    Brian Bennett

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Quick trivia question: Which Big Ten receiver had the most touchdowns last season? You might have said Penn State's Allen Robinson or Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa, and those would be fine guesses. Only those paying particularly cl...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  8. Buckeyes DBs look to regain swagger

    Brian Bennett

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer hired Chris Ash away from Arkansas primarily to fix Ohio State's problems in its pass defense. What Ash found is that the biggest area of need might have been from the shoulder pads up rather than any scheme or philos...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  9. Jones takes MSU defense master class

    Brian Bennett

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Taiwan Jones is a sociology major at Michigan State, but the senior's toughest course this spring might be his switch to middle linebacker. "I feel like I'm taking another class right now," he told ESPN.com. This isn't 10...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  10. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Happy Patriot League tournament final day. Ohio State's Kenny Guiton just wants a shot at the NFL. Jim Tressel likely will have to wait on getting into the Hall of Fame. Wisconsin's Dave Aranda is reshaping his defense into a smaller, faster un...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  11. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    So Nick Saban is saying you shouldn't smoke while playing football? Some early impressions and videos from Ohio State's first spring practice. Urban Meyer wants an aggressive defense. Wisconsin heads into spring practice with some decisions to ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  12. Spring preview capsules: West Division

    Brian Bennett

    Let's look at what to expect this spring in the Big Ten's wild, wild West: ILLINOIS Spring start: March 5 Spring game: April 12 What to watch: Toughening up on 'D': The Fighting Illini had one of the nation's worst defenses, especially ...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  13. Knorr embraces challenge of IU defense

    Brian Bennett

    As far as football-related tasks go, Brian Knorr's appears to rank somewhere between monumental and Herculean. Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson hired Knorr on Jan. 20 as his new defensive coordinator, in effect asking Knorr to stop the bleeding. T...

    Blog | February 10, 2014
  14. Big Ten Monday chat wrap

    Brian Bennett

    The holiday didn't slow down the Big Ten Monday chat. We had a lively discussion, and you can view the full transcript here. Or check out these highlights: Blake (Fort Wayne): What do you think the hiring of Knorr does for this Indiana defense for 2...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  15. Brian Knorr named defensive coordinator for Indiana Hoosiers

    Brian Bennett

    Indiana has named former Wake Forest assistant Brian Knorr its new defensive coordinator, the school announced Monday.

    Story | Conversation | January 20, 2014
  16. Five B1G defensive players to watch in '14

    Brian Bennett

    Last week, we took a look at five Big Ten offensive players to watch in 2014. Today, we turn to the defense. We're limiting ourselves to five players on each side of the ball. We're looking for players who will take that next step into greatness, ...

    Blog | January 14, 2014