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  1. Claeys: Gophers defense should improve

    Adam Rittenberg

    Minnesota had a grand total of one defensive player drafted between 2009 and 2013. Earlier this month, the Gophers had two defenders, tackle Ra'Shede Hageman and safety Brock Vereen, selected in the first four rounds. Those departures would would ...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  2. Wildcats focus on firming up midsection

    Adam Rittenberg

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Defense wasn't the reason Northwestern went 5-7 in 2013. Sure, the unit was on the field for the play that encapsulated a hard-luck season: a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired that gave Nebraska a 27-24 victory and set off...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  3. Badgers' D to showcase speed, versatility

    Adam Rittenberg

    MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's defense appeared to offer a series of new looks, pressures and personnel groupings in coach Gary Andersen's first season. Turns out, the reveal is just beginning. Although the Badgers in 2013 showcased certain eleme...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  4. Defense, QB clarity in B1G scrimmages

    Adam Rittenberg

    Michigan's defense controlled play throughout the spring game Saturday at Michigan Stadium, echoing a theme throughout most of the league that day. Several Big Ten squads held scrimmages or open practices, and the defenses had the edge in most of ...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  5. Big Ten's lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    Big Ten is desperate for a title. Which one of you is willing to make the sacrifice? Links time ... Michigan's defense definitely had the edge in the spring game. The young excuse is getting old for the Wolverines. Indiana WR Isaac Griffith ...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  6. Best offensive triple threats: East Division

    Adam Rittenberg

    The best offenses can threaten defenses at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. Brian Bennett on Tuesday examined the triple-threat combinations from the Big Ten's new West Division. Now let's turn our attention to the East D...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  7. Boilers defense no longer lost in translation

    Adam Rittenberg

    Purdue's oldest defenders have endured only one complete coaching change since they arrived on campus. So why does it feel like more? Former Boilermakers coach Danny Hope made changes to the defensive coordinator position after the 2009, 2010 and ...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  8. Monroe brings fire to Maryland defense

    Adam Rittenberg

    When Big Ten fans begin familiarizing themselves with new member Maryland and its personnel, a good place to start is Andre Monroe. The 5-foot-11, 270-pound senior is the centerpiece of Maryland's defensive line. He led the team in both tackles fo...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  9. New NCAA football rule would allow early subs on defense

    Adam Rittenberg

    The NCAA football rules committee is proposing changes for the 2014 season that would loosen the reins on defensive substitutions and lessen the penalties for targeting fouls called on the field.

    Story | Conversation | February 12, 2014
  10. Wilson's fate at Indiana now tied to Knorr

    Adam Rittenberg

    Indiana fans should remember this date. It could mark the turning point for a defense that has been so bad for so long. Or it could prolong the struggles for the Big Ten's weakest unit, and possibly cost another offensive-minded Hoosiers head coac...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  11. Former B1G assistant Norm Parker dies

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's a sad day for the Big Ten community as Norm Parker, a former assistant at four Big Ten schools, has died at age 72. Parker served as Iowa's defensive coordinator from 1999-2011, retiring following the 2011 Insight Bowl. He had five defenses r...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  12. Offense could keep MSU rolling in 2014

    Adam Rittenberg

    PASADENA, Calif. -- No one would dispute that Michigan State's defense is the primary reason for the program's ascent. Especially after Wednesday's performance in the Rose Bowl. The Spartan Dawgs showed they can be great even without a great playe...

    Blog | January 02, 2014
  13. Borland, Clowney demand extra attention

    Adam Rittenberg

    Gary Andersen has helped compile extensive scouting reports for both defenses appearing in Wednesday's Capital One Bowl. In the summer of 2012, Andersen, then Utah State's coach, examined a Wisconsin team that his Aggies would face in Week 3. Sout...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  14. Shorthanded MSU can learn from Stanford

    Adam Rittenberg

    LOS ANGELES -- Michigan State's defense is preparing vigorously for Stanford's offense as well as for life without its leader, middle linebacker Max Bullough. Despite Bullough's shocking suspension, the standards haven't changed for the "Spartan D...

    Blog | December 29, 2013
  15. Season report card: Iowa

    Adam Rittenberg

    The regular season is all wrapped up, and we're passing out grades to each Big Ten team for offense, defense, special teams and overall performance. Iowa didn't post its 2012 report card on the refrigerator but can feel much better about its marks th...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  16. Season report card: Northwestern

    Adam Rittenberg

    Final exams are either ongoing or all wrapped up around the Big Ten. We're passing out grades, too, for each team's regular-season performance. Each team receives a grade for offense, defense, special teams and overall play. Up next: Northweste...

    Blog | December 18, 2013