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  1. Gopher specialists outline practice grind

    Adam Rittenberg

    In-season practices are typically about two hours, and many squads work on special teams right at the start. So how do the specialists -- kickers, punters, snappers -- occupy themselves the rest of the time? We now know. Minnesota's specialists ha...

    Blog | October 23, 2014
  2. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    Football, please get here. I can't stand watching Chicago baseball any more. Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is open to a 10-game conference schedule. Michigan State tops the Big Ten's special teams rankings. MSU finishes second on'...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. MSU needs to stop beating itself

    Adam Rittenberg

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The end result, which is all that matters, looked dishearteningly similar for Michigan State. Stop me if you'd heard it before: an impressive (yet takeaway-less) defensive performance wasted, a smattering of special-teams short...

    Blog | September 21, 2013
  6. Big plays propel Gophers past UNLV

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's one of football's unwritten rules: If a team scores two touchdowns on special teams and another on defense, it virtually can't lose. When two of those touchdowns sandwich halftime, a win becomes even more secure. Minnesota scored the trife...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  7. Video: Indiana's Mitch Ewald

    Adam Rittenberg

    Indiana kicker Mitch Ewald talks with Adam Rittenberg about the Hoosiers' special teams, and improving his accuracy....

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  8. Illinois Fighting Illini spring wrap

    Adam Rittenberg

    ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI 2012 record: 2-10 2012 conference record: 0-8 (sixth in Leaders division) Returning starters: Offense: 9; defense: 4; special teams: 2 Top returners QB Nathan Scheelhaase, RB Donovonn Young, RB Josh Ferguson, WR Ry...

    Blog | May 03, 2013
  9. Recruiting rewind: All-B1G D, special teams

    Adam Rittenberg

    By now, you've seen how our All-Big Ten selections on offense stacked up as recruits. Now it's time to look at how ESPN Recruiting evaluated the eventual All-Big Ten defenders and specialists. As a reminder, these capsules list each player's scout...

    Blog | December 13, 2012
  10. Midseason report: Ohio State

    Adam Rittenberg

    OHIO STATE Record: 7-0 (3-0 Big Ten) Ohio State can't tackle. It has endured multiple special teams breakdowns. It recently moved starting fullback Zach Boren to linebacker to a depth-starved position (he proceeded to lead the team in tackles a...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  11. PSU's Anthony Fera heading to Texas

    Adam Rittenberg

    Penn State has absorbed personnel hits on both offense and defense since the NCAA handed down major sanctions against the program last week. The Nittany Lions' special-teams units won't be spared, either. Junior Anthony Fera, who handled both p...

    Blog | August 02, 2012
  12. Instant analysis: Florida 24, Ohio State 17

    Adam Rittenberg

    Urban Meyer's old team beat his new team in the Gator Bowl, as Florida used huge special-teams play, stout defense and just enough offense to beat Ohio State. The Gators end Will Muschamp's first season on a good note, while the Buckeye...

    Blog | January 02, 2012
  13. Season report card: Nebraska

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's time to pass out season grades for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Just as a reminder, the overall grade isn't an average of the three categories as I put more a bit more weight on offense and defense than special teams. OFFENSE: B+ Rex Burkhead...

    Blog | December 19, 2011
  14. Season report card: Michigan State

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's final exam season on campuses around the Big Ten, and we here at the Big Ten blog have some grades to hand out, too. Brian and I will be grading each Big Ten team -- offense, defense and special teams -- before the bowl season kicks off. Firs...

    Blog | December 14, 2011
  15. Gophers not going away in L.A.

    Adam Rittenberg

    Minnesota briefly interrupted the Matt Barkley-Robert Woods show and has put itself right back into the game. The Gophers turned a USC special-teams gaffe into a touchdown as Duane Bennett scooted into the end zone from nine yards out, cutting the...

    Blog | September 03, 2011
  16. Michigan loses second player this week

    Adam Rittenberg

    Michigan has lost two players this week, although neither departure should sting too much. Team officials confirmed that wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes has left the Wolverines. Stokes played in each of the past two seasons, mostly on special teams, a...

    Blog | August 23, 2011