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College Football: Final Spring Game look & News Whiparound

Hello again, College Football Fans! It’s that time  of year again at WRST (and UW-Oshkosh for that matter) where exams,  projects and papers get the best of us, but the world of CFB doesn’t  slow down for anyone, so let’s get right to it. This week, we’ll  take a look at the final two Big Ten spring games, plus some other headlines  from the NFL Draft and more.

First up, the final two spring games for Big Ten teams  were held this past weekend, one in Iowa City and one in the Twin Cities.  We’ll start with the team whose mascot would probably eat a rodent  (The Gophers) in real life, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes held their annual Spring Game/Scrimmage  at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday in front of 16,500 fans. Questions abound  after last year’s dismal 4-8 campaign, but, as Coach Ferentz said,  Iowa “didn’t plan on making any decisions coming out of today”.  The QB race to replace the graduated (and Minnesota Vikings undrafted  free-agent) James Vandenberg, is between Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and  C.J. Bethard. Analysis from writers in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area  have the race cut down to Rudock and Sokol, with Rudock having a slight  edge. The thing is, none of these three candidates have any game experience,  which led to Ferentz drawing criticism during last year’s debacle  of a season.

The Iowa offense “won” the spring game 61-37  with a modified scoring system. All three QB’s tossed for over 100  yards, with Sokol tallying 183 yards and a score, Rudock with 174 yards  and 0 TD’s and the Freshman, Beathard 110 yards and a score. On the  defensive side of the ball, tackle Carl Davis tallied three sacks and  two pass deflections as just one highlight.

No real “highlights” are available, but here and here are a couple spring preview videos on the Hawkeyes  from BTN.

Let’s move on north to the Twin Cities, where the  Minnesota Golden Gophers held their annual Maroon & Gold game at  TCF Bank Stadium.

The Maroon team beat the Gold 24-17, with QB (and  presumed starter) Phillip Nelson tossing for 179 yards and a score on  13 of 17 accuracy. Head Coach Jerry Kill, who wanted to see marked improvement  in the offense after last year, got his wish with big performances from  Nelson and freshman Mitch Leidner. Derrick Engle led the Maroon team  in receiving, with Rodrick Williams and Donnell Kirkwood having solid  days rushing as well.

Highlights from the Gophers’ spring game can  be found here.


Now that we’ve wrapped up spring practice in the  Big Ten, let’s hit on a couple more headlines from the past week.

First up, ESPN and ABC announced yesterday that six Big  Ten games have been slated for Saturday night Prime-Time telecasts this coming year. Those games are as follows.

September 7th: (#10) Notre Dame at (#9)  Michigan (7PM CT, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

September 14th: (#10) Notre Dame at Purdue  (7PM CT, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

September 28th: (#25) Wisconsin at (#1)  Ohio State (7PM CT, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

October 5th: (#1) Ohio State at (#24) Northwestern  (7PM CT, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

October 12th: (#9) Michigan at Penn State  (7PM CT, ESPN or ESPN2)

October 26th: Penn State at (#1) Ohio State  (7PM CT, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

Turning to the NFL Draft, can you guess what conference  had the most draft picks this year? As if it was any surprise, the SEC  led the way with 63 draft picks combined between the  East and West division. This total comes after the SEC’s first full  year as a 14-team conference.

The full breakdown is at the link above, but the SEC  East led with 32 draft picks between all teams combined. Second and  third on the list were the SEC West and the ACC with 31 picks between  all teams. The Pac-12 had 28 selections, the Big Twelve and Big Ten  22, and the Big East 18.

In other draft news, you either love them or you hate  them…at least on the basketball court, on the football field, do they  even matter? Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about Duke Football  ladies and gents, who had their  first player selected in the NFL Draft this year since 2004.  Duke QB Sean Renfree was taken in the 7th round by the Atlanta  Falcons. The last time a Blue Devil was taken in the draft was Offensive  Tackle Drew Strojny in the 7th round in 2004.

Last but not least, we absolutely have to mention  a WIAC Product signing a free-agent contract in the NFL. That honor  belongs to UW-Platteville Defensive Back Ryan McWethy, who  signed with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. McWethy tallied 84 tackles,  including 54 solo tackles in 2012, along with two interceptions and  three pass break ups.

McWethy is the only known WIAC player to sign a free  agent deal following the 2013 draft. UW-Oshkosh QB Nate Wara tried out  for Packers’ scouts a few weeks ago in Oshkosh. You can read  more about Wara’s tryout here and here.

Last season, five WIAC  players had NFL try-outs, including UW-Whitewater  Quarterback Matt Blanchard, who is currently on the Chicago Bears’  Practice Squad.

That’s a wrap for this week. Thanks to everyone  who read along during the semester. Have a great summer and we’ll  talk with you with predictions for the fall coming shortly!

Spencer Wagen, WRST-FM Station Manager and Sports Broadcaster.


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