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Tuesday Morning Brews (4/14/15)

Michigan's spring may be over, but it's still in full swing through much of the Big Ten.

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Hitting the Links Is Trying to Catch OSU

Urban Meyer Gets Raise

He will now be the second-highest paid coach in college football, and he easily deserves it.

Big Ten Expanding Night Game Schedule

Penn State and Rutgers will draw some casual interest,

Buckeyes Host Student Appreciation Day, Open Practice

This is a really nice touch by Urban Meyer, who opened up practice for students and offered plenty of food, in between pushup contests, 40-yard dashes and wheelbarrow races.

Leader at Receiver: Michael Thomas

Thomas entered last season with 22 career yards, and redshirted as a sophomore to recalibrate. Urban Meyer called him a "mistake guy":

"We kind of inherited his commitment," said Urban Meyer during the start of his breakout year. "I got very close with Mike. He's a good guy. (But) he was a mistake guy. Every third play he'd screw up. That's why last year he wasn't ready to play. That was really hard for him last year."

Now, Thomas is ready to lead a receiving corps that has a lot of options, but errs on big play ability and well-rounded athletes. Thomas will be Option #1 unless Jalin Marshall has anything to say about it.

Gareon Conley Focusing On Weight, Confidence

I'd be lying if I said I haven't been waiting for the last couple years to see Conley on the field, after he rescinded his commitment to the Wolverines.

Draft's Top Linebackers | Tight Ends

Plenty of tight ends from the Big Ten, and an interesting conglomeration of athletes at linebacker. Between Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony, Clemson has built its run defense the last couple years on linebackers who are built like tanks and can move like them. The Tigers have a reputation for offense, with guys like Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd. But that other side has also propelled them into regular top-10 finishes.

Braxton Miller's Advocare Photos Deemed A Minor Violation

There will be no punishment for the senior.

Joshua Perry Sets the Standard

Student-athletes, when they make the news, usually have done something embarrassing. Joshua Perry is the standard of what student-athletes hopefully turn into, and he deserves a lot more attention than what he's gotten. This is the kind of stuff that transcends the rivalry.

Vic Beasley Scores a Touchdown

Beasley looks a whole lot like Tyrann Mathieu on this play.

Nick Vannett Ready To Lead

Vannett's competition now is Marcus Baugh, who could be Urban Meyer's next redemption story. The redshirt sophomore has been cited for underage drinking multiple times, and could have gotten kicked off the team last January. Meyer stuck by him, which is a sign that Meyer thinks he'll be a great player. His highlights are scant, but he has some good route-running and soft hands to make a little damage this year.

Nebraska Spring Game Report Card

Mike Riley's debut came in front of 77,000, and there was plenty of jaded optimism similar to Michigan's game.

Stars, Questions From Nebraska's Spring GameMinnesota

The linebackers have looked impressive, while Minnesota seems quietly able to reload every time it loses NFL talent.

Maryland Spring Game: Five Impressions

While the emergence of playmakers is encouraging - they should be able to replace Stefon Diggs and Deon Long - the struggles on the offensive line point to a possible repeat of their struggles from 2014. Meanwhile, their front seven has been completely gutted by graduation, and it's a high bar to replace the production and leadership of Andre Monroe, Darius Kilgo, Cole Farrand, L.A. Goree, and Matt Robinson.

Best in Football? Previewing Penn State's Defensive Tackles

There were three teams that stood above the rest of the Big Ten in stopping running backs, and that was Wisconsin, Penn State, and Michigan State. Mike Hull is gone, but the excellent pair of tackles they have in the middle are back for one more round.

Troy Polamalu Retires

Even though this is NFL news, Polamalu's career was certainly transcendent, as Peter King writes. This quote was good:

"It actually hit me today in church that, ‘Man, you know what? You're done. You're done. Your training is done. Your getting in your stance in football is done.' It actually hit me in the middle of church. I was like, all right, man, it's time to start living."