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Big Ten lunch links

Practice reports. Position battles. Fired-up coaches. It's a glorious time of year.

  • Michigan is so loaded with talent at cornerback, even Blake Countess is expecting to fight for his job during camp this month.

  • Defensive end and stand-up comedian Shilique Calhoun tells his version of the story that led to coordinator Pat Narduzzi sticking around at Michigan State.

  • Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman might have actually needed to give his body some time off, but he would have preferred not to earn it through foot surgery.

  • When it gets late in the year or late in a game, Zach Zwinak has proven capable of being the closer in the Penn State backfield.

  • Tired of all the questions and doubts, Wisconsin's receivers are now focused on just doing the work to replace Jared Abbrederis.

  • Publicly challenged by his coach a year ago, Nebraska defensive tackle Vincent Valentine has brought a different attitude to practice this season.

  • A batch of newcomers at Illinois are making a positive impression during split-squad workouts so far in camp and could find themselves playing critical roles.

  • Jake Rudock is the unquestioned starter at Iowa, but C.J. Beathard might give the Hawkeyes the option of using two quarterbacks at times this season.

  • Maryland linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil was able to do a Floyd Mayweather impression at practice on Tuesday, a big deal for a player coming off a pectoral injury.

  • Rutgers appears to be moving closer to officially naming its starting quarterback as it heads into a two-a-day session on the heels of some intense practices.