Big Ten lunch links
April, 19, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Gearing up for a big week in the Big Ten.
- The Big Ten needs to force Notre Dame's hand with the expansion push, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Ohio State's defense dominated Saturday's jersey scrimmage, leaving the offense stunned, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Ron Zook's top recruits at Illinois this winter were his new coordinators, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Wide receiver Kraig Appleton won't return to Wisconsin, while two teammates could work their way back, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Badgers backup quarterback Jon Budmayr looked shaky in the spring game, Tom Oates writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Iowa passes the eye test in spring practice, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Jeff Tarpinian steps up as the Hawkeyes' top middle linebacker, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Michigan's quarterbacks scramble and buy time, just like head coach Rich Rodriguez, and all parties need to make progress in 2010, Bob Wojnowski writes in The Detroit News. Wolverines' safety Cameron Gordon stepped up for the team and switched positions, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- With few healthy running backs on the field, Purdue's quarterbacks stood out in Saturday's spring game, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Michigan State is building depth at running back with freshmen Nick Hill and Le'Veon Bell, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Minnesota safety Kim Royston underwent leg surgery Friday, and there's a chance he could be back for the season opener, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Former Penn State linebacker Sean Lee could be a sleeper pick in this weekend's draft, Keith Pompey writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Purdue Indiana 12:00 PM ET Michigan 6 Ohio State 3:30 PM ET 10 Michigan State Penn State 3:30 PM ET 18 Minnesota 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Maryland