Big Ten lunch links: Iowa's McNutt steps up
April, 15, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
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- Iowa's coordinators made a rare media appearance Tuesday and discussed filling gaps at defensive tackle, wide receiver and offensive line, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. The coaches are looking for more from Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, last year's leading wide receiver, while converted quarterback Marvin McNutt has moved into a starting role at wideout, Pat Harty and Andy Hamilton write in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- As expected, Michigan defensive end Ryan Van Bergen won't need surgery for a knee injury sustained in Saturday's spring game, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- With the starting quarterback spot guaranteed, Indiana's Ben Chappell looks like a more confident player this spring, Terry Hutchens writes in The Indianapolis Star.
- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio backed off his comment about running the option next year, though The Grand Rapids Press' Steve Grinczel thinks it might not be a bad idea.
- Chimdi Chekwa is Ohio State's lone guarantee at cornerback, as the coaches look to build depth there this spring, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Penn State's secondary continues to concern head coach Joe Paterno, Jeff Rice writes in the Centre Daily Times.
- Purdue is staying healthy this spring, a far cry from what took place a year ago, Mike Carmin writes in The Journal and Courier. Also, freshman running back Al-Terek McBurse won't see the field this spring as he waits approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:36 4th Qtr Miami (FL) 24 24 Nebraska 31 Final Iowa 24 Pittsburgh 20 Final Eastern Michigan 14 11 Michigan State 73 Final Western Illinois 7 Northwestern 24 Final Southern Illinois 13 Purdue 35 Final Bowling Green 17 19 Wisconsin 68 Final Maryland 34 Syracuse 20 Final Utah 26 Michigan 10 Final Rutgers 31 Navy 24 Final Massachusetts 7 Penn State 48 Final San Jose State 7 Minnesota 24 Final Texas State 35 Illinois 42 Final Indiana 31 18 Missouri 27