Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 10, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
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- Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham can end up as the school's all-time leading receiver -- not bad considering the talent that has come through East Lansing. Jerel Worthy has the talent to back up his Michigan-baiting tattoo. Denicos Allen is ready to make some more big plays for the Spartans, this time as a starting linebacker. Michigan State isn't afraid of high expectations.
- Marcus Coker is ready to carry a heavy load for Iowa this season. Part III of things you might not know about the Hawkeyes.
- Michigan's Greg Mattison is determined to have his defense prevent the big play this season. Receiver is the last position of need in the Wolverines' recruiting class. Some players are bulking up for Brady Hoke.
- A freshman receiver credits Minnesota's cold winters for getting him ready to contribute early for the Gophers. Jerry Kill's brand of discipline is exactly what Minnesota needs, Chip Scoggins writes.
- Nebraska has three talented freshmen running backs, but their coach is stressing patience. The Huskers picked up a linebacker from New Orleans on the recruiting trail. Eric Martin is working to make his move to defensive end a smashing success.
- JoePa is too tough to let a little practice collision slow him down. Gene Collier wonders if Penn State still needs Paterno at 84.
- Robert Marve feels old but wise, and other Purdue notes.
- Wisconsin's Jon Budmayr says he's only competing against himself, not Russell Wilson. Bradie Ewing might look innocent, but the Badgers fullback has a nasty streak.
- It has been a difficult time of change for Ohio State quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, who no longer has Terrelle Pryor or Jim Tressel around. Kenny Guiton is the overlooked quarterback for the Buckeyes, but he's working on changing that.
- Bob Asmussen reports from Illinois practice at Camp Ratoul. A new Illini athletic director could be hired in the next few days.