Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 15, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Hope everybody had a great weekend. Only a couple more of those left without football.
- It's Decision Day for Bubba Starling -- and it's not an easy choice. Nebraska's defensive line is outstanding, but what about the O-line? Antonio Bell is making the most of his move to cornerback.
- Bret Bielema read the book "Good to Great" this offseason and now has the challenge of taking Wisconsin to the next level. A bunch of banged-up Badgers should be back today. Russell Wilson had a strong bond with his father who died from diabetes complications last summer.
- It's Big Ten title or bust for Brady Hoke. Freshmen Thomas Rawls and Justice Hayes have Michigan excited about its tailback prospects. Freshman Matt Wile might shore up the horrible UM kicking game. Michael Rosenberg predicts the Wolverines' season, and he sees a better finish than a beginning.
- You can't accuse Kirk Cousins of lacking courage, Matt Charboneau writes. The Spartans are once again trying to figure out their offensive line, but at least they have depth there. Keith Nichol feels more comfortable at receiver this preseason.
- Whoever Luke Fickell chooses as his quarterback could define his tenure at Ohio State. Safety Christian Bryant is seeking more playing time in the Buckeyes' secondary.
- Joe Paterno is hurting the Penn State program, Mike Missanelli writes. The Nittany Lions' 2012 recruiting class is strong and could get even stronger.
- Brendan Beal went from top-flight Florida recruit to a second-stringer at Minnesota, but he says he's just happy to be playing. The Gophers' offensive coordinator expected things to look rough at the beginning of practice and they have.
- Northwestern left tackle Al Netter is not afraid to get his hands dirty, even when it comes to moving manure on spring break.
- Purdue's Patrick Bade moved from the basketball team to tight end on the football team because he missed hitting and getting hit.
- Jack Ramsey is used to switching positions at Illinois, and now he's finding success at safety. Ron Zook was enthusiastic about the play of a freshman quarterback and two first-year running backs over the weekend.
- Indiana's Damarlo Belcher put the NFL on hold and now wants to make that decision pay off (subscription required).
- Other than Shaun Prater, Iowa's defensive backfield is in flux. Kirk Ferentz is the perfect fit for the Hawkeyes, Pat Harty writes.