Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 16, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
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- Northwestern coaches are very impressed with center Ben Vitabile -- so impressed that they moved veteran Ben Burkett to a new position.
- Nebraska tight end Kyler Reed is hoping to build on his tremendous 2010 season. Austin Cassidy can teach Bronson Marsh a thing or two about moving from quarterback to safety.
- A weekend scrimmage revealed some Michigan State flaws. Here are some Spartans practice notes, including Mark Dantonio's charge for more conditioning for his top players.
- Speaking of conditioning, Michigan's strength coach is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. Someone thinks Michigan will win nine or 10 games this year -- and that someone is Rich Rodriguez.
- The long wait is over for Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino, and he's "starving" to get some action. Some young Buckeyes receivers are starting to catch on, and they will be needed.
- Indiana's Chris Adkins has happily moved to safety for his final college season.
- Purdue's Danny Hope doesn't belong on the hot seat list, Bob Kravitz writes.
- Wisconsin quarterback Joe Brennan is finally showing some signs of life, and the Badgers may need him if Jon Budmayr is hurt. Ryan Groy is stepping up in the wake of an injury to Kevin Zeitler on the offensive line.
- Illinois has unearthed some fine players from down south. Monday's Camp Rantoul report is here.
- Former Hawkeyes running back Adam Robinson is transferring to Minnesota-Duluth. Here's a podcast breaking down Iowa's scrimmage from the weekend and other issues.
- True freshman Max Shortell looks like Minnesota's No. 2 quarterback. Anthony Jacobs is taking on a switch from defensive end to tackle despite having more career sacks than any other Gopher.
- Penn State recruit Tommy Schutt has built a big reputation. Receiver Curtis Drake continues to insist he'll be ready for the season -- maybe Week 2 against Alabama.