Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 24, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
I am the one who knocks!
- Mark Dantonio left Michigan State to be with his father, who was undergoing a medical procedure. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi will run the Spartans until Dantonio returns. Steve Gardiner has been a surprising factor at linebacker and may start. Travis Jackson and Blake Treadwell are battling for the starting center spot.
- Will Dan Persa be ready for the opener? Pat Fitzgerald now says Kain Colter is all but pulled even with Persa at quarterback.
- Brady Hoke says Michigan needs to become better finishers. Michael Shaw has emerged as the top running back for the Wolverines. Al Borges is pushing his receivers hard.
- Nebraska's wide receiver race is still wide open and could go down to the wire. The Huskers want to be more aggressive and attacking on offense. Andrew Rodriguez probably should have redshirted last year, but now he'll likely be counted on to start at left guard.
- Purdue's Robert Marve declined to talk about the Miami scandal in which he was named. Ralph Bolden is free of doubt about his comeback from knee injury.
- Wisconsin needs a dominant defensive interior, and so far Patrick Butrym is showing signs of being a disruptive force in there. Louis Nzegwu is learning how to take more "calculated risks" in his pass rush. Jon Budmayr is still unable to throw and is to see a nerve specialist Thursday.
- Ohio State is working to make its special teams special again. Dick Tressel believes his younger brother will coach again.
- This is the last chance for Indiana's Fred Jones (subscription required). Damarlo Belcher and the Hoosier receivers must be ready to go as soon as they line up.
- Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens are forming an either/or situation at weakside linebacker for Iowa. A closer look at the Hawkeyes' linebackers. Shed no tears for the new and now defunct Cy-Hawk Trophy.
- Penn State's Chima Okoli is growing into his role as starting right tackle. The Nittany Lions' defensive line is seeking redemption after a poor 2010.
- Minnesota's new president talks about his views on athletics. Freshman quarterback Max Shortell continues to improve for the Gophers.
- A few Illinois tidbits.
- Athlon calls Jim Delany the most powerful man in college sports.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52 Final 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 28