Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 14, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
If you ever plan on calling the cops on one of my guys again, you go ahead and get two barrels.
- Jerry Kill's top coordinators will try to keep things running smoothly at Minnesota until the boss returns. Gophers players admit they were rattled by Kill's seizure on the sidelines.
- Michigan State is 2-0, but we will really find out what the Spartans are made of this week at Notre Dame. Linebacker Max Bullough has some family ties to the Irish.
- Fumbles remain a problem for the Nebraska offense. The Huskers defensive backs look to step up this week, with or without Alfonzo Dennard.
- Both Ohio State and Miami are fighting some negative national stigmas. Braxton Miller will eventually play a lot, and maybe soon. A booster admitted he's the one who gave three Buckeyes cash at a charity event.
- Penn State's Devon Still is a quiet leader who has matured since the birth of his daughter. The Nittany Lions are trying to move past the Alabama loss. The two-quarterback system, loved by almost no one, will continue.
- An empty backfield with Russell Wilson is a new wrinkle for the Wisconsin offense. The Badgers are changing their signals this week so former assistant Dave Doeren won't steal them.
- Kirk Ferentz says he didn't blackball former Hawkeye receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. DJK has no one to blame but himself, Mike Hlas says. Former Iowa player Brent Greenwood is showing some positive signs after going into an induced coma over the weekend.
- Al Borges plans to put Denard Robinson under center more to help the Michigan tailbacks. Defensive tackle Will Campbell is earning himself some more playing time.
- Illinois safety Supo Sanni had the same injury as Northwestern's Dan Persa and feels Persa's pain. The Illini are turning up the intensity with Arizona State heading to town.
- Kevin Wilson has shown he's willing to roll the dice in key situations. Indiana defensive end Fred Jones has finally put in the hard work, and it's paying off.
- Purdue's Cody Webster is among the nation's top punters after two weeks. Robert Marve should make his season debut Saturday, but Caleb TerBush remains the Boilers' top quarterback.