Starting QBs: Dusty Kiel, Max Shortell
October, 1, 2011
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Two quick updates on starting quarterbacks today in the Big Ten:
- Dusty Kiel will make his first career start for Indiana against Penn State. Kiel led Indiana's comeback last week at North Texas, and has completed 11 of 18 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in two games. Ed Wright-Baker, who started the first four games for IU, hasn't played poorly. He reportedly suffered a knee injury this week in practice. Also, Indiana's top running back, D'Angelo Roberts, is out. Could be another tough day for IU.
- Max Shortell is expected start for Minnesota, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start a game for the Gophers since Rickey Foggie in 1984. He replaces MarQueis Gray, who started the first four games but has been battling a toe injury all week. Gray reportedly looked tentative in warm-ups, and coach Jerry Kill told the Big Ten Network: "It's going to be tough for him to play. We will not take a risk with him." Shortell has been on the field in some critical situations already this season, but making your first start as a freshman at the Big House has to be nerve-wracking.