Big Ten lunchtime links
April, 5, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
The first Happy Flight of 2012 is in the books. Here's hoping for many more.
- A pair of Illinois defensive backs could spend some time on offense this season as Tim Beckman searches for playmakers.
- Scrutiny or not, Brian Ferentz was the right hire for Iowa, Pat Harty writes. Everyone's in play for the Hawkeyes at running back.
- Dion Sims has a chance to shine at tight end for Michigan State, provided his wrist is fully healed. DeAnthony Arnett is playing a waiting game right now.
- MarQueis Gray says the next Minnesota athletic director needs to be accessible to players.
- Once a blue-chip recruit, Nebraska's Baker Steinkuhler has been a solid player, but not a superstar. He's not satisfied with that going into his final season. Will Compton played well down the stretch last season, and is drawing praise from Bo Pelini this spring.
- Jibreel Black is taking on a new role by moving inside on the Michigan defensive line.
- Defense is winning at practice as Ohio State's offense continues to learn a new system. John Simon and Zach Boren will likely serve as captains for the Buckeyes.
- Peter Konz showed off a little more strength at Wisconsin's pro day, and likely solidified his draft stock.
- Cornerback Lawrence Barnett brings some consistency to the Indiana defense.
- Danny Hope wished he hadn't redshirted Frankie Williams last season, but the defensive back is glad he waited.
- Receiver Tony Jones is back at full throttle for Northwestern.
- The learning curve is pretty steep this spring for the Penn State tight ends.