Big Ten lunchtime links
May, 2, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Hey, didn't you use to be Albert Pujols?
- A group is considering a start-up bowl game in St. Louis that could include a Big Ten team.
- Michigan State fans should feel reassured by the play of Connor Cook in the spring game. The Spartans' fullbacks could give the offense a new dimension.
- Michigan coaches are pleased with the progress of centers Ricky Barnum and Jack Miller. Stacked with commitments for 2013, the Wolverines are already working hard on the '14 class.
- James Vandenberg will have to be a chemistry major while stirring a young Iowa offense.
- Jesse James hopes to make his own name at tight end for Penn State. Hershey lineman Andrew Nelson talks about his commitment to the Lions, plus some names the team is focusing on now in recruiting.
- Illinois reportedly picked up a defensive lineman.
- Former Indiana linebacker Jeff Thomas will get a shot with the Buffalo Bills (subscription required).
- The Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart has a Q&A with Minnesota coach Jerry Kill.
- Former Nebraska stars Roy Helu and Prince Amukamara are hoping for bigger things in their second NFL seasons, though Amukamara already owns a Super Bowl ring.
- Northwestern got a commitment from an Illinois offensive lineman.
- Ohio Stadium has a story worth celebrating as it approaches its 90th anniversary.
- Former Wisconsin star Michael Bennett was charged with fraud.