Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 8, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Links from Mars:
- Many Penn State alumni support the changing of the team's iconic uniforms. Other recruits may be decommitting, but Brandon Bell is sticking with the Nittany Lions. Rob Bolden is grateful to have landed at LSU.
- Michigan State's William Gholston blames himself for the punch that has led some people to call him a dirty player. Spartans tight end Dion Sims thinks this will be his breakout season.
- Even without Montee Ball right now, Wisconsin is still loaded at running back. There's a lot to like about the retooled Badgers' offensive line, including 6-foot-8, 342-pound (!) right tackle Rob Havenstein.
- Luke Fickell is content returning to his old role as Ohio State's defensive coordinator. Fickell is looking for leadership from linebacker Curtis Grant.
- Purdue coach Danny Hope has less tolerance for penalties from his team this year.
- Iowa has an all-Iowa offensive line. Darian Cooper is one of the youngsters on the Hawkeyes' D-line who needs to grow up in a hurry.
- Denard Robinson has received an outpouring of support for his Big Ten kickoff luncheon speech. Devin Gardner has impressed Michigan teammates with his turn at wide receiver.
- Nebraska has a good competition going on at both offensive tackle spots. Linebacker Alonzo Whaley is in position to start after putting his troubles behind him.
- Illinois is doing lots of tinkering with its offensive line. Tim Beckman is excited about the Illini playing in Soldier Field next year.
- Indiana running back D'Angelo Roberts learned last year that he needed to get bigger to get better.
- Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte had to take a detour to reach his dream of playing for Minnesota but could be ready to make an impact this year.
- Northwestern's defensive linemen vow to make up for last year's poor pass rush.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Western Kentucky Illinois 12:00 PM ET McNeese State 22 Nebraska 12:00 PM ET Akron Penn State 12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Purdue 12:00 PM ET Howard Rutgers 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Northern Illinois Northwestern 3:30 PM ET Middle Tennessee Minnesota 3:30 PM ET Ball State Iowa 3:30 PM ET Maryland South Florida 6:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 3 Oregon 7:30 PM ET Michigan 17 Notre Dame 8:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 5 Ohio State