Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 10, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Three more weeks.
- Senior offensive lineman Robert Burge is hoping to finally earn a starting job for Wisconsin. The healthy returns of Devin Smith and David Gilbert give the Badgers' defense a lift.
- Purdue quarterback Rob Henry is looking forward to getting hit so he can test his repaired knee. Some quick hits from Thursday's Boilers practice.
- Gregg Doyel says you shouldn't be mad at the current Penn State players. Bill Belton looks ready to take over Silas Redd's role as the starting running back. Several true freshmen could step up this season for the Nittany Lions.
- Ohio State players are putting in some seriously long days at camp. A former top receiver recruit left Florida and could be eyeing the Buckeyes. Is 12-0 realistic for Ohio State this season?
- Northwestern backup quarterback Trevor Siemian isn't ready to concede the top job to Kain Colter yet. Pat Fitzgerald likes the flexibility he has at linebacker.
- Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck should have a much lower stress level this season. Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart has some observations from Huskers practice. Bo Pelini picked up a cornerback from SEC country.
- James Gillum has the talent to lead a deeper crop of Minnesota running backs. MarQueis Gray has looked sharp so far in camp.
- Michigan State sees the elusive Rose Bowl bid within its grasp this season. Third-string Spartans quarterback Tyler O'Connor is drawing some early Kirk Cousins comparisons. We're one step closer to seeing a Bullough clone army in East Lansing.
- Already loaded for bear in 2013, Michigan got its first 2014 commitment -- a linebacker from Ohio. Kenny Demens led the Wolverines in tackles a year ago, but says he wasn't very consistent. True freshman Ondre Pipkins -- or "Pee Wee Optimus Prime," as he wants to be called -- has impressed early with his nimble 340-pound frame.
- Iowa safety Nico Law, who's drawing some Bob Sanders comparisons, is staying confident but not cocky. Former quarterback John Wienke is shooting for the Hawkeyes' punting job.
- Indiana landed a highly rated safety and a Florida running back on the recruiting trail (subscription required). Seven Hoosier walk-ons earned scholarships.
- Illinois star linebacker Jonathan Brown is becoming more of a leader.
- SI.com named its preseason All-America teams, and six Big Ten players made first or second team.