Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 22, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
T-minus eight days ...
- Michigan safety Thomas Gordon is looking to become more of a playmaker. Brady Hoke says Fitz Toussaint has to "demonstrate he'll do the right things" to have a chance to play against Alabama. Elliott Mealer, a longtime backup, likely will start at left guard for the Wolverines.
- Derek Day has likely emerged as the No. 2 tailback behind Bill Belton for Penn State. Allen Robinson looks ready to make an impact in a depleted receiving corps. Changing the uniforms is another break from the past for the Nittany Lions.
- Nebraska nickel back Ciante Evans is becoming a valuable player and leader on defense. The Huskers are looking for a strong finish to preseason practice.
- Carlos Hyde is going to be crucial to Ohio State's plans early in the season. Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman understands the pressure he'll be under in his position.
- Two Wisconsin players, including receiver Manasseh Garner, decided to transfer. New Badgers receivers coach Zach Azzanni demands intensity.
- Redshirt freshman Jack Allen has earned a starting spot on the Michigan State offensive line. Fou Fonoti has become a leader on that Spartans' line.
- Purdue sophomore defensive end Ryan Russell is aiming for greatness.
- Get your Iowa football fix with this podcast. Who's left at running back for the Hawkeyes?
- Expectations have been raised for Indiana's defensive tackles.
- Minnesota defensive lineman Harold Legania endured Hurricane Katrina and the loss of his father but still has a bright outlook.
- Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase talks about mastering the new offense.
- Breaking down Northwestern's 2012 outlook.
- Athlon names its top impact freshmen in the Big Ten for this season.