Big Ten lunch links
August, 23, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Chris Sale rocks.
- Sporting News previews the Big Ten in 2012.
- After a rocky summer, Wisconsin's Montee Ball is grateful to be named a captain. Jordan Kohout is still helping out the Badgers as a volunteer coach.
- Michigan State offensive lineman Fou Fonoti, a juco transfer, has quickly gained the respect of his teammates. Spartans linebacker Denicos Allen is adjusting to the national spotlight. Michigan State's Larry Caper finds peace and perspective during the offseason.
- Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown hopes to set a good example for his teammates this fall.
- Nebraska assistant Ron Brown likes his mix of running backs this season. Ciante Evans knows how important his position is to the Huskers' defensive scheme.
- Steve Greenberg writes that Iowa football has lost its luster, but not its leadership. Iowa got the jump in recruiting with lineman Austin Blythe and it paid off in the end.
- Some injury updates and other notes from Purdue. Boilers safety Landon Feichter is adjusting well to the new defensive scheme (subscription required).
- After a rough offseason, Penn State players are anxious to get things started. Lions receiver Christian Kuntz is back on the field with a big opportunity ahead of him. Matthew Pencek explores the hate for Lions QB Matt McGloin.
- Northwestern's defense is anxious to quiet its skeptics.
- Michigan AD Dave Brandon scheduled Appalachian State for payback purposes. Some more Wolverines notes from Brandon.
- His domestic case resolved, Storm Klein soon could be back in the mix at Ohio State. The Buckeyes' Chris Carter is pleased with his move to the defensive side.
- Minnesota's starting offensive line is four-fifths decided. Gophers incoming transfer Brian Bobek, formerly of Ohio State, didn't let his summer go to waste.
- Former Penn State QB Kevin Newsome is excited for his next opportunity, colleague Matt Fortuna writes. Another former PSU signal-caller, Rob Bolden, calls his trek to LSU "a blessing."
- Brent Yarina runs down the top five Big Ten defenders from the past five years.
- Indiana freshman Jason Spriggs is practicing with the starting offensive line because of injuries (subscription required).
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Penn State Illinois 12:00 PM ET Indiana 6 Ohio State 12:00 PM ET 25 Minnesota 23 Nebraska 12:00 PM ET Northwestern Purdue 12:00 PM ET Rutgers 11 Michigan State 3:30 PM ET 16 Wisconsin Iowa 3:30 PM ET Maryland Michigan