Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 29, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
One more day ...
- Three men were arrested in connection with the Aug. 1 attack on Montee Ball. Jared Abbrederis is working hard to be the Badgers' No. 1 receiver this fall.
- Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush trusts his quarterback coach's plan. The Boilermakers are dealing with the likely end of linebacker Dwayne Beckford's time in West Lafayette.
- Penn State's Gerald Hodges says he never considered leaving and is ready to lead this year's defense. Cornerback Stephon Morris is embracing his fresh start.
- Ohio State's Braxton Miller didn't feel comfortable leading last season as a freshman, but has worked to be the guy this season. The Buckeyes take their special teams very seriously.
- Where does Rex Burkhead's drive come from? Start with his parents (and being from Kentucky doesn't hurt. Ahem). Nebraska is expecting fewer bumps in the road on offense under second-year coordinator Tim Beck.
- Some Northwestern nuggets from Tuesday.
- A pair of Olson brothers will be starting on the Minnesota offensive line. The Gophers are finally -- gasp -- running the same offense for a second straight season.
- Michigan State's optimism is based on reality. William Gholston remains focused on just winning, not all the talk around him.
- Michigan's defense must be ready for a much more conventional offense than what it usually faces in practice. Will Campbell says the defensive line can hold up against Alabama.
- No surprise: the Iowa running back situation was a big topic of conversation on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes' new model could sputter a bit before it gets in gear, Bryce Miller writes.
- Indiana announced that Tevin Coleman would start at running back over Stephen Houston. Is it a way to motivate Houston?
- A strong defense and a reasonable schedule gives Tim Beckman a chance to succeed early at Illinois. Beckman is a coach who's completely in charge, Loren Tate writes.
- Tom Dienhart offers questions for every Big Ten team in Week 1.