Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 5, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
I hear there's a professional tackle football league kicking off tonight. I prefer the collegiate variety.
- Wisconsin's Dezmen Southward has learned to embrace film study -- and cut down on his mistakes.
- Now healthy, tight end Gabe Holmes can be a big asset for Purdue's offense. Kawann Short sets the record straight on the pronunciation of his name.
- Penn State coach Bill O'Brien must dwell on the positives to keep his fragile team together, David Jones writes. The Lions are seeking more mental toughness.
- Devin Smith's spectacular touchdown grab might be a sign of things to come for the Ohio State wideout. Failing to convert from the 1-yard line against Miami (Ohio) serves as motivation for the Buckeyes.
- Kain Colter showed smarts and unselfishness by pulling himself out of the end of Northwestern's win against Syracuse.
- Depth at wide receiver is helping Nebraska pick up the pace on offense.
- Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray took the blame for his missed throws versus UNLV. A.J.Barker is ready to fill in at receiver with Jamel Harbison lost for the season.
- Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell is staying grounded despite the Heisman talk swirling around him. The Spartans' offensive line is looking to do a better job in pass protection.
- Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint says he let his team down with his arrest and suspension. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said repeated Wolverines' breakdowns contributed to Alabama's success.
- Iowa has an empty trophy case right now, but hopes to change that against Iowa State. The Hawkeyes' passing game featured a lot of short throws against Northern Illinois.
- Indiana tried its best not to run Tre Roberson in the opener, but the quarterback will carry the ball in the future.
- Illinois is reviewing all its quarterback options with Nathan Scheelhaase questionable because of injury.