Big Ten Monday personnel roundup
September, 10, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
It's time to go around the Big Ten and check out some key personnel news.
- Coach Tim Beckman said Monday that starting QB Nathan Scheelhaase (ankle) could have played at Arizona State in an emergency situation and could return this week against Charleston Southern. Scheelhaase participated in Sunday night's practice. Beckman said the quarterback situation is "wide open" with Reilly O'Toole and Miles Osei in the mix.
- Safety continues to be an area of concern, as starter Steve Hull suffered a different injury to his surgically repaired shoulder against Arizona State. The other starter, Supo Sanni, didn't travel to ASU and is doubtful for this week's game with a leg injury.
- Wide receiver Darius Millines is listed as a co-starter on this week's depth chart after leaving the Arizona State game with an ankle injury.
- The news is mostly good on RB Carlos Hyde, who suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during Saturday's game against UCF. Coach Urban Meyer said Hyde's knee didn't swell up, which is a positive. It's unlikely Hyde will play this week against California, and freshman Bri'onte Dunn is listed as the starter on the depth chart. Jordan Hall, Ohio State's projected starter before a foot injury this summer, has been medically cleared, but his status for Saturday's game is unknown.
- DE Michael Bennett will miss a few more weeks with a groin injury that is more serious than originally thought. DE Nathan Williams, who played a good amount in the opener but missed the UCF game, likely will be questionable for the coming weeks because of the nature of his knee surgery (microfracture). True freshmen Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington logged plenty of snaps against UCF with both Bennett and Williams out.
- Starting CB Nick VanHoose, who left Saturday's win against Vanderbilt on the second play because of a lower back injury, could return this week against Boston College. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said VanHoose has some stiffness in his back, but Fitzgerald is "hopeful" the redshirt freshman will play and start against BC.
- Coach Danny Hope had no update Sunday night on QB Robert Marve, who left Saturday's loss to Notre Dame with a knee injury. Marve, who has suffered two ACL tears during his college career, is listed as the team's No. 2 quarterback on this week's depth chart.
- There seems to be some confusion about why top CB Ricardo Allen wasn't on the field for Notre Dame's game-winning drive Saturday. Hope called it a coaches' decision, while Allen pointed to an ankle injury. Allen tweeted Monday: "No everyone I'm just walking around in a boot because of "coaches decision." The junior also tweeted that his ankle is improving and that he'll be ready this week against Eastern Michigan.
- Starting SS Shelton Johnson is out approximately six weeks after suffering a broken arm against Oregon State and undergoing surgery, coach Bret Bielema said Monday. Johnson could return in less than six weeks. Sophomore Michael Trotter will start in Johnson's spot this week against Utah State.
- Top wide receiver Jared Abbrederis could return this week as he has no structural damage following a chest injury sustained at Oregon State. Abbrederis was taken to a local hospital but released the same day and returned with the team to Madison.