Big Ten lunch links
April, 11, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Prepare to Phil the agony of Dun-feat!
- Roster management remains a big challenge for Penn State's Bill O'Brien. The Lions' quarterback competition is even so far this spring. Penn State TE Kyle Carter is on the mend.
- Iowa's new running backs coach likes the idea of using Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock on the field together. The Hawkeyes hope to shift their special-teams play into high gear this fall. Two new Iowa assistants will earn more than the men they replaced.
- Keep an eye on Cincinnati native Adolphus Washington at Ohio State's spring game. The Buckeyes' right tackle spot is unsettled, Urban Meyer says. A closer look at Ohio State this spring.
- Michigan AD Dave Brandon tells The Detroit News that the new Big Ten divisions are coming soon.
- Quotes from the Legends Division coaches on Tuesday's teleconference. Some more notes from around the division.
- Typically a position of strength, running back could be a major concern for Michigan State this fall. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio praises QB Andrew Maxwell for an "outstanding" spring.
- Minnesota's Devin Crawford-Tufts effectively juggles two sports (football and track). Competition ramps up at Gophers' spring practice. Speaking of competition, David Cobb is making a run for Minnesota's top running back spot.
- Northwestern could be poised for a run at the Legends Division title. Kevin Trahan breaks down Northwestern's situational use of quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian.
- Purdue drafts teams for Saturday's spring game.
- Illinois' early enrollees are making contributions this spring. The Illini need to mold some linemen for the 2013 season. Look who stopped by Illinois this week.
- Michigan DE Frank Clark has impressed star offensive lineman Taylor Lewan and others this spring. Lewan sees the O-line playing with more nastiness in a pro-set scheme.
- Wisconsin QB Joel Stave is making strides this spring. Badgers freshman CB Sojourn Shelton, an early enrollee, is on the fast track for field time. The Badgers sing and dance.
- Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez expects to throw the ball more in 2013. Coach Bo Pelini expects big things from young LB Jared Afalava. Former Huskers star Alfonzo Dennard receives probation and 30 days of jail time for assaulting a cop.
- The teams have been selected for Indiana's spring game on Saturday.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
End 3rd Qtr Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 10 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State