Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 12, 2013
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
Something about this weekend smells like a rose.
- After some early success, Illinois is looking to show off on a big stage. Former linebacker Matt Sinclair is proving invaluable to coach Tim Beckman in his new role with the program.
- Former Indiana captain Larry McDaniel will be returning for a homecoming of sorts as the current Bowling Green assistant prepares to visit a place "with a lot of fond memories" for him. Tevin Coleman was born to carry the football for Indiana, Dustin Dopirak writes (subscription required).
- Just about a month after thinking his season was over, Danny Anthrop is ready to make his season debut against Notre Dame. On the flip side, Purdue will be without tight end Gabe Holmes after the tight end suffered a "pretty serious" wrist injury in practice.
- Desmond King is transitioning quickly into the lineup at cornerback, and Iowa likes what it sees so far from the true freshman. Kirk Ferentz believes problems with penalties are coming from a lack of concentration.
- Michigan State has struggled to find consistency on offense, which is opening up chances for young players like receiver R.J Shelton. Joe Rexrode takes a look back at Michigan State legend Hank Bullough.
- Thanks to Brady Hoke, Michigan students can have some donuts for breakfast before kickoff against Akron. Hoke isn't ready to rank his program in the top 10 quite yet.
- De'Vondre Campbell has taken a long road to contribute for Minnesota. Leading returning rusher Donnell Kirkwood is likely to sit out Saturday's game against Western Illinois with his sprained ankle.
- Braxton Miller's status for Saturday's trip to Cal is still unclear, but he will travel with Ohio State. Buckeyes center Corey Linsley might finally be ready to play a complete game as he recovers from offseason surgery.
- From roommates to the starting lineup, Nebraska has a pair of safeties who are always there for each other. Vincent Valentine is playing a key role in the "clog" on the defensive line.
- Sharper instincts and knowledge of the game have turned Tony Jones into a different player for Northwestern. Take a look at the life of a long snapper for the Wildcats.
- The focus on attendance at Beaver Stadium isn't going away, and reasons for the slippage are continuing to be examined. The Nittany Lions are looking to find a higher gear on offense.
- Wisconsin is gearing up for a strong pass rush and ready to see how its offensive line can stack up against Arizona State. Walk-on linebacker Joe Schobert is set to make his first career start.