Thursday, August 7, 2008
Morning Briefing: Evridge eyes top job, Ringer speeds up
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Thursday's Big Ten campus visit is a home game for me, as I'll make the 25-minute drive north to Evanston for Northwestern's practice and media day. The Wildcats hit the field at 7:15 a.m. CT, so I'll probably catch the second half of the workout, which is usually more interesting anyway. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald, his assistant coaches and the players meet with the media this afternoon.
Love those links:
- After a disappointing spring, Wisconsin quarterback Allan Evridge has his sights set on the starting job, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Referring to Evridge, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said, "it's kind of his show."
- With two seniors headed to Michigan next year, Cass Technical School coach Thomas Wilcher, a former Wolverines running back, is implementing a version of the spread offense. Very smart move.
- Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman wants to become a greater playmaker this fall, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Buckeyes starting defensive tackle Doug Worthington will face some discipline from the team after his drunken driving arrest last month, but it doesn't appear he'll get suspended from school, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Junior Robert Rose looks ready to step in at defensive tackle, Doug Lesmerises writes in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Ohio State players James Laurinaitis, Todd Boeckman and Beanie Wells have become Sports Illustrated cover boys after the Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 in the preseason top 20.
- Penn State has dealt with distractions before in preseason camp, Sam Ross Jr. writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- The Wall Street Journal sits down with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.
- The Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode has a nice breakdown of Michigan State's position competitions this month. Journeyman Ryan Allison has a good shot at landing the third starting linebacker spot, while defensive tackles Oren Wilson and Antonio Jeremiah are neck-and-neck.
- Michigan State running back Javon Ringer seems pretty fast to me, but he made speed a priority this summer, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- After moving to cornerback from wide receiver, former walk-on Marcus Sherels might follow his older brother to defensive stardom at Minnesota, Marcus Fuller writes in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- More pictures from the Detroit Free Press -- there are too many galleries to link here -- but check out Michigan's top 10 quarterbacks from the last 30 years.
- Indiana running back Bryan Payton has a blog. Check him out here. Apparently Hoosiers cornerback Richard Council is a half redhead now. Thanks to e-mailer Craig in Indianapolis for the link.
- Finding a third linebacker and some depth at wide receiver top Joe Tiller's to-do list when Purdue opens camp next week, Tom Kubat writes in The Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier.
- If you're in the vicinity of Rantoul, Ill., on Monday night, check out the Illini football team's scrimmage at Rantoul High School.
- A more interesting Illinois practice will take place Oct. 11 at Memorial Stadium, as the school's men's and women's basketball teams hoop it up outside. The event, billed as "The World's Biggest Basketball Practice," follows the football team's game against Minnesota and features a dunk contest and a shooting competition. Having been inside that stadium, I can say the wind definitely will affect those jump shots.