Thursday, April 23, 2009
Big Ten lunch links: Pryor to go live
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
- Ohio State starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor can be hit in two quarters during the team's spring game Saturday, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"It's a gamble, yeah," head coach Jim Tressel said of putting his star on the line. "But we need to get better. If we don't get better, that's a gamble as well."
- Penn State's Daryll Clark wants the same spring game treatment as Pryor, but he probably won't get it -- too big a risk, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Nittany Lions linebacker Navorro Bowman will face temptation everywhere on a college campus, but he can't afford to slip up again, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Injuries are beginning to pile up at Illinois this spring, with cornerback Patrick Nixon-Youman the latest to go down, Bob Asmussen writes in The News-Gazette. Illinois will divide up the first- and second-teamers for Saturday's spring game, Mark Tupper writes in the Decatur Herald & Review
- After a strong junior season, Minnesota cornerback Traye Simmons considered entering the NFL draft before returning to school, the Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller writes in his blog.
- Danny Hope has brought enthusiasm to Purdue, but he might need some time to build a competitive team, Reggie Hayes writes in The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel.