Saturday, August 9, 2008
Big Ten Saturday: Penn State media day, Grady pleads guilty
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
MADISON, Wis. -- Greetings from one of my favorite college towns. I'll be heading over to Wisconsin's scrimmage later this morning, but here's a look at what's happening around the conference.
''I can't walk away from the fact that we had some kids that were [in trouble] and that maybe I didn't do the best job I could have."
- The spread offense isn't new to Paterno, who ran a version of it as a high schooler in 1944 [!], the Associated Press writes.
- The Lions hope their off-field problems are in the past, but media day brought more questions about the recently dismissed players, Donnie Collins writes in The (Scranton) Times-Tribune.
- Ohio State freshman Terrelle Pryor handled his first blitz -- from the media -- quite well, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Buckeyes offensive lineman Justin Boren knows he'll be a popular [or unpopular] man in years to come after transferring from Michigan, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Michigan running back Kevin Grady pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, Barton Dieters writes in The Grand Rapids Press.
- After a so-so practice on Wednesday, Michigan stepped it up with its best workout thus far on Friday. Kicker K.C. Lopata reportedly hit a 56-yard field goal. Impressive, even in practice.
- Michigan State wideout Fred Smith should be one of the league's top impact freshmen this fall, but he's got to trim a few pounds first and convince people he's not a tight end, Dave Dye writes in The Detroit News.
- Smith and classmate Keshawn Martin continue to impress the coaches at wide receiver, while Chris L. Rucker will play exclusively on defense as a cornerback, Andrew Mouranie writes in The Lansing State Journal.
- The Champaign News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen projects Illinois' depth chart. Junior Daniel Dufrene gets the starting nod at running back, while Travon Bellamy and Nate Bussey win the safety spots.
- Wisconsin's defensive linemen are experienced, talented and coming off surgeries.
- I was really impressed with Wisconsin wideout Nick Toon when I saw him before his hamstring injury this spring. Toon, the son of former Badgers star Al Toon, is getting healthy and playing catch-up, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- No surprise here: defense is the key for Minnesota's turnaround this fall, John Mullin writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- After tragedy and transition the last two years, Northwestern needs to take the next step this fall, Rich Cirminiello writes on FoxSports.com.
- Here are some good media day tidbts from the Penn State blog Black Shoes Diaries.
- There are risks and rewards to the no-huddle offense, and Indiana will find them out this fall.