Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Filled up my car for $4.04 a gallon this morning. Great country we live in.
- A good look at spring practice around the Big Ten from The Detroit News' Angelique Chengelis.
- Ex-Auburn player Stanley McClover says both Ohio State and Michigan State were among those willing to pay for his services.
- Former Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel thinks things will only get worse for Jim Tressel and the program, CentralOhio.com's Sam Blackburn writes.
- More on Brady Hoke's contract at Michigan here and here. Some pictures of Michigan's spring practice from annarbor.com's Melanie Maxwell.
- Jason Ford is no longer starving himself, but the Illinois running back hopes to shed a bit more weight, Stu Durando writes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Illini must build depth on defense this spring, Mark Tupper writes in The (Decatur) Herald & Review.
- Spring ball gives Michigan State a great chance to experiment with players and positions, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. Spartans' lineman Blake Treadwell doesn't mind the switch from defense to offense, George Sipple writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Northwestern players impressed coach Pat Fitzgerald with their response from spring break, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. New Wildcats receivers coach Dennis Springer catches on this spring, Pete DiPrimio writes in The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel.
- A.J. Derby is still competing for Iowa's starting quarterback job -- for now, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Iowa's Adrian Clayborn and Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi have received invitations to attend the NFL draft. Clayborn will attend, while Carimi is still thinking it over.
- After a strong finish to 2010, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball tries to take another big step, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times.
- Injuries have really limited Indiana's depth at running back this spring, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Minnesota's Troy Stoudermire is comfortable playing defensive back, and he's still catching passes (interceptions), Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press. The Gophers ramped up the intensity level with a full-pads practice, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- As Nebraska expands its stadium, it shouldn't take the sacred sellout streak for granted, Steven M. Sipple writes in the Lincoln Journal Star. Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez is taking the right steps, NebraskaStatePaper.com's Samuel McKewon writes.
- Penn State is among many schools hoping to land running back Greg Garmon, while quarterback Brendan Nosovitch is still waiting for a PSU offer.