Monday, April 18, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
We'll start with links from teams that held spring games Saturday and then go from there ...
- PENN STATE: The Rob Bolden situation remains a mystery, Donnie Collins writes in The Times-Tribune. Bolden's decision will have a ripple effect for Penn State, Philip Cmor writes in the Altoona Mirror. Four lessons from the Blue-White Game, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Franco Harris says JoePa will know when to go, Audrey Snyder writes in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- NEBRASKA: The Blackshirts and Jamal Turner highlight Nebraska's spring game, Tom Shatel writes in the Omaha World-Herald. Huskers quarterback Brion Carnes makes a strong first impression, Brian Christopherson writes in the Lincoln Journal Star. Coach Bo Pelini sums up the spring game.
- MICHIGAN: New coach Brady Hoke has a lot of work to do, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Detroit Free Press. Some hot topics from the spring game. Hoke's off-field work has been valuable in uniting Michigan fans, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow and the Sporting News' Dave Curtis write. The Notre Dame-Michigan series could be impacted by the Big Ten schedule, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- IOWA: A.J. Derby is fortunate to have options on where he plays, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Some observations from Iowa's practice/scrimmage, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Good news: Iowa broadcaster Ed Podolak seems to be recovering well, Randy Peterson writes in the Des Moines Register. Some Iowa injury notes from Morehouse.
- NORTHWESTERN: Senior receiver Charles Brown finished off a very strong spring, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. Northwestern wants to play more games at Wrigley Field -- but only after the Friendly Confines gets a makeover, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune. The Wildcats' backup quarterbacks were in the spotlight Saturday, ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers writes.
- INDIANA: The Hoosiers still don't have an answer at quarterback, Terry Hutchens writes in the Indianapolis Star. An overview of Indiana's spring game from The (Bloomington) Herald-Times' Dustin Dopirak (subscription required). Several Fort Wayne natives shined in the spring game, LaMond Pope writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Ohio State's offense had a rough time in Saturday's scrimmage, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Buckeyes' linebacker Etienne Sabino is finally ready to shine, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- A very cool story on how Minnesota's D.L. Wilhite and Brandon Kirksey spent their spring break, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. Despite the cold weather, several recruits enjoyed themselves at Minnesota's recent scrimmage, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- The (Champaign) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen projects Illinois' two-deep for 2011. Illini fullback Jay Prosch played tailback Saturday following a rash of injuries, and he delivered, Mark Tupper writes in The (Decatur) Herald & Review.
- Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis hopes to become the next Luke Swan, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. The Badgers' defense is looking for greater consistency, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen is ready for the limelight, Denny Schwarze writes in the Lansing State Journal. New Spartans offensive coordinator Dan Roushar wants to go vertical, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
- Purdue adds a safety for its 2012 recruiting class, Kyle Neddenriep writes in the Indianapolis Star.