Thursday, April 21, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
What's happening in B1G country?
- Three Big Ten players make colleague Bruce Feldman's list of the strongest men in college football (ESPN Insider).
- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany weighs in on the Ohio State situation, Nebraska's transition and other topics in a Q&A with the Omaha World-Herald's Dirk Chatelain.
- Heralded quarterback recruit Zeke Pike picks Auburn ahead of Michigan, Purdue and others, colleague Jamie Newburg writes.
- Ohio State's starting wide receiver spots remain wide open, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. The Lantern's Michael Periatt writes it's Miller Time in Columbus.
- Michigan State defensive tackles Kevin Pickelman and Anthony Rashad White aim for a big season, Bill Broderick writes in The (Battle Creek) Enquirer. Spartans linebacker Max Bullough receives probation for his role in the Aspen bar fight, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Joe Paterno's fiery spring demeanor could mean good things ahead for Penn State, Frank Bodani writes in the York Daily Record. Penn State assistant Jay Paterno reflects on a soggy but memorable Blue-White Weekend.
- Annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow has some final thoughts from Michigan's spring game.
- Jerry Kill discusses Minnesota's spring in this Q&A with the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press' Bob Sansevere.
- In case you missed it, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini joined "College Football Live" and said Taylor Martinez would be his starting quarterback if the season started now.
- Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward elevated his play this spring, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. John Clay has improved his body and his speed for the NFL draft, but there are still questions about the former Badgers back, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- A spring spotlight on Illinois from The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Scott Dochterman.
- Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi is trying to mold his game after Tom Brady's, Karen Guregian writes in the Boston Herald.