Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Big Ten afternoon notes: Lions add QB
By Adam Rittenberg
A few PM items for you on a toasty Tuesday in Chicago:
- Penn State added a big piece for its 2012 recruiting class as four-star quarterback prospect Skyler Mornhinweg committed to the Nittany Lions on Tuesday afternoon. If you're wondering about the last name, Skyler is the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. He originally committed to Stanford but withdrew his pledge after coach Jim Harbaugh left for the 49ers job. Mornhinweg, ranked as the nation's No. 16 quarterback by ESPN Recruiting, also received interest from Alabama, Tennessee and Illinois. Penn State has several young quarterbacks in Robert Bolden, Paul Jones and Kevin Newsome, but the team's QB picture could look different by the time Mornhinweg is ready to see the field.
- Iowa announced its three "color games" for the 2011 season. Fans attending the Sept. 17 home game against Pitt will be asked to "Be Bold, Wear Gold." The Oct. 15 prime-time game against recent nemesis Northwestern will allow fans to stripe Kinnick Stadium in black and gold. Fans in even numbered sections are asked to wear gold and fans in odd numbered sections are asked to wear black. This is my favorite display by far, as last year's game against Penn State looked amazing. Iowa's home finale Nov. 12 against Michigan State has been designated the annual "Blackout" game at Kinnick. Here's a look at the "Blackout" against Michigan in 2009.
- Allstate and the AFCA on Tuesday announced their nominees for 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, and seven Big Ten players made the list. The team recognizes players at all levels of college football who excel in community service work. The Big Ten nominees are: Northwestern OT Al Netter, Minnesota DE D.L. Wilhite, Iowa P Eric Guthrie, Nebraska DT Jared Crick, Indiana LB Leon Beckum, Michigan G Patrick Omameh and Purdue QB Rob Henry. The 11-player FBS Good Works Team will be announced in late September.