Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
Going campin' throughout Big Ten country.
- JoePa will bounce back from his latest on-field mishap, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Former Nittany Lions DT Brandon Ware lands at Eastern Arizona.
- A great piece from FOXSports.com's Thayer Evans on Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa and his connection to the late Randy Walker. Persa's first preseason practice draws mixed reviews, depending on whom you ask.
- The Big Ten-SEC rivalry extends to the two commissioners, colleague Pat Forde writes.
- Luke Fickell showed good poise while directing Ohio State's first practice, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Some Buckeyes practice observations from The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises. Terrelle Pryor reportedly has a pro day workout on Friday.
- A tattoo of a Spartan stepping on a Wolverine has put Michigan State's Jerel Worthy in the spotlight. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio acknowledges the high expectations but guards against overconfidence, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Some Michigan State media day nuggets.
- Nebraska freshman sensation Jamal Turner is splitting time between receiver and quarterback in practice. Huskers coach Bo Pelini reiterates he's on the same page with Bubba Starling and Starling's family.
- Michigan coach Brady Hoke wants stronger but leaner players, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News. Wolverines players discuss the differences between the current coaches and the former staff.
- Purdue quarterback Robert Marve speaks to the media for the first time in a while and addresses his injury woes, among other topics.
- Minnesota running back Duane Bennett tells the Pioneer Press' Bob Sansevere his expectations are high for 2011. The Gophers have a new feel about them entering 2011, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- Iowa has been better than Penn State not only in head-to-head meetings but during the past decade, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Staying healthy is the top priority for Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon. Badgers tackle Josh Oglesby is making yet another comeback from knee surgery, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Illinois coach Ron Zook and his players feel for former Illini star Mikel Leshoure following Leshoure's season-ending injury. Illinois' losses on defense will force coordinator Vic Koenning to get creative, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Indiana beats rival Purdue for an defensive end recruit.