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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Brian Bennett
T-minus two weeks 'til kickoff ...
picked a punter
but has a few other position battles to decide. Here's the
latest Camp Rantoul report
from Bob Asmussen.
An in-depth look at
the Indiana quarterbacks
. Lebron Daniel backed up Adrian Clayborn for three years and
now is ready to take over
at defensive end. A closer look at
the Iowa running backs
. A Hawkeyes
recruit was arrested
on four charges.
Will Campbell was a can't-miss prospect for Michigan -- except
he lacked fundamentals
. Now he's trying to catch up as a junior.
Chemistry is a hallmark
of the Wolverines offensive line.
Running the ball and having a high completion percentage are goals for
new Michigan State offensive coordinator
Dan Roushar. Converted defensive end Todd Anderson is making some noise -- mostly the crunching of pads -- with
his blocking at fullback
. Former quarterback Tony Lippett has
found a home at cornerback
Minnesota players looked tired in Tuesday's scrimmage -- so Jerry Kill
pushed them even harder
Wednesday. Center Zach Mottla knows to prepare like a starter after
being thrown into the job
and struggling during that scrimmage.
looks to some young defensive backs
with star corner Alfonzo Dennard sidelined by a pulled muscle. Jason Ankrah and Thad Randle are hoping to
break out on the Blackshirts defense
Northwestern defensive tackle Niko Mafuli has
dropped about 30 pounds
since the bowl game and hopes that makes him a new man on the field.
Jim Tressel said he's
uncertain if he'll coach again
in his first public comments since his resignation from Ohio State.
Penn State punter Anthony Fera is not practicing after his
second alcohol-related offense.
Brandon Beachum may not
get as much attention as Silas Redd
, but the "other" Penn State running back has similar numbers.
Purdue coach Danny Hope says he
isn't concerned about Robert Marve's eligibility
J.J. Watt may be gone, but Wisconsin has a
track record of replacing defensive stars
. Badgers linebacker Mike Taylor has some aches and pains in his repaired knee, but the team is confident
he'll be ready for the opener
. Two former Wisconsin athletic staffers find themselves in
the middle of the Miami mess
Athlon predicts its Big Ten
games to watch