Thursday, August 18, 2011
Big Ten afternoon roundup
By Adam Rittenberg
A few notes from around the league two weeks from the season kicking off in Madison.
- Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is, if nothing else, brutally honest, and he didn't mince words today when discussing the team's quarterbacks. Asked what he's learned about his quarterbacks in camp, Wilson replied, "That we're a long way away from having a good one." Ouch. Here's more from the coach: "Either our defense is really really good, or our quarterbacks really not very good. It’s one or the other. Because we don’t get open and we don’t throw it to them, so we’re just OK. We’re not good enough. None of them. And it’s not negative. It’s not worried. They're not close to what they ought to be yet."
- Ohio State coach Luke Fickell, meanwhile, was much less candid about his signal-callers. Senior Joe Bauserman and freshman Braxton Miller reportedly took the majority of snaps with the top offense at Thursday's practice, but Fickell didn't say whether the two have separated themselves. All four quarterbacks will participate in Saturday's jersey scrimmage. I heard last week that Kenny Guiton has looked good, but Bauserman and Miller seem to have the inside track.
- When Northwestern opened practice last week, Mike Trumpy was the team's No. 1 running back. But things have changed since the team arrived in Kenosha, Wis., for its off-site training camp. Running backs coach Matt MacPherson tells Rivals.com that senior Jacob Schmidt has moved into the starting role. Schmidt's consistency in practice has stood out. "Jacob Schmidt is where he's supposed be, when he's supposed to be there, every single time," MacPherson told Rivals. Fumbles were a problem for Schmidt last year, while Trumpy ended on a strong note. Things could still change in the next two weeks, but this is an interesting development.
- Wisconsin on Thursday released its full 2012 schedule. The Big Ten slate already had been unveiled, but the Badgers will play nonconference home games against Northern Iowa (Sept. 1), Utah State (Sept. 15) and UTEP (Sept. 22) and visit Oregon State on Sept. 8. Wisconsin opens league play at Nebraska and finishes with a home game against Ohio State and a trip to Penn State.