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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Brian Bennett
I am the one who knocks!
left Michigan State
to be with his father, who was undergoing a medical procedure. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi will run the Spartans until Dantonio returns. Steve Gardiner has been a
surprising factor at linebacker
and may start. Travis Jackson and Blake Treadwell are battling for
the starting center spot
Will Dan Persa be ready for the opener? Pat Fitzgerald now says Kain Colter is
all but pulled even
with Persa at quarterback.
Brady Hoke says Michigan needs to
become better finishers
. Michael Shaw has emerged as
the top running back
for the Wolverines. Al Borges is
pushing his receivers hard
Nebraska's wide receiver race is still wide open and could
go down to the wire
. The Huskers want to be
more aggressive and attacking
on offense. Andrew Rodriguez probably
should have redshirted last year
, but now he'll likely be counted on to start at left guard.
Purdue's Robert Marve declined to
talk about the Miami scandal
in which he was named. Ralph Bolden
is free of doubt
about his comeback from knee injury.
Wisconsin needs a dominant defensive interior, and so far Patrick Butrym is showing signs of
being a disruptive force
in there. Louis Nzegwu is learning how to
take more "calculated risks"
in his pass rush. Jon Budmayr is
still unable to throw
and is to see a nerve specialist Thursday.
Ohio State is working to make its
special teams special again
. Dick Tressel believes his
younger brother will coach again
the last chance
for Indiana's Fred Jones (subscription required). Damarlo Belcher and the Hoosier receivers must be ready to go
as soon as they line up
Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens are forming an
either/or situation at weakside linebacker
for Iowa. A closer look at
the Hawkeyes' linebackers
. Shed no tears for the new and now defunct
Penn State's Chima Okoli is
growing into his role
as starting right tackle. The Nittany Lions' defensive line
is seeking redemption
after a poor 2010.
Minnesota's new president talks about
his views on athletics
. Freshman quarterback Max Shortell
continues to improve
for the Gophers.
Athlon calls Jim Delany the
most powerful man in college sports