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Friday, August 26, 2011
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Brian Bennett
Use this weekend to test your grills, buy your face paint and design your signs. From here on out, football will fill the rest of your 2011 weekends.
hold the key to success
for Illinois this season. Safety Supo Sanni used
basketball to help his rehab
from an Achilles tendon injury.
Indiana linebacker Chad Sherer might
miss the season with a knee injury
. Kevin Wilson
is feeling upbeat
about his team (subscription required).
Iowa has found lots of talent
in its own backyard
. The Hawkeyes are getting a
new, younger look at linebacker
Greg Mattison sees improvement in the Michigan defense, but it's
not all the way there yet
. Al Borges says the
offense will be "gunning"
more than any he's overseen in 24 years because of Denard Robinson. Physical play in practice has quite a
few Wolverines banged up
Kirk Cousins is the
face of Michigan State's program
. Dan France is trying to
clean up his mistakes
and hold onto the starting left tackle job.
Minnesota receiver Da'Jon McKnight puts
his former hoops skills
to good use on the football field. Linebackers Mike Rallis and Keanon Cooper
should be ready to go
for the Gophers' opener at USC.
Nebraska backup quarterback Brion Carnes is
waiting for his time to shine
. Junior college transfer Joseph Carter is
pushing for playing time
at defensive end. True freshman Tyler Moore is
battling for a starting job
on the Huskers' offensive line.
Former walk-on Jacob Schmidt has risen to
the top of the depth chart
at running back for Northwestern.
Former blue-chip recruit Curtis Grant is
experiencing some growing pains
but wants to avoid a redshirt this year for Ohio State. Luke Fickell
acknowledged a poorly-kept secret
: Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller are his top two quarterbacks. Mike Vrabel appears to be making a
successful transition to coaching
Joe Paterno is still
getting it done in recruiting
despite not going to high schools in person. Stephfon Green is
back on the Nittany Lions
-- at least according to him. Recruit Malik Golden is being
ticketed for cornerback
Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush is confident despite
his lack of experience
. Rick Schmeig is the
anchor for the Boilers' offensive line
seeking a dependable third receiver
to go along with Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis.
A healthy Toon
is making Wisconsin coaches smile. Here's some news: The Badgers have giant dudes on the offensive line, including
enormous freshman Ray Ball