Thursday, September 18, 2008
Big Ten Morning Briefing: Hoyer doesn't mind back-seat role
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Should get a Chris "Beanie" Wells update from Ohio State coach Jim Tressel in a little bit, so check back later.
- The Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz is unimpressed with the Big Ten.
- Illinois coach Ron Zook has been tough on his team after an unimpressive first three games, John Supinie writes.
- Indiana's defense is more than just Greg Middleton, but the improved unit faces a huge test in Ball State, Tim Ethridge writes in the Evansville Courier & Press. Coach Bill Lynch notes that the Hoosiers' gaudy rushing numbers are a bit misleading, LaMond Pope writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Iowa's depth on defense has fueled a strong start, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. University officials expressed concerns about the response to allegations of sexual assault against two former football players, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The Board of Regents reveal their findings of an investigation into the response later today.
- Former Michigan quarterback Drew Henson tries to salvage his NFL career with the Lions, Jeff Arnold writes in The Ann Arbor News. At least one Wolverines player is having a solid season -- punter Zoltan Mesko.
- Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer doesn't mind being overshadowed by Javon Ringer and the run game, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. The Spartans defense has got to like Notre Dame's poor third-down conversion percentage, Michael Rothstein writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The Spartans haven't forgotten the disaster that happened the last time Notre Dame came to town, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News.
- Minnesota tries to become the first team to sack Florida Atlantic's Rusty Smith, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune. Gophers linebacker Sam Maresh updated the media on his progress after undergoing heart surgery this summer. The Gophers running back competition remains open, the Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller writes in his blog.
- Northwestern's depth has increased competition and shuffled the depth chart early on, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Special teams tilt in Northwestern's favor against winless Ohio, Jim O'Donnell writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock took the heat Wednesday after his defense provided none against USC, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Defensive tackle Doug Worthington tries to atone after his DUI arrest this summer, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski could be the best Wisniewski ever to play at Penn State, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Joe Paterno could be waiting for Penn State's Office of Judicial Affairs to discipline Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma before leveling his own penalty, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane writes in his blog. Paterno is hobbled by a sore right leg, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter is quiet and collected despite the ups and downs, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.
- Allowing key players time to heal tops Wisconsin's bye week to-do list, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst wants more from his unit when Big Ten play begins, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.