Friday, August 17, 2012
Afternoon Big Ten notes
By Brian Bennett
We're just two weeks from football, which means training camps are winding down -- and lots of news. Here are few items of note Friday in the Big Ten:
- Ohio State is down a couple of players in the trenches. True freshman offensive lineman Joey O'Connor had knee surgery and will take a medical redshirt. And defensive lineman Adam Bellamy has left the team for personal reasons. The junior had started 10 games in his career. The Buckeyes said Bellamy is welcome to return when he clears up his issues. True freshman Adolphus Washington has been moved inside to tackle.
- It's a good thing Michigan State has depth on the offensive line. On Thursday we learned that potential starter Blake Treadwell will be out at least a month with a broken tibula. On Friday, Mark Dantonio revealed that Skyler Burkland, who had been battling for the starting right tackle job, will miss about a week with a hand injury. Both Treadwell and Burkland missed most of last season with injuries. Dantonio also said that Jairus Jones had emerged as the leader at free safety, one of the few spots up for grabs on the Spartans' defense.
- All the transfer talk surrounding Penn State this offseason has been about players leaving. But one transfer is coming in. Jared Fagnano, a receiver, has decided to leave Akron and join the Nittany Lions where his brother, Jake, is a defensive back. Jared redshirted last year with the Zips and will have to sit out this season under transfer rules.
- Danny O'Brien threw his first interception of camp on Friday, but it looks more and more solid that the Maryland transfer will be the Wisconsin starting quarterback, Jeff Potrykus writes. O'Brien looked sharp other than the interception in Friday's practice. In other Badgers news, Kyle Costigan worked with the first-teamers at right guard, ahead of Robert Burge. Burge entered camp as the starter but isn't the most athletic member of the Wisconsin line, while Costigan is a former defensive lineman.