Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Big Ten Tuesday personnel roundup
By Brian Bennett
Some news and notes about player comings and goings in the Big Ten:
Quarterback Cameron Coffman, who suffered a hip pointer and left the Ball State game two weeks ago, will be ready to go this week against Northwestern, head coach Kevin Wilson said. True freshman Nate Sudfeld, who finished the game against Ball State and led a fourth-quarter rally, will be at the ready if needed.
Running back Damon Bullock (concussion) is making progress and hopefully could be back this week versus Minnesota, head coach Kirk Ferentz said. Bullock started the first three games before the injury. Mark Weisman ran for more than 200 yards in his first career start last week vs. Central Michigan. Ferentz also expects freshman tailback Greg Garmon (elbow) to return this week.
Could cornerback Johnny Adams help the struggling receiving corps? Adams played receiver during the Spartans' spring game and had a big play. Head coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday "there has been a little thought of" moving Adams to offense for some snaps, though he didn't commit to it. Dantonio also said that defensive end William Gholston, who sat out last week's first half against Eastern Michigan, will be ready to start against Ohio State.
Receiver Andre McDonald, who was hospitalized last week for a reportedly minor heart problem, should be cleared to resume practicing either tomorrow or Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill said. Kill also said offensive lineman Tommy Olson (ankle) is "a big question mark" for Saturday's game at Iowa.
Head coach Urban Meyer said that all signs point to running back Carlos Hyde (knee sprain) playing at Michigan State. If so, this would be the first time all season that Hyde and Jordan Hall have been available in the backfield at the same time.
Running back Bill Belton, who's been out since the opener against Ohio with an injured ankle, is listed as probable on the Nittany Lions' depth chart. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Belton practiced Monday and looked pretty good and should be able to play at Illinois. Belton was the starting running back to open the season, and fellow tailbacks Derek Day (shoulder) and Michael Zordich (leg) have battled injuries as well. Both are listed as probable for this weekend.
Quarterback Robert Marve has looked good in practice and "doesn't look handcuffed at all" by his ACL injury, head coach Danny Hope said. While Marve still hasn't done much in the way of team drills, Hope is as optimistic as ever that Marve will play again this season, though he likely will sit out this week's game against Marshall. Defensive end Ryan Russell, who was lifted from the Eastern Michigan game with an injured knee, rested during the team's bye week and should be fully ready Saturday, Hope said. Hope also said running back Ralph Bolden, who tore his ACL in last year's regular-season finale, is getting closer to returning but probably won't be ready this week.
Running back Montee Ball (concussion) had his status upgraded and will run and condition with the team on Tuesday, head coach Bret Bielema said. Ball will not return to contact drills until he passes more concussion tests. Bielema is hopeful that Ball will be cleared for full participation by Thursday and that he will play at Nebraska.