Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Big Ten Tuesday personnel roundup
By Adam Rittenberg
We already covered the Mark Weisman news at Iowa earlier. Here are some other personnel nuggets from around the Big Ten ...
Standout DT Kawann Short is questionable for Saturday's game against Penn State after suffering an ankle injury last week at Minnesota. Coach Danny Hope is optimistic Short will return and Short told local reporters he's around 90 percent but won't get the final word until later this week. Hope said CB Ricardo Allen (ankle) is improving. Robert Marve will start at QB this week primarily because of his strong passing performance at Minnesota, Hope said.
Head coach Brady Hoke sounded more optimistic about having starting QB Denard Robinson (elbow) for the Minnesota game on Saturday. "He should be fine," Hoke said Tuesday. "It's just one of those things that flutters up now and then. ... He's getting better every day." Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges said Tuesday that backup Russell Bellomy was adequately prepared for the Nebraska game but struggled after entering the game in a difficult situation. Devin Gardner hadn't been taking many reps at quarterback in the weeks leading up to Nebraska but is taking more this week.
Top WR A.J. Barker (ankle) won't practice today but has a chance to return Saturday against Michigan. Barker had 135 receiving yards and two touchdowns before leaving the Purdue win with the injury, which has coach Jerry Kill concerned. LB Mike Rallis (ankle) and S Derrick Wells (leg) also won't practice today, but both are expected back for the Wolverines.
Lions TE Kyle Carter, who ranks second on the team with 35 receptions and 441 receiving yards, is "day-to-day," according to coach Bill O'Brien, after suffering an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State loss. O'Brien expects to know more about Carter later this week.
Coach Urban Meyer downgraded LB Etienne Sabino (leg) to doubtful Tuesday -- he had listed Sabino as questionable Monday. Defensive back Zach Domicone, a special-teams ace, could be back this week against Illinois, although he won't practice today.
Miles Osei, who saw some time at QB early this season, is working exclusively at WR as the Illini try to find more weapons to surround top signal-caller Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois also demoted punt returner Tommy Davis after the Indiana loss and will use Darius Millines or Terry Hawthorne instead. The Illini rank 117th nationally in punt returns.
Although freshman QB Nate Sudfeld continues to provide a boost off of the bench, the Hoosiers aren't changing their approach at the position for this week's game against Iowa. Coach Kevin Wilson noted Tuesday that both Sudfeld and Cameron Coffman are backups -- starter Tre Roberson broke his leg in Week 2 -- who need to keep pushing one another. Even though Sudfeld relieved Coffman fairly early in the Illinois win, it doesn't change how the two players are viewed.