Monday, November 12, 2012
Big Ten Monday personnel roundup
By Brian Bennett
Some personnel news and nuggets from around the league Monday afternoon:
Coach Urban Meyer says he doesn't know what percentage linebacker Etienne Sabino is at right now, but the senior will start at Wisconsin. Sabino broke his leg last month against Nebraska, and his return will be a big boost to the defense for the final two games.
Meyer also said freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn has an MCL sprain that won't require surgery but will keep him out of this week's game. Dunn is questionable to play in the finale against Michigan, too. Dunn had his best game two weeks ago against Illinois, when he ran for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Special teams ace Armani Reeves (ankle) and safety Orhian Johnson (shoulder) will be back this week for the Buckeyes.
Star running back Rex Burkhead plans to test his injured knee in practice today in hopes that he can return for Saturday's senior day game against Minnesota. Burkhead said he's "pretty close" to getting back on the field but that he wants to be smart about the injury so he can play in a potential Big Ten title game and possibly the Rose Bowl. Bo Pelini said the team does not want to play Burkhead until he is 100 percent healthy.
Brady Hoke is once again not providing much information on his quarterback situation. Hoke described Denard Robinson (nerve issue in elbow) as "day-to-day" without any further details. Robinson has missed the past two games. Hoke also said there was no update on backup quarterback Russell Bellomy, who has been out with an undisclosed injury. Robinson will not speak to the media this week even though Saturday is senior day and he's had an historic career. Hoke said Robinson's availability to play this week would have "nothing to do" with it being senior day.
Losing cornerback Nick VanHoose (shoulder) has hurt the Wildcats' secondary, maybe never more so than at the end of last week's Michigan game. Will VanHoose play this week? Head coach Pat Fitzgerald said the team "will have to see how he progresses this week" before making that determination. Fitzgerald also said star running back Venric Mark has an undisclosed injury but should play this week against Michigan State.
Star linebacker Jonathan Brown (shoulder) has still not been cleared to play after missing the past two games. Head coach Tim Beckman said Brown is no longer using a sling and looks to be improving, however.