Big Ten: Aaron Price
- The new-look Big Ten has plenty of storylines this spring, Bill Rabinowitz writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Several notes from the Legends division, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Penn State running back Silas Redd is inspired by greats from the past, Cory Giger writes in the Altoona Mirror. The Lions' 2012 recruiting push continues.
- The Nebraska-Iowa game should create an interesting dynamic for Sean Fisher and his brother Cole, Steven Sipple writes in the Lincoln Journal Star. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz prepares for the Nebraska series, Lee Barfknecht writes in the Omaha World-Herald.
- Sad news for Indiana as lineman Aaron Price's career likely is over, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- The Huskers have a steep learning curve this year, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Ohio State might need to get creative with its passing attack this year, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Jim Tressel provides an update on Ohio State's spring practice.
- Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa will face lofty expectations when he returns from injury, Dave Curtis writes in Sporting News.
- Illinois removes 2,200 seats from Memorial Stadium. Perception has changed around the Illini football program, Loren Tate writes.
- A good snapshot of Wisconsin's defense this spring from the Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Mulhern. Badgers defensive end Brendan Kelly eyes a starting job, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- A few Iowa spring notes from The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse.
- Michigan State's offensive line is athletic but lacking experience, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Michigan adds its third commitment for 2012 -- and he's a Ringer. The Wolverines are contemplating heading to Miami to play a neutral-site game.
There aren't many surprises on offense, as eight starters return from 2009. Junior Andrew McDonald appears as the starting left tackle, as Indiana must replace standout Rodger Saffold. Veteran Cody Faulkner is listed as the starting right guard ahead of freshman Aaron Price.
The defensive depth chart reveals a few more clues:
- Junior Darius Johnson and fifth-year senior Deonte Mack are listed as the first-team defensive ends. Several others will be in the mix, including Fred Jones, Eric Thomas and Terrance Thomas, who will miss spring ball with a shoulder injury. Mack boasts a good deal of experience at both line positions.
- Senior Tyler Replogle shifts to middle linebacker as IU must replace Matt Mayberry. Junior college transfer Jeff Thomas is listed as the backup there.
- Junior Leon Beckum and sophomore Chad Sherer are listed as the starters at the outside linebacker spots. Replogle started nine games at strongside linebacker in 2009.
- Adrian Burks and Matt Ernest will compete for a starting cornerback spot opposite Donnell Jones. Ernest will be limited this spring as he's pitching for Indiana's baseball team.
- Junior Chris Adkins is listed as the starter at free safety, while converted wide receiver Mitchell Evans is the starting strong safety ahead of Jerimy Finch. Evans will miss spring ball following hip surgery, so it will be interesting to see if Finch, a heralded transfer from Florida, can finally answer the bell.
- All-Big Ten wideout Tandon Doss will get a shot to fill Ray Fisher's spots on returns. Doss is listed as the starter for both punt and kickoff returns.
- Head coach Bill Lynch said today that Edward Wright-Baker and Dusty Kiel will compete for time as the team's Wildcat quarterback, a role Evans filled well in 2009.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The depth charts continue to roll in, as Indiana unveils its two-deep. One caveat: Head coach Bill Lynch still plans to release another depth chart before Thursday's season opener against Eastern Kentucky, so this is hardly set in stone.
A few notes:
- Fifth-year senior Demetrius McCray is listed as the starter at running back, ahead of talented redshirt freshman Darius Willis. Junior Trea Burgess is third, and senior Bryan Payton surprisingly comes in fourth. Lynch expects all four backs to play against Eastern Kentucky, but he acknowledged that McCray turned in a solid camp. I think Willis will be the starter before long, though McCray can be effective if he stays healthy.
- Lynch is weighing whether or not to redshirt quarterback Edward Wright-Baker, who has performed well in camp. Redshirt freshman Adam Follett is listed as Ben Chappell's backup at quarterback, but Wright-Baker might end up filling that role.
"If Ed is going to jump to being No. 2, which we've run him at two quite a bit the past couple of days, then you've got to decide at which point you're going to play him," Lynch said today. "Over the course of the last two or three practices, we've run Edward at No. 2 more than Adam. We listed Adam at number two now because I know Adam can go in a game. We've got to decide if that is what we're willing to do."
- Sophomore Justin Pagan is listed as the starter at left guard, though he's questionable for the game with an ankle injury. Redshirt freshman Marc Damisch would step in if Pagan can't play. Cornerback Donnell Jones is also questionable with a hamstring injury, opening the door for Adrian Burks or Richard Council.
- Defensive tackle Adam Replogle is one of several true freshmen who should see the field this fall. Lynch also said wideout Duwyce Wilson, linebacker Damon Sims and offensive lineman Aaron Price could play. "We know right now that Adam is going to be running out onto the field early," he said.
- Indiana will select captains for each game this year. The team's official captains for 2009 will be voted on at the end of the season.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
So, did you miss me? By the look of several e-mails, the answer is yes. Anyway, I'm back and ready to blog after a week in the Caribbean island of Curacao, where I got plenty of sun, dined on iguana and ran across a floating bridge. Good times, except for when I turned into a lobster for a few days (my Midwestern pasty skin didn't fare well in the sun). Not much of a Big Ten presence there, though I did spot a Penn State hat and an Ohio State hat on my trip.
Many thanks to my blog colleagues for filling in during my absence. Let's take a look at what went on in the Big Ten while I was away. I'll catch up on recruiting news a little later today with an updated scorecard.
- Iowa continued to dominate the offseason headlines. The team announced Monday that reserve linebacker Jacody Coleman has left the program, a move that had been rumored for some time. Coleman, who appeared in every game last season and recorded 28 tackles, will head to his home state of Texas and play for Lamar University. Iowa also announced that offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde had surgery for an undisclosed injury and could miss time early in the season. Vandervelde started nine games at guard last season.
"We were hopeful that Julian's injury could be healed through normal rehab, but it became apparent surgical repair was the best path to take," head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. "Julian may miss some playing time, but we are optimistic he will return to full strength very early in the season."
- Hawkeyes fans are also waiting for an update on running back Jewel Hampton, who reportedly sustained a knee injury Friday. Hampton is expected to take over for Shonn Greene as the starter after racking up 463 rush yards and seven touchdowns last year as a true freshman.
- Good news for Ohio State recruit Jaamal Berry, who had his drug possession charge reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. Berry wouldn't have been allowed to play with a pending felony case, while his fate now lies in the hands of the Buckeyes coaches. He reported for summer school at Ohio State and is enrolled at the school.
- Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of jail after serving time for drunken driving, though his playing status hasn't been determined. Brent, who was indefinitely suspended following his arrest, should be back with the team soon.
- Purdue announced Monday that reserve defenders Kris Cooke and Kevin Green were dismissed from the program for repeated violations of team policy. The Boilermakers have updated their roster and will report for preseason camp Aug. 7.
- Several future Big Ten players helped Team USA cruise to victory in the IFAF Junior World Championship. Five Big Ten recruits -- Ohio State's Storm Klein and Jack Mewhort, Northwestern's John Plasencia, Michigan State's Chris Norman and Indiana's Aaron Price -- were named first-team all-tournament.
- This really got me excited for a while, but apparently Michigan won't be opening the 2010 season against Georgia. The Bulldogs definitely would qualify as the big splash Michigan is looking to make at the renovated Big House. Perhaps Michigan will take my advice and bring Boise State to Ann Arbor.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Incoming recruits Tyler Dippel of Wisconsin and Aaron Price of Indiana have been selected to play for the USA Football Junior National Team. The final nine players have been added to the 45-man roster, which will compete in the Junior World Championship this summer in Canton, Ohio.
Dippel, a heralded high school fullback and linebacker, will play defensive end at Wisconsin. Price is a 6-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Bloomington, Ind., who will play for the hometown Hoosiers.
The USA roster features nine players from the Big Ten. It will compete against teams from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden from June 27-July 5.