Big Ten: Garth Cox
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Dave from Brooklyn writes: Actually, i just read Toni Moeki was a junior last year so i think he'll be back. Now, am I the only one who thinks he could be darn good if he stays healthy?
Adam Rittenberg: An Iowa official confirmed that Moeaki will be back for 2009, which could give the Hawkeyes another weapon in an improved receiving corps. Health obviously is the major concern with Moeaki, who just can't catch a break (no pun intended) on that front. I remember seeing him in the 2007 opener against Northern Illinois in Chicago and thinking he could be really good. But then the injuries started to crop up. Moeaki is one of those top recruits from 2005 who hasn't really panned out. If Iowa wants to make a run at the league title, it needs to finally tap the potential from the fifth-year seniors in that heralded class.
Greg from Washington D.C. writes: Hey Adam, I was wondering if you think Darryl Clark or Evan Royster will get any love in the Heisman race this year or anyone else from Penn State in the years to come. I can't believe Penn State has only one Heisman winner...I think they are due for another one ;) Also with losses at DE do you think PSU will run a 3-4 defense this year? If I'm not mistaken...in the past I saw that PSU liked to put Jerome Hayes on the line in a stand up position...? Keep up the good work!
Adam Rittenberg: Penn State is certainly due, and you have to wonder how a powerhouse program with so much national exposure has produced only one Heisman winner (John Cappelletti). I'm not big on gimmicks, but maybe the program doesn't do enough to promote its star players. It seems very un-Paterno-like. ... OK, onto your question. Daryll Clark could get a sniff for the Heisman if he continues to upgrade his game with a new receiving corps. I love Royster, but Heisman candidates need to get the ball more than 14.7 times a game (as Royster did last fall).
Penn State has some flexibility with Hayes, and Jared Odrick is good enough to play nose tackle, if need be. I would think they'll stick with a 4-3 most of the time, but the strength of the defense is definitely at linebacker and not defensive end.
Brian from Parts Unknown writes: Do we know why the paraphernalia charge against Mike Adams was dropped, but not against Shugarts?
Adam Rittenberg: Cases get continued all the time for various reasons, but I wouldn't read too much into it, Brian. Garth Cox, the attorney representing both players, said J.B. Shugarts passed a drug test. Cox fully expects the charge to be dropped at Monday's hearing, and given that no trace of drugs was found on the players' pipe, I'd be surprised if the charge wasn't dismissed.