Big Ten lunchtime links: Lions' Clark faces 'test of will'
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy hump day. Quarterbacks dominate today's lineup of links.
- Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark continues to blame himself for last week's loss to Iowa, but head coach Joe Paterno hopes the junior starts to ease up a bit, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"This is a test of my will," Clark said in a conference call. "Like I said, I did some soul-searching on Sunday. I'm like: 'OK, the past couple of games you really haven't come to the party. What are you going to do?' It's not like I haven't prepared enough or taken the teams lightly or anything like that. It just happened.
"But you have two games left. 'What are you going to do to help this team out? Are you going to step it up or are you going to be mediocre?' I can't accept that. I have to play the best possible way that I can. My efforts were terrible Saturday. It would be unacceptable for it to continue."
- Quarterback Curtis Painter is optimistic about returning to action this week, and the Boilers could use him, particularly for the two-minute drill, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.
- Standout prep quarterback MarQueis Gray is returning to Minnesota after passing the ACT, the Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood writes in his blog. Gray plans to re-enroll in January so that he's ready for spring practice.
- A strong finish could take the sting off of Michigan's poor season, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News.
- Wisconsin cornerback Allen Langford is sorry he won't be seeing Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker on the field Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Langford watched last year's game from home because of a knee injury.
He was watching when television replays caught Decker punching [Jack] Ikegwuonu in the groin in the second quarter, causing Ikegwuonu to temporarily leave the game.
"I was disappointed, I was upset," Langford said of his reaction. "That was my guy, to see him out there and see something like that happen, I was hoping he would bounce back and, eventually, he did."
- The Chicago Sun-Times' Jim O'Donnell doesn't buy Jim Tressel's explanation about Ohio State's last-minute touchdown against Northwestern.
"Apparently the idea of having Buck-whipped second-string quarterback Todd Boeckman take a knee on the final play still hasn't crossed Tressel's troubled mind."