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Sam Maresh's amazing story continued Monday, as the Minnesota linebacker was cleared to play again just six months after undergoing heart surgery, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
"He is free to work out or lift weights any way he wants. There will be one more perfunctory test before the Gophers begin spring practice, but doctors expect no surprises. Come spring, Maresh will be playing football again. The news came less than six months after his June 26 surgery."
Penn State players don't mind being the underdogs for their upcoming Rose Bowl matchup against USC, Mark Wogenrich writes in The (Allentown) Morning Call.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst isn't ready to anoint Dustin Sherer as the team's ultimate answer at quarterback, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. The last three seasons under center have brought some frustration for Chryst.
"There are so many lessons that I've learned and you hope [the quarterbacks] have learned ... because you don't want to repeat what happened," Chryst said. "There were a lot of plays where that position hurt us. You don't want to take it out of the hands of 10 other guys."