Big Ten lunch links: Maybin's rapid rise
December, 26, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Here's your post-Christmas reading list.
- Aaron Maybin wasn't a starter heading into the season. Now the Penn State star defensive end is contemplating a jump to the NFL, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.
- There's increasing doubt about Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, but his boss continues to be in his corner, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Let me tell you this, I didn't flinch like the public flinched," Barry Alvarez said. "I know what this business entails. I know he does things the right way, conducts practices the right way, stays on top of his kids, makes his kids go to class. I know all the things that can happen. I didn't flinch like many people did."
- Wisconsin's loss turned out to be a huge gain for Northwestern as defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz came aboard, Jim O'Donnell writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Shonn Greene generated most of the hype for Iowa this fall, but defensive tackle Mitch King might be the team's MVP, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Two Wisconsin starters (linebacker DeAndre Levy and wide receiver David Gilreath) missed practice Thursday, though Bret Bielema doesn't sound too concerned, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Georgia's wide receiver corps poses a major threat, but Michigan State's secondary will finally be at full strength for the Capital One Bowl, Andrew Mouranie writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Minnesota star wideout Eric Decker has taken a pounding this season but continues to push forward, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.