Big Ten lunch links: Youth served on OSU line
February, 10, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
- The 2009 spotlight will be on Ohio State's offensive line, which likely will get a lot younger in the fall, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema needs his recruits to start stepping up, Tom Oates writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
"A lack of depth in certain areas, particularly the defensive line, hurt UW last year and was a reflection on Bielema's recruiting. Now, with five of the defensive front seven graduating and the quarterback position becoming a sore spot, that recruiting will face an acid test."
- Michigan already has three commitments for 2010, and all three play wide receiver, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- Recruiting rankings don't always translate into wins and losses, as Iowa continues to prove on the field.
- The need for instant-impact recruits drove Purdue head coach Danny Hope away from the Midwest and back to Florida, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette, Ind.) Journal and Courier.
- Former Ohio State star cornerback Malcolm Jenkins accepted the Thorpe Award on Monday night in a state that can sympathize with his team's struggles in big games, Jenni Carlson writes in The Oklahoman.
"Oklahoma is definitely in the same boat we're in," Jenkins said. "They've been there ... but couldn't win it. But at the end of the day, everyone was watching them play."