Passing out four-leaf clovers in the Big Ten


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Who's getting lucky on St. Patrick's Day? Get your mind out of the gutter for a minute.

As our green-themed blogging continues, it's time to distribute four-leaf clovers to five Big Ten teams, players or coaches who could use a little luck heading into the 2009 season.

Minnesota linebacker Sam Maresh -- Arguably no player in the country deserves a dose of good fortune as much as Maresh, whose career was put on hold by heart surgery last summer. After he made a quick recovery to prepare for 2009, Maresh discovered a non-cancerous tumor in his left leg. The heralded recruit hopes to practice this spring, and it will be pretty special when he steps on the field again.

Indiana coach Bill Lynch -- Lynch needs better luck on the health front after the Hoosiers' injury report resembled a Russian novel last season. Injuries wiped out Indiana's starting secondary, nagged at quarterback Kellen Lewis and struck an already suspect offensive line. Here's to better health in '09.

Michigan -- The Wolverines endured the worst season in team history last fall and remain extremely young at several key positions. They could use a break or two early on this season to gain some confidence, and it wouldn't hurt if freshman quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson blossomed quickly.

Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki -- Moeaki hasn't been able to stay on the field and could really use a senior season without any injury setbacks. A dislocated elbow and broken hand cost him most of the 2007 season, and he battled a leg injury and a concussion last fall. Moeaki has all the tools to be one of the league's top tight ends, but he needs some better luck this fall.

Ohio State defensive end Lawrence Wilson -- Pegged to succeed Vernon Gholston as the Buckeyes' primary pass rusher, Wilson has been plagued by injuries the last two seasons. He broke his leg in the 2007 opener against Northern Illinois and tore his ACL in Week 7 last fall against Purdue.