Big Ten Morning Briefing: Michigan D ready for spread
August, 29, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I'll be driving to Ann Arbor later today to watch some real-life, American football take place at Michigan Stadium. But first, here's what's happening around the league.
- Illinois quarterback Juice Williams and his Missouri counterpart Chase Daniel are the big men on their respective campuses, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. But don't overlook the appetizing matchup between Illini cornerback Vontae Davis and Missouri star Jeremy Maclin, Terry Bannon writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Indiana safety Jerimy Finch is cleared to play this fall, but the heralded Florida transfer must wait his turn, Terry Hutchens writes in The Indianapolis Star.
- A look at Iowa's special teams, particularly the competition at place-kicker, thanks to The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse.
- The spread offense destroyed Michigan early last season, but the Wolverines are used to it after seeing the system every day in practice, Antoine Pitts writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- The opportunity is there for a Michigan State breakthrough, but it might be prudent to scale back your expectations for Sparty, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. The Spartans' wide receivers should be better than expected, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Despite going 1-11 in his first season as Minnesota's coach, Tim Brewster is sticking to his methods, Joel Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Consistent preparation is Northwestern's goal after failing in that area last fall, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Ohio State's other Brian, wideout Brian Hartline, has received a perfect 10 for his preseason performance, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Archie Griffin's nephew is in the odd position of playing against Ohio State on Saturday, Bob Baptist writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- According to safety Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State had "no distractions" in 2005 when it went to the Orange Bowl. It's up to Scirrotto and his fellow seniors to make sure the same holds true this fall, Jeff McLane writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Bleacher Report thinks dynamic Lions running back Stephfon Green could help determine Joe Paterno's future.
- Purdue's offense put up big numbers in the team's final significant preseason scrimmage, but coach Joe Tiller gives the edge to the defense, Tom Kubat writes in The (West Lafayette, Ind.) Journal and Courier.
- Redshirt freshman Philip Welch has won Wisconsin's starting placekicking job, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin's P.J. Hill is looking up at Ohio State's Beanie Wells in the league's running back hierarchy, Jim Polzin writes in The (Madison) Capital Times.