Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Big Ten personnel updates
By Adam Rittenberg
Some personnel nuggets from around the league as we spin toward Week 12.
True freshman defensive end William Gholston will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Coach Mark Dantonio said Gholston could have played out the season with the injury, but the surgery would have kept him out for spring practice.
"We felt like, because he's a true freshman and has such a big upside, we needed to have him there for spring ball," Dantonio said.
Gholston, a decorated recruit who began preseason practice at linebacker before moving to defensive end, has appeared in all 10 games this fall and has recorded 13 tackles, five quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss.
The good news is the Spartans will get dynamic receiver/return man Keshawn Martin back from a foot/ankle injury.
"Keshawn's a huge playmaker for us, a big-play guy, so it'll be a huge boost for us," Dantonio said.
The Lions will stick with Matt McGloin as their starting quarterback despite the sophomore's struggles in the second half against Ohio State. McGloin tossed two first-half touchdown passes and completed 12 of his first 15 pass attempts against the Buckeyes, but he went just 3-for-13 with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the second half.
I think Penn State needs to watch McGloin closely against Indiana. He should be able to make plays against the Hoosiers' defense, but it also presents an opportunity to get Rob Bolden some valuable reps.
Linebacker Michael Mauti (elbow) likely will miss the Indiana game, which is a big loss, while reserve running back Stephfon Green should play, Paterno said.
Paterno isn't sure if No. 2 running back Silas Redd will play after the freshman was cited for public urination earlier this week.
Sophomore linebacker Evan Frierson has been dismissed from the team two days after his arrest for aggravated battery. Check out more details here, but Frierson is alleged to have punched two people on a street near the Illinois campus early Sunday before fleeing the scene.
"As I have always done, I review each situation on an individual basis and make sure I have all the information," Illinois coach Ron Zook said in a prepared statement. "After a full review, I think it's in Evan's best interest to concentrate on his academics and his legal issues, and he no longer remains a part of our football program."
Frierson isn't a major loss for this year, as he has only six tackles in nine games played. But his departure could thin Illinois' linebacker depth for the future, as Illinois loses Nate Bussey after the season and fourth-year junior Martez Wilson could opt to enter the NFL draft.
The good news is that quarterback Rob Henry's hand seems better this week and the redshirt freshman should take on an increased role Saturday at No. 12 Michigan State. Purdue wants to use Henry as much as possible but will go with true freshman Sean Robinson if necessary.
"We think he's further along now than he has been, obviously, since the Ohio State game, and feel a lot better about him to go out and execute the run offense as well as a pass offense this weekend," coach Danny Hope said. "That hasn't been the case the last couple of weekends."
Justin Siller, meanwhile, likely won't return for Purdue's final two regular-season games after reaggravating his foot injury on the first play from scrimmage against Michigan. Siller made a surprise start at quarterback but left after one play.
Quarterback Ben Chappell didn't practice Monday, which has been the case for the last 4-5 weeks. Coach Bill Lynch remains very optimistic that the senior will play Saturday against Penn State.
That's a very good thing after Chappell left the Wisconsin game in the second quarter with a hip injury.
"As a football team, we did not handle him leaving the game," Lynch said. "As a result, we had no offensive production."
Freshman Antonio Banks will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL. Banks is the third Hoosiers freshman back to suffer a major knee injury, joining Matt Perez and Xavier Whitaker.
All three players likely will miss spring practice, Lynch said.