Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Big Ten Morning Briefing: Several position switches
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Two-a-days are in full swing, and I'm beat.
- Illinois defensive end Will Davis shined in Monday night's scrimmage, and tackle Xavier Fulton hurt his leg but should be fine, Bob Asmussen writs in The [Champaign] News-Gazette. The Decatur Herald-Review's Mark Tupper thinks theIllini receiving corps is much more than just Rejus Benn.
- Former quarterback Mitchell Evans practiced at wide receiver during Indiana's practice Monday, and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dan Rutigliano quit the team, the Bloomington Herald Times' Doug Wilson writes in his blog.
- Some good stories here from former Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott, courtesy of the Des Moines Register.
- Obi Ezeh can help Michigan at linebacker this fall. It's just a matter of which spot he occupies, Chris Burke writes in The Diag. Wolverines running backs Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown are big fans of the new offense, Jim Carty writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- The defense is usually ahead of the offense in preseason practice, but not at Michigan State, where quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Kirk Cousins led the way in a scrimmage win, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. Freshmen wideouts Keshawn Martin and Fred Smith continue to draw high praise, Shannon Shelton writes in The Detroit Free Press.
- Minnesota defensive back Kyle Theret has heard the criticisms of the Gophers and wants to "shut everyone up" this fall, Kent Youngblood writes in the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune. The Gophers' young receivers might take time to click, but when they do, look out.
- Northwestern's new coordinators are stressing broad concepts in hopes of getting specific results this fall, Skip Myslenski writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Terrelle Pryor's passing has been a pleasant surprise for Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, but the freshman still has a lot to learn, George Thomas writes in the Akron Beacon Journal. Transferring from Ohio State doesn't automatically equal a starting job, as former Buckeyes quarterbacks Antonio Henton and Rob Schoenhoft are finding out, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises writes in his blog.
- Quarterback Pat Devlin could be the quiet front man Penn State sorely needs, Jeff McLane writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Offensive linemen Stefan Wisniewski is continuing the family tradition at Penn State, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports in the Redshirt Diaries blog.
- Purdue's Brandon King is moving back to cornerback from safety, Tom Kubat writes in The [Lafayette, Ind.] Journal and Courier.
- Wisconsin's Peter Konz is on the move to offensive line, while third-string running back John Clay sat out Monday's practice with a sprained ankle, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.The Badgers are getting used to bowl games in central Florida, and they wouldn't mind a more choice destination like Pasadena, Dave Curtis writes in The Sporting News.