Friday, August 15, 2008
Big Ten Morning Briefing: Jailed Jones will address Gophers
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy birthday to me. I'll wish for ... a bunch of links. Here ya go:
- Projected starting wideout Jeff Cumberland missed Illinois practice with a sore foot, Bob Asmussen writes in The [Champaign, Ill.] News-Gazette. Also, Asmussen takes a look at the defensive tackles, where Josh Brent looks to step into a starting spot after Sirod Williams' season-ending knee injury. Illinois is returning to its roots as a football school, Mark Tupper writes in the Decatur Herald & Review.
- Indiana kicker Austin Starr fends off the one-and-done perception about the Hoosiers, Mike Lucas writes in The Capital Times. Here's a breakdown of Indiana's defense from The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens.
- Standout tight end Tony Moeaki is expected to rejoin the mix at Iowa this fall, Susan Harman writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. There's a report he's injured again, which will be clarified on Saturday at the open scrimmage.
- Here's a look at Michigan Stadium's steel-clad facelift from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. The Wolverines go bowling next week to raise money for the paralyzed brother of offensive lineman Elliott Mealer, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- Oklahoma transfer Keith Nichol could set up an interesting competition at quarterback with Kirk Cousins next year at Michigan State. Here's a look at Nichol's journey, courtesy of Andrew Mouranie in the Lansing State Journal. The Spartans are getting local for the 2010 recruiting class, Matt Dorsey writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- If you didn't know already, the Big Ten Network launches on Comcast today, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Former Minnesota star safety Dominic Jones, now serving jail time for sexual assault, will address the team next week, Dennis Brackin writes in the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune. Jones requested the chance to talk about his experience.
"I think it will be a very positive message, and I know that I'm looking forward to it,'' head coach Tim Brewster said. "The exciting thing for me is that it seems like he's really trying to make something positive out of this. You look at different situations and try to learn from them, because that's all you can do.''
Minnesota's defensive renaissance hinges on better line play, Marcus Fuller writes in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Northwestern's offensive line is filled with new faces but is slowly making progress, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. After an exciting offseason, Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald is looking toward a bowl run.
- Ohio State wideout Brian Robiskie is fighting a shoulder injury, while Curtis Terry could be back on defense, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. An influx of talented freshmen gives Ohio State's offensive line unparalleled depth, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Some of those freshmen linemen have hideous haircuts, Lesmerises notes on his blog.
- A.Q. Shipley came to Penn State to play defense, but he has become a perfect fit at center, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Also, former Nittany Lions offensive linemen Josh Marks has transferred to Pitt. Penn State's young running backs will throw different looks at defenses this fall.
- Retiring Purdue coach Joe Tiller doesn't mind being called a senior this season, Al Hamnik writes in The Times of Northwest Indiana. Coach-in-waiting Danny Hope is finally getting the chance to work with a full complement of offensive linemen, Tom Kubat writes in The [Lafayette, Ind.] Journal and Courier.
- More on Wisconsin cornerback Aaron Henry's knee injury from Jim Polzin of The Capital Times. Henry "re-tore" his ACL, coach Bret Bielema said, and could end up redshirting the season. Meanwhile, Defensive end Brendan Kelly is among the true freshmen to see the field this fall for Wisconsin, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.