NCF Nation: Jacody Coleman
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Chris "Beanie" Wells might be questionable for Saturday's game, but the links are always guaranteed to show up.
- Illinois players have responded to Ron Zook's challenge to ramp up the intensity, Mark Tupper writes. The Illini followed Wisconsin's lead and scheduled a series with Fresno State, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette. Gutsy move. I like it.
- Indiana could be without standout safety Austin Thomas when it faces the high-powered Ball State passing attack, Lee Hurwitz writes in the Indiana Daily Student. That would mean a lot of Jerimy Finch.
- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz used a baseball metaphor to describe his quarterback situation. Looks like he's going with a two-man starting rotation, Eric Page writes in the Quad City Times. The severe weather in Texas hit home for Iowa's Jacody Coleman, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.
- The bye week gives Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez some time to experiment with his young roster, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News. Rodriguez hopes the recruiting pipeline from Cass Tech High School continues, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- A 2006 loss to Notre Dame ruined Michigan State's season. The Spartans don't want it to happen again, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. Notre Dame will try to even out time of possession against a ball-control-heavy Michigan State offense, Brian Hamilton writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Minnesota's red-zone efficiency could be the biggest reason for its 3-0 start, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Northwestern has respect for Ohio quarterback Boo Jackson and isn't overly concerned about a lack of big plays, Jim O'Donnell writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel gets your angry e-mails, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Quarterbacks Todd Boeckman and Terrelle Pryor have to learn to share, Jim Naveau writes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises has five ways to fix Ohio State.
- Defensive line depth continues to concern Penn State, which has undersized true freshman Jack Crawford in the mix at tackle, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News. Penn State's starters have had little reason to play a full game so far, and their endurance will be tested later this season, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Bad news for talented Purdue linebacker Jason Werner, who will undergo minor back surgery -- not sure if that exists -- today, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Purdue's patchwork offensive line has held it together nicely in the first two games, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.
- No surprise here, but the WAC is reviewing a blown fumble call in last Saturday's Wisconsin-Fresno State game, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Badgers defensive lineman Mike Newkirk has started strong this fall, Mike Lucas writes in The Capital Times.
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- Rejus Benn could use a shave, particularly if he ends up on stage accepting an award or two in December. But the Illinois sophomore wideout isn't concerned about his preseason hype, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette. Sirod Williams' season-ending knee injury put Illini defensive tackle Josh Brent in the mix to start, Mark Tupper writes.
- No one at Indiana has said much about the reasons behind quarterback Kellen Lewis' spring suspension. But Lewis finally opened up Monday, saying he had thrown himself into "a party lifestyle," skipping classes and team meetings, Terry Hutchens writes in The Indianapolis Star. Very candid stuff from the junior:
"There were times when they called me and couldn't get a hold of me for three days. I had gone out and partied and then missed two classes and didn't wake up until 12:30. ... When you start believing in your own hype a little bit, you start thinking you can slide in a little bit later than everybody else. And now that you don't have to follow the same rules, you can bend this rule or that one. 'The essay is due on Thursday, but I can just e-mail it to [the instructor] later that night,' that kind of thing. And then it all just kind of caught up with me and my grades slipped to a point they had never slipped to before."
Also, some notes from Hoosiers practice, as wideouts Andrew Means and Brandon Walker-Roby returned to the field.
- Iowa's linebacking corps has a youthful look after the losses of the Mikes (Humpal and Klinkenborg). Jacody Coleman leads the next generation of Hawkeyes linebackers, Ryan Suchomel writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos' name isn't the only interesting thing about the sophomore wideout, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- More details are emerging about Michigan running back Kevin Grady's drunken driving arrest. According to police, the Wolverines junior was passed out at the wheel, The Grand Rapids Press reports. Michigan doesn't have many definitive answers on its depth chart, but coach Rich Rodriguez isn't lacking for options, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News. The healing process continues for Wolverines offensive lineman Elliott Mealer, who lost his father and girlfriend in a car accident last Christmas.
- Brandon Long was overshadowed by Michigan State teammate Jonal Saint-Dic last season. The defensive end knows his time is now, Chris Solari writes in the Lansing State Journal. Long and the other Spartans defensive linemen face an immediate test in Cal's Jahvid Best, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News.
- Minnesota's offensive line is young and banged-up, but guards Chris Bunders and D.J. Burris are back in the mix after injuries, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Northwestern broke camp in Kenosha, Wis., after a solid 10 days.
- Ohio State opened its doors to the public Monday night, and freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor didn't disappoint, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. More on Pryor's throwing motion and wideout Dane Sanzenbacher, the star of Ohio State's camp, from The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises. Also, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel weighs in on the debate about closing practices and scrimmages to the media and the public.
- Josh Hull has gone from walk-on to projected starter at Linebacker U., Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 50-yard Lion blog begins ranking Penn State's opponents, from easiest to hardest.
- The prognosis doesn't look good for Purdue running back Jaycen Taylor, who has his right knee evaluated today, Tom Kubat writes in The (Lafayette, Ind.) Journal and Courier. Boilers fifth-year senior safety Frank Duong has been rewarded with a scholarship, WNDU-TV reports.
- Wisconsin will name its starting quarterback Wednesday, with Allan Evridge the likely choice, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times. The team also could open the season without star linebacker Jonathan Casillas (ankle). Badgers cornerback Niles Brinkley, a possible starter, is inspired by the memory of his sister, who died earlier this month.