Michigan Wolverines: Dan Voltz
September, 27, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
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- Nick Saban talks about why Alabama nixed the Michigan State series. More on the series cancellation from Joe Rexrode. The Spartans bolster their kicking game in recruiting.
- Some more takes on Jim Delany's pay-for-play comments here and here and here.
- Tom Dienhart previews Week 5 in the Big Ten.
- A great look at Kenny Guiton's evolution with Ohio State. Ohio State's run game is based around power. Urban Meyer calls Wisconsin the king of the Big Ten, but his Ohio State players disagree.
- Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda talked with two former Badgers assistants to help prep for Ohio State. Center Dan Voltz is ready for his chance at Ohio State. Badgers nose guard Beau Allen wants to rush the passer. TCF Bank Stadium is sold out for Floyd. Wisconsin's defense is getting healthier.
- A video look at the Iowa-Minnesota series. An excellent profile of Iowa CB B.J. Lowery from Marc Morehouse. Hawkeyes offensive linemen Brett Van Sloten has molded himself into a Big Ten player.
- QB Philip Nelson and RB Donnell Kirkwood don't appear on Minnesota's latest injury report. Minnesota has played disciplined football so far.
- The USA Today crew makes its national Week 5 picks.
- A good look at Illinois' versatile offensive weapon Josh Ferguson. Illini LB Jonathan Brown mentors the defense. Former Illinois AD Ron Guenther, who will be honored Saturday, hasn't been forgotten in Champaign.
- A good breakdown of the Purdue-Northern Illinois matchup. The Boilers defense will be tested by NIU's Jordan Lynch. Purdue needs a win before it can regroup during the open week.
- Some Michigan nuggets from offensive coordinator Al Borges. Nick Baumgardner's Michigan mailbag. Michigan and Michigan State have time to fix their flaws, Bob Wojnowski writes.
- Three good things and three questions for Penn State after the first four games. Lions safety Ryan Keiser (hand) likely will miss next week's game at Indiana. After the NCAA amended Penn State's sanctions, USC is looking for the same thing.
- There's no real rift between Kain Colter and Northwestern over the APU movement.
- Indiana is anxious to return to the field after last Saturday's loss.
- Nebraska plays the waiting game in recruiting. The Huskers' Spencer Long says it's time to hit the gas pedal as Big Ten play looms.
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- Canada native Akeel Lynch struggled with the death of his father at age 7, adjusted to the American lifestyle and is now a Penn State tailback brimming with potential. Who's the next PSU alum who should have his jersey retired? Mike Poorman weighs in and mentions the likes of W.T. Dunn and Wally Triplett.
- Teddy Greenstein looks into whether top jobs at Texas or USC could tempt Pat Fitzgerald into leaving Northwestern. Previewing the Western Michigan-Northwestern contest really comes down to the Wildcats' opponent just not being that good.
- Michigan wants to give Derrick Green more carries, but Fitz Toussaint is getting the job done. Here are four things to watch in the Akron-UM game Saturday.
- Cal is OSU's marquee nonconference game and, Bob Hunter writes, that means "it might be time to take down the marquee." Five Buckeyes could have their first breakout performances of their careers this weekend.
- DE Shilique Calhoun is a smiling, friendly person now -- but he wasn't always like that. The Michigan State sophomore was shaped by a middle-school bullying tragedy. The Spartans clearly have the overall advantage against Youngstown State, but the Penguins have the edge at a few positions.
- Last season's Nebraska-UCLA matchup was a disaster for the Cornhuskers, and Dick Chatelain reflects and tries to wrap his mind around the nature of missed tackles. Nebraska's freshman linebackers are ready for their first big test this season.
- Minnesota's passing offense hasn't exactly been dynamic these first two weeks, but don't expect a shift from the Gophers' run-first mentality. With the injury to Donnell Kirkwood, Rodrick Williams should see a lot more touches against Western Illinois.
- Wisconsin center Dan Voltz lost his starting job following an injury, but he's still waiting patiently for another chance. Sophomore linebacker Joe Schobert should play a key role against Arizona State's fast-paced offense.
- Here are four key matchups to the Purdue-Notre Dame game. The Boilermakers' defensive line is solid and could pose problems for Notre Dame.
- Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson and Iowa signal-caller Jake Rudock are both Florida natives and will meet in Iowa City on Saturday. The Hawkeyes' and Cyclones' coaches combine to make more than $10 million.
- Former linebacker Dick Butkus said he's gotten "kind of embarrassed" with the way his alma mater has played. A look at the most important players for Illinois this week.
- Indiana knows it has to solve its defensive problems if it wants to beat Bowling Green. Robby Howard thinks it's time to end the quarterback debate and that Nate Sudfeld should be the starter.
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- LSU's athletic director reveals the details of a future series with Wisconsin, but a Wisconsin official says nothing has been finalized. Dan Voltz tries to continue Wisconsin's exceptional legacy at the center spot. Badgers linebacker Derek Landisch makes a push for a starting spot. A look inside Wisconsin's first camp under Gary Andersen.
- A big day for Michigan State's recruiting as quarterback Jayru Campbell commits to the Spartans. Freshman quarterback Damion Terry says a redshirt hasn't been discussed yet. The Spartans' QB race won't really be decided until the games start, Graham Couch writes. Michigan State's unproven running backs step up in practice.
- Purdue's offensive line tries to set an aggressive tone in camp. Some notes from Day 4 of Boilers camp.
- Some good notes/observations from Ohio State's Wednesday workout. Buckeyes freshman safety Jayme Thompson broke his ankle Wednesday and will miss three months. There's no cause for alarm regarding the memorabilia Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller recently signed.
- Minnesota's coaches have high hopes for the defense this season. Gophers head coach Jerry Kill says the buck stops with him. Patrick Reusse doesn't expect Kill's third year to be the same as Glen Mason's (8-4) at Minnesota.
- Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges sees the "fire" in running back Fitz Toussaint. The Wolverines' defense comes together in camp. Defensive end Frank Clark is backing up the hype early in the preseason.
- According to Bill O'Brien, offensive lineman Donovan Smith remained at Penn State despite 50 offers to transfer without penalty. Some Penn State faculty members are urging others to support the Paterno family lawsuit against the NCAA.
- Taylor Martinez talks up his little brother, Drake, a Nebraska freshman defensive back. Despite losing all three starters, Nebraska should have enough options at linebacker. Some good Huskers personnel notes/observations from Sam McKewon.
- Illinois linebacker Eric Finney, a likely starter at the "star" position, suffers a knee injury Wednesday. A quick look at Illini senior receiver Ryan Lankford.
- Indiana is on the lookout for a featured running back (subscription required). Some good stuff here as Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson is mic'd up.
- Jordan Lynch and his Northern Illinois teammates gear up for another shot at Iowa.
- Stewart Mandel contrasts the reaction to the Johnny Manziel mess vs. Terrelle Pryor mess in 2011.
- Check out the shoes on Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany as he's asked about ... wait for it ... expansion.