Michigan Wolverines: Derek Landisch
Not only is football back, it's not going anywhere soon. Who can complain?
- Purdue linebacker Will Lucas has fought his way back into the starting lineup with a little help from the chip on his shoulder. Undersized running back Dalyn Dawkins packs a punch and plays much bigger than he looks.
- Indiana is expecting some tweaks in the offensive approach from Navy this week, and defensive coordinator Doug Mallory doesn't even have a spring game to watch to help figure them out. Evan Hoopfer has done the math and figured out Indiana should be better this fall.
- Patience has paid off for Minnesota running back David Cobb, who has learned the value of hard work. Gophers receiver Jamel Harbison will miss his second consecutive game with a disciplinary issue.
- The quarterback-center battery is still figuring out how to work together at Wisconsin. Inside linebacker Derek Landisch is not expected to play Saturday against Tennessee Tech after injuring an ankle in the opener.
- Different seating options moving forward will give fans more choices at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis is still trying to push the tempo with the Hawkeyes.
- Penn State could be facing an attendance problem, and drawing fans to Beaver Stadium remains critical for the program. Ben Jones writes that coach Bill O'Brien is not yet a finished product.
- With Illinois looking for an offensive spark, coordinator Bill Cubit put his foot on the pedal in the opening win last weekend. Even after the victory, there didn't appear to be much celebrating around the Illini.
- A painful past has helped drive linebacker Collin Ellis, the star of the Northwestern's season-opening win. Quarterback Kain Colter practiced with the team and appears ready to play against Syracuse.
- Tireless running back Imani Cross amazes coaches and teammates with his work ethic at Nebraska. Secondary coach Terry Joseph has identified one problem on defense and is emphasizing communication with the safeties.
- With the Notre Dame series going away, Drew Sharp writes that Michigan had better replace it with another respected program on the schedule. The Wolverines relive the epic showdown with the Irish in 2011 under the lights. Devin Gardner must avoid turnovers.
- Michigan State is considering every option available to give its offense a boost. One place to start mixing it up is at quarterback, and a change could be coming.
- After struggling with some protection issues to start the season, Ohio State must keep Braxton Miller safe in the pocket this week. The Buckeyes are facing another unusual defensive alignment this week, but it looks pretty similar to the one they took on in the opener.
Happy happiness happens day.
- 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.