Ohio State Buckeyes: Derrick Green
- Longtime NFL insider Gil Brandt isn't very impressed with the Big Ten and says Baylor would thump Ohio State.
- Jerry Kill and Gary Andersen took similar small-time roads to get to a big-time college coaching job. Minnesota could be very thin at receiver against Wisconsin.
- Michigan State's defense can't have an off day like it did against Nebraska if it hopes to beat Ohio State.
- The Nebraska turnover plague has reared its ugly head again.
- Darrell Hazell is trying to focus on long-term success at Purdue as the losses pile up in his first year.
- A winning season would be a nice accomplishment for Penn State -- and proof that the NCAA sanctions didn't wreck the program.
- Iowa is going with whatever works at running back.
- The Purdue game is a must-win for Tim Beckman, Loren Tate writes.
- Michigan freshman running back Derrick Green is starting to show the potential that made him a superstar recruit.
- Teddy Greenstein breaks down the top candidates for the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football award.
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- The team-first approach is working wonders for Northwestern as it prepares for the biggest game on its campus in years. Wildcats receiver Tony Jones is ready to measure himself against All-American cornerback Bradley Roby.
- Ohio State is putting on an aerial show early in the season, and the spread offense is well ahead of pace to shatter school records. History seems to be repeating itself as the Buckeyes try to manage their depth at running back, keeping both Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall involved in the attack.
- The ground game could help take pressure off Devin Gardner, and Michigan is ready to get Derrick Green involved to help do it. As for Gardner, he understands the public criticism that comes with the position and is just ready to play another game.
- Positive reviews are rolling in for the Michigan State offensive line, which might be playing its best football in years just as it's needed most in time for a physical battle with Iowa. The chance to play defense helped Jamal Lyles pick between the Spartans and the Hawkeyes, but now he's embracing a role at tight end.
- Jerry Kill isn't keeping his plan at quarterback a secret, but it's at least a possibility that Minnesota might play two of them at Michigan. Ra'Shede Hageman is finding other ways to evaluate his performance beyond just making sacks for the Gophers.
- Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat have faced some adversity at Iowa, but the defense is better off with the defensive tackles around doing some heavy lifting in the trenches. The Hawkeyes have cut down on their penalties, becoming the more disciplined team they had set out to be.
- Both father and son are grinders, though Donovonn Young gets to do his work on the football field carrying the football for Illinois. Working with one coordinator this season appears to be paying off for Nathan Scheelhaase.
- Both Penn State and Indiana can put the pedal to the metal offensively, and the Nittany Lions know how critical shoring up their tackling will be this weekend. Controversial cut blocks are catching the attention of DaQuan Jones as he watches film of the Hoosiers.
- Robby Howard wonders when "we don't leave" will be true for Indiana football fans. Cornerback Michael Hunter flashed on the scene then disappeared, but now he's back bigger and stronger for the Hoosiers (subscription required).
- Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck goes way back with the coordinator calling the plays for Illinois this week, with mutual respect with Bill Cubit forged under hard-nosed coach Lou Saban. Randy Gregory is still waiting for a black shirt to show up in his locker.
- Danny Etling is now the guy for Purdue at quarterback, and he's got one goal with his name on top of the depth chart. The two arrested Boilermakers are facing suspensions from coach Darrell Hazell.
- Just midway through his junior season in high school, Wisconsin commitment Austin Kafentzis is already drawing comparisons to Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson.
- 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.
- Purdue coach Darrell Hazell says he's encouraged despite his team's opening performance. Rob Henry is eager to make amends for his play at Cincinnati.
- Indiana's Shane Wynn -- who's back at practice after taking a scary hit -- gets his inspiration from doubters. Kevin Wilson is ready to get the Navy game over with (subscription required).
- Minnesota and Philip Nelson found a lot of mistakes from their opener that need to be corrected. A Minnesota native took a long road to play at New Mexico State, the Gophers' opponent this week.
- Wisconsin guard Ryan Groy was a pro at pulling in the opener. Melvin Gordon and James White showed they can run between the tackles. Reviewing the Badgers' defensive showing vs. UMass.
- Some Iowa injury and personnel notes. The Hawkeyes are still looking for their first sack of the season. AIRBHG follows Mika'il McCall to Southern Illinois.
- Bob Flounders discusses the Penn State running game in this mailbag. Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones made a big impact in the opener. Bill O'Brien focuses on the positives from the Week 1 win.
- Illinois dismissed running back Dami Ayoola. The Cincinnati game offers a reunion of sorts for Illini athletic director Mike Thomas. The Illinois running game is stuck in neutral.
- Pat Fitzgerald says he expects quarterback Kain Colter (concussion) to play versus Syracuse. Northwestern has come a long way.
- Freshman linebackers Josh Banderas and Nate Gerry played in crunch time for Nebraska. Footwork drills have paid off for Huskers receivers.
- Michigan got a huge donation from Stephen Ross. Safety Thomas Gordon wants to atone for his one-game suspension this week vs. Notre Dame. Freshman tailback Derrick Green "grew a little bit" in his Week 1 debut. Devin Gardner made a rapid development at quarterback.
- Michigan State's tailback situation is still unsettled. South Florida might be just what the Spartans' offense needs. One week into the season, Mark Dantonio is already shielding players from the media.
- Urban Meyer is putting extra emphasis on Ohio State's special teams play. Jordan Hall remains the Buckeyes' starting running back. Safety Christian Bryant is growing into his role as a leader.
As the 2013 season kicks off this week, we’re making our picks for the four major Big Ten individual awards.
Today’s Take Two topic: Who will win Big Ten freshman of the year honors?
Take 1: Brian Bennett
The options are plentiful, as some very talented true freshmen enter the league, and you can't discount redshirt freshmen. Deion Barnes was a redshirt freshman last year when he won the award at Penn State, and I say the Thompson-Randle El trophy stays in State College -- this time on the offensive side.
Head coach Bill O'Brien still hasn't named a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Syracuse, but I continue to believe that Christian Hackenberg will pilot the Nittany Lions offense for the majority of this season. And the player who was ranked as the No. 1 pro style quarterback in the Class of 2013 will have an outstanding supporting cast around him, with receiver Allen Robinson, a deep group of tight ends, some experienced running backs and a solid offensive line. We shouldn't expect Hackenberg to throw for 3,000 yards like Matt McGloin did last year, but he will put up strong numbers in that offense. Playing such a high-profile position will surely help his candidacy with voters, which is why I see Hackenberg beating out other candidates like Ohio State's Dontre Wilson, Michigan State's Riley Bullough and Michigan's Derrick Green.
Take 2: Adam Rittenberg
Hackenberg is a good call, Brian, and if he can steady the ship on offense for the Lions, he'll have an excellent chance to win the award. I might have picked Michigan's Green before preseason camp, but senior Fitz Toussaint really took control of the running back spot in recent weeks. Ultimately, the race comes down to Hackenberg and Ohio State's Wilson.
There's no doubt Hackenberg plays a more high-profile position, but I'm going with Wilson because of the "SportsCenter" factor. I expect the Buckeyes' H-back to be a transformative type player, not only for Ohio State but in the Big Ten, piling up highlight-reel touchdowns. Wilson will have three or four jaw-dropping touchdowns that get replayed over and over on ESPN and the Big Ten Network. He'll get noticed very early in the season, and it'll help that he plays for a national championship contender. Wilson is a different player than former Illinois standout Arrelious Benn, the last wide receiver named Big Ten freshman of the year (in 2007). But like Benn, Wilson will contribute in different ways and get the attention he needs to win the award.
More major awards picks
We let Vegas set the over-unders for those posts. Now it's time to have some fun and make our own list. Ready for some random Big Ten over-unders heading into the 2013 season? As a reminder, these numbers apply to the regular season only.
Michigan State starting quarterbacks
Adam's take: Push. Like many, I expect senior Andrew Maxwell to start Michigan State's season opener, but I see the Spartans turning to another signal-caller at some point this season. Perhaps it's Connor Cook or maybe true freshman Damion Terry, but I think we'll see several players taking snaps for the green and white this fall.
Brian's take: Over. The key word here is "starting." I'd go to Vegas right now if the line was two playing, because I expect at least two different starters and for three to play. Still, I can see a situation where Maxwell begins the season, Tyler O'Connor starts down the road and maybe Terry gets a start toward the end.
Taylor Martinez touchdowns + turnovers
Adam's take: Under. Martinez had 33 touchdowns and 20 turnovers (12 interceptions, 8 lost fumbles) in 14 games in 2012, so it's reasonable he could approach this number as a senior. I tend to think Martinez's turnover total finally drops, while his touchdown total remains about the same. Nebraska fans would gladly take this from one of the nation's most experienced quarterbacks.
Brian's take: Under. I think Martinez will have a very good year and the turnovers will go down, especially with fewer marquee games on the road. I also think he could sit more in the fourth quarter earlier in the year when Nebraska's schedule isn't too taxing, outside of the UCLA game. That could affect his touchdown total.
Big Ten players ejected for targeting under new policy
Adam's take: Over. Although Illinois safety Earnest Thomas was the only Big Ten player ejected for targeting in 2012, I expect the number to rise in Year 1 of the new penalty structure. The officials want to get their point across, and while offseason education can help, the strongest messages will be sent after the games begin. I see multiple ejections during non-league play and another during a Big Ten game.
Brian's take: Under. Big Ten officials did their best to instruct teams on how the new rule will be enforced, and surely coaches have stressed it all season long. Ultimately, I think officials will be hesitant to throw guys out of a game and that players will respond by being a little more cautious with their hits.
Braxton Miller rushing attempts
Brian's take: Over. The 188 number works out to a little more than 15 carries per game. That seems like a good target number this year for Miller, who has more weapons in the passing game this year and will be joined by Carlos Hyde after three games. Still, this is a team with national title hopes, and Miller running the ball remains the offense's most-dangerous weapon. There are going to be games when he gets 20-to-25 carries out of necessity, and Ohio State is asking him to scramble more as well.
Adam's take: Over. Miller won't approach the 227 carries he recorded in 2012 as Ohio State's primary ball-carrier. Buckeyes coaches expect Miller to make strides as a passer with Corey Brown, Dontre Wilson and a deeper receiving corps. Still, Miller will carry the offense with his legs in a few games and end up with about 200 carries.
Chris Borland takeaways (interceptions, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries)
Brian's take: Under. I love Borland, but that's a big number. He had six last year and seven in 2011, and Wisconsin played 14 games both years. I'll put his final regular-season number at six this year.
Adam's take: Over. I expect Borland to give us the most Borland-y season ever as he caps an incredible college career. He has had a hand in at least six takeaways in each of his first three seasons. I fully expect Borland to break the FBS career forced fumbles record (needs one to tie), and he should be a bigger factor in pass coverage this year, where he'll grab two interceptions. I see Borland finishing with nine total takeaways.
Indiana defensive points allowed
Over-under: 29 points per game
Brian's take: Over. Indiana hasn't allowed fewer than 29 points per game since 2007, which coincidentally was the last time the Hoosiers went bowling. They allowed 35.2 ppg a year ago. I see that number coming down this year, as Kevin Wilson has brought in some athletic young players on defense and should have a decent secondary. But games against potential offensive powers like Missouri, Wisconsin, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan could skew the stats for a final number around 30 per game. Luckily, Indiana should average more than 30 ppg on offense.
Adam's take: Over. Things are slowly getting better for the much-maligned Hoosiers defense, but the unit still isn't there yet. Indiana's powerful up-tempo offense probably won't help matters, as the IU defense will log plenty of field time. If Indiana ends up slightly over, it still could be in good shape because of its potent offense.
Devin Gardner's rushing totals
Over-under: 400 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Adam's take: Under. It's actually an over-under pick, as I agree that Gardner will eclipse 400 rush yards, but not by much. But I expect offensive coordinator Al Borges to be extremely cautious with No. 12, as Gardner is the Big Ten's most indispensable player. Borges will turn to Fitzgerald Toussaint and Derrick Green near the goal line, and Gardner won't end up rushing for more than 10 scores.
Brian's take: Over. I don't think Michigan will be calling for a ton of designed quarterback runs given the depth situation. But 400 yards amounts to a little more than 33 yards per game. While some sack yardage will hurt his totals, Gardner can get to that number on scrambles alone. He also ran for seven touchdowns while starting just five games last season, so I'll say he gets to double digits in rushing scores as well.
Iowa AIRBHG strikes
Brian's take: Over. We never want to predict any injuries, but the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God doesn't limit his vengeance to just turned ankles and sprained knees. The Hawkeyes have seen their backs transfer, get suspended and all manner of other problems that thin the position. Iowa enters 2013 with a much deeper stable of ball-carriers, but it's hard to ignore the history and voodoo at work here.
Adam's take: Under. AIRBHG has scorched the earth long enough in Iowa City. His reign of terror mercifully ends this season. It's hard to expect zero injuries at a position like running back in the Big Ten, but I expect only one such problem for the Hawkeyes, who lean on Mark Weisman, Damon Bullock and Co. all season.
A Herbie Awards primer is out, and several Big Ten players are in the mix for honors. You can vote for who you think deserves the award and then check back to see who Herbstreit picks.
Who's in the mix?
Most Exciting Player: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
Do-it-all QB: Ohio State's Miller, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez
Best Kept Secrets: Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon
Throwback: Wisconsin LB Chris Borland
Ahead of the Curve: Wisconsin LB Melvin Gordon
Fresh Faces: Ohio State WR/RB Dontre Wilson, Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, Michigan RB Derrick Green
Taking it to the Next Level: Michigan QB Devin Gardner, Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah
Backyard Football: Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis
Ankle Breaker: Northwestern RB/PR Venric Mark
Foxhole Player: Michigan State LB Max Bullough, Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier
Lockdown Corner: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby
Top Quarterback: Ohio State's Miller
Top Wide Receiver: Penn State's Allen Robinson
Team on the Rise: Michigan State
Most Intriguing Storyline: Ohio State in Year 2 under Urban Meyer
Herbstreit also has selected his All-Herbie team, which includes three Big Ten players: Michigan LT Taylor Lewan, Northwestern PR Venric Mark and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby. He has Ohio State beating Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and advancing to play Alabama in the BCS national championship before falling there. Wisconsin is his sleeper pick.
Some interesting observations from Herbie, who clearly thinks Michigan State will have a bounce-back year after losing five Big Ten games by a total of 13 points last fall. He's also high on Wisconsin despite the transition from Bret Bielema to Gary Andersen.
He covers most of his bases on the Big Ten nominees, although I would have liked to see Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard up for "Lockdown Corner." It appears to be a good sign that three of the five "Fresh Faces" nominees are from Big Ten teams.
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- A scary incident in 2010 changed Gary Andersen's life. The Wisconsin secondary has made some gains this preseason. Massive Badgers tackle Rob Havenstein is down to 327 pounds and finding out that less is more. There has been no movement on the UW depth chart at receiver.
- Rob Henry was the smart choice at quarterback for Purdue. Boilers receiver Danny Anthrop is out six to eight weeks with a likely MCL injury. Purdue has discovered some depth at receiver.
- Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is building a BCS team with an FCS-sized roster, Mike Poorman writes. O'Brien's call on a starting quarterback could get overanalyzed. Is this the most stacked receiving unit in Nittany Lions history?
- Doug Lesmerises breaks down all the options in the Ohio State offense. Noah Spence is trying to become a leader for the Buckeyes' defensive line. Urban Meyer is following the blueprint he started at Bowling Green.
- Chris Dufresne ranks Northwestern No. 10 to start the year. The Wildcats are looking to build waves of defensive linemen.
- Nebraska's young running backs are paying attention to their elders. The stars are aligned for a career rise by Tim Beck. Bo Pelini sees improved depth on the Huskers. There's youth and a lot of opportunity at tight end for Nebraska.
- Minnesota suspended receiver Andre McDonald for the rest of preseason practice. The Gophers are looking for a big win to build on this year.
- The rise of Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry means Michigan State's quarterback race is really crowded now. Dave Warner and Jim Bollman look to revive the Spartans' offense. Aaron Burbridge is becoming more of a student of the game.
- Michigan's Jake Ryan doesn't even seem injured to his position coach. The Wolverines are hoping for two first-string-worthy units in the front seven. Derrick Green is making a spirited run at a starting job. But Fitz Toussaint ran "awfully well" in a scrimmage over the weekend.
- Mike Hlas ranks Michigan as Iowa's top opponent this year. The Hawkeyes' secondary could have strength in numbers. Former Iowa players say their sons on the team have it easy.
- Kevin Wilson has learned how to juggle the roles of CEO and football guy at Indiana. Strength and conditioning has been the foundation for the Hoosiers (subscription required).
- Illinois seeks some much-needed continuity. Tim Beckman is among some Year 2 coaches looking for better things.
- Nathan Scheelhaase is still the leader of the pack for Illinois. The Illini tight ends are progressing.
- Indiana uses a platoon system to build accountability. The Hoosiers got a visit from Jim Delany (subscription required). Tom Dienhart has some thoughts from IU's practice on Tuesday.
- A closer look at Iowa's offensive line. A former Hawkeye is running for the U.S. Senate.
- Blake Countess is happy to be back from his torn ACL and hoping to start again for Michigan. Taylor Lewan still gets nervous at the start of camp. Cam Gordon is ready for a shot at filling Jake Ryan's shoes. Freshman running back Derrick Green weighed in at 240 pounds.
- Riley Bullough and Nick Hill are earning the most first-team reps at tailback for Michigan State so far. The Spartans' defense is not fat and happy, Pat Narduzzi says. A linebacker position battle is a matter of keeping up with the Joneses.
- Damien Wilson came to Minnesota highly recommended by former NFL coach Ray Perkins, and he looks to fill a hole at linebacker. Lineman Josh Campion kept the faith through a series of obstacles because he badly wanted to be a Gopher.
- Jason Ankrah is embracing a leadership role for Nebraska. Juco import Randy Gregory impressed despite his rustiness. Huskers tight end Jake Long and backup QB Tommy Armstrong will miss some time with injuries.
- Collin Ellis and Drew Smith are waging a battle for one of Northwestern's starting linebacker jobs. The Wildcats' strength and agility training methods are starting to show up.
- Buckeyes lineman Marcus Hall has slimmed down and needs a belt now. Taylor Decker is the final piece of the Ohio State offensive line puzzle.
- Penn State commit Jared Wangler is still considering Michigan. A look at five Nittany Lions who have to stay healthy this year. There are no guarantees in the PSU quarterback race.
- Purdue receiver Danny Anthrop missed the spring but has emerged as one of the team's top receiving options. The Boilers' defense seems to have the upper hand early. Some more Purdue practice notes.
- Wisconsin tight end Brock DeCicco has played for seven head coaches in his career. Derek Watt added 15 pounds and hopes to be a better blocker at fullback. Some more Badgers practice observations.
- CBSSports.com makes its 2013 Big Ten predictions. Jim Delany talks about pay for play and and the use of players' likenesses.
Tom Luginbill, RecruitingNation's senior national recruiting analyst, has identified five names to remember among incoming freshmen who will enroll this summer. Luginbill already singled out Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple as an early enrollee who could make a difference this fall.
Two Big Ten freshmen make Luginbill's new list. Neither needs much of an introduction.
Michigan running back Derrick Green is expected to compete right away for a starting job. Ranked by RecruitingNation as the No. 5 running back (No. 38 overall player) in the 2013 class, Green will be Michigan's best option in the backfield as the Wolverines go back to a more traditional pro-set scheme that will emphasize power running. No Michigan back distinguished himself this spring, and Green likely will face the most competition from Fitzgerald Toussaint, who comes off of leg surgery.
Luginbill also likes the impact potential of Ohio State incoming freshman Dontre Wilson, who could be fill the so-called "Percy position" in Urban Meyer's spread offense in Columbus. Wilson, a speedster from Texas who picked Ohio State ahead of Oregon and Texas, brings playmaking ability to an offense that needs more of it other than star quarterback Braxton Miller. Although Jordan Hall returns to the mix after battling injuries throughout 2012, Wilson could have a significant role in the offensive vision with a strong preseason showing.
What other incoming freshmen (non-early enrollees) could make an impact in the Big Ten this season?
Here are a few:
Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg: It'll be Hackenberg or junior-college transfer Tyler Ferguson starting for the Lions in their season opener against Syracuse. Unless Ferguson creates significant separation in camp, Hackenberg likely will be a factor this season.
Indiana DT Darius Latham: The Hoosiers need help along their defensive line, and could turn to Latham right away. A four-star prospect with good size and athleticism (played basketball in high school), Latham should be part of the mix up front at IU.
Michigan State RB Delton Williams: The Spartans need help in the backfield after no one really emerged this spring, and the coaches moved backup middle linebacker Riley Bullough to offense for help. There's a good chance Michigan State turns to an incoming freshman and Williams, the team's highest-rated recruit in the 2014 class according to RecruitingNation, will have a golden opportunity in camp.
Ohio State S Vonn Bell: Unlike the other freshmen listed here, Bell doesn't play a position where Ohio State has an overly pressing need. But he might be too talented to keep off of the field, especially when the Buckeyes go to their nickel and dime packages.
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Especially when it comes to recruiting.
The Wolverines blew out of the gate with the No. 1 class in the nation in June thanks in large part to a February weekend when seven recruits committed.
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He’ll garner even more eyes his way on Saturday when he announces his commitment during the game.
“I am basically going to ask them which coach they have the best relationship with,” Quick said. “There has to be a relationship with the head coach and family as well.”
When asked if there was a head coach among his finalists that was stood out to him the most, he said no. But Louisville coach Charlie Strong and his tendency of playing freshmen is intriguing to him and is one of the main reasons that Louisville is in the mix.
The sales pitch for all of them is pretty much the same: Join our program, and early playing time will likely be there.
“They are all basically saying that I am going to get early playing time. Some are saying that I am going to get the ball more than others,” he said. “It’s all about early playing time, really.”
Quick has taken official visits to Louisville and Ohio State. He wasn’t able to make it to Oregon for an unofficial visit but has the Ducks squarely in the mix because of his relationship with the coaching staff.
“I have built a good relationship with their coaches and the offense that they run. It’s up-tempo, which really excites a player of my caliber,” he said.
Newsmaker: Last week, offensive tackle Jake Campos (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) wasn’t expecting to play football over his break. On Tuesday, he was preparing for a nationally televised appearance in a U.S. Army All-American Bowl uniform.
Campos, a three-star Iowa State commit, was called Sunday afternoon as a replacement for injured lineman Chris Fox (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa). By 6 a.m. Monday, he was on a flight to San Antonio. At the end of Tuesday, he was fully taking on the responsibility of fending off stud defensive linemen such as Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) and A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights).
“I was shocked at first, but then, I got really excited,” said Campos, a 6-7, 250-pound tackle who said he’s “110-percent committed” to Iowa State.
“It was so out of the blue, but it’s great to be here. At first, learning the plays was tough, but I got those down now. I’m just adjusting to right tackle. I was still working the kinks out, that’s all.”
Superlatives: The East defensive line really stepped up in afternoon practice during 11-on-11 action. Alabama defensive end commit Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) was unstoppable. Virginia Tech defensive end commit Wyatt Teller (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) also stepped up his game from Monday, intercepting a pass in the morning session from Auburn-bound quarterback Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and playing even better in the afternoon. … The best hands on the West team may not be on a wide receiver. ESPN 150 tight end DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) made some great catches on Monday, and he continued to shine on Tuesday. Smith an LSU commitment, is the No. 5 tight end in the country. … The catch of the day from the East goes to ESPN 300 athlete Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton), who ripped a ball away from Florida defensive back commitment Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian). An uncommitted, four-star athlete, Boyd is expected to announce his college future on Saturday. … ESPN 150 running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) continued to be the best running back for the East. He shined in the early morning practice, with help from a very good offensive line.
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On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 222-pound linebacker officially confirmed that he will announce his college plans during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Oregon, Texas A&M and Ohio State are his three finalists.
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