Wednesday's links: Penn State QB, Jack Hoffman & more
Perhaps the most intriguing quarterback battle in the Big Ten will take place in State College, Pa. But the great David Jones of PennLive.com says Penn State fans shouldn’t expect massively hyped incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg or junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson to be the equal of Matt McGloin this fall.
That’s all true. Then again, the Nittany Lions quarterback likely won’t have to post McGloin-like numbers since he’ll be ensconced by a strong line and deep collection of running backs. Really, it’s an ideal offense for a new quarterback to work in.
LINEBACKER U DEBATE: Oh, here is how Penn State responded to UCLA’s recent claim as “Linebacker U.”
NOT SO FAST, SAYS BIELEMA: Did you see this, Badgers fans? Bret Bielema doesn’t like no-huddle, go-go offenses.
Before you hop on the bandwagon, know this: Bielema doesn’t run a go-go spread, so it’s no wonder he wants to legislate rules to hurt the offense. But that’s not Bielema’s goal. Nope. He’s high-minded, you see. He makes this proposal in the name of player safety.
This notion, of course, is laughable. Next up: A proposed ban on helmets because, you know, if players didn’t wear them, they wouldn’t hit each other so hard and injuries would go down.
MICHIGAN’S POINT MAN: Many assume touted incoming freshman Derrick Walton will be the point guard at Michigan with Trey Burke gone. But John Beilein says not to count out Spike Albrecht, the NCAA wunderkind who caught the imagination of the nation.
This all sounds good in June. But it will be a shock if Walton isn’t manning the point in January.
JACK HOFFMAN LOVE: Little Jack Hoffman, the star of the Nebraska spring game, has been a hit at the College World Series in Omaha.
Jack’s final day of chemotherapy was Tuesday. This is great news. But it’s unclear if finishing the chemotherapy will spell the end of his health problems. The tumor is inoperable and he will have follow-up MRIs for a significant period of time, his father told the Omaha World-Herald. Keep him in your prayers, America.
CRADLE OF QUARTERBACKS: Purdue is known for producing many great quarterbacks. Well, the Boilermakers recently got a commitment from a good one from Texas.
His name? David Blough, and he will compete in the prestigious Elite 11 camp quarterback camp this summer. Blough received that invite from Drew Brees. Pretty neat stuff, huh?
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