Tough start to a Wednesday in Ann Arbor: Highly touted WR Amara Darboh recently injured a foot that will require surgery and will force him to miss the entire season. This is a tough blow, as Darboh looked to be a rising star as a big-bodied receiver cut from the mold as former Michigan greats.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio says he now has a four-man quarterback race, with true freshman Damion Terry coming on following a strong showing in a scrimmage.
The storylines continue to percolate in training camps across the Big Ten as we inch closer to the start of the season. But, heck, I’m gonna race right past the opening kickoff and on to the Big Ten title game. The great David Jones of PennLive.com ponders the possibility of Northwestern playing Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Hey, it could happen.
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Minnesota’s coaches hope the defense is dominant this fall. No doubt, but that rarely has happened in my lifetime. But, this unit has a chance to be decent, as the line and secondary look promising. The key? The development of the linebackers.
There are a lot of questions facing Purdue in its first season under Darrell Hazell. One of the biggest is at quarterback. Well, it looks like Rob Henry is slowly emerging as the No. 1 quarterback at Purdue over true freshman Danny Etling and redshirt freshman Austin Appleby.
Training camps are buzzing across the Big Ten. Where to begin? How about East Lansing? One of the biggest issues facing Michigan State in its camp is the search for a running back with Le’Veon Bell gone a year early. (Was there a bigger loss for any Big Ten team?) Co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner shares his early impressions of the freshmen backs here.
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The smoke has cleared—Big Ten media days are over. The last word has been uttered, at least for now. Teams have begun to report to camp, and the season is just around the corner. And it’s a big one for the conference, as it chases the SEC and its seven national championships in a row. In fact, the Big Ten is entering a no-excuse season. At least that’s what Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal thinks.
With media days complete, there is a long list of stories to check out. Here is a nice run down to get you caught up on each team from the goings-on in Chicago the last two days. By the way: The season begins Aug. 29, with Indiana State playing at Indiana.
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One of the Michigan players I am most intrigued about is sophomore tight end Devin Funchess. The guy is an athletic freak who showed flashes of big things last season as a true freshman and could end up being one of the best in the Big Ten at his position in 2013.
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Typically, a team will go only as far as its quarterback takes it. Well, listen up, Nebraska fans: Sam McKewon of Omaha.com has ranked the Huskers’ quarterback opponents. This is a fun exercise that you may want to do with your favorite team, as it may give you a good idea on how many victories to expect.