staff, September 27, 2011

Two Big Ten stars expect to return to action in the opening week of the Big Ten football season. Northwestern quarterback and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Dan Persa is slated to make his season debut against instate rival Illinois, while Nebraska standout defensive lineman Jared Crick, who missed last week's game, practiced Monday in preparation for the Huskers' much-anticipated Big Ten opener at Wisconsin. Get all the latest updates on our freshest edition of the "Big Ten Blast."

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