Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, June 15, 2015

Who will be the Michigan quarterback? It?s one of the Big Ten?s most vexing questions. Jim Harbaugh isn?t even sure how long the battle will wage but expects someone to emerge from a crowded pack over the summer. Jake Rudock, anyone?

"Every college football program I've ever been associated with, someone will emerge over the summer, someone will make themselves better," Harbaugh said at a camp recently. "It could be two guys. It could be one. Someone who makes a significant jump over the summer because quarterbacks are allowed to work at the game by themselves.

"They can go practice football without even needing a receiver or a center or anybody else. It's a position like a kicker, they can get better … like shooting free throws, throwing at a tree or a tire. Anything can be done. I'm excited to see who that is."


Speaking of Harbaugh, has anyone had a better offseason? Nope. Matt Hayes of Sporting News hits the nail on the head. Harbaugh is in the news seemingly each day. Love him, hate him ? you can?t ignore him.


Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh have heaped some praise onto Michigan State this offseason. But Mark Dantonio is unmoved.

"I'm just trying to keep my head down, keep moving in the same direction and trying to do things like we've always done," Dantonio said to "There is no entitlement on this end. I'm still humbled to be a part of this program and happy to be the head coach here."

Now, watch video of Meyer, Harbaugh and Dantonio-arguably the Big Ten?s Big Three coaches–interact at a recruiting camp.


Bob Flounders of has begun a countdown of the Top 25 players that Penn State will face this season. No. 25: OSU?s Jalin Marshall.


For better or worse, C.J. Beathard is the man at Iowa. And, he?s embracing it.

"It's just different," Beathard to "I have a bigger leadership role on this team. What I've taken upon myself to do is lead the offense, and organize things the coaches don't organize, and stay in the film room more than ever."


Henry Bushnell of wonders: Has Northwestern?s recruiting slipped?

Bushnell says the reality is that the players pledging their futures to NU aren't as good as the ones who were doing so two years ago, or even last year. Interesting.


Dan Duggan of has a good mailbag. One question-What?s wrong with New Jersey recruiting for Rutgers?

Duggan also has a list of Rutgers? five most indispensable players. Leonte Carroo, Darius Hamilton, Steve Longa, Keith Lumpkin and Kemoko Turay make the list. Hard to disagree with any of those choices.


Optimism for Purdue hoops has gone through the roof with the addition of big man Caleb Swanigan. But Texas-Arlington transfer guard Johnny Hill is every bit as key, as the Boilermakers need him to play the lead guard role. has a Q&A with Hill.

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