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2011 Spring Preview - Big Ten Leaders Buzz
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 16, 2011


The early buzz around each Big Ten Leaders team going into spring practices.


2011 Big Ten Spring Preview

The Leaders Spring Buzz

Click for each team's spring preview
Leaders Illinois | Indiana | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Wisconsin 
Legends Iowa | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern 
 
2011 Big Ten Spring Preview  
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Buzz
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Buzz
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Key Positions
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Key Positions   
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Questions 
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Questions    
- Big Ten Pre-Spring Rankings

Leaders

Illinois
- Is Ron Zook on a hot seat? He did the change-the-assistants thing last year, and it all worked out better than expected, but now more results have to start coming. Illinois hasn’t made a major move to being back in the hunt for the Rose Bowl, even with a strong bounceback season in 2010, and he has to come up with more before the program might want to start looking around. 7-6 and treading water might not get it done for Zook, and he’s still making moves. Trying to improve the secondary with the addition of coach Mike Gillhamer from the Carolina Panthers is another good get for a staff that’s becoming among the best in the league.

Indiana
- The Kevin Wilson era has officially gotten underway and it’s going to take every minute of every practice to get used to the new no-huddle attack. Fast, fast, fast is the idea for an offense that’s going to quicken the tempo in a big way, while new defensive coordinators Mike Ekkler and Doug Mallory will release the hounds in a far more aggressive D. The talent level might not be there compared to the rest of the Big Ten, but the Hoosiers are hardly going to be meek. The coaching staff’s plan is to make Indiana a team to worry about and gameplan for, but that might take a while for everything to come into place.

Ohio State
- Anything interesting happen this offseason? Even with the suspension of the Tattoo Five for five games, and with Jim “Junk Folder” Tressel getting a nice little sabbatical for his shenanigans, it’s easy to forget that this still might be a national title contending team that should, at the very least, be in the hunt for the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes still have more talent than anyone else and they’re getting the star players back in time for the meat of the conference slate, so spring ball will be all about getting everyone through the storm of the first half of the season. Get to Lincoln, Nebraska at 5-0 or 4-1 with a decent performance against Miami, and it’ll be Game On.

Penn State
- Take a guess at what continues to be the biggest storyline around Penn State? It’s the quarterback situation, but it’s also, as always, the status of Joe Paterno who’s 84 and continues to keep on rolling. Whether or not this is Penn State’s last spring session with the legend at the helm overshadows several issues up and down the board for a team that needs to get back into the Big Ten elite. The running backs should be fine, the receivers are strong, and defense can’t help but be better. It doesn’t matter. All the talk will be about the succession plan until a defined one is in place.

Purdue
- Purdue has already started spring ball and will spread it out over a two month span. It’s a brilliant move by Danny Hope and the coaching staff, and it’s a shocker that more programs don’t do this. Instead of packing in spring ball into a few intense weeks, the staff wants the newer players to have time to absorb what they’re learning while also allowing the players to rest up a bit between practices. On the field, the spotlight is on the knees of RB Ralph Bolden and QB Robert Marve. Bolden is getting a little bit of work, and outside of a few light drills, Marve is still being held aside to heal up.

Wisconsin 
- The Badgers have their defensive coordinator. With Dan Doeren taking over the Northern Illinois head coaching gig, Wisconsin needed to figure out who was going to be the main man to run the defense after head coach Bret Bielema first wanted to make defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and secondary coach Chris Ash co-coordinators. Now it’s just going to be Ash in the job with Partridge taking a secondary role while being named an assistant head coach. With a good nucleus coming back from last year’s solid defense, getting the coaching pecking order in place before spring ball started was vital.

Click for each team's spring preview
Leaders Illinois | Indiana | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Wisconsin 
Legends Iowa | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern 
 
2011 Big Ten Spring Preview  
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Buzz
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Buzz
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Key Positions
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Key Positions   
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Questions 
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Questions    
- Big Ten Pre-Spring Rankings