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2011 Spring Preview - Big Ten Legends Buzz
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Iowa RB Marcus Coker
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Posted Mar 16, 2011


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


2011 Big Ten Spring Preview

The Legends 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  
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- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Questions 
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Questions    
- Big Ten Pre-Spring Rankings

Legends

Iowa
- It’s been a rough offseason with the Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Adam Robinson controversies that rocked the team at the end of 2010 that led to a negative spotlight on the program, and then came the workout that sent 13 players to the hospital and raised all sorts of red flags and caused the message board world to blow up with rampant and unfounded rumors and speculation. However, with everything that’s happening at Ohio State, Oregon, and other big programs, the Iowa storm appears to have passed. As long as everything is fine on the field, which isn’t a given with plenty of turnover on both sides of the ball and coming off a disappointing year, the off-the-field issues will quickly be forgotten. 

Michigan
- The coaching change has meant a change in philosophy. While Brady Hoke and new offensive coordinator Al Borges will still use Denard Robinson as a runner, the Rich Rodriguez era will likely be swept aside in a hurry with the running backs getting more involved than before with a bit more of a traditional attack. In the West Coast offense, Robinson isn’t going to be asked to throw the ball down the field all that much and will need to get the ball out of his hands in a hurry, and he also won’t have to carry the entire workload. Borges and Hoke are planning on spreading it around and won’t pin the hopes of the entire year on just one guy.

Michigan State
- After the disastrous bowl loss to Alabama, the team has to pick up the pieces and try to rebuild a bit on both sides of the ball. However, while 2010 was one of the program’s best seasons ever, at least until January 1st, the general attitude appears to be that it was the beginning of big things and not a culmination. Even with six starters gone on offense and five needing to be replaced on defense, the overall talent level is as high as it’s been in several years led by a defensive front that might be the best in the Big Ten. There’s talk that the way the year ended might be a motivating factor, but more than the ugliness of the Capital One Bowl, not going to the Rose Bowl appears to be on a lot of minds.

Minnesota
- Jerry Kill might not be glitzy and he might not be full of fire and brimstone, but unlike former head coaches Tim Brewster and Glen Mason, he doesn’t come across like a used car salesman. Minnesota needs to find an identity again, and Kill should bring that with a powerful running game and a more aggressive defense the goal right away. Kill has had major success everywhere he has gone, and he made Northern Illinois a powerhouse after a few down years. He’s the type of coach who could quickly become a folk hero at a place desperate for Gopher football to matter again.

Nebraska
- Welcome to the new league. The Huskers are expected to step in to their new league and challenge for the Big Ten title right away. The team is undergoing some major internal changes with a few big coaching hires that will be under the microscope all offseason. The big move was at offensive coordinator where Tim Beck comes in for Shawn Watson, and the plan is to run a version of the spread and to attack even more. Head coach Bo Pelini is looking for more explosion, and Beck plans to provide it. With a few other coaching changes, things are being shaken up even though the team didn’t exactly have a bad 2010.

Northwestern 
- The end of 2010 doesn’t appear to be sitting too well. Star quarterback Dan Persa went down at the end of the Iowa game, but his Achilles injury seemed to have the biggest impact on a run defense that all of a sudden got blown away by a stiff breeze. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who’s already a hard nails coachy coach when it comes to toughness, is demanding more out of a veteran defense and isn’t allowing anyone to get comfortable. It doesn’t matter who you are; you have to fight for your job if you’re not bringing the lumber and toughness with every play.

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