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2011 Spring Preview Big Ten Leaders Questions
Indiana WR Damarlo Belcher
Indiana WR Damarlo Belcher
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 16, 2011


The big questions surrounding each Big Ten Leaders team going into spring practices.


2011 Big Ten Spring Preview

The Leaders Spring Questions

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 Legends Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Key Positions
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- 2011 Big Ten Leaders Spring Questions 
- 2011 Big Ten Legends Spring Questions    
- Big Ten Pre-Spring Rankings

Leaders

Illinois
- Can the Illini get more out of the passing game? Some strong receivers have come through Champaign under Ron Zook’s watch, but the passing game has never been a major mode of transportation for an offense that’s going to keep on pounding away with the ground attack. Nathan Scheelhaase is a tremendous runner and has a good passing touch, but he has to be more consistent and has to be more efficient. Getting more from the mediocre receiving corps would be a plus to balance out the attack, but it’s up to Scheelhaase; this is his offense.

Indiana
- Will Darius Willis be a part of the fun? The one-time star running back recruit has been solid when he’s been on the field, but injuries have been a problem missing time last year with a groin problem. He could blow up in the new no-huddle attack, but he has to be on the team this fall after being hit with domestic assault charges from a few months back. He’s being allowed to practice until the case plays out, and if he can’t go, the speedy Nick Turner might become the main man for the ground game.

Ohio State
- Who’s going to play quarterback? Obviously it’s Terrelle Pryor’s ship to sail come October 8th, but is it going to be Joe Bauserman under center as the steady, safe option or will super-recruit Braxton Miller be thrown to the wolves right away? Everyone in America but the Ohio State coaching staff knew that Pryor was a better option as a true freshman than Todd Boeckman, and the same might be true in this case. If it’s Miller, he’ll have two games against Akron and Toledo to figure out what he’s doing. It could be the biggest spotlight position battle in all of spring football.

Penn State
- Can the lines be any better? Penn State’s struggles last year can almost all be pointed to mediocre line play with little push for the ground game and not enough dominance. The defensive front was 101st in the nation in sacks and didn’t do nearly enough against the run. A typical Penn State top-shelf pass rusher has to be found after injuries were a problem at end, and Devon Still and the tackles have to be stronger.

Purdue
- Will Robert Marve and Ralph Bolden be ready to go? The Boilermakers should be decent at quarterback if Marve’s injured knee isn’t ready, but the backfield could desperately use a back with the explosion and talent of Bolden. Rob Henry, Sean Robinson, and possibly Caleb TerBush are all in the hunt for the starting quarterback job, but Marve should be ready this summer to go full-tilt. Bolden is being eased back into the fun, and while JUCO transfer Akeem Shavers and recruit Akeem Hunt could be good enough to shine right away, they’re untested.

Wisconsin 
- Can the defensive front get into the backfield? Even with J.J. Watt wreaking havoc, the Badgers were still 76th in the nation in sacks and 91st in tackles for loss. Watt bolted early for the NFL meaning Louis Nzegwu, David Gilbert, and young prospects Pat Muldoon and Tyler Dippel – who’ll miss spring ball with a shoulder problem – have to combine forces to replace a guy being talked about as the prototype 5-technique NFL end. The defense might have to manufacture pressure from several spots, and it’ll all start this spring with figuring out how to get to the quarterback on a regular basis.

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