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2011 Spring Preview Big Ten Leaders Attitudes
Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner
Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 16, 2011


The attitude for each Big Ten Leaders team going into spring practices.


2011 Big Ten Spring Preview

The Leaders Spring Attitudes

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Leaders Illinois | Indiana | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Wisconsin 
Legends Iowa | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern 
 
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Leaders

Illinois
- The Illini have to get off to a hot start. The annual loss to Missouri is off the schedule this year, and with five home games to kick things off and with six in the first seven games, with the lone road game at Indiana, there’s no reason to not begin well. Mikel Leshoure might be gone, and the early departure of star DT Corey Liuget takes away some of the star power, but seven starters are back on each side of the ball and there’s more than enough talent to take advantage of one of the nation’s most favorable schedules. When your second toughest road game is at Purdue, there’s reason to be fired up.

Indiana
- Get to a bowl game. Had the Hoosiers not dropped the ball in the crushing loss to Iowa they would’ve ended up going bowling and they’d probably still have Bill Lynch as the head man. With Ball State, South Carolina State, and North Texas in the first month, there should be a nice base of three wins before diving into the Big Ten. If IU can win its home game against Virginia, then six wins and a post-season date will be a must. For now, it’s all about getting the new schemes down and being ready to do what the coaching staff wants. It’s going to be a process, but the coaches are good, enough talent is in place to get by, and the expectations shouldn’t be lower than a winning season.

Ohio State
- No excuses. It’ll be easy to blame problems this year on the suspensions and the off-the-field distractions, but the Buckeyes are still better than Miami, Nebraska, and everyone else on the schedule. The problem, though, as always, is that OSU will be everyone’s bull’s-eye game, and the craziness around the program could be just enough to allow an Illinois or a Penn State to pull off a win. No one is going to feel sorry for this team and no one is going to give it a break. Also, no one is going to predict a run to the national title. It’s the rare case that Ohio State can make itself out to be a bit of an underdog, in a way, but there still aren’t any excuses for a team this talented.

Penn State
- It shouldn’t take that much to be in the mix for the Big Ten title. The running game was awful, the quarterback situation was a mess, the lines were awful, there wasn’t any pass rush, and there were too many mistakes. Even so, the Nittany Lions went to a New Year’s Day bowl and were in the thick of the hunt against Florida until the final moments. This isn’t going to be one of the league’s elite teams, but there’s no reason to not get off to a huge start, especially is there’s at least a spit in the Iowa/Alabama showdowns, before a brutal November with Nebraska, at Ohio State, and at Wisconsin to close.

Purdue
- Stay healthy, figure out the lineup, and fly under the radar. The Boilermakers have a light and bouncy first half of the slate with Middle Tennessee, Rice and SE Missouri State to kick things off, and with home games against Notre Dame and Minnesota, 4-1 is possible and 5-0 isn’t crazy. This was a good team last year that got gutted by injuries, but if the starting lineup can be figured out right away, and if everyone can stay healthy, and if everyone gets time to jell in their defined roles, this could be one of the sneaky-good teams in the Leaders.

Wisconsin 
- Win the Leaders. Ohio State is the best team in the division – and possibly the conference – but the program is having a wee bit of a problem this offseason and should be distracted throughout. Penn State should be better, but it’s not back to being Penn State, Illinois is fine, but it’s hardly a world-beater, and Purdue and Indiana are Purdue and Indiana. In other words, even with all the turnover, and even with all the question marks, and even with games against Nebraska and a rough stretch of four road games in five weeks including dates in Columbus and East Lansing, Wisconsin still has to consider itself a favorite to win the Leaders. After last year, it’s time to act like a Big Ten superpower.

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