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2011 Spring Preview Big Ten Legends Attitudes
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins
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Posted Mar 16, 2011


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


2011 Big Ten Spring Preview

The Legends Spring Attitudes

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Legends

Iowa
- Take the us-against-the-world stance. Kirk Ferentz teams don’t seem to come through when everyone is looking for big things, but when a group of no-names get their chance to fly in under the radar, then WHAM. That’s when the program rocks. With six starters gone off the offense and seven lost on defense, the Hawkeyes will be predicted to finish in the middle of the Legends pack. However, the schedule is relatively light and fluffy until late November and with only two rough road games at Penn State and Nebraska.

Michigan
- Michigan, your long national nightmare is over. Brady Hoke will benefit from not being Rich Rodriguez, and all he has to do is be decent and the bouquets will be flowing in. However, lost in the coaching change and lost in all the RichRod bashing was that this was supposed to be the year when everything came together. With ten starters returning on offense, Denard Robinson to play around with, and with nine starters back on D, the expectations will quickly be cranked up. After all, this is Michigan, and yes, with Nebraska coming to The Big House, the Legends really is winnable.

Michigan State
- 49-7 was just a score. Michigan State might have gone 11-1 in the regular season, and it might have won a share of the Big Ten title and it might have come up with a great win over Wisconsin, but the balloon went pffffffffft in the first 20 minutes against Alabama and it overshadowed all the positives. Simply being more motivated won’t mean much unless the team starts to play better. The record might have been good, but the 2010 team had some major holes. Outside of the punting game and punt returns, it didn’t do any one thing at a high level and it needs to start to be more explosive and more disruptive defensively. Being sharper is a must, and that means being better on third downs after converting a mediocre 37.5% of the time. Limiting penalties is a must after finishing 91st in the nation.

Minnesota
- The coaching staff is in place. Tim Brewster was a controversial hire at the time, but the belief was that he had the chance to be a whale of a college football head man with his enthusiasm and recruiting ability. It didn’t work. Jerry Kill has the systems and the ability to create a rock-solid team that will eventually put together one of the Big Ten’s better ground games. It’s not going to all kick in overnight, and starting out at USC isn’t a plus, but the schedule isn’t all that bad and a winning season is possible with a few breaks. Call this the stepping stone season, but with nine starters returning on defense and good skill position players to work around, the expectations will be set a bit higher.

Nebraska
- Get ready to be everyone’s big game. Nebraska is used to be in the spotlight, but it’ll be a bit different now as every game in the Big Ten will be magnified. It all starts on October 1st at Wisconsin, and it doesn’t slow down from there with Ohio State coming up the following week and with dates at Penn State, Michigan, and Iowa in November. Give Bo Pelini credit; he’s not taking it easy. 10-4 with a Big 12 North title would be phenomenal at most places, but losing three of the final four games didn’t sit well and the attitude, evidenced by several assistant coaching changes, is that nothing less than greatness will do.

Northwestern 
- Get nastier. It’s not like the Wildcats didn’t have any fight in them last year; Pat Fitzgerald teams always bring the effort. They were inconsistent and had a bad habit of always playing to the level of the competition – at least when Dan Persa was healthy. A team good enough to beat Iowa and push Michigan State should’ve have needed everything in the bag to get by Central Michigan and Minnesota. Considering the talent level, a seven-win season and a bowl game is a good goal, but Fitzgerald wants his team to compete for the Big Ten title. A 13th game isn’t enough.

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