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2011 Spring Preview Big 10 Leaders Positions
Penn State WR Derek Moye
Penn State WR Derek Moye
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 16, 2011


The positions to watch for each Big Ten Leaders team going into spring practices.


2011 Big Ten Spring Preview

The Leaders Spring Positions

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
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- 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
- Running back. Can the Illini find another Rashard Mendenhall or Mikel Leshoure? At 6-0 and around 230 pounds, Ford is built like Leshoure and he has been a strong No. 2 back. Now he’ll get his turn at bat as the main ball carrier for an attack that doesn’t normally spread the carries around. If it’s not Ford, it should be sophomore Bud Golden, a zipping back who doesn’t have the bulk of some of the recent Illini stars, but he has the talent to bust out and become a special player with a bit more work.

Indiana
- Quarterback. Head coach Kevin Wilson is used to dealing with big-time quarterbacks at Oklahoma, and now the question will be who’ll get to be the triggerman who gets to pile up the big stats? Ben Chappell wasn’t always great, but he always pressed and always pushed the ball down the field. Edward Wright-Baker has good skills and can move a little bit, but Dusty Kiel will get ever shot to take over the job. Whichever quarterback is the quicker decision maker will likely get the No. 1 spot going into fall camps.

Ohio State
- Besides quarterback, defensive back. It’s Ohio State, so the second team secondary is full of NFL talent and is probably better than about 100 other defensive backfields, but the 2011 group will need some time and some seasoning. Three starters are gone including top cover-corner Chimdi Chekwa, and while there isn’t a passing game to worry about until October 1st against Michigan State, the faster the new secondary can come together, the better. Fortunately, there’s an all-star in the making in Orhian Johnson at safety to build around.

Penn State
- Defensive end. The quarterback situation is interesting and the running backs will be in the spotlight, but eyes will also be on defensive end with pass rushing terror Ryan Kerrigan off to the NFL. The tackles, led by rising star Kawann Short, should be good, but the key to the line will be the emergence of Gerald Gooden. He’s going to try to be the No. 1 pass rusher, but the hope will be for Adam Brockman and/or Robert Maci to show something worth getting excited about.

Purdue
- Defensive end. The quarterback situation is interesting and the running backs will be in the spotlight, but eyes will also be on defensive end with pass rushing terror Ryan Kerrigan off to the NFL. The tackles, led by rising star Kawann Short, should be good, but the key to the line will be the emergence of Gerald Gooden. He’s going to try to be the No. 1 pass rusher, but the hope will be for Adam Brockman and/or Robert Maci to show something worth getting excited about.

Wisconsin 
- Offensive tackle. With Outland Winner Gabe Carimi gone and one-time super-recruit Josh Oglesby trying to overcome a knee injury, the Badger line needs a new star at left tackle. Casey Dehn was the understudy last year and he has the prerequisite size and skills to be solid, but it’s still asking a lot to replace a talent like Carimi. Can Ricky Wagner move over from the right side to the left? Will Robert Burge make a push for a job? It’s Wisconsin and the line will be fine, but the combination has to start to come together this spring.

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