Rise and shine, friends. Here's what's going down in the Big Ten today.
In the Lansing State Journal, MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi heaped praise on the spring performance of linebacker William Gholston. That is not a typo; we said linebacker.
Narduzzi said the 6'7", 275 lb defensive end had spent time at LB (his high school position) in some goal-line situations during practice, and was so good one would wonder why he isn't playing linebacker full time. This? This is terrifying. William Gholston might be too good at football. Is it too late to get him into this weekend's NFL draft?
Ohio State announced its rosters for Saturday's spring game. Quickest of quick breakdowns: with no disrespect to Kenny Guiton, Team Scarlet has Braxton Miller and thus a significant advantage. Team Gray's offense is a little more promising aside from QB, though, and there's a little more talent on Team Gray in the front seven. Miller should be able to throw the ball with relative ease, however.
Denard Robinson has improved "immeasurably" as a passer in terms of both mechanics and decision-making, according to coaches. Michigan had better hope that improvement is actually measurable, because Robinson completed just 55% of his passes and threw 15 picks last season. Those standards of performance are both quite measurable.
Penn State has just fired assistant athletic director Mark Sherburne, according to the Centre Daily-Times in State College. Sherburne was briefly the acting athletic director at PSU between the suspension of Tim Curley and the appointment of Dave Joyner as acting athletic director. The reason for Sherburne's firing is unclear—it may have entirely nothing to do with the Jerry Sandusky scandal—but, for now, this is a developing story.
HuskerExtra.com has released its projections of Nebraska's two-deep on offense and defense. Not a ton of surprises here (which makes sense, since they're media projections and all), but it is interesting to see how many position battles (particularly at second string) are unsettled heading out of spring. Oh, and that is a lot of seniors on the Husker defense. Good for this year, not so much for the next.