Now that the 2013 recruiting classes are largely harvested and in the barn (yes, Big Ten country, the farm commercials on Big Ten Network have ruined my brain as well), the focus turns to winter conditioning and the arrival of spring practices. Some teams like Northwestern actually start spring practice later this month, so it will be here before you know it!
For all of the Big Ten teams, spring ball is a chance for young athletes to compete for open starting positions or simply more playing time behind established veterans. It is a time of endless possibilities for both the players and the fans following these teams, as the 2013 season is still many months away.
However, for some Big Ten teams, spring football is extra special this season. For each of the three teams on the following slides, the coaches and players have extra motivation to get back on the field and run drills for the first time since bowl practice (or in some cases, since November).
Don't be fooled, Big Ten fans: spring practice and summer conditioning are a big part of where championships are won. Let's take a look at those teams with extra motivation and desire for spring practices to begin this year.