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Continued: Spring flings: Big Ten football spring practice wrap-up

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 23, 2013 - 7:30 AM

 

INDIANA

Coach: Kevin Wilson (third year); 2012 record: 4-8, 2-6; bowl game: none; starters returning: offense 10 /defense 9

Spring star: WR Shane Wynn. One of four good receivers coming back for the Hoosiers, he had six catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game.

Biggest concern: The return of dual-threat QB Tre Roberson should make the offense more potent, but the defense ranked last in the Big Ten last year, allowing 41 points per game in conference play.

Telling quote: “We just signed the best recruiting class in the history of this school.” — Wilson. The Hoosiers were 1-11 in Wilson’s first season but showed signs of a turnaround last season.

Schedule analysis: The nonconference schedule features two bowl teams — Navy and Missouri. On Nov. 23, the Hoosiers get another chance against Ohio State after losing a 52-49 home thriller last year.

 

OHIO STATE

Coach: Urban Meyer (second year); 2012 record: 12-0, 8-0; bowl game: none; starters returning: offense 9/defense 4

Spring star: QB Braxton Miller. The Heisman Trophy candidate went 16-for-25 for 217 yards in the spring game.

Biggest concern: As good as the team is, there’s some question if this is a national championship caliber defense. Meanwhile, Meyer also has called the wide receiver spot a “major, major concern.”

Telling quote: “I would be disappointed if we’re not the best offense in the Big Ten.” — Meyer

Schedule analysis: The Buckeyes should breeze through nonconference play, but the Big Ten schedule starts with Wisconsin at home (Sept. 28) and at Northwestern (Oct. 5). Ohio State is bowl eligible after a one-year ban.

 

PENN STATE

Coach: Bill O’Brien (second year); 2012 record: 8-4, 6-2; bowl game: none; starters returning: offense 8/defense 6

Spring star: RB Akeel Lynch. The redshirt freshman established himself as a viable second option to returning 1,000-yard rusher Zach Zwinak. In the spring game, Lynch carried 13 times for 83 yards and a touchdown.

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