10:30 A.M. - Tim Beckman began with a brief statement about the late Shawn Afryl. Some of his speaking points included the competition at quarterback and the huge task of replacing a four-year starter in Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois returns 40 of 50 members of the two-deep and he hopes that another year of experience for last year's young defense will start to show this fall, especially in the secondary. He ended his portion by wishing his mother a happy birthday.
10:10 A.M - Wisconsin's Gary Andersen said no doubt about Melvin Gordon as the starter at running back but said Corey Clement also hungry to get snaps. Front 7 on defense is a bit of a concern but he's optimistic. Once the offensive line gets healthy, he feels like they will be strong as usual. Andersen said the schedule is not an easy one, cited the LSU game as a prime example. Has a young team but is pairing veterans with youth in practices.
9:55 A.M. - Darrell Hazell of Purdue citing physical improvement as a result of conditioning program as one of the biggest signs of offseason progress. Also singled out the point of attack at the offensive/defensive lines as an area in which they must improve.
9:45 A.M. - Pat Fitzgerald's statement mainly addressed academic success (team as a whole had upwards of 3.0 GPA). Said spring injuries were detrimental to defensive line progress but expects guys to be back for summer ball. Expects big things from returning starting QB Trevor Siemian. Union issue has been put on the back burner for now, but the team has shown great leadership, especially with the struggles to end last season.
8:55 A.M - Hey, everyone! Football season is almost here and that means Big Ten Media Day is upon us and the season is about to get kicked off. Follow in here all day as we will have coverage from the event in Chicago, including plenty of Illinois news and notes throughout the day.
Here's a schedule of speakers for this morning:
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern): 9:30
Darrell Hazell (Purdue): 9:45
Gary Andersen (Wisconsin): 10:00
Tim Beckman (Illinois): 10:15
Brady Hoke (Michigan): 10:30
Kyle Flood (Rutgers): 11:00
Jerry Kill (Minnesota): 11:15
Mark Dantonio (Michigan State): 11:30
Bo Pelini (Nebraska): 12:00
Randy Edsall (Maryland): 12:15
Urban Meyer (Ohio State): 12:30
James Franklin (Penn State): 1:00
Kevin Wilson (Indiana): 1:15
Kirk Ferentz (Iowa): 1:30