Big Ten FB: The five on five

With nearly all spring practices done across the country, it's time for BRR to review what is going on around the Big ten.

Wisconsin's backfield potential
This time last year, the Badgers were fully loaded in their backfield with then-senior John Clay leading the pack. But with Clay headed to the NFL Draft, the Badgers will have to find a way to alleviate the loss of Clay.

Have no fear, the Badgers won't be missing Clay too much; in fact, the running back position is hardly a concern. Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, James White, is coming off a 1,000-yard season and will look to improve upon his 14 touchdowns last season.

But that's not all. The Badgers return Montee Ball, who fell four yards short of a 1,000 yards, but scored more touchdowns than White (18).

The Badgers will have to rely on Jon Budmayr to replace quarterback Scott Tolzien, but because of their expected success from their backfield, Budmayr shouldn't have to worry too much as Ball and White should cause problems for many Big Ten defenses.


Rob Bolden: transferring or staying?


Bolden appears to be happy at Penn State
The issue emerged following Penn State's Outback Bowl loss to the Florida Gators; Rob Bolden began threatening to transfer from Happy Valley because of a lack of playing time after originally starting the season before being replaced by Matt McGloin.

According to a recent story in the Philadelphia Inquirer , Bolden "seemed happy with how the spring semester went" and is in no hurry to decide on his future.

Right now, Penn State has four quarterbacks dueling it out for the starting gig: Paul Jones, Kevin Newsome, McGloin and Bolden. However, the field appears to be narrowed down to McGloin and Bolden, according to USA Today.


What should Ohio State do with Tressel?
There has been a big scandal surrounding Ohio State's head coach Jim Tressel in which the NCAA is accusing Tressel of lying, saying that he "failed to report violations of NCAA legislation" along with allowing players to participate in games "while ineligible," according to the Washington Post.

Tressel is already suspended for five games next season and has been handed a $250,000 fine for not cooperating when asked about what he knew of the situation involving his players selling rings and jewelry to a tattoo shop.

Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free-Press believes that what Tressel did is "the act of a man who thinks he is above the rules" and because of that, should be fired.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this whole ordeal plays out considering that Ohio State has other problems to do with: star player Terrelle Pryor suspended for the beginning of the season for his involvement in the scandal.


Illinois running back arrested
Senior running back Jason Ford was arrested on Sunday morning for driving on a suspended license. However, Ford is free on a $300 bond.

This isn't Ford's first go-around with the law; in fact, he faced the same problem last April after driving with a suspended license on campus.

Ford has 1,362 rushing yards in his career and is coming off a season in which he compiled 480 yards and seven touchdowns on 99 carries.


Indiana to be without RB Willis in opener
Junior running back Darius Willis, one of the team's top returning offensive weapons, will miss the season opener against Ball State on September 3 because a suspension stemming from "conduct detrimental to the team."

As a sophomore, Willis ran for 278 yards and four touchdowns, but missed the final eight games because of a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.


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