Big Ten FB: The Five on Five

Wisconsin gets their 2012 quarterback, another suspension at Ohio State, and Minnesota doesn't produce a draft pick are just a couple of the topics in this installment of the Five on Five.

QB Bart Houston passes over Iowa, picks Wisconsin

The Iowa Hawkeyes, who lost Ricky Stanzi to the NFL and will start an inexperienced junior quarterback this season, have missed out on a potential replacement at the quarterback position after De La Salle prospect Bart Houston made a verbal commitment to Wisconsin rather than Iowa.

Houston, who threw for 1,922 yards and 20 touchdowns this past season, visited Iowa this spring, but upon the conclusion of his visit, decided that his relationship with the Wisconsin coaches was stronger than that with the Iowa coaches.

Friday Night Lights for Michigan State

The Michigan State Spartans have announced some information regarding the schedule, which will feature a season opening game on a Friday.

The Spartans will play Youngstown State, who originally had been scheduled for September 3 (Saturday).

This change in schedule will be the first of two back-to-back season opening Friday night games; the Spartans will host the Boise State Broncos to open their 2012 season.

No NFL Talent for Minnesota

The NFL Draft, which was held this past weekend, featured 254 players that heard their names called. With 254 players called, one of them was bound to be from Minnesota...not exactly.

The Golden Gophers were not represented in the NFL Draft -- the only Big Ten team to not send one of their own into the NFL in the draft.

Quarterback Adam Weber and guard D.J. Burris went undrafted, but will have a chance to sign as a free agent once the NFL allows for free agency.

Ohio State suspends linebacker

With Ross Homan and Brian Rolle graduating, the Buckeyes planned on using Dorian Bell to alleviate the loss of their two linebackers.

However, the Buckeyes announced that Bell has been suspended and will not play in 2011 for a violation of team rules. The specifics of the suspension have yet to be announced by team officials.

Without Bell, the Buckeyes will be missing at least five players at the start of the season, along with their head coach. Things are not looking good for the Buckeyes this offseason.

Iowa excited about Micha Hyde

The cornerback/safety hybrid displayed his ability to make plays in the secondary last season, and further showed that potential when he took a pick to the end zone in the Insight Bowl.

With more experience and practice at safety, it appears that Iowa will look to fully utilize his ball-hawking skills. With a strong cornerback on the outside in Shaun Prater, who finished with four interceptions last season, Hyde and Prater will make it difficult for opposing quarterbacks to air it out.

- Josh Harvey -

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