Big Ten FB: The Five on Five (5-15-11)

Topics include: No more gold pants, Minnesota's quarterback situation, and more.

Ohio State "Golden" No More?

Because of the recent scandal in which six Ohio State players sold their "gold pants" to a tattoo parlor in Columbus, the Gold Pants President has pondered the decision to hand out the iconic prize established in the thirties to any player a part of an Ohio State team that defeated rival Michigan.

"I think we're going to start banking them and hand them out to the players after their eligibility has run out," said Gold Pants President, Jim Lachey.

In what is becoming a heaping mess over at Ohio State, the decision to change the process of handing out the gold pants is secondary to all the other ongoing circumstances in Columbus.

Former US All-American Quits Michigan State Team

Back in 2009, David Barrent drew the attention of many scouts, but the 6-foot-8, 308 pound offensive tackle decided that Michigan State was the place for him.

However, he received a redshirt as a true freshman before undergoing surgery on his lower back in 2009.

That injury to his back is still causing nagging pain, and it has ultimately put an end to his football quit.

Barrent decided to forgo the three years remaining on his scholarship, apply for medical disqualification which will keep him on scholarship but not count against Michigan State's 85-man limit, and focus on his studies.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to remain close to the program while pursuing my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering," said Barrent, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Purdue-Notre Dame Game Time Set

It may be minor news, but the Purdue Boilermakers and the Notre Dame Irish finally know when they will be playing this season: October 1 at 8 PM ET.

The game, which will be held in Lafayette, Indiana, will be televised on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN 2.

For the Irish, the night game against Purdue will be their fifth prime time game in the 2011 season, a school-record.

Fellow Big Ten school Michigan is also scheduled to play the Irish in primetime at Ann Arbor.

Minnesota Hoping Gray Can Become Better Passer

MarQueis Gray has all the talent in the world. He has good vision when scrambling out of the pocket, but he hasn't shown that he can hit his targets efficiently.

The Daily Gopher recently ranked the Big Ten's quarterbacks, and showing no favoritism, ranked Gray as the 11th best quarterback in the league.

"... [Gray's] unproven as a starter, is having to learn a new offense, and while we know the man-child can run the ball, the real question is going to be how well he throws it," said The Daily Gopher, "I'm predicting a rocky first couple of weeks throwing the ball...he'll be much better and more comfortable by November."

Gray will return his best option in wide receiver Da'Jon McKnight, as well as running back DeLeon Eskridge.

Illinois Lands 2012 Recruit

Rated as a three-star recruit by, wide receiver J.J. Robertson garnered the attention of Ron Zook and the Illinois coaching staff this offseason; eventually offering the Illinois native a scholarship.

Robertson has verbally committed to the Illini, giving Zook his second commitment for 2012.

The 6-foot-0, 185 pound receiver compiled 23 catches for 615 yards and nine touchdowns in his junior season at Lincoln Way East High School.

Between Illinois' two 2012 commitments, both are wide receivers, with the other being Elliot Faerber, another three-star recruit according to

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