Big Ten FB: The Five on Five (7-12-11)

Topics: Juco help in Indiana, new linebackers coach in Columbus, and the release of NCAA Football 12.

Indiana Lands JC Running Back
After rushing for 1,082 yards and five touchdowns at Independence (Kan.) Community College, Stephen Houston garnered the attention of a few Division I schools.

?With three years of eligibility remaining, Houston committed to Indiana this past weekend in hopes of competing for some touches over the course of the season. Indiana is weak in the backfield with Darius Willis and Antonio Banks battling injuries and three inexperienced underclassmen that could see more time than expected.

The addition of Houston, who was a standout hurdler in high school, only helps new head coach Kevin Wilson.

"You'd like to think with six bodies that you'd get a couple or three to stick," said Wilson.


Linebacker U Lands Three-Star Recruit
Expected to play somewhere on the outside in Happy Valley, Nyeem Wartman of Valley View (Pa.) HS hopes to be a key cog someday for Penn State's historical linebacker core.

A three-star recruit by Scout.com, Wartman tends to rely on his athleticism more times than not, especially when he gets in the open field in one-on-one situations.

Wartman had multiple big-named schools targeting him, such as Florida, Boston College and Northwestern.


Ohio State Adds Former NFL linebacker Mike Vrabel to Staff
The 15-year veteran linebacker compiled 742 career tackles and 11 interceptions in career that featured multiple Super Bowl victories with the New England Patriots.

However, Vrabel, in the midst of an NFL lockout, announced his retirement from the game he loves. After hearing of his retirement, NFL fans soon learned that Vrabel had already found a job: coaching at Ohio State University.

With new head coach Luke Fickell, who played with Vrabel in college, the Buckeyes needed to find a new linebackers coach; Fickell was the team's linebackers coach since 2005.

?Vrabel will begin his new job today.


Ohio State Recruit Switches to Michigan
It's always been a rivalry, but now, there's some more fuel to the fire as Ohio State's top 2012 recruit, offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, decided to back out of his commitment to Ohio State and head to Michigan.

Kalis, a five-star recruit on Scout.com, changed his mind after Ohio State's legal troubles began to pile up.

As Kalis put it, he didn't want to "take penalties for something [he] never did." He also noted that there may be more recruits from the state of Ohio heading over to Michigan.

?At 6-5, 306 pounds, Kalis should find himself starting for Michigan at some point early on in his collegiate career, especially with his only knock being his arm length -- something that he overcomes with his raw power and strength, as well as his so-called "nasty streak".


NCAA 12 Big Ten Team Ratings

By now, many college football fans have already ripped off the protective covering to their new NCAA Football 12 game.

But for those of you that haven't purchased the game yet, here's how all the Big Ten teams rank overall.

Ohio State (6) is the top dog in the conference, while Wisconsin (11), Michigan State (15) and Nebraska (16) round out the Top 25 overall. The highest rated team outside of the Top 25 is Penn State (28), followed by Michigan (33), Northwestern (35) and Iowa (38) in the Top 50.

Illinois (61), Purdue (78), Minnesota (79) and Indiana (83) round out the Top 100.

- Josh Harvey -


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