Behind Enemy Lines: Big Ten Spring Football

This week every Big Ten football coach took time to update his team's progress from spring ball, and we've got the highlights. Not surprisingly, optimism was high across the land as coaches look for new stars to replace the old studs.

Big Ten spring football is in full swing from Pennsylvania to Ohio to Illinois to Nebraska, and the league's head coach all took time out of their busy schedules to share with the media some of the goings on with their teams.

Michigan's Brady Hoke and Ohio State's Jim Tressel started each day with lots of talk about their respective quarterback situations, Bo Pelini spoke about the progress the Nebraska offense is making this spring, Pat Fitzgerald named some up-and-coming Northwestern defensive players, Mark Dantonio endorsed the development of his offensive and defensive lines at Michigan State, Jerry Kill discussed rebuilding Minnesota, Kirk Ferentz talked about Iowa running back depth, new Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said he believes the Hoosiers need to work on closing out games, Bret Bielema bragged about his Wisconsin tight ends, Ron Zook identified players trying to replace his three biggest stars from last year's Illinois team, Danny Hopes said he was happy to have a healthy spring at Purdue and Joe Paterno talked about not only his next Penn State team but also the state of college football.

The conference broke the interviews down by divisions, so we've got two parts. Click here to read about the Leaders division (a.k.a., the division with the Buckeyes) and click here to read about the Legends division (a.k.a., the division with Michigan).


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