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Big Ten lunch links

Smell that? Camp is in the air.

  • Michigan believed it had a future star during training camp last August, but then wide receiver Amara Darboh was lost to injury. The Wolverines are counting on him to get back to the level he was at a year ago.

  • A detailed look at reasons Penn State can rise to contention in the East Division.

  • Not surprisingly, Oregon and a "statement game" aren't far from the minds of Michigan State as it reports for practice.

  • Drug charges were dismissed as former Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest to an amended charge of attempted failure to comply with a police order. His status with the Buckeyes hasn't been reevaluated by Urban Meyer.

  • Steered by sports, Nebraska safety Corey Cooper stays on the right path to success.

  • Purdue defensive coordinator Greg Hudson is motivated heading into camp and "sick and tired of being 1-11."

  • Converted linebacker Alec James provides a perfect example of what Wisconsin is trying to build on the defensive line.

  • Gary Nova isn't officially the starting quarterback at Rutgers yet, but he's likely to be the pick and his relationship with offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen could be crucial if the program is going to surprise in the Big Ten.

  • Iowa was left out of the preseason top 25 by the coaches. Might that be a good thing for the Hawkeyes?

  • There's little doubt Minnesota can run the football. Will the passing attack move up from last in the Big Ten this fall?