Big Ten links: Hampton doesn't need surgery

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Filling in for Adam again. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

•Iowa running back Jewel Hampton is not going to have surgery for his knee injury and should be ready for the Hawkeyes' season opener, according to WHO-AM (1040).

•Michigan tight end Kevin Koger thinks he'll have an even bigger role in the offense this season.

•Athlon Sports writes that Michigan State is no longer playing second fiddle to Michigan.

•Ohio State freshman running back Carlos Hyde didn't report with the other freshmen last month -- his eligibility is hampered by a low ACT score.

•Penn State nabbed its 12th verbal commitment for its 2010 recruiting class with the addition of Orchard Park, Mich., quarterback Robert Bolden.