Big Ten notes: Minnesota's Bennett out for year

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Some quick Big Ten happenings before delving back into the Buckeyes.

Minnesota's worst fears came true as starting running back Duane Bennett suffered a torn ACL against Bowling Green and will miss the rest of the season. Bennett was terrific against the Falcons, rushing for 100 yards and finishing with 148 all-purpose yards in the big road win. He looked like the running back the Gophers have been looking for, so coach Tim Brewster now will turn to freshmen DeLeon Eskridge and Shady Salamon.

The news is much better for starting center Jeff Tow-Arnett, listed as week-to-week after injuring his knee on the same play as Bennett. Left guard Ned Tavale is also day-to-day with an injury, so several redshirt freshmen could start Saturday against Montana State.


  • Penn State coach Joe Paterno didn't say when suspended starting defensive linemen Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma could return to the field. Quarterback Daryll Clark and wideout Derrick Williams should be fine for Saturday's game against Syracuse.

  • Michigan State's newfound depth in the secondary will be put to the test. The Spartans already are without safety Roderick Jenrette (leave of absence), and starter Kendell Davis-Clark could miss the Florida Atlantic game after sustaining an undisclosed injury. Davis-Clark moved from cornerback to safety to take Jenrette's place, and coach Mark Dantonio might make the same move with Ross Weaver, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News.

  • Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis expects to see Michigan running back Carlos Brown at quarterback for the Wolverines on Saturday, the Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder writes in his blog.

  • Iowa's already surging offense gets a big boost Saturday with the return of starting tight end Tony Moeaki and reserve wideout Trey Stross, coach Kirk Ferentz announced today.

Ferentz also said there won't be a quarterback rotation Saturday against Iowa State. It's Ricky Stanzi's job -- for now.

"I'm sure Rick will do well but there are a lot of unknowns," Ferentz said."It's not like we're ready to crown him king or anything like that."