The East-West Shrine Game is nearly here (Saturday, 3 p.m. ET), and final preparations are under way in Orlando. ESPN's Scouts Inc. has been watching all of the practices as 11 Big Ten players get ready for the game.
The Scouts Inc. folks have watched Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield all week as the All-Big Ten standout transitions from playing defensive end in college to linebacker in the NFL. Schofield's speed made him particularly tough to handle this fall in the Big Ten, but at just 248 pounds, he's a better fit for outside linebacker in a 3-4 system at the pro level. Schofield ranked second in the Big Ten in both sacks (12) and tackles for loss (24.5) this season.
Todd McShay writes of Schofield: "He's reacting and just playing now instead of needing that split second to think about what he's supposed to be doing. He has good, quick feet. Maybe the quickest feet on anyone here and that will help him. Give him lots of credit for hanging in there in what had to be a frustrating week at times and for getting better and better as the week went on."
Here are some other Big Ten-related comments from Thursday's practice session:
"Penn State QB Daryll Clark has struggled with his accuracy during drills. He's not doing a good job of throwing with rhythm when hitting his back foot."
"Michigan State WR Blair White made a nice catch snagging the ball at the highest point on a fade route. It was just in a drill with no DBs, but for a guy who has been trapping the ball way too much here, it was worth noting how he used his hands here."
"Purdue DT Mike Neal is showing very good first step quickness during bag drills. He's been lining up next to LSU DE Rahim Alem and beat Alem off the line three straight times. That's saying a little something since Alem is a DE while Neal is a DT. Neal is having a very strong week."