Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Spring is in the air, even if there's snow on the ground outside my window.
Penn State's defensive line is in top form, forcing coach Joe Paterno to limit quarterback Daryll Clark's reps, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
"We're much further along offensively than I thought we would be at this point and time in the spring based on the amount of the inexperience we have at the quarterback position and the receiver position," he said.
Wisconsin's red zone defense continues to be a headache for Bret Bielema, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Defensive end Brendan Kelly hopes to remedy the problem after a broken thumb cut short his 2008 season, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Ohio State is emphasizing physical play up front early in spring ball, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Offensive line and cornerback are among the key issues facing the Buckeyes, May and Ken Gordine write in The Dispatch.
Illinois wide receiver Jarred Fayson, a transfer from Florida, has overcome personal tragedy and is turning heads this spring in Champaign, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
The pistol offense gives Indiana a chance to be much better in 2009, Chris Korman writes in The Herald-Times (subscription required).