Afternoon roundup: OSU defenders seek redemption

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

RANTOUL, Ill. -- I took off my Illinois blinders for a few minutes to look around the league. Here's what I found.

  • Three Michigan State freshmen face one of the vaguest charges I've ever heard -- "failure to obey the police" -- after a June 30 incident. The Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode has the story. Defensive end Cameron Jude, one of the three, should be in the mix for playing time this fall.

  • A Wisconsin injury update from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus. Several key players sat out Wednesday's first practice, including quarterback Allan Evridge [hamstring], defensive end Kirk DeCremer (back), cornerback Aaron Henry (knee) and running back John Clay (ankle).

  • After the title game flop, Ohio State's defense is hoping to change its national perception this fall, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.

  • The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Mike Rothstein has a good interview with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, a former Notre Dame assistant. Alvarez commented on having his own statue in Madison.

"You always feel like when they put a statue up, the guy's dead. It's different, though."