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Players to Watch
Minnesota is coming off its first winning season since 2005, but the Gophers lost their final five games after starting 7--1. Third-year coach TIM BREWSTER is junking the spread in favor of a pro-style attack. JEDD FISCH, formerly the Broncos' receivers coach, was hired as offensive coordinator, and the 33-year-old veteran of eight NFL seasons has set about fixing a ground game that last year averaged 104 yards a game and 3.1 yards per rush, both Big Ten lows.... Another team looking to improve its running game is Indiana, where third-year offensive coordinator MATT CANADA is experimenting with the pistol, which combines the shotgun and the I formation. Key to this transition will be the play of redshirt freshman tailback DARIUS WILLIS, who, at 6 feet, 219 pounds, possesses size and speed.... On a Purdue offense bereft of playmakers, freshman running back AL-TEREK MCBURSE stands out. A four-star recruit who turned down offers from Georgia Tech and Miami, the 6-foot, 204-pound native of Winter Springs, Fla., enrolled in January, only to miss spring ball while awaiting NCAA clearance. He's a threat as both a runner and a receiver.