Quarterback was a big question mark last year. What are your hopes for the position in 2011?
JP: I'm not sure quarterback was as big a question mark as you might think. It took a good part of the season to do the kinds of things we wanted to do offensively. But it wasn't necessarily a quarterback issue. We would like for our quarterback situation to settle in some this season.
SI: HOW ARE YOU CONTEMPLATING THAT STRETCH AGAINST NEBRASKA, OHIO STATE AND WISCONSIN?
JP: I DON'T THINK ANYONE DID US ANY FAVORS, ESPECIALLY AT A TIME WHEN YOU'RE USUALLY BANGED UP. BUT IT GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCK IT UP, GO ON A RUN AND MAYBE GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN.
What makes Devon Still so difficult to block?
JP: You would have to ask the opponents. Devon works at it and has the size and intangibles that make him difficult to deal with up front.
You've won national championships and Rose Bowls. What would it mean to win the first Big Ten championship game?
JP: It would be great for our program, the fans and our alumni. We have a lot of work to get there, but I think we're willing to do it.