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March 1, 2007
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Only three Big Ten teams will have the same starting quarterback in 2007 that opened the season in 2006.
Two freshmen and one sophomore emerged as starters during last season and hope to lead their teams to new heights. Illinois has a dynamic playmaker in Juice Williams, albeit one whose accuracy (39.5 percent) must improve. Indiana's Kellen Lewis wound up a Rivals.com Freshman All-American. At Northwestern, an offense that had been shaky at best found some legs under C.J. Bacher, who passed for more than 200 yards in each of his five starts.
The departed QBs could be a Big Ten "Mt. Passmore." Gone are longtime starters Troy Smith at Ohio State, John Stocco at Wisconsin, Bryan Cupito at Minnesota and the Drews, Stanton of Michigan State and Tate of Iowa. Look for fresh faces in all of those places.
Here's a quick look around the Big Ten as spring practice draws near: