The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday.

First-year coach Ryan Day of defending conference champion Ohio State insisted after the Buckeyes’ spring game last Saturday he hadn’t decided between Georgia transfer Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin, who spent much of last season rehabbing a knee injury. Baldwin announced he would transfer on Thursday, erasing any doubt that Fields, the biggest acquisition of the offseason, would be the starter.

Penn State appears set to go with junior Sean Clifford after fifth-year senior Tommy Stevens entered the NCAA transfer portal. His father told the Centre Daily Times his son is “certainly leaving.”

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (14) rolls out of the pocket against Kent State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Knight, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (14) rolls out of the pocket against Kent State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Knight, File)

Two incumbents in the East Division face challenges. Indiana’s Peyton Ramsey is competing against redshirt freshmen Michael Penix Jr. and Utah transfer Jack Tuttle. Rutgers’ Arthur Sitkowski will try to hold off challenges from freshman Cole Snyder and possibly Boston College transfer Johnny Langan, who is applying for a waiver to become eligible immediately.

At Maryland, new coach Mike Locksley looked at Tyrrell Pigrome, Max Bortenschlager and Tyler DeSue this spring before Virginia Tech graduate transfer Josh Jackson arrives this summer.

Defending West Division champion Northwestern must replace four-year starter Clayton Thorson, and former Clemson backup Hunter Johnson is expected to have the inside track against fifth-year senior TJ Green.

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Wisconsin freshman Graham Mertz has come on strong and is in position to beat out Jack Coan. The junior started four games in place of an injured Alex Hornibrook, who left for Florida State as a graduate transfer.

Zack Annexstad and Tanner Morgan, who split the job as freshmen, will continue their competition at Minnesota; and MJ Rivers, Matt Robinson and Coran Taylor are in a battle at Illinois with four-star freshman Isaiah Williams arriving in the fall.

SINDELAR SHUT DOWN

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, center, rushes the ball in the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Temple in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, center, rushes the ball in the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Temple in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar, set to take over for David Blough, put a scare into the Boilermakers when he hyperextended his left knee. He was hurt when defensive lineman Grant Hermanns stepped on his left foot during a drill.

Sindelar won the starting job in preseason camp last year but kept it only two games because of knee tendinitis and an injured oblique muscle. He didn’t take another snap the rest of the season. He said last week he would be ready for summer conditioning.

OHIO STATE O-LINE

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson celebrates after throwing a touchdown against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)
FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson celebrates after throwing a touchdown against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

Offensive line is Ohio State’s biggest concern entering fall. Only one starter returns — left tackle Thayer Munford — and he didn’t participate in spring practice because of injury. Five-star recruit Harry Miller and graduate transfer Jonah Jackson from Rutgers are among the offensive linemen who will join the team this summer.

“We’ve got the cavalry coming,” Day told reporters.

SPEED UP, SLOW DOWN

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar, left, throws against Arizona during the first half of the Foster Farms Bowl NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar, left, throws against Arizona during the first half of the Foster Farms Bowl NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Michigan’s offense, often criticized for being stodgy, is being revamped. New offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is putting in the no-huddle, spread system featuring lots of run-pass options.

“It’s night and day,” quarterback Shea Patterson said. “As far as the similarities, I think there are very few of them.”

At Indiana, new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer may slow things down. Whoever wins the QB job — Ramsey or one of his two challengers — will take snaps from under center at times instead of out of the shotgun.

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Clemson's Hunter Johnson (15) looks to pass against Miami during the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Clemson’s Hunter Johnson (15) looks to pass against Miami during the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

Ramsey said he likes having the freedom to audible out of bad plays, something he had less ability to do the previous two seasons. Slowing down also should help the Hoosiers control the clock, which could help keep the defense fresher late in games.

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

Nebraska’s defensive line has two sets of brothers in major roles. Twins Carlos and Khalil Davis are going into their third seasons and Darrion Daniels, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, joins Damion this year. Darrion Daniels started 10 games two years ago but was limited to four games last season because of a pinky injury that required surgery.

FILE - In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Ohio State offensive lineman Thayer Munford blocks during their spring NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
FILE – In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Ohio State offensive lineman Thayer Munford blocks during their spring NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

“It’s just a good feeling to see my brother with the same color of jersey again, being on the sideline with him, coaching him up, him coaching me up, giving each other tips, calming each other down when we get heated,” Darrion said. “It’s something special.”

NEW COORDINATORS

The Big Ten has four new offensive coordinators and six new defensive coordinators.

Offense, with previous job: Michigan, Gattis, co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Alabama; Michigan State, Brad Salem, Spartans’ quarterbacks coach; Maryland, Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina head coach; and Indiana, DeBoer, offensive coordinator at Fresno State.

Defense: Ohio State co-coordinators, Greg Mattison, Michigan defensive line coach, and Jeff Hafley, San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach; Maryland, Jon Hoke, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach; Indiana, Kane Wommack, Hoosiers’ linebackers coach; Rutgers, Andy Buh, Maryland defensive coordinator; and Minnesota, Joe Rossi, defensive line coach and interim coordinator.

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