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Scarlet and Gray Game this Saturday April 19
Spring Game Is Today, Saturday April 19

BigTenNetwork.com Live Stream of Ohio State Spring Game
For the first time, fans that cannot attend the game and live outside the Columbus viewing area will be able to watch the action live via stream at BigTenNetwork.com.

Your Scarlet And Gray Game Primer
April 18, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "be prepared for Saturday's game (1:30 p.m.) by checking out our primer. We look at the rosters and have a number of notes on the spring-ending scrimmage. Click this for more...."

Nearly 25 years ago Mike Tomczak and Cris Carter called Ohio Stadium home. Saturday the two former teammates will be reunited on the field at the Horseshoe as honorary coaches for Ohio State's annual Scarlet and Gray spring game. Tomczak will coach for the Scarlet team while Carter coaches with the Gray team. TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE. Tickets may only be purchased in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center during normal business hours, or on game day at the stadium beginning at 9:30am. Game day ticket sales at the stadium will be CASH ONLY.

OSU has a few position battles
April 19, 2008 Source: The Morning Journal - "YOU know it's going to be a good year when the biggest problem is finding a competent fullback...As spring concludes, here is a look at the few position battles, in order of importance, and how they stand entering fall camp..."

Offense to trot out its pony backfield
April 19, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Here's a spring game promotion you won't see too often: The first 105,000 people in Ohio Stadium today get a pony. No, they don't actually get a pony, but they will get a look at what the Buckeyes are calling their "pony backfield" -- two tailbacks on the field at once. Ohio State has been tinkering with its offense throughout spring practice, with an increased emphasis on quick, short passes..."

OSU Kicker Ryan PretoriusSpring Football Player Profile: Ryan Pretorius
April 18, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - " Ryan Pretorius, Durban, South Africa, played rugby and soccer in high school and cites his favorite sports as “anything with a ball.” Football being no exception, he decided to visit the United States with the intention of possibly playing the sport on a collegiate level. After submitting tapes of himself to various programs, he was offered the spot of a preferred walk-on at Ohio State in 2004...'I try to build on confidence and that comes from experience,' Pretorius said. 'I’ve been blessed with the experiences I’ve had here. I am extremely confident going into this season.'..."

Bucknotes: Spring Standouts, Kiper Vs. McShay, More
April 18, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "In this edition of Dave Biddle's blog, Bucknotes, Dave takes a look at which Ohio State players helped themselves the most this spring, and which individuals dug themselves a hole. Also discussed is the battle of ESPN NFL draft gurus -- Mel Kiper and Todd McShay..."

Kick returns get special attention
April 18, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Ohio State failed to meet its high standards on special teams last season, and kickoff returns were a big reason why. Even though the Buckeyes played for a national title, they were only middle of the pack in kickoff coverage (57th nationally) and punt returns (58th). They allowed two kickoff-return touchdowns, and four of their field goal attempts were blocked. But the kickoff returns weren't even close to middling. Ohio State ranked 117th -- third to last -- and averaged 17.65 yards per return..."

Spring Game Outlook 2008 (Defensive Backs)
April 18, 2008 Source: DottingtheI.com - "After spending six months listening to college football analysts discuss the dominate “SEC speed” and the lack there of in the Buckeye secondary, defensive coordinator Jim Heacock and DB coaches Paul Haynes and Taver Johnson decided it was time to erase those perceptions and start anew..."

Spring Game Outlook 2008 (Linebackers)
April 17, 2008 Source: DottingtheI.com - "...With one of the deepest and most skilled sets of linebackers heading into the ‘08 season, OSU fans should begin to stockpile their no. 1, 33, 51 and 55 jerseys before the prices skyrocket at every major Buckeye apparel store in Columbus. When seniors James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman decided they would remain in school for one more season and try and bring a national championship home to the banks of the Olentangy it sent shockwaves around Big Ten country..."

OSU All American tackle Alex BooneSpring Football Player Profile: Alex Boone
April 17, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "No one on the team cracks more jokes or likes to mess with teammates more than the Lakewood, Ohio, native. Boone keeps things loose in the locker room, but also is a commanding presence at 6 foot, 8 inches and 313 pounds. Two years ago after the national championship game loss to Florida, it was Boone – then a sophomore – who demanded more from his teammates. Boone became a leader that night and hasn’t relinquished his post. Almost assured of a first-round selection after last season, Boone could have entered the NFL draft. However, he stayed and is having fun another year with his friends. 'The spring is just about coming together as a team,' he said. 'We love to get out and play and to pack (Ohio) Stadium would be great. But these are my friends. You can never go 100 percent against them.'..."

OSU kicker Ryan Pretorius

OSU kicker Aaron Pettrey
Kick Scrimmage Notebook: Gray Wins, Scarlet Walks
April 17, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State held its twice-annual special teams scrimmage on Thursday and the Gray emerged with a 38-24 victory over the Scarlet. The losing team had to walk from Ohio Stadium back to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. We have a jam-packed recap, including comments from A.J. Trapasso, Jon Thoma, Ryan Pretorius, Aaron Pettrey and Jake McQuaide..."

Pretorius on solid ground as kicker
April 18, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch

Special Units Report
April 18, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "...'I was hitting from 60+ today during warmups. My leg felt real good. I hit a 56-yarder at the end of the scrimmage,' Pettry said...Ryan Pretorious, had a good day kicking as well. Like Pettry, Pretorious had two misses but had none blocked. 'I actually had a 50-yarder to start off the game and there was a penalty on defense and they made me kick it over from closer. Then I missed,' said Pretorious..."

McQuaide Hoping to be Next Buckeye You Forget
April 18, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "We talked to one Buckeye whose task it is to try to be one of the most forgettable Buckeyes on the roster this season..."

Avoiding those blocked field goals
April 18, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio State's national championship loss in January may have turned on a block field goal. So that's all been fixed this spring, right?..."

Kick Scrimmage Notebook: Gray Wins, Scarlet Walks
April 17, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State held its twice-annual special teams scrimmage on Thursday and the Gray emerged with a 38-24 victory over the Scarlet. The losing team had to walk from Ohio Stadium back to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. We have a jam-packed recap, including comments from A.J. Trapasso, Jon Thoma, Ryan Pretorius, Aaron Pettrey and Jake McQuaide..."

Melvin Fellows,  6-foot-5 255 lb, defensive end from Garfield Heights (OH)No such thing as a gentlemen's agreement
April 17, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Chronology of a controversy-Two weeks ago, Tressel was asked if there was a 'gentlemen's agreement' among league coaches to leave other schools' committed recruits alone. He responded, 'I guess only among gentlemen.' Last weekend, Tressel was asked to clarify his feelings on the subject. He said, 'If a kid tells us he's going somewhere else, that's it.'...These days, with multimillion-dollar contracts and ever-increasing pressure, many coaches believe they have to nab blue-chip players at all costs. And that means continuing to contact recruits even if they have committed elsewhere..."

2009 OSU Commits

Off TopicCongress wants to determine if BCS is illegal enterprise
April 17, 2008 Source: ESPN.com - "Forget government corruption or corporate fraud. Three members of Congress want the Justice Department to investigate whether college football's Bowl Championship Series is an illegal enterprise...'Who elected these NCAA people? Who are they to decide who competes for the championship?' -- Rep. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat from Hawaii..."

OSU still dealing with championship losses
April 17, 2008 Source: SportingNews.com - "Spring is the time for college football teams to be optimistic...Make no mistake about it: Ohio State is loaded with talent and knows it. At the same time, the Buckeyes have yet to erase from their memory banks those lopsided losses to Florida (41-14) and LSU (38-24) in the last two Bowl Championship Series title games..."

Team representatives Alex Boone for the Scarlet and Marcus Freeman for the Gray with Coach TresselSpring Game Draft Full of Laughs, Trash Talk
April 16, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "The 2008 Ohio State Spring Game Player Draft often provides many laughs and this year was no exception. With team representatives Alex Boone for the Scarlet and Marcus Freeman for the Gray jawing back and forth throughout the draft, it was comical for all those in attendance. The annual Scarlet and Gray game takes place this Saturday in Ohio Stadium. It will consist of four 11 minute quarters with the new clock rules in effect, including the just implemented 40-second play clock..."

Listen to the audioAudio: Alex Boone
Audio: Malcolm Jenkins
Audio: James Laurinaitis

Photo GalleryPhoto Gallery2008 Spring Football Game Player Draft
Source: OSU Official Site

Scarlet Captain Alex Boone holds up the jersey of number one overall pick Thaddeus GibsonGibson Taken No. 1 In Spring Game Draft
April 16, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson was taken as the first pick in Wednesday's Scarlet and Gray Game draft. The seniors on the Ohio State football team congregated to choose up sides for Saturday's spring-ending scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. Click here for more details. Story updated with notes and quotes..."

Scarlet and Gray Draft Report
April 17, 2008 Source: The Ozone

Complete Srping Game Draft from Start to Finish
April 16, 2008 Source: BuckeyeGrove.com

Ray small vs PSU last season (2007)Tressel forced to take a number
April 16, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "There's nothing figurative about Ray Small's fall from grace -- he wears it on his back. As part of his punishment for a mystery transgression, the Ohio State receiver this spring was stripped of his No. 4 and given No. 82..."

Buckeyes rich with wealth of tight ends
April 15, 2008 Source: Toledo Blade - "...At Ohio State, the tight ends labor in that shadow, blocking like linemen, catching passes like receivers, and comfortable in their obscurity. They play a critical position that receives precious little recognition...Rory Nicol (6-5, 250) will be a senior in the fall and returns as the primary starter, although his contact work this spring has been limited due to a tender hamstring. Junior Jake Ballard (6-7, 255) was used a lot in 2007 in the two tight end sets, and has plenty of big-game experience. Seniors Brandon Smith (6-3, 240) and J.D. Larson are the backups..."

OSU Spring Game Will Be On TV...Sort Of
April 15, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "Just as in the previous six years, you are going to be able to watch the OSU spring football game on television this year. Were it only so simple. For the past six years the OSU spring football game has been televised live in the Columbus area and around Ohio by WBNS television in Columbus and around the state on the Ohio News Network. That won't be the case this year...Griesdorn said his organization wanted to do the broadcast again this year but was unable to do so when it could not get permission to air it live from the Big Ten Network which now owns the rights to the game..."

Big Ten Spring Football - What's Happening?
April 15, 2008 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "What You Need To Know For Each Team: Ohio State- Terrelle Who? ... Lost in all the hype and excitement of getting super-recruit Terrelle Pryor is the quarterback the Buckeyes already have: Todd Boeckman. The Buckeye starter has been excellent this spring throwing the deep ball better than ever. He's playing like a veteran who can be a top producer for the offense rather than just be along for the ride while the running game and the defense lead the team to wins. With Pryor coming in this summer, it's up to Antonio Henton and Joe Bauserman to establish themselves now, and neither one has stood out...Keeping Beanie Under Wraps ... Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel didn't get to where he is by being dumb. He's keeping his star, RB Chris Wells, out of action to let a banged up wrist heal. As it turns out, Wells was far less than 100% healthy throughout his fantastic sophomore season, when he ran for 1,609 yards with 15 touchdowns. With Wells limited, it's allowed Brandon Saine, one of the fastest backs in the bunch and a possible slot receiver, Daniel Herron, and veteran Maurice Wells to get plenty of good work in to create more experienced and developed depth..."

Spring Intro – Defensive Line
April 15, 2008 Source: Buckeye Commentary - "For the most part, the overall defense performed better than the 2006 version. So, why didn’t always feel that way? Why was Jake Locker moving the ball at will in mid-September? How was Wisconsin cranking out multiple 70+ yard drives in the first half? Why was Illinois’ running gaming unstoppable in the fourth quarter? I know those are isolated incidents but they have stuck out for me this off-season. In an effort to help, I will continue with the budget graphic illustrations. They help me reconcile the Buckeyes performance over the past few years..."

Spring Preview - Offensive Line: Hold That Line
April 13, 2008 Source: Buckeye Commentary - "Last season: The Ohio State offense virtually reinvented itself in 2007. The O-line was no exception. There were personnel losses but the all-important tackles returned, which allowed the Buckeyes offensive line to put up substantially similar numbers. The following graphs illustrate the 2007 offensive line's results, and in a couple of categories the results are almost identical to the 2006 offensive line. The 2007 version continued the trend of the last few years..."

Spring Game Outlook 2008 (Defensive Line)
April 15, 2008 Source: DottingtheI.com - "Last season, Ohio State’s defensive line (#1 Nationally in Total Defense, Scoring Defense) used a combination of speed, two-deep rotation, game plan recognition and skill to justify the statement: a front four united will equal an opposing offense divided. Entering the ‘07 season with the daunting task of replacing All- Big Ten lineman Quinn Pitcock, David Patterson and Jay Richardson..."

Spring Outlook ‘08 (Offensive Line)
April 14, 2008 Source: DottingtheI.com - "The Buckeyes return all but one starter to the ‘08 squad (Kirk Barton-graduated) and added the best offensive line recruiting class in the nation. Mike Adams, J.B. Shugarts, and Mike Brewster were all Army All-Americans and will anchor the OSU offensive line of the future. They consider themselves “Block O”..."

Brian Hartline makes a catch against Whisky last season (2007)Spring Football Player Profile: Brian Hartline
April 14, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Speed and agility, quick feet and soft hands. Adjectives associated with today’s top wide receivers. To be the best, athletes are striving to refine the characteristics required. For Ohio State’s Brian Hartline, improvement and consistent growth is constant theme for himself and his teammates this spring. 'In order to keep the great Ohio State wide receiver tradition alive, we need to gain more depth, get healthy and learn more football,' Hartline said. 'Looking back on last year, I can see how much I’ve grown and I feel comfortable jumping right into spring practice and becoming a better player.'..."

Chris Wells rambles for a big gain against TSUN  last season (2007)Spring Football Player Profile: Chris 'Beanie' Wells
April 5, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "The inevitable junior season. It’s the year in many collegiate football players’ lives to make that one decision that will affect their entire future. Following the 2007 season, a total of 53 athletes made that life-changing decision to leave college a year early and declare for the National Football League draft. However, for one member of the Ohio State football team, the decision that looms in the future isn’t a hard one to make. 'In order for me to be the best running back I can be, I have to stay here for four years,' Chris Wells said. 'It is not going to be my last year at Ohio State.'..."

QB Antonio Henton during the Spring Jersey scrimmageFor OSU, overlooking Henton could be a mistake
April 13, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...What if Henton, the spring shadow-dweller, is another Troy Smith? That's what some of his teammates were saying about him after last year's spring game, when he was just a freshman and before Boeckman won the starting job..."

Back of the line
April 13, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Coach Jim Tressel wouldn't give details on why one of his starting cornerbacks, Donald Washington, and backup safeties Jamario O'Neal and Eugene Clifford are in trouble, but they are in the doghouse. Or as Tressel put it: 'Sometimes when you don't do what you're supposed to do, you lose your car keys.' O'Neal and Clifford had to watch the scrimmage; Washington took part but with the second- and third-string defenses. He was replaced on the first team by Chimdi Chekwa. The murmur was that all three could face at least a one-game suspension this season, but Tressel indicated that wasn't necessarily the case. 'Everything they do (from now until fall camp) will have an impact on that, absolutely,' he said."

OSU football team officials mum on DBs' status
April 11, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "While their teammates practiced Friday, they just ran. Ohio State defensive backs Donald Washington, Jamario O'Neal and Eugene Clifford did not take part in drills or scrimmages at OSU practice, a potential indication that their availability for future games could be in doubt. Washington is a starting cornerback, and O'Neal and Clifford are backup safeties..."

Rumor Mill Upstages OSU Practice Photo Op and Interview Opportunity
April 12, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "The Buckeye receiving corps was front and center with media members yesterday, but the rumor mill upstaged them a bit..."

Mr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets
April 13, 2008 Source: Bucknuts - "Mr. Bucknuts presents us with an all-new Bucket. Inside you will find rants about college football coaches and he makes an odd comparison of Ohio State to Notre Dame recruiting. Plus, there are the inevitable spring reports along with some inane comments and completely subjective analysis – all in this week’s Bucket of Bullets..."

OSU Head Coach Jim TresselOffense Wins Jersey Scrimmage, 55-44
April 12, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jim Tressel On the scrimmage: 'We got about 125 plays in; we were looking to get in between 120 and 135 so it worked out well. I am anxious to see the film to look at how some guys are coming along. There are a few obvious things; Brandon Saine is getting more comfortable with his position and is going to be a good receiver for us as well. Boom Herron is also coming along.' (and player quotes)..."

Listen to the audioAudio: Jim Tressel
Head coach Jim Tressel spoke with the Columbus media after Saturday's scrimmage.

Listen to the audioAudio: Todd Boeckman
Quarterback Todd Boeckman talks about his play after Saturday's scrimmage.

Audio: Malcolm Jenkins
Malcolm Jenkins talks with reporters following Saturday's scrimmage.

The-Ozone Jersey Scrimmage Note and Quotebook
April 13, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "The Keys, Multi-tasking; Scrimmage Standouts and Weapon Unveiled; they're all covered..."

Ten thoughts on the jersey scrimmage
April 12, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Thoughts and observations from Saturday's Ohio State jersey scrimmage, won by the offense 55-44 under a modified scoring system that dooms the defense if it doesn't force turnovers. And there wasn't a single turnover, just four touchdowns - two Todd Boeckman to Brian Hartline passes, a Brandon Saine run, and a crossing route caught by walk-on Ricky Crawford from Antonio Henton..."

Offense Retains Jerseys, Wins Scrimmage 55-44
April 12, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Senior quarterback Todd Boeckman threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns, both going to Brian Hartline, as the offensive unit rolled to a 55-44 win over the defense in Saturday's jersey scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. The defense was unable to force any turnovers in the 125-play scrimmage, although it combined for nine sacks. Story updated at 2 p.m. with notes and quotes..."

OSU Head Coach Jim TresselRanking the BCS coaches
April 10, 2008 Source: Sporting News.com - Tom Dienhart writes: "For the second year in a row, the effervescent USC big boss tops my ranking of the 66 BCS coaches. Carroll has built the closest thing to a dynasty in college football, stockpiling wins and talent in building a King Kong program in southern California..." (Where does JT appear in his rankings?)

Safety Net: Haynes Wants Improvement, Depth
April 9, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Ohio State's safeties all return this season and assistant coach Paul Haynes is optimistic about his group. Junior starters Kurt Coleman and Anderson Russell are solid and the Buckeyes also have depth with Jamario O'Neal, Eugene Clifford and many others. We caught up with Haynes for a detailed look at the safety position..."

OSU DB Donald WashintonSpring Football Player Profile: Donald Washington
April 9, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Playing on the nation’s top-ranked defense and alongside of All-American Malcolm Jenkins does not present cornerback Donald Washington much limelight of his own. But the two-year starter is quite content in his situation. 'I look at every year like my breakout year,” Washington said. “Going in, you just try to do the best you can to help your team because good contributions to the defense helps bring success for the team. I do my best for the team because as the team gets noticed, the individuals get noticed.'..."

2008 Spring Football Central
Source: OSU Official Site - "...check this page throughout spring practice for recaps, interviews, photos, audio and player profiles. Players scheduled to be featured include: James Laurinaitis, Nader Abdallah, Chris Wells, Marcus Freeman, Donald Washington, Rory Nicol, Brian Hartline and Ryan Pretorius..."

The-Ozone Note and Quotebook
April 9, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "Change for a Nickel, Safety Shuffle, DB Two-deep, and Blaster from the Past; they're all covered in the-Ozone Note and Quotebook..."

News and notes on Malcolm Jenkins, Eugene Clifford and the defensive backs
April 9, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "According to cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson, behind starters Malcolm Jenkins and Donald Washington, Chimdi Chekwa is the No. 3 corner and Andre Amos, now back from a knee injury, is the No. 4 corner. Shaun Lane, a special teamer, would be No. 5 and redshirt freshman James Scott is there, too. According to safeties coach Paul Haynes, behind starters Anderson Russell and Kurt Coleman, Jamario O'Neal is the No. 3 safety, Eugene Clifford sounds like the No. 4 safety and Nick Patterson and Aaron Gant are also in the mix..."

DBs look to close gap in backfield
April 9, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "They're called "up-downs," and Ohio State players hate them. They involve jogging in place, and when a coach blows a whistle, you hit the ground and bounce back up, still jogging...Starting today, the entire OSU defense will have to do 20 up-downs for each dropped interception. If the policy had been in place yesterday, they would have done 80..."

No Live TV For OSU's Spring Football Game
April 9, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "For much of the last decade, Ohio State fans could watch the school's spring football game on WBNS-TV (Ch. 10) or on ONN. But the first-year Big Ten Network now has the rights to that game. Only, because there are eight spring games on April 19, none of them will be shown live. They will be televised on tape delay. However, the BTN will host a live video webcast of each Big Ten spring game. Click for more..."

Big Ten Network to show spring game on delay basis
April 9, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch

If Speed Kills at Linebacker There Could be a Killer Dark Horse in OSU's Linebacker Playing Time Derby
April 8, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "It's tough to be a linebacker at Ohio State right now, especially if your name isn't Laurinaitis or Freeman. The third linebacker spot will be hotly-contested. Terry may be the leading candidate, but hardly the only one, because there is a bevy of new talent right behind him..."

Spring Offensive Line Two-Deep Impacted by Injuries and Surgeries
April 7, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "Spring football continues this week with the Buckeyes headed toward the annual jersey scrimmage this weekend. That event will have a great deal of impact on the two-deep when fall camp opens next August. The two-deep prior to the jersey scrimmage is pretty flexible and is also impacted by the injury situation this spring. A number of candidates for the two-deep are missing spring football due to injury or surgery. That is particularly true along the offensive line. Offensive line coach Jim Bollman ran it down last week..."

OSU Running Backs Coach, and older brother of Jim, Dick TresselTressel goatee adds twist to case of mistaken identity
April 7, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Doc Tressel is sporting a goatee mostly filled with gray hair. It's a younger look, he said. 'When I first got here, people said, 'Oh, you must be Coach (Jim) Tressel's dad,' the head coach's older brother said. 'Now they see me and just say, 'You must be the coach's older brother.'' On top of that, he said, his younger brother 'was rubbing it in.'..."

Quarterbacks impress Wells
April 6, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "For those who can't watch Ohio State's closed spring practices, tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells reported the play of the three quarterbacks -- starter Todd Boeckman, Antonio Henton and Joe Bauserman -- has been impressive. 'All three of them are looking real good,' Wells said. For Henton and Bauserman, especially, that is imperative, because everyone knows the nation's No. 1 recruit, quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette, Pa., is on his way in June. Wells said Henton, a third-year sophomore-to-be, has stepped up his game. 'Henton, his passing ability is incredible,' Wells said. 'He is just so much more efficient and accurate.' He also said it's easy to see what a difference nine months in the program has made for Bauserman, who first tried pro baseball as a pitcher. 'When he first came, he was a little shaky, but he is becoming more comfortable in the pocket,' Wells said. 'He is becoming more comfortable being on the football field.'..."

As for Pryor
"Wells said he has yet to meet Pryor. But as soon as Pryor signed a letter of intent two weeks ago, Wells sent him a text message. 'I just told him congratulations and welcome to the family,' Wells said. He also believes having Boeckman and others around will help Pryor adjust. 'That's why I didn't feel the pressure (as a freshman), because I knew I had Pitt (Antonio Pittman) there, I had somebody to learn from,' Wells said..."

True freshman Mike Adams was arguably the odds-on favorite to win Ohio State's starting job at right tackle.Shoulder injury to keep Adams out
April 6, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Were this the middle of the season, Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams probably would play through a shoulder injury he suffered last week. But because it's early April, there's no reason not to shut him down, fix the problem and have him come back fully healthy later this year. That's the scenario offensive line coach Jim Bollman laid out yesterday, discussing the incoming freshman from Dublin Coffman. Adams, 6 feet 8 and 310 pounds, was rated the nation's No. 3 overall prospect by Rivals.com. Bollman wouldn't predict when Adams might return. 'It's certainly something you want to be conservative with,' Bollman said..."

Gerry DiNardo Previews OSU Football

April 6, 2008 Source: Big Ten Network - Big Ten Network football analyst Gerry DiNardo got his first look at the 2008 Buckeyes this past Saturday. He points to the talent returning on both sides of the ball and the depth at multiple positions. However, he states that the Buckeyes will only go as far as their quarterbacks take them.

Four who can floor it
April 6, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Maybe the eyes can't see what's going on in the closed Ohio State spring football practices, but the ears are ringing with news that Daniel Herron is making noise. But that's to be expected from a running back known as 'Boom.' 'Boom Herron is a tremendous running back, and he's only getting better each and every day,' Chris 'Beanie' Wells said..."

Beanie: 'I plan on being here four years'
April 3, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch

Friday Linebacker Audio & Quotes
April 4, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Coach Luke Fickell on James Laurinaitis choosing to stay at Ohio State: 'The thing about James is it really is not all about him. The most important thing Coach Tressel preaches to the team is that it is not all about one player. That is the thing about a lot of the great players who have come through here; it is about their team and people remember the last thing you did when you were here.'..."

Running Backs Talk to the Media Thursday
April 3, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "Chris “Beanie” Wells, junior running back On the season: 'I think that I can improve with everything. I can become a better leader on the field. There is always something that you can get better at on the field. I can always get more focused and improve every day.'..."

Buckeyes Looking at Multiple Players to Replace Gholston's Productivity
April 3, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "The early loss of defensive end Vernon Gholston to the NFL draft will leave some big shoes to fill along the OSU defensive line. Fortunately for OSU, the Buckeyes have four or six feet to fill the two big shoes that Gholston left empty. OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock is excited about the progress being made by two returners at defensive end and two newcomers. Cam Heyward is back at defensive end this spring after a surprisingly successful year as a freshman starter. Also back at practice is Lawrence Wilson who missed last season after suffering a broken leg in the season-opener. Wilson was expected to be one of OSU's best defenders last season and his loss was a real blow to the OSU defense..."

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