Sanzenbacher Still Waiting

Dane Sanzenbacher put up some big numbers during his collegiate career, but the former Ohio State wide receiver did not hear his name called during the 2011 NFL Draft. With the league currently at a standstill, Sanzenbacher remains hopeful for an opportunity in the near future.

Former Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher remains stuck in limbo after not being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. With the league mired in a lockout that has prevented teams from signing free agents, the former team captain for the Buckeyes is hoping for a resolution in the near future.

Not that he has any inside information on the topic, however.

"I know as much as the media knows," he said Wednesday morning while attending The Morning Sports Report in downtown Columbus. "I usually find out most of the stuff through SportsCenter like everybody else. You hear a little bit here and there from your agent but they keep everything so close to vest that it's hard to know anymore."

After being invited to the NFL combine, Sanzenbacher put himself in position to either be selected late in the draft or sign a free-agent deal. Measured at 5-11, 182 pounds at the combine, Sanzenbacher was a team captain as a senior at OSU and finished his OSU career tied for fifth in career receiving touchdowns (19), ninth in receptions (124) and 10th in receiving yards (1,879).

Now, however, his focus remains on staying ready for whenever the lockout comes to a close.

"Obviously you have a game plan," Sanzenbacher said. "Everybody is just ready when it happens. You can't make too many plans. Obviously I don't even know what city I'm going to be in or what the situation will be. You're prepared but you still need to be ready for that moment."

The former Buckeye said he was only focusing his efforts on the NFL and had not contemplated playing for any other professional league.

Since the draft, Sanzenbacher said he has simply been keeping in shape and remaining prepared for whatever could happen next. On June 12, he was one of 15 former football players to graduate from OSU.

"I had school to keep me occupied for a little bit but I just graduated so right now it's just a waiting game," he said.

Since Sanzenbacher's collegiate career came to a close, head coach Jim Tressel has resigned and three-year starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor withdrew from the program in order to enter the NFL's supplemental draft. In addition, the program is facing possible NCAA sanctions and is awaiting a hearing with the NCAA committee on infractions.

Looking back, Sanzenbacher said he did not see warning flags that trouble was ahead.

"I definitely didn't feel like we were headed here," he said. "It's been a crazy couple of months, how everything has turned out. I definitely wouldn't have seen it like this but I think everybody involved will handle it well. Everybody that's been placed in a different spot or everybody that has assembled the team to the point where they are now will handle it fine."

As for Luke Fickell, who was the team's linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator before being named head coach for the 2011 season, Sanzenbacher said, "I think he'll be just fine. I've never played on his side of the ball but obviously was on the team with him for four years and I'd love to have him on my sideline."

At this point, Sanzenbacher would likely enjoy being on any sideline that would have him. As he waits things out, however, the wideout said the situation has seemed relatively normal from his particular viewpoint.

"It's definitely different, but it's the only way I know to be because I've never experienced this part of post-college football before," he said. "It's a little bit anxious but at the same time you enjoy the anticipation and preparation and all that."

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