Will Allen has been named Co-defensive Big Ten Player of the Week; congratulations to him.
Coach Tressel's introduction:
"The Buckeyes had a tough ball game this past Saturday afternoon with San Diego State. San Diego State came to Columbus and played very, very well, were well-prepared, was a hard fought ball-game. We don't feel we played as good as we need to play and as we're capable of playing, and that's the good news because we have the chance to face a great, great team in North Carolina State this Saturday at Ohio Stadium, and I know all of our guys are looking forward to that.
Question on whether it is possible that the game is bigger for NC State than it is for Ohio State
"I think this: our guys have tremendous respect for NC State and what Coach Amato his staff and players have done in the last few years. Our guys feel that this is very, very important. Firstly, of course, because we've got to become better and secondly of course because we're going up against such a great team. I know from this camp, we don't think it's any more or less important for either team. It should be a great college football game."
Question about Mike Doss and how much it helps in recruiting to have NFL players
"I think when you have the good fortune of having people like Mike Doss come through your program, Mike started here for three years did extraordinary things and was a great leader and a great player. Him going on to the NFL and having similar opportunities there... I haven't had a chance to talk to him since the opening game. I'm sure that he'll become a very, very good NFL player. I know that NFL scouts were over at practice last week. One of them was from the Colts, and was very happy with the progress Mike has made. He's a rookie, he's young, there are going to be moments, I'm sure, for him. But that's a great thing for us. I'm sure it enhances our recruiting."
Is that something you need to use at Ohio State?
"I think when you talk to a young man about his future, you talk to him about a lot of areas. It starts with the fine academic opportunities that we have at Ohio State and of course throughout the Big Ten. Then there's some great opportunities to impact as a caring and giving person. Obviously, there are some collegiate and professional football goals. Some of these guys that we're recruiting go on and play in the Big Ten if they put a lot of time and effort and have a lot of passion to become as good of a player as they can become. It's not the sole reason that we try to promote Big Ten and Ohio State football and so forth, but it's certainly one of the pluses we have... it's all part of I think a great offering for a young man to consider Ohio State or any of our Big Ten schools."
Question on Chris Gamble not listed on depth chart and not catching a pass and if he's still at WR:
"Chris is still playing wide receiver. We've had some warm-weather games, and we've got a twelve game schedule in front of us. One of the decisions you have to make with two-way performances (is) just how much are you going to ask of them? He's on our special units as a punt returner and kickoff returner; he plays defense; we faced two real good passing football teams the these first two games, so he's had a lot of duty there. He's played a bit of wide out. We've had some routes called, hoping that perhaps we got it to him. We have not gotten him the football through the air, I think we handed it off to him once for a pretty good gain, but Chris Gamble's a guy that we just have to see how the flow of the game's going and how many plays is he playing on defense and special teams. Really our third priority for Chris's talents is offense. Even though my offensive coaches don't like that, that just happens to be the way we're doing it."
Will there be a lot of demands on Gamble this week as a cornerback?
"Absolutely. This is a great passing team. Phillip Rivers... look at the records. He knows what's going on, he knows how you line up, he knows who to attack, he knows the system inside and out, I'm sure their coaches give him a lot of freedom at the line of scrimmage, because there's not a coverage he hasn't seen, there's not a blitz he hasn't seen, there's not a situation that he hasn't experienced. So, absolutely, Chris Gamble and his teammates will have their hands full."
Do you see any similarities between Maurice's situation and Ray Isaac's at Youngstown in that a car and cash was involved?
"You know, I really don't."
Question on how frequently on the recruiting trail OSU coaches come across NC State coaches:
"NC State I think does a fabulous job of recruiting. They recruit that Eastern Seaboard fairly well, they recruit Florida extraordinarily, and they do a good job in Pennsylvania. Those are three really good areas for football, and of course, we're going to be involved in those areas as well along with our recruiting heavily here in the state of Ohio, but we think that NC State does a great job with recruiting assessment and personnel selection, and they have a lot to offer. NC State's a great school. They've proven that they're a great program... We think we're in good company; when a kid says he's interested in NC State, that means we're probably picking the right guy."
How much do you just want to get some resolution on the Clarett situation for the good of your team, one way or another?
"I think the coaching staff and the team are resolved to the fact that we don't have him and we won't have him. We have been trying to put every ounce of our energy and thoughts and everything else into preparing for Washington, San Diego State, and now North Carolina State."
Has it worked?
"Well, I think that as we evaluate every little thing that there's a lot we need to do better. I think our guys have done a pretty good job of looking in the mirror and saying against Washington, this thing we did well and this thing we didn't, and against San Diego State, these things we did well and these things we didn't. I think they'll continue to grow, and you can't grow unless you are focused."