Helwagen Chat Archive: August 13

Here are the excerpts of Friday's Chat session with Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen. He conducts these Chats each Friday afternoon for Bucknuts.com subscribers. Click this free link for a look at the archive of this week's Chat.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:08:13 PM)
Send questions whenever you like. I will be here until 2:15 p.m. Eastern time.

redondo (Aug 13, 2004 1:08:25 PM)
Hi Steve - Thank you for taking my question. In Monday's Dayton Daily News (and as reported on this site) Coach Tressel was quoted as follows regarding last year's offensive line play: "quite honestly, it's not like our old offensive line was flawless, I'm not belittling them... but they had challenges." Since the professional draft evidenced that clearly the individuals comprising that group have talent, please clarify for me what Coach Tressel was alluding to. Were there interpersonal differences among the players? Was there a coaches/players rift? was it an O-line versus non-O-line issue? Something else?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:10:39 PM)
Well, they obviously did not move the ball effectively last year. There were a lot of factors, some related to Craig Krenzel's injury and, honestly, his limitations, Lydell Ross' limitations, no Branden Joe at fullback, etc. The line was outnumbered because people knew OSU was limited offensively. The hope is if they can truly establish balance, they might at least "look better" this year. Last year's line did not surrender a bunch of sacks. You could watch 10 plays and see the line screwed up on 3-4, Ross may have screwed up on 2-3 and Krenzel and so on. It's a complex issue ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:11:28 PM)
... but my overall take was OSU had no intermediate passing game to speak of. So safeties, knowing other than the fade they had nothing to worry about, could crowd the line and blow up any and all running plays. That's my recollection. That makes the line look bad, but that's how it went.

theFLBuckeye (Aug 13, 2004 1:11:34 PM)
Hello, How would you rate Ohio St's quality/depth at CB & WR ? Is it the best ever , "on-paper" ?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:13:26 PM)
Maybe best ever at CB. They've had years when they've had 2 or 3 great corners, but probably not 4 or 5 like they have now. Would say the WR has the potential to be the best ever. Been some good tandems here in the past like Carter-Lanese, Glenn-whoever, Boston-Stanley, Rambo-Germany (OK, I'm pulling your leg there). I need to see the WRs deliver in a game before I go that far, but I like Holmes (looked great yesterday), Hall, Hollins, Bam, Lyons, Gonzalez and some help from Ginn.

OTC (Aug 13, 2004 1:13:30 PM)
obvious question, what freshmen look to have a chance at playing time so far?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:14:19 PM)
Obvious answers: Nicol (1 of just 3 scholarship TEs, so that says it all), Ginn, Freeman, Pittman and/or Haw (although Hall's full return could allow them to RS one of those 2).

Guest (Aug 13, 2004 1:14:27 PM)
steve do you think now with lawrence wilson's saying that matta has ok'ed playing bball he commits to osu soon?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:15:20 PM)
Could be. I know Gary talked to him a day or so ago and will be filing a road report soon (check out the front page photo of Ringer, wow). But I know Wilson loves bkb. That could factor hugely in his decision.

giller (Aug 13, 2004 1:15:25 PM)
I read in one of Bucknuts articles that jamario may be better suited to playing safety where he can come up and hit people, did i read that correctly and if so would this help us with justin king? (can we get justin going to make an official visit?)

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:17:06 PM)
Possibly. O'Neal I was told by someone who should know really factors more as a safety. He could actually play any of the 4 DB positions. He has the size for safety and speed and athleticism to play corner. I think OSU will get a King visit. He is tight with Lyons, I understand. I know PSU and Mich. seem to be the teams to beat, but wait and see. OSU should have an outside chance. Biggest hurdle is getting him in for a visit. he was at at least 1 OSU home game last year, I know.

AnotherBuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:17:09 PM)
Steve: How serious are the injuries to Kirk Barton and Marcus Green?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:17:50 PM)
Kirk Barton is not injured, he was not wearing yellow yesterday. He was injured previously. Coach Snyder said Green being out was "precautionary" No details on how long that might be.

rbuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:17:54 PM)
Hi Steve, I'm not one to Bash OB, but I think the Basketball program is in MUCH better hands with Thad. Espcecially on the recruiting end, and that is where it all starts. What do you think?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:19:13 PM)
Well, somebody made the comment to me that Matta seems to be in on more guys in 3 weeks than O'Brien was in on in 7 years. I don't agree with that. Many of these same guys were listing OSU before the firing. Will Matta land more of these guys than OB would have? We'll never know. But I definitely like Matta's chances. Let's leave it at that. Short answer, yes, Matta and his staff seem to be doing a bang-up job.

skeelo (Aug 13, 2004 1:19:31 PM)
hey steve is marcel frost ready to explode this season?does he show great speed for a t.e.?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:23:43 PM)
Coach Peterson was quoted a short time ago as saying he expects big things from Marcel. He probably caught 7-8 passes in a 15-minute 7 on 7 drill yesterday. Would have helped if he had been in spring ball last year. Of course nobody knew what was going to happen to LI.

nbuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:23:47 PM)
how did gholsotn look to you steve i heard carpenter and maybe hawk saying he was a"man child" and he looked like he was 40yrs old.....

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:24:38 PM)
Vernon is a big boy. We'll see when the pads go on if he is ready to make an impact this year. Since they moved Frost out of DE, he may get an early look. Nader Abdallah also passes the look test. Perhaps I should add those 2 to my list of freshman contributors. Hmmm.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 1:24:42 PM)
Who do you think will start at MLB? Sounds like the coaches are leaning toward DeAndrea?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:26:02 PM)
No, I wouldn't say that. They may rotate Schlegel and D'Andrea by series or by what they excel at. Schlegel is a great run player, but may struggle against the past. D'Andrea is just rusty, period. He needs reps. Not having Kerr around for at least the time being will allow these 2 quite a bit of playing time. Great luxury to have with 2 talented guys.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 1:26:06 PM)
Do you have any thoughts on Nader Abdallah?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:27:12 PM)
Yeah, he's a stud. Big and thick. If he has any kind of strength to hold the point of attack, he will play some this year at DT. Of course, OSU seems loaded at those 2 spots with Green, Pitcock, Patterson, Penton, Cotton and Maupin already in the fold. Maybe an RS will be better for Nader. Hmmm.

nbuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:27:17 PM)
do you think osu will be more intermediate pass oriented this year?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:28:50 PM)
They couldn't help but be. By intermediate I mean 12 to 20-yard routes. Krenzel rarely completed those balls with his guys on the run. Most of his stuff was underneath and then he'd stuff his stat line with at least one 40-yard bomb per game. Don't get me wrong, he was a winner and a "great" QB. Just perhaps not a complete one, if that made any sense (and perhaps he was hampered as well by what Tressel loves to call "design")

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 1:29:25 PM)
There sure seems to be a ton of excitement surrounding the Buckeyes this season. Do you think it is because we are finally getting of fresh start from the Cooper era?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:31:43 PM)
Coop's guys did well the last 2 years. I don't know. The excitement is in the air because there are so many people who the coaches and fans want to see if they can live up to their billing. People like Datish and Roy Hall and Pitcock and Kudla and Carpenter and D'Andrea and E.J. Underwood, just to name a few, came so highly regarded. But it's their 3rd year and they need to deliver on the promise. Then, you have all the first- and second-year guys like Frost and Whitner and Ginn and so on that have to come through, too. That's the excitement for me at least.

BlufftonBuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:31:46 PM)
Are there any great instate OL prospects for 2006?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:32:06 PM)
Duane thinks some are on their way ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:34:04 PM)
Springfield South has a 6-7, 295-pound kid named Lee Tilley. Pickerington North's Justin Boren (6-4, 285), Canton GlenOak's Ryan Palmer (6-6, 295), these are some more names to watch out for in the months ahead. All juniors to be.

skeelo (Aug 13, 2004 1:34:10 PM)
did roy hall create any separation from the cornerbacks yesterday during 7 on 7 drills and did he make catches?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:34:55 PM)
I didn't see Roy stand out, but he was competing. I'm sure he held his own. Frost was the one I kept seeing with the ball. Remember, it's just helmets and shorts, so you can't glean all that much yet.

BuckeyeDave (Aug 13, 2004 1:34:59 PM)
Back in the '80s, the Bucks used to run a 2-5 defense. Given the state of the DL and the LB corps, do you think Ohio St might give it another look? Coach Snyder did say he was going to try some new defensive looks.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:36:33 PM)
Hard to say. I think D'Andrea, for one, will be used as a pass rusher in some sets. That seems a given. Matthews also looks like a great edge player in the Cie Grant mold. He just needs to be consistent, know his assignment and he'll get to play more as well, it sounds like. They have 6 good to great LBs with those 2, Schlegel, Hawk, Carpenter and Freeman. Kerr would make 7, Hoobler and Lukens could make it 9. Wow.

BlufftonBuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:36:39 PM)
If the defense goes to a 5 man line, who will be lining up?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:37:27 PM)
I imagine, they're talking about a 50 look. It's not necessarily another DL. Probably an LB joining or, potentially a DT (so many of them too) as a visiting lineman.

BlufftonBuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:37:31 PM)
How about a name or two?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:38:12 PM)
Guys they would use when they go beyond the base? Probably the ones I've mentioned. D'Andrea and Matthews if they want to go athletic. The backup DEs and DTs if they want to go big.

Susan (Aug 13, 2004 1:38:17 PM)
How did the punters look yesterday? And, who do you think will be returning KO's and punts for the Bucks?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:39:13 PM)
Did not watch the punters. I think this is a 2-man race between Huston and Turano. I'd give the edge to Huston. Returning kicks and punts, still too early to say definitively. Ginn, Childress, Holmes and Youboty seem to be the obvious candidates. They may put Ross back on kicks as well from time to time.

nbuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:39:17 PM)
how many offensive lineman does osu take this year in your opinion?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:39:41 PM)
They have 3 verbals and they look good to me on Ronnie Wilson. Maybe him and one more if he's a special one.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 1:39:47 PM)
Who do you think will be the Buckeyes toughest opponent this year? JT's teams have had some tough road games. Do you see a landmine in NC State?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:41:29 PM)
Yes, when we did our picks, I said 9-2 with losses at N.C. State and Iowa. Yes, N.C. State lost Rivers, but they have 15-16 starters back from the team that suffered such a heartbreaking loss. You don't forget things like that easily. They'll reload at QB and be tough to beat in the ACC (how about their home sked, by the way, with Ohio State, Florida State and Miami ... wow). OSU has won 8 straight over Iowa. All good things must come to an end. Iowa can be a tough place to play (ask Michigan).

euphorbia (Aug 13, 2004 1:41:33 PM)
Sorry if this was aked- but anything more on Kerr?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:42:31 PM)
No. Nobody will say definitely what the "suspension" is for other than violation of departmental policy. Could be academic could be something else. We would all be speculating if we tried to pinpoint. Tressel, the assistants and his Lb teammates are not coming clean with any reasons.

skeelo (Aug 13, 2004 1:42:35 PM)
any early indication where l.wilson might be leaning. i think this kid is a very rare athlete who's size and speed is off the charts

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:42:56 PM)
gary said it's between OSU and ND and he wants to take visits. Sounds like it may be a while before we know.

crazynuts (Aug 13, 2004 1:44:46 PM)
So do we think that out O-line is going to be so good that we don't need quality backs? I am starting to get nervous about M. Wells, and it doesn't seem like we are tracking too many others

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:45:18 PM)
No, they need quality backs ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:46:26 PM)
They have a 1-in-3 shot at Wells, it seems. There may be some new names entering the fray at RB in terms of offers, I understand. Stay tuned. But OSU will never be hurting at that position. Plus, it looks like it will be OSU or Michigan for Akron Garfield junior Chris Wells next year.

AZBuckeye (Aug 13, 2004 1:46:29 PM)
Realistically, what are the chances that the coaching staff will utilize some "special" plays to get both T Smith and T Ginn involved in the offense?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:48:10 PM)
Ginn's use on offense will be limited, it seems. I doubt they do anything elaborate to involve him beyond maybe some basics (the slant and the fade), where they can take advantage of his athletic ability. Mix in a reverse and bubble screen and I think you've got the whole Ginn package for now, my guess. Troy Smith, I want to see he and Zwick on the field together. Show some creativity, backwards passes to the other guy who can still throw it, etc.

darren_conrad (Aug 13, 2004 1:48:17 PM)
Steve what is our biggest obstacle before the kick-off w/ UC

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:49:33 PM)
Seasoning the QBs. I think they are in a great position to go against an outstanding back 7 on defense that will test them. I am sure you will read where they've been picked off a bunch and you'll wonder if they'll ever complete a ball in a game. But this is all good. They will not face a better defense all year than the one they will see every day for the next 3 weeks. They need to come along quickly, learn from their mistakes and be ready for game day.

crazynuts (Aug 13, 2004 1:49:43 PM)
Great articles this week with the start of practice, how are we going to get all of this young talent on the field. Who are going to be the starting DB's?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:51:13 PM)
Early in the season, they will play a lot of players. Probably even through the NW game. Then, when they play Wisconsin and Iowa games the next 2 weeks, look for the plays to go to those who did the best in the first 4 games. They may whittle things down a bit at that point. But when it is hot (although today it is 65 here, coldest August I've ever seen in 36 years) they will rotate a lot of guys.

AZBuckeye (Aug 13, 2004 1:51:24 PM)
Steve: When I watch the Texas Tech 2002 game, most of M Clarett's big runs looked like the line was out in front moving very well. Did not see much of that in 2003. Can we expecy more in 2004 because of the personnel?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:52:21 PM)
Yes, movement with the OL is big. They worked yesterday on that very thing first drill of the day. Getting the backside guard outside and leading the play. Mike Kne could be great in this role and this may be why Datish is in there as well. This is the plan. We'll see how they execute it.

dcbuck (Aug 13, 2004 1:52:24 PM)
Haven't heard much about Brandon Maupin lately, how is he doing, I know he's a DT, but I remember hearing that he would be a great OT, with his long arms?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:52:57 PM)
Looks good to me as a DT. He is there plugging along. Hard to make a mark yet with no pads on. He'll get some time.

fgpercentage (Aug 13, 2004 1:53:03 PM)
With all the speculation and excitement that goes with the start of the year should we as fans really expect anything different or should I say more exciting out of this years offense?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:53:52 PM)
Better production, better balance: Yes. More exciting: No. With young QBs they will not be throwing it all over the lot. These guys need to learn and grow into the role.

euphorbia (Aug 13, 2004 1:53:57 PM)
Who will have had the bigger freshman year when it's all said and done; Ginn, or Clarett?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:54:37 PM)
Probably Clarett. Ginn doesn't seem to have a starting job anywhere, though I expect him to play quite a bit. You knew Clarett, when healthy, was going to get 25 carries.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:54:51 PM)
Somebody asked a moment ago about starting DBs ...

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:55:45 PM)
The obvious picks seem to be the guys who were out there yesterday -- Fox, Underwood, Whitner and Salley. Nickel could be Youboty (if they want a corner) or Mitchell or Everett if they want a safety. Ginn will figure in here too at some point, I imagine.

euphorbia (Aug 13, 2004 1:55:52 PM)
With all their is to read these past few weeks, any suggestions on how I get any work done? This is almost as bad as 2002.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:56:20 PM)
No, we intend to make getting any work done extremely hard through at least Feb. 5, 2005. Then we're going to take a break.

AZBuckeye (Aug 13, 2004 1:56:32 PM)
Steve: I just came back from the AZ Cardinal's camp and got to see John Navarre in practice. I was really impressed with how he throws. I can see why he almost beat us in 2002. If Zwick throws anything close to him, we are in good shape from a mechanic point. Do you have any opinion as to how Zwick compares with some of the really good QBs we have faced ala Navarre?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 1:58:59 PM)
I think Zwick has more mobility than Navarre. Navarre was a sitting duck in the pocket, although it wouldn't have mattered last Nov. because OSU wasn't getting to him in a month of Saturdays. I think Navarre's arm is stronger than Zwick's (Navarre used to almost throw it through guys). Zwick has the ability to step up and drift out and make things happen. I'm not sure who Zwick compares to, honestly. Henson, maybe (although that is unfair). I dunno. Anybody have a good comparison?

Guest (Aug 13, 2004 1:59:03 PM)
Steve: Who do you think will step up in the leadership role on offense and what freshman will impact this team, if any?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:00:04 PM)
Leaders on offense: Ross, Mo Hall, Mangold, Joe, Kne, Holmes. Those would be my bets. Freshmen impact: Freeman, Ginn, Haw and/or Pittman, Nicol, maybe Gholston.

crazynuts (Aug 13, 2004 2:00:12 PM)
Any update on Kerr's status? I read between the lines that he seemed to have some grade problems??

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:00:56 PM)
I have no lines to read between and nothing to add. He's out for departmental policy violations and will not be back to practice until at least the Sunday after the Cincinnati game. Nobody is divulging the reason why.

fgpercentage (Aug 13, 2004 2:01:00 PM)
How much will the lack of a proven punter factor into the offensive gameplan?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:01:34 PM)
Tremendously. If those guys struggle, Tressel's plan to play field position will be foiled and he'll have to take more chances to get more yardage offensively.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:01:37 PM)
Do you know when the captains will be selected?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:02:21 PM)
It's usually a week or so before the first game. The coaches like to do it toward the end of camp when it's apparent who the leaders will be. My guesses are Ross, Joe, Fox and Fraser. Maybe Mo Hall or Nugent slide in there somehow.

ImBack45 (Aug 13, 2004 2:02:25 PM)
Steve, from what I hear Krenzel was on fire last night for the Bears. Given his success with them and neither Zwick or Smith lighting the world on fire do you think we have a qb coaching problem at OSU?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:03:58 PM)
No, Joe Daniels coached Dan Marino at Pitt and he was pretty good, if memory serves. He and Tressel have a combined 40-50 years of coaching experience. Now are they Walt Harris or Norm Chow when it comes to grooming QBs? I don't know. But they made Bellisari into a pretty good player by the end of his senior year and did about all they were going to do with Krenzel and McMullen, in my opinion.

euphorbia (Aug 13, 2004 2:04:14 PM)
Matta seems to be hitting on all cylinders in BB recruiting. Should we expect anything special this year?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:05:58 PM)
No, the first year they are behind the 8-ball because of the late start. Kids like B.J. Raymond (who committed to them at Xavier) are already making decisions. They seem to be recruiting big kids this year to fill a need (i.e. McCauley, Madsen and Herrera). If they get two bigs and a point guard and bank a scholarship for next year, they can come back and milk this great Ohio junior class for 5-6 pretty good players. (then be ready for Mayo and Walker the following year ... ha ha).

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:06:32 PM)
If they get 2 serviceable-or-better bigs and a good PG this year, you should be ecstatic.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:06:37 PM)
The Buckeyes seem to be high on Kazeem Alli. Do you think there's a decent shot at him? Would you want Gowland or Alli?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:07:18 PM)
Have not talked to Alli. Will add him to the list. I have not seen tape of either. i did talk to Gowland and I know he loves OSU. They need TEs in the worst way. Maybe they take 2 this year.

Guest (Aug 13, 2004 2:07:26 PM)
Montly Suggestion/Reminder: Monday chats during football season!!! (Just doing my part...)

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:07:50 PM)
We will be doing some Monday Chats during football. Stay tuned for that.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:08:00 PM)
Has Franzinger (FB transfer) ever showed that he may see the field one day for the Bucks?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:08:54 PM)
Can't say I ever recall seeing him with the ball or in a scrimmage, but it's early yet. Give him some time. They have Joe, Schnittker and now Dionte Johnson in front of him who have to get reps, they only play 1 FB at a time. I'd tend to doubt it.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:09:03 PM)
Coach Johnson has been here several years now. How would you compare the teams overall strenght and conditioning now versus the Kenendy era?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:10:40 PM)
We've heard all the knocks, etc. Kennedy only made strides with the skill position guys, etc. Johnson uses unorthodox training techniques that some of the guys don't like. Blah, blah, blah. Hey they won with both guys. Went a little farther, let's say, with Johnson. Look at how teams do in the fourth quarter and OT. OSU usually is right there. Both very effective.

bucknutty (Aug 13, 2004 2:10:47 PM)
Wow...Justin Zwick comparable to Drew Henson (just caught up)? Seriously?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:12:13 PM)
Again, very unfair comparison because Henson accomplished so much and was so heavily sought by the NFL. I just could not come up with the name of a big QB OSU has faced that has above average mobility like Justin. He may not end up throwing anywhere near like Henson in games, we'll see. Rivers was a statue. Gesser and Pickett and Brees were all smaller guys, if memory serves me right. Who does Zwick compare to?

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:12:35 PM)
Do you think the NCAA will reinstate Mike Williams at USC?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:14:10 PM)
I think they should and they will, provided he has made restitution, etc. to the best of his ability, and they should. He was caught in an unfortunate set of circumstances. The NFL green-lighted him and then pulled the rug out from under him. The NCAA filed court briefs against he and Clarett's cause. It would be duplicitous of them if they don't reinstate as long as Williams has made an attempt to "regain amateur standing." They need to meet him half way.

AZBuckeye (Aug 13, 2004 2:14:20 PM)
Steve: Call me crazy, but if some things fall into place, I have the same feeling as I did before the 2002 (and not 2003) season. This team could be very very good.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:14:57 PM)
I agree, they could be scary good late in the year. They are stacked everywhere it seems (maybe thin at QB and TE numberswise, but still have guys who can play). Punter also a major issue.

dcbuck (Aug 13, 2004 2:15:05 PM)
What's the likelihood of some of the bigger DB we've recruited the past few years to move down to OLB, like B. Mitchell and become Cie Grant types, we seem to have a ton of DBs and a lack of depth in the future at that position

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:16:22 PM)
They do need to recruit some impact LBs because Hawk, Carpenter, Schlegel and D'Andrea will be gone after next year. Hoobler is the future at MLB. Freeman future at one outside spot and probably Lukens. You make a good point that Mitchell, who may not play at safety, could grow into an impact OLB in a year or2.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:16:40 PM)
I have to leave in 5 minutes for a 2:30 appointment, Send last blasts now and I'll do what I can.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:16:45 PM)
It sounds like Reggie Arden is starting to finally settle in. Were you surprised to hear J.Caldwell was moving to defense?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:17:24 PM)
Arden does look good. Glad things finally working out for him. Yes, Caldwell played TE in the spring. They must not have liked what they saw because I'm not sure how he fits in at DE. Maybe he'll surprise me.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:17:31 PM)
Zwick maybe like Tom Brady?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:18:01 PM)
Yep, that makes sense. Again, Brady has accomplished so much it's an unfair comparison. But Zwick is definitely similar in some small regards there.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:18:06 PM)
Do you think the strength of this team will be the fact that they are a team? These guys seem to be a very tight knit unit, with the older players working hard to bring the younger players along.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:19:13 PM)
Yes, emphatic yes. These guys get along so well. It is neat to see. Young guys and older guys all meshing quickly. I think the changes in the summer make that a reality. Freshmen are now part of the group much earlier and that smoothes the acclimation. Used to be the first time the classes met was on the first day of practice.

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:19:20 PM)
Thanks Steve. See you next week.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:19:28 PM)
One last question ... anybody?

edbuck51 (Aug 13, 2004 2:20:06 PM)
Who is the fastest Buckeye?

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:20:37 PM)
I think it has been Fox, but I'd have to think Ginn is right there with him now.

SteveHelwagen (Aug 13, 2004 2:21:26 PM)
I'm off to my meeting .. we'll post the transcript later. Thanks for participating!! Stay tuned Monday for a big announcement!!

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