Hamby Takes Inventory Of Offense

OSU junior tight end Ryan Hamby met with the media at today's luncheon. The obvious topics were the poor play of the offense, quarterback Justin Zwick's status and his own role in the offense.

Ohio State tight end Ryan Hamby joined head coach Jim Tressel at today's weekly press luncheon. Hamby was asked about the quarterback position and the general play of the offense, which has scored just nine touchdowns in five games and is averaging a paltry 306.8 yards per contest.

Here were some of Hamby's responses:

* On the team's outlook after two straight losses -- "The whole team is frustrated with two straight Big Ten losses. Our only response is to go out and win one. There is no time better to do it than at Iowa."

* On going against Iowa's talented DE Matt Roth -- "He is just as good as every defensive end we've gone up against every week. Their whole defensive line is good. We have to be ready to go. And, their ‘backers are just as good. Their whole defense is going to be tough for us. We've got to be ready to play.

"Roth plays with that high motor. He just goes and goes and goes. He plays hard. We've got to control him."

* On the overall psyche of the offense -- "It's frustrating. I think the turnovers have been big. We can't fumble the ball and drop the ball. We want to get it done. We strive to be a better unit. We just have to keep working. We go into practice and we go into games thinking we can do things.

"Look at the talent we have on offense. There is no reason why we're not doing things.

"We've just got to get things clicking. In the second half (against Wisconsin), we had 20 plays total. That's not going to get it done."

* On what his teammates think of the quarterback situation -- "To be honest, there are probably some guys who say we should put Troy (Smith) in. But I'm not making that call. Game in and game out, that's Coach Tressel's call."

* On his diminished role in the offense (Hamby had four catches in the opener and just four more in the four games since) -- "I'm always going to be lobbying for the tight end and those routes. But last week in the game play, we weren't really involved in it as much. I'm not going to complain. If the game plan calls for no tight ends, I'll deal with it. This week, if they call the tight ends, I'll be happy.

"If my number gets called, I'll go in there and do what I can do."

* On Justin Zwick's status -- "I'm very confident in him and I think the team is very confident in him. That sucks being the quarterback because everything falls on you. He is not the only one not doing the right things. Sometimes if you look at the films, you see the wide receivers not getting open or getting jumped on their routes.

"But it falls back on (Zwick). You've got accept that responsibility as the quarterback. I'm very confident in him and I think, as a unit, we're confident in him."


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