Helwagen Chat: Dec. 10 Archive

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Beavercreek58Buck (Dec 10, 2004 1:06:40 PM)
Hi Steve. With the emergence of prospects such as Phillips and Green, are you aware of any others under the radar? Thanks

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:12:07 PM)
No, as I become aware of players I pass them on to you via the boards or the front page story we broke on Phillips' scheduled visit. I will check with my people one more time today for any last-minute adds to this weekend. Duane said he really likes Green, from what he saw. Phillips is a Miami verbal on a weekend visit to see Holmes and his cousin Dukes. We'll see if that becomes more serious.

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Dec 10, 2004 1:12:11 PM)
What was the Scoonie Penn question all about in the Geiger presser yesterday? Who asked the question?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:13:18 PM)
I honestly have no idea. I did not attend the press conference. I had made plans yesterday to be at the home office in Dayton for some important "high level" meetings. Dave Biddle was at the press conference. I'd have to ask him. I have never heard any allegations that anything surrounding Penn -- one of my all-time favorite people -- was illegal.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 1:13:22 PM)
just how good is this running back from akron garfield?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:14:45 PM)
A lot of people like him. Garfield plays a pretty good schedule of teams there in and around Akron. Maybe not the Division I powers like McKinley, GlenOak, etc., but some of the best that area has to offer. He is 6-2, 225 with above average speed. He had just shy of 2,000 yards as a junior. He's a keeper. It will probably be between Michigan and OSU.

jd (Dec 10, 2004 1:14:49 PM)
steve... i feel really good about this recruiting class. who in this class is a potential superstar. also, how does chris wells from akron compare to clarrett in high school? is he as powerful and athletic?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:15:08 PM)
Potential superstar? Hmmm ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:15:21 PM)
I would consider somebody like Ginn a year ago as a superstar ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:17:01 PM)
I'm not sure anybody in this class fits that phenom-type description, although it has the makings of being a very good class. I see OSU filling needs. Boone and O'Neal could be very good 3-plus year starters here, perhaps. Those are probably the big two (big shock, huh?). I think Schoenhoft has the tools to be great, but there will be some assembly required. Worthington would be an impact player at end, potentially, as well. ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:18:07 PM)
Regarding Wells, I think there was and will be only one Reecie. He is similar, but Clarett just had uncanny vision and burst to go with the fact he was 6-1, 230. Go back and watch him against Texas Tech and Washington State. Man oh man. I don't think it's fair to say anybody is in that category, but I do like Chris Wells.

Beavercreek58Buck (Dec 10, 2004 1:18:16 PM)
Steve if you were at the D1 title game, you were probably as impressed with Colerain as I was. Do you know where any of the defense will be off to next year?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:19:50 PM)
No, I'm sorry I don't know. Not sure if any of their guys are considered, individually, as high D-I guys. Some schools are coming on Terrill Byrd now. He was one of the DTs. They just had some great athletes and great speed. They were impressive to watch. Have to be one of the most dominant teams in Ohio history. When Centerville goes 11-0 and gets drubbed 35-0 in the playoffs, that says it all.

bucksfan47 (Dec 10, 2004 1:19:58 PM)
Hello Steve... I would like to get your opinion on Jamario being left off the AA team? Do you believe that Lemming has an axe to gind? How does Ginn Sr. Feel about this, I mean Adam Myers-White, that is a joke!

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:20:58 PM)
AMW over O'Neal is a joke. AMW was hurt half the year and the team was 0-10. I'm not sure who's axe Lemming would be grinding (ha ha). But these things can and do happen, guys. There are only 35-40 spots on each team. O'Neal may still make it as an alternate.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 1:21:03 PM)
got any all-time favorite sources from the coaching staff you'd care to identify?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:21:22 PM)
Not sure what you're talking about, can you clarify, please?

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Dec 10, 2004 1:21:30 PM)
My perception is that Matta is the right man for this strange situation -- I don't think he will let anything keep him down, and this will make him and the team work even harder. What are your thoughts on Matta so far?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:24:04 PM)
Very impressed with Matta. The two games they lost kind of got away from him/them because of their limited roster (nobody to spell Dials, no discernible depth capable of scoring) and not because of anything he could do. Met with him an hour ago and he's handling it fine. OSU did the right thing with the "Tommy Amaker exception" move it made (adding a year because of the postseason ban). That keeps this new relationship with Matta positive, no question. He is the right guy for this job. I said that 20 minutes after they fired O'Brien and I still feel it today. His mind-set is, "OK, let's go with the Big Ten and show everybody we DESERVED to be in the field of 65." I like where he's coming from. A good year will mean a lot as he hits the recruiting trail, too.

eastcoastbuc (Dec 10, 2004 1:24:20 PM)
Steve... Michigan seems to do a much better job developing qb's quickly. Is JT taking on too much to try to be head coach and qb coach?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:26:17 PM)
On paper, Michigan has had better talent at QB with Henson and Henne, among others, believed to be among the nation's very best coming in. I will give you that Zwick and Smith seemed ill-prepared early in the season, and that should not have been with 2 years under their belt. Joe Daniels used to split duties as QBs and WRs. With Hazell coming on board, Daniels works strictly with the QBs. I think he does a good job with that and that was a smart move by Tressel, abandoning the special teams post for a newly created WRs post.

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Dec 10, 2004 1:26:23 PM)
Have there been any sightings of the 25-year-old kicker from South Africa -- Pretorius? Or is he another Louis Holmes, aka, Bigfoot?!

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:26:42 PM)
He's on the roster. I have never seen him kick because I don't think he was there in the spring.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 1:27:30 PM)
Our kicker, punter, and long snapper are graduating. Our offense has opened up against Michigan. Please offer your thoughts on the future of "Tresselball" next season.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:28:13 PM)
Great point on the kicking game. The offense, defense and return games will have to pick up the slack probably until midseason as the new kick/punt specialists establish themselves. Future of Tresselball? Hmmm ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:29:09 PM)
Well, with 18 starters back and seven home games next year, everybody will hype Ohio State as a national championship contender. But they'll need to get through the first 10 unscathed to have a chance to play for it at Michigan. Probably a 9-2, 10-1 year ... maybe better if everything falls their way.

scribeohio (Dec 10, 2004 1:30:41 PM)
Steve, your guess on how many recruits yet to announce have selected/told OSU they are coming but not public yet, how many are leaning to OSU, how many go elsewhere? Thanks

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:32:35 PM)
My guess is they have 2 guys who have pretty much told them they are coming. That would be an RB and an LB. Ashley says he is leaning to OSU. The rest all seem to truly be up in the air. Russell is a kid who could verbal on the spot this weekend. I think they have maybe 7-8 spots left, so space is getting tight. Most think Lenix, because he's a Glenville guy, has a spot as long as he wants. Daniels talks about waiting. I watched him in the title game. They should wait and oversign by one if they have to to get him. He's that good.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 1:32:41 PM)
Please identify which coaches have endeared themselves to you with either their candor, humor, etc. Thanks, Steve!

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:32:48 PM)
Thanks for clarifying ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:35:17 PM)
There have been so many. Gary Williams (the intensity was not an act), John Cooper (brutally honest), Jim Tressel (pretty good off the cuff), Jim O'Brien (just a great guy), Jim Heacock (fun to talk to), Fred Pagac Sr. (fun to make fun of with his dip in all the time), Jon Tenuta (a real loon, almost psychotic at times). Those are probably some of the best ones.

yooperbuck (Dec 10, 2004 1:35:29 PM)
Irrizarry was going to put the TE back on the bucks map. Do we have anyone on the radar even close to that potential,or is Roy Hall our best bet there?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:36:02 PM)
Marcel Frost, if he stays healthy, could be a similar pass catching threat. He looked great before the pads went on ... then was never heard from again because of injury.

edbuck51 (Dec 10, 2004 1:36:09 PM)
What kind of shot do you think the Bucks have with Phillips?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:36:31 PM)
He says they have a chance, but I don't see it. He's a Miami kid. He's going there unless something drastic happens.

edbuck51 (Dec 10, 2004 1:36:34 PM)
Has word ever leaked as to why Kerr got in trouble last fall?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:37:07 PM)
Nope and we may never know. Pretty severe penalty for whatever he did. Great to know he should be on the field the next 2 years (especially 2006), though.

edbuck51 (Dec 10, 2004 1:37:13 PM)
Do you think the Big 12 is the most over-hyped conference today? I think SC will beat them handily.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:38:39 PM)
Oh, I don't know. Oklahoma and Texas have been great power teams for the last 5-6 years. The rest just seemed to beat up on each other more than they had quality wins outside the conf. I don't think that conference had the depth of the SEC or maybe even the ACC this year. The ACC is the one to watch with VT, Miami, FSU, Va., Md., etc.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:39:11 PM)
As for the game, Coach Conley said Wed. he thinks USC rolls over Oklahoma. When they're on, the Trojans are hard to contain. Too many weapons.

rbuck (Dec 10, 2004 1:39:18 PM)
WIth the recruits that we still have a legitimate shot at, and say we get 80% of them, how good a ranking can this class be?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:41:29 PM)
Certainly top 10. I guess my issue is beyond Mo Wells, there isn't anybody new in the top 70 I see signing here.

edbuck51 (Dec 10, 2004 1:41:36 PM)
Do you think the Bucks have had great kicking since Tressel's arrival because of talent or coaching or both?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:42:51 PM)
They've had it because the kids in question (Groom, Sander, Turano and Nugent) have worked real hard individually to improve their game. Plus, the staff has put a real emphasis on special teams. Probably a combo, but more because of those guys' hard work.

edbuck51 (Dec 10, 2004 1:43:00 PM)
Do you think OSU is excited about L.Wilson, or do you think they are more focused on the guys they were focusing on before Ty's firing?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:44:45 PM)
No, they need him and want him. They showed him another good time this past weekend. I think Lawrence is again trying to reconcile whether he wants to truly play for Ohio State, whether that's family pressure to go somewhere else or what that may be. I'm not sure. I think OSU has as good a shot as anybody. But he already went elsewhere once before. We'll see, I guess. He may wait and see who ND hires. Maybe it's somebody dynamite (ha ha).

murfinatl (Dec 10, 2004 1:44:51 PM)
Steve, you mentioned Jon Tenuta. Does he have what it takes to be a head coach one day? He is very popular at Ga Tech as DC.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:45:57 PM)
Let's just say he doesn't have the social graces to play nice with the muckety mucks. He is a football coach through and through. He'd be more like the drill sergeant than the general. Just my observation. He is great at what he does. That run of DBs he had from 96 to 99 or so was incredible.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 1:46:06 PM)
is Coach Conley hopping on the coaching carousel?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:47:43 PM)
I think Bill is enjoying what he is doing (working here, working for WTVN and working for MAX Sports). I also believe with everything he has put into his career as a high school head coach and college assistant, he'd love to have that opportunity to be a D-I head coach. I can't imagine who Ohio U. would hire that would be better or more qualified than Bill Conley. They have never had talent. He's the guy who can get the best MAC-level talent to come there, in my mind.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:48:56 PM)
Plus, he's locked into Ohio coaching circles with friends in every corner of the state. These coaches would bend over backwards to send their MAC-level guys to play for Bill because they know him so well. Give him 5 years down there and my bet is they're contending with Miami for the MAC East title. Remember, Marshall is leaving for C-USA.

BuckeyeDave (Dec 10, 2004 1:49:07 PM)
I can't decide if I should root for Oklahoma because I can't stomach the thought of U$C being the newest back-to-back champions, or if I should root for U$C, so that Ohio St can end their streak next season at the Rose Bowl. Your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:53:12 PM)
I guess I stopped rooting a long time ago, so it will be easier for me to watch this one. I do have a liking for Stoops. He just seems to be a down-to-earth guy. He is rumored for every job under the sun, but just hangs on to the one he has. I'd probably pull for OU, but I like where you're going with USC. They'd be riding about a 32 or 33 game win streak when your team backs that OSU equipment truck up to that bay on the north end of the Rose Bowl.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:53:26 PM)
Just got word ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:53:37 PM)
The reporter who asked the Scoonie Penn question was ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:53:54 PM)
Bob Baptist, the OSU basketball beat writer for The Columbus Dispatch. That is ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:55:16 PM)
somewhat of a shocker because The D generally doesn't ask such tough questions on such touchy topics and because Baptist knew Salyers and did a story on her relationship with Boban when it was believed everything was on the up and up. That leads me to believe he has been clued in that something may be amiss with 5-foot-10 Scoonie Penn. Not saying we have fire, just some smoke (and Geiger did not deny it, either).

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Dec 10, 2004 1:55:50 PM)
This kind of off the topic, but I'm a big Jack Nicklaus fan, and in visiting the JN museum (which is great), it appears he's a pretty big OSU football fan. Does he ever come back for football games? Also, among serious golf architecture aficionados, there's A LOT of interest nationally in the restoration of the Scarlet course, which Jack is doing.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:57:15 PM)
That museum is great. I don't think it gets that much traffic. The exhibits there are incredible. He used to try and make it back for 1 a year. He was on the sideline at the Fiesta Bowl, right down there with Kirk Herbstreit, Jim Jackson and the rest of the luminaries. He and Woody had a special bond. Woody even went to one of the U.S. Opens and filed reports for the Dispatch, believe it or not, on Jack.

cliffosu (Dec 10, 2004 1:57:39 PM)
Lets say tOSU rolls over Okie St. With the majority of the team returning and several great prospects coming in, do you see us getting any respect in the rankings. Cause it seems to me that if we are not in the top five preseason and there are 2 teams in front of us that go undefeated that there is good chance we could be the next Auburn or any team for that matter. I think that there is too much credit given to the human polls. They are popularity contests with no real rhyme or reason to the formula. Is there another way the BCS can perhaps make it at least a little less human judgement and a little more stats. Strength of Schedule should have been kept. What is your opinion Steve.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 1:59:28 PM)
You make a good point. If Auburn had begun the year a little closer to USC and OU, it may have had a better shot of overtaking them. Strength of schedule is a part of the various computer rankings still. My feeling is OSU will be seen as a preseason top-10 team with a win over Okie State. They have too many guys back (Hawk, Smith, Holmes and Ginn) with star power to be overlooked. They had 3 SI All-Americans and 2 of those (Hawk and Ginn) will be back.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:00:19 PM)
But, yes, starting at 15 is nowhere to be to make an NC run. You need a bunch of people ahead of you to get knocked off. If memory serves, OSU opened at 10 or 11 in the NC season and got up to No. 2 mainly because of some upsets, even though they were unbeaten.

Guest (Dec 10, 2004 2:00:34 PM)
Alot of folks were sorry to see Cal bumped from the Rose Bowl,but, I look at it as a giant scouting expedition on Texas since they are in the SHOE next year. Is their team losing many grads or do we pretty much play them as we see them now?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:00:49 PM)
yooperbuck asks about Texas and how they'll look in 2005 ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:02:02 PM)
It will be neat to see how they match up with Michigan. I know they're QB Vince Young will be back, but the A-A RB Cedric Benson is a senior. I have not studied anything else about them, unfortunately.

scribeohio (Dec 10, 2004 2:03:36 PM)
Steve, any developments/news on the FB NCAA investigation? Will it hurt recruiting? Done b4 LOI day?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:04:21 PM)
No developments. No timetable. Will be over when it's over, I guess. Yes, some recruits are mentioning it, but I don't think it's had that adverse an affect.

Guest (Dec 10, 2004 2:04:28 PM)
Why do so many publications have varying info. on what players have been offered scholarships. Does C. Jackson have one? Does Felder or Stewart?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:04:49 PM)
buck35 asks about varying information on scholarship offers, etc.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:04:59 PM)
This is an area we constantly are asked about ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:06:41 PM)
Kids go through this process one time. They aren't up-to-date a lot of times on the status of their offers and the fact that some are conditional on academics, other recruits, etc. In terms of our database, it is truly just the best guess of where things are at at that given moment. Things change every day with offers and visits, so it is hard to stay on top of all developments without calling every kid every day and we would never do that.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:08:03 PM)
buck35 asked about Carlton Jackson, Felder and Stewart. Jackson does not have an offer. Felder does and may visit. Stewart, if he does, it would be contingent on academics. He only had a 15, I believe, on his ACT, and he doesn't really figure to visit now anyway. Washington state is kind of off the beaten path for this coaching staff. There are so few prospects there looking at OSU it isn't worth the time or trouble to fly there 3-4 times for one kid.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:08:24 PM)
Kevin Griffin may be the only kid I recall ever playing here from there ... and he was Archie's nephew.

redondo (Dec 10, 2004 2:08:31 PM)
Hi Steve - A follow-up on the Coach Conley question. Regarding the chats, I know those of us on our side of the fence look forward to them with great anticipation - "They're gold". How does Coach Conley view them? Does he enjoy the interaction or is their trepidation or eye-rolling or what? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:11:00 PM)
He enjoys the interaction. In his defense, he obviously does not still sit in on coaching meetings and evaluation discussions with the coaching staff. Some have been disappointed that his comments seemed outdated or whatever, but the fact is he does not work there any more. He does stay in contact regularly, though, with his friends who are still on staff. I have not seen much eye rolling. There was one obvious question asked Wed. where we both kind of threw our hands up because the answer was fairly obvious. But there are no stupid questions, I guess (ha ha).

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:11:32 PM)
We think his opinions and insight on many of these players he recruited or coached have been a great addition to the site.

JackRowe#1 (Dec 10, 2004 2:11:37 PM)
Has there ever been another player who came back so quickly from "season ending knee surgery" to have a big impact on a key game that Donte Whitner had this year?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:11:57 PM)
Injuries are so touchy. I'm honestly not sure Whitner had the surgery or not.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:13:06 PM)
Tressel sent some conflicting signals out about that. But what Whitner did was nothing short of remarkable. He either had the surgery and came back in 10 days or decided to delay it so he could play in the game, with the understanding that playing would not affect the injury any worse. Not sure exactly which it was, but he earned a lot of internal praise for sacking up for The Game.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 2:13:10 PM)
Do you see Teddy every throwing a pass?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:13:31 PM)
I would love to see that. Thing is he is so quick, who else do you want running it? (ha ha).

cliffosu (Dec 10, 2004 2:13:39 PM)
The pollsters even In our National Championship year thought that a 2 loss USC was better than us. Many analysts thought the Trojans were a better team with Carson and a great offense than the Bucks with a great defense. I just hope that pollsters start paying attention to better defenses in the coming years.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:15:15 PM)
Yes, that would be nice, since that's Ohio State's MO. I joked with somebody the other day about that NC season. After the Fiesta Bowl, a buddy of mine crammed into the bathroom with a bunch of happy OSU fans. They were all whooping it up and when it died down, a voice in the corner let out, "Yeah, but we wouldn't have beaten Iowa!" That's just the nature of things. Defense gets no credit ... except when they're passing out the crystal.

redondo (Dec 10, 2004 2:15:29 PM)
Hi Steve - What's your sense of the team and coaches relative to their mindset of playing in the Alamo Bowl? Coming off two BCS years, I can see how it's not quite as glamourous, but OTOH coming off 3 & 3 at mid-sesaon, I thought it's pretty good. The guy from "The Fan" on ESPN's "The Herd's" "Spanning the Globe" segment today said Columbus was "disappointed" with the Alamo Bowl (relative to a January 1 or BCS game).

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:16:40 PM)
When you're 3-3, your goals change. They are doggone happy to be in a bowl and excited to spend a week in San Antonio, although they will be away from home for Xmas. I'm not sure OSU fans are as hopped up. OSU announced today it has Alamo tickets, as many as you like, for sale at the Schott.

labsbeabmm (Dec 10, 2004 2:16:47 PM)
If we don't have two or more quality backs lined up. We've screwed up this year's recruiting, I think.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:18:01 PM)
Agreed. The sentiment is they have one (Mo Wells) all but locked up. But they really need that power component, too. OL, DL and RB are their 3 biggest needs. They can knock out DL with Ashley and Wilson. OL is pretty much done. Wells and Gwaltney would fill the bill at RB.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 2:18:08 PM)
Who'd think our powerhouse neighbors, Notre Dame & Penn St., would be simultaneously in such disarray. In your opinion, how well is the coaching staff exploiting this anomaly?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:21:07 PM)
Last year they got 4 of the top 11 in PA. Other than Mathis, I'm not sure they will get anybody from PA this year. Next year, they have their sights set on several guys (Lyons brother and others). They need to keep the heat on there. OSU has outrecruited ND for years. ND chips away and gets a guy here or there like Lawrence Wilson. Would be great to swing him for OSU, no doubt, as a result of this mess.

cliffosu (Dec 10, 2004 2:21:17 PM)
Why not more interest in Brandon Harrison with Notre Dame fisco.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:22:11 PM)
Mel Tucker must not like the height. I think Winfield, at 5-10, was able to get away with it and he's been a real good pro, too. I just think Tucker has a bias toward big corners, he has no interest in seeing his guys get in position and get out-jump balled.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 2:22:21 PM)
Say Coach Conley takes over at OU. Certainly, he and Dantonio would cross paths with studs only considering OSU. What is the likelyhood that they would put in a good word for Tressel? That might strengthen our fence around the state.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:24:14 PM)
That's a lot of supposition there. I don't think many high school kids in Ohio need to be sold on the merits of Ohio State. I'm sure if Dantonio is recruiting for UC (and also on OSU's schedule again in 2006, I believe, with talk of more games down the line) and Conley or whoever is recruiting for OU, they won't be spending much time selling Ohio State to anybody. It's kind of a given. It's in their pedigree, but they won't talk about it that much except in passing.

murfinatl (Dec 10, 2004 2:24:36 PM)
Steve, the past two years we got recruiting off early with big names. Boone and Jamario were huge early gets. Do you see any really big early gets in 05 to jump start things?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:25:47 PM)
Great question. They have offered Chris Wells reportedly, but he seems in no hurry to decide. There are several really good OL to choose from. Maybe one of them gets an early call and verbals. Ross Homan, the LB from Coldwater, would be a good one to lock down early, too. Nobody really jumps to mind, though.

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Dec 10, 2004 2:25:58 PM)
Speaking of injuries, it seems this staff does an amazing job of keeping a very tight lid on injury information. Is that a JT thing, or is it the result of the relatively new data privacy laws, or both?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:26:35 PM)
Everybody references the HIPA regulations, though nobody seems to know exactly what they can and can't say, so there is no set policy, other than to say as little as possible about injuries, so that's what they do.

darrenconrad (Dec 10, 2004 2:26:40 PM)
With the emergence of a solid offensive line Whoever we have at tailback will perform better than the last few years, thoughts!

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:26:52 PM)
Agreed, the ground game will improve as the line matures. No question.

Gluester (Dec 10, 2004 2:26:56 PM)
Can you name any NFL Buckeyes who spend a lot of time on campus, working with current players?

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:27:40 PM)
Used to be a lot when Dave Kennedy was the strength coach. I can't honestly say anymore if it's still that way or not. Probably the newer pros like Doss and others may be more prone to come by than the older guys.

cliffosu (Dec 10, 2004 2:27:53 PM)
Personally I would rather see the bucks focus on Chris Wells next year. Mo Wells this year is great. Chris Wells next year is even better. If we were to lose out on Gwaltney would that not make Ohio St. look more enticing to Chris next year. He would fit the bill and no worry about too much competition at the position. How would you see this Situation in respects to looking as good as possible to Chris Wells next season.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:28:42 PM)
Chris Wells is the big back they love to have, no doubt. Is he considered a better prospect overall than Mo Wells? I can't answer that. They're 2 different kinds of backs.

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:28:49 PM)
Be great to have them both (ha ha).

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:29:03 PM)
Hey guys, I've got a 2:30 appointment and I've got to run ...

SteveHelwagen (Dec 10, 2004 2:29:26 PM)
Thanks for the great questions. I should be here again next Thursday or Friday. Have a great weekend and happy holidays to all!

cliffosu (Dec 10, 2004 2:29:29 PM)
thanks Steve

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