Countdown To Spring: Two-Way Ted?

In part two of our 10-part Countdown To Spring Football, we examine how much Ted Ginn Jr. may be needed -- if at all -- on defense for the Buckeyes in 2005. Click here for more.

On Tuesday, we began our Countdown to Spring Football with the first of 10 pressing questions for Ohio State to answer this spring.

Spring drills open up March 31 with the Scarlet and Gray Game set for April 23 at Ohio Stadium.

Today, we will look at the ninth pressing question leading into spring football.

9. Will Ted Ginn Jr. spend a great deal of his time at cornerback?

With senior E.J. Underwood apparently out due to a violation of team rules, the Buckeyes are left to scramble a bit to fill the cornerback position vacated by Dustin Fox's graduation.

Ginn made quite a splash as a true freshman, working at flanker and returning punts. He was originally projected as a corner. But when Fox and Ashton Youboty locked those spots down, the staff moved Ginn to where he could pump life into the moribund offense.

His presence is probably still required on the offensive side of the ball. But Ginn, himself, clamors for the day when he can play both sides of the ball – a la OSU's last No. 7, Chris Gamble.

The Buckeyes are really hurting at corner. There were rumblings that senior Tyler Everett or junior Donte Whitner, who flipped back and forth between the strong safety and nickel positions last year, would rep at corner this spring. Beyond that, OSU is down to seldom used junior Mike Roberts or redshirt freshmen Shaun Lane and Brandon Underwood. Highly touted prep standout Jamario O'Neal arrives in the fall, but the staff will want some things clarified well before August.

Hence, you will probably see the indefatigable Ginn over on defense from time to time. Ginn did not run track this winter, staying with the football team to add strength and prepare himself for double duty.

Previous Installments

On Tuesday, we began this 10-part feature with the No. 10 pressing question for the spring:

10. Will several players "on the spot" deliver?

Click this link for a look at that installment including spring practice dates, the 2005 schedule and returning starters for OSU in 2005.

Countdown To Spring: Players on the Spot


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