Free Excerpts From April Issue Of Bucknuts

In this issue of Bucknuts the Magazine, one of the featured stories is an in-depth profile of OSU's newest superstar -- Ted Ginn. One of the things we will be doing now and in the future at Bucknuts is giving you free excerpts of articles in various issues of Bucknuts the Magazine. Our first excerpt in this series is from this article on Ted Ginn. Read on for more.

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In each issue of Bucknuts The Magazine, we have in-depth features on Ohio State football players, coaches and prospects. We also have analysis pieces on the Buckeyes as well as their opponents, the Big Ten and college football world in general. Plus, we have features on OSU athletes in a variety of sports, including men's and women's basketball, hockey, wrestling, baseball and other sports.

The Spring edition (Ted Ginn Jr. on the cover) will be on newsstands any day. If you subscribe now, your subscription will start with the Summer edition, which will stand as the Football Preview edition.

Here is an excerpt from a story published in the Spring edition of BTM:

Headline: Top Ginn

By Steve Helwagen

It was about 45 minutes after Ohio State's thorough decimation of Michigan last Nov. 20 when a reporter changed to change the topic of Jim Tressel's postgame press conference from the defense to another question about freshman sensation Ted Ginn Jr.

"Coach, if I can stay with Ted Ginn for just a second …" the reporter said.

Without batting an eyelash, Tressel replied, "I'd like to stay with him for four years."

The room was awash in laughter as the coach made light of the fact that a talent like Ginn, one of the most heralded newcomers Ohio State has had in some time, only comes around once a decade.

During the course of ABC's broadcast of the same game, the network produced a cartoon graphic that showed OSU's No. 7 outrunning a sports car. While it isn't known exactly how fast Ginn can get from 0 to 60 mph, anybody who watched the Buckeyes play in 2004 understands what this product of Cleveland Glenville High School brings to the table.

By midseason, Ginn had become a starter at flanker and also joined sophomore teammate Santonio Holmes in a dual punt return formation that paid dividends for both of them. Now, Ginn is preparing for the 2005 season with the idea of getting a chance to play offense, special teams and, yes, even on defense at cornerback.

Ginn's triple duty may remind some of the path taken in 2002-03 by former Buckeye Chris Gamble. National pundits have taken notice, mentioning Ginn as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate for 2005.

After all, coming off an eight-touchdown performance in 2004, the sky could be the limit for Ginn this season. But this quiet but confident young star takes all of the accolades and hoopla that have been thrown his way in stride.

"I just look at it like one day you go out here and you guys are here and the next day you're gone," Ginn said of the heavy media attention. "I just try to come out here and answer your questions and have fun. After this, it's time to go back to work at square one and start all over again.

"It's all positive and I pay attention to it, but I don't. Every day you have to strive to get better."

That work ethic was instilled in Ginn by his father, Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr., and his mother, Jeanette. Ginn, listed at 6-0 and 170 pounds last year, understands he will only be as good as the work he puts in. His goals for last year, he said, were actually pretty simple.

"I just came in and my goal was to score a couple of times," Ginn said. "Every time I touched the ball, I wanted to do something with it. I wanted to be an impact player. I guess I made that goal.

"That's just me. Every time I touch the ball, I try to make a big play. If you don't think like that, you'll be an average player."

Ginn's numbers show he is no average player. For the year, he ended up with:

* 25 catches for 359 yards (14.4 average) and two touchdowns.

* 13 rushes for 113 yards (8.7 average) and two touchdowns.

* 15 punt returns for 384 yards (nation's best 25.6 average) and four touchdowns.

* Two kick returns for 40 yards (20.0 average).

He was named as the first-team All-American punt returner by Sports Illustrated and CollegeFootballNews.com. He was tabbed as the third-team All-American at the all-purpose position by The Associated Press.

But unlike some OSU freshmen of note - guys like Orlando Pace and Andy Katzenmoyer - Ginn was not thrown into the fire from the first game. He eased his way into the lineup.

"He caught a couple slants early in the season," Tressel said. "I'm not sure he had that many reps."

The toothpaste finally came out of the tube, though, in the season's fifth game, a loss to Wisconsin. Ginn returned a punt 65 yards for a score, marking the beginning of a remarkable late-season run.

In succession, Ginn had a 59-yard touchdown catch from former Glenville teammate Troy Smith against Indiana, a 67-yard punt return for a score against Penn State, three touchdowns in a win at Michigan State (one rushing, one punt return and one catch), an 82-yard punt return for a score against Michigan and, finally, a rushing touchdown playing as the emergency backup quarterback in OSU's Alamo Bowl victory over Oklahoma State.

All totaled, Ginn saw six of his eight touchdowns go for 58 yards or longer. Talk about a game changer!

"It's always exciting when you have someone who, when they get the ball, can go a long, long way," said OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman. "It is interesting to find ways to get them the ball. You get excited when the ball goes in the air."

Ginn was one of the most decorated players in Ohio high school football history. He played quarterback, receiver, cornerback and return man at Glenville. He was named the USA Today national defensive player of the year as well as Ohio High's Man of the Year in high school football in 2003. At the same time, he was also a tremendous track athlete, winning three firsts and a second as a senior at the state meet in various sprint, hurdles and relay events.

Many believed Ginn would open his career at OSU as a corner. But with Dustin Fox and Ashton Youboty in place there and the offense in need of a jump start, Ginn was moved almost exclusively to receiver early in the season.

"We originally had him as cornerback, but he's a state track champion and he saw he could do some things for us on the offensive side of the ball," Tressel said. "His hands have to be as good as any I've seen."

Mel Tucker was OSU's defensive backs coach the last four years. Tucker, who moved on to the NFL's Cleveland Browns in February, recruited Ginn out of Glenville.

"I think Teddy is a kid who works very hard," Tucker said. "He wants to do things right. The more he practices, the more reps he gets, the better he is going to get. He seems to becoming more and more comfortable with his role, whatever it may be.

"I saw Teddy do some amazing things in high school. For a couple of years, he's always been a guy who can make plays. He's a guy who, regardless of where he would have gone, he's going to make plays."

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