Housteau Chat Archive: Feb. 9

Gary Housteau stopped by Bucknuts chat this afternoon to discuss Ohio State football and recruiting. We have a transcript below.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:09:11 PM)
Good afternoon to all you Bucknuts out there. If you have any question on this cold and wintery afternoon, send them my way and will get things heated up quickly!

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:12:07 PM)
I checked with a couple of source pertaining to whether or not Donnie Evege would be making a verbal commitment to Ohio State any time soon and the best that I could deduce is that it's eventually coming, probably much sooner rather than later, but nothing is imminent at this time from what I can tell. He will be attending the pro day at OSU on March 9th so maybe that could be the target day...but that of course is just speculation on my part.

Poz79 (Feb 9, 2006 1:11:05 PM)
Gary, what Harding players are you high on for this coming year? Do you think any may become Buckeyes?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:15:22 PM)
Poz79 thanks for your question to get things underway...I just turned moderation on so I messed there...but I'm high on Herron and Glover the most to be honest with you. I think both are tremendous talents...Herron on offense and Glover on defense. From what I know... I don't think OSU has shown either a tremendous amount of love to this point so I don't see the Harding pipeline being redirected to OSU this year but I hope to be wrong. Harding has a solid group of seniors-to-be but I think they would all have to play exceptional to even warrant a look from OSU.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:16:57 PM)
Moderation is now on, I believe, so if you have anyting on your mind then fire away. And thanks ahead of time!

JimC (Feb 9, 2006 1:17:37 PM)
Hi Gary, What do you think of all the potential coaching changes at scUM? Will this affect their recruiting?

spout (Feb 9, 2006 1:17:39 PM)
Hi Gary, your thoughts on Saine. Any video available?

buckofive (Feb 9, 2006 1:18:29 PM)
What recruits will we see at the Illinois game this weekend? Do any get offers?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:18:29 PM)
I know that Mabin is coming and I think Oliver is as well but beyond that I'm not sure at this time.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 9, 2006 1:19:19 PM)
Read your update on Gant being involve with the recruiting of the LMOP kids out of Meeeechigan. Can you expand on that. Who will receive offers and if so when?

j5topdogg (Feb 9, 2006 1:19:25 PM)
Afternoon Gary, do you think that tressel is somewhat turned off about Harding after the MoC scandal?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:19:26 PM)
No not at all j5topdogg...and he can't be. Harding has proven to be to bountiful of a harvest on an annual basis to be turn off by.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:21:08 PM)
Guys I'm having trouble with questions being moderated or not at this point. I think moderation is turned on now so I'll try to get to some of the questions I missed. I'm off to a rough start today but bear with me. Thanks!

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:22:57 PM)
For Kaiser21 about Gant...he seemed very positive that his boys at St. Mary's will be very interested in OSU going forward. What a perfect time to take advantage of the current situation at Michigan. He specifically mentioned Allen and Washington and Spiller (the QB) being in play. It sounds pretty promising. He sounded like a confident leader on the telephone.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:24:27 PM)
Spout asked about Saine and I loved what I saw of him at the state track meet but I haven't had a chance to watch any video of him to this point. I love the combination of size and speed he possesses. He's fast and much more compact than Chris Wells for instance.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:26:18 PM)
Jim C asked about Michigan's coaching changes...I think it could be a boon to OSU's recruiting efforts if they pounce aggressively. I'm sure Notre Dame will indeed try to take advantage of the situation. What a golden opportunity for OSU to try to establish a stronghold in that state up north. It can be their Harding of the state of Michigan. Go for it!

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:26:33 PM)
I think I'm caught up to the ones I missed in moderation.

Poz79 (Feb 9, 2006 1:29:09 PM)
It's early, but right now who's the best OL prospect in Ohio in your opinion?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:29:09 PM)
I'm going to go with Nich Schepis of Walsh Jesuit at this early point. I know Dan Barry did pretty well in San Antonio but I liked what I saw of Schepis in person. He looks the part and he can move the pile around a little bit. He has Mark Wooldridge to block for next year so I'm certain that they'll have a very productive ground attack. The pickings overall are very slim however.

kleintime16 (Feb 9, 2006 1:31:46 PM)
Coach Conely has taken a lot of flack on this board recently, I am wondering if you have personally talked with him and if so what his morale at this point is?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:31:46 PM)
Hi kleintime...unfortunately I do not have any personal relationship with Conley with me being in Northeast Ohio and him in Columbus so I don't know what his morale would be. I'm assuming you're inquiring about him not being in coaching at this time? Steve might know any answers about that and he'll be chatting tomorrow at 1 p.m.

MTBUCK (Feb 9, 2006 1:34:07 PM)
Hey GH. Because of the limited number of scholarships this next year, how picky will Tress be?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:34:07 PM)
Hi MT...I think the staff needs to be aggressive and not picky. By the end of camp they should have a really good idea of the direction they're going in and they need to move on it. ND alone has moved the recruiting clock forward another 6 months if not a year. There's not a lot of time to be picky, especially out of state recruits.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 1:38:30 PM)
Hi Gary Any chance Ginn sticks around for a 4th year? And do you think we see him play DB with they inexperience at Db?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:38:31 PM)
Hi PittmanforHeisman...No barring injury, there's not shot that Ginn sticks around for a 4th year. I'm fighting a losing battle with the second part of your question, but I'm frequently on that side of the equation and I relish that, but if you want the best talent on the field at all times than TGII needs to play some at cornerback. I just wonder why people don't want to see him making spectacular on defense just like he does on offense and special teams. Ginn is a freak of nature and there's no need to save him for anything. He will be a star on defense. He can close on the ball like no other cornerback I've ever witnessed at the high school level and more importantly he still fancies himself as a lockdown cover corner. Yeah I know all the arguments against TGII playing on defense but frankly I don't give a darn. Smile!

buckofive (Feb 9, 2006 1:41:38 PM)
Gary, will Morrow, Hubbard and/or Edmonds follow in Oliver's footsteps if they get offers? What positions do you see them all playing at the next level, whether it be at tOSU or not?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:41:38 PM)
I'll take Hubbard and be a very happy guy buckofive. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with Hubbard. He's a must-get in my book. If he's not a top 10 talent in Ohio...then he's right at the door and he's about to kick the freakin' door down. Morrow could be a safety at the next level...good size for a safety...needs to be more consistent and Edmonds is pretty special but he's no Tyrell Sutton. Give me Oliver and Hubbard and I say OSU hit the St. Ed's mother lode.

kleintime16 (Feb 9, 2006 1:46:01 PM)
Gary, if you were an OSU coach currently, what would be your top 5 to 10 pipeline schools in Ohio that would be targeted year in and year out. And a bonus question, do you think that the current OSU coaching staff has done a good job at targeting these schools and keeping the pipelines strong?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:46:01 PM)
Up north it would have to be Glenville, obviously, St. Edward, St. Ignatius, Warren G. Harding, McKinley and Massillon. They also need to do a better job at GlenOak. Down south, I think they need to be all over Colerain and St. X. I'm sure I'm missing a couple of schools but those are the ones who seem to be turning out talent on somewhat of a consistent basis. I can only hope they're doing a good job at all of those schools. They sure are at Glenville!

SCbuckeye (Feb 9, 2006 1:48:13 PM)
Gary, Do feel that Ben Martin is really favoring the Irish? We definately need to keep our top player in state.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:48:13 PM)
Hi SCbuckeye...If I talk to some of my Irish friends that are in the know, I get that impression but overall, I do not see that to be the case at this time. No question he's the top prize in Ohio at least going into next year and you can't lose a talent like him to anyone. I still say 50-50 at this time.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 1:51:50 PM)
Gary Do you think they will ever move the state semis and finals to Columbus instead of up north. Just seems like a central location would be good for everyone.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:51:50 PM)
Pittman asks about the central location in Ohio and I would like to offer chees with any of that wine from anyone in the south. With all due respect to the people who have to travel to Canton and Massillon for a state championship weekend...boo hoo! Baloney. There's not any two better venues to play the state football champioships than Fawcett and Paul Brown Stadium. Those people who have the privilege of watching their team in the state finals need to come for the weekend, go to the Pro Football Hall of fame, appreciate the experience and do it on a regular basis.

SFBuckeyeFan (Feb 9, 2006 1:53:31 PM)
Hello Gary. First time here. Who do you think is going to make the biggest impact this spring?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:53:31 PM)
Welcome SFBuckeyeFan...Someone on defense really needs to step up and get Ohio State fans excited about the fall. I say that it's Jamario O'Neal's time to shine. If I could predict greatness this spring for any one player over any of the others, I would have say J.O!

labsbeabmm (Feb 9, 2006 1:56:09 PM)
I think this upcoming year is especially critical for recruiting given the quality of guys we're losing next year and a good if not great year this year. You're thoughts.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:56:09 PM)
OSU needs linemen and receivers in a big way. The Buckeyes are well stocked at QB and RB for some time but they need to add a player ever year. Pittman could be gone after next year if he gets 1,800 yards. He's maturing into an NFL RB in front of our eyes. I think all the youth and the young depth on defense will begin to sprout in the next few years but I think OL and WR's are critical this year.

killabru (Feb 9, 2006 1:59:20 PM)
Seems to be different opinions on OL depth. Coaches say it's just right. Duane Long says he loses sleep over it. Bill Conley hasn't said a whole lot about lack of depth. It looks like if we have one injury, we aren't two deep in experienced scholarship OLinemen (one or more years in the program). Seems like we're backsliding when we were beginning to build depth. What's your take? Also, did we ever have a shot at Joe Thomas, & why not offer one of the best of the rest instate (Nagy, Palmer, etc.)

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 1:59:20 PM)
It may just about right killabru when you think about it. First I must say that Doug Datish has already done way more than I ever thought he would at Ohio State and I couldn't be happier about it. He made a believer out of me last year when he proved how valuable he really was to the line. But when you have Mitchum and Person and Skinner and Smith and Browning all waiting in the wings, it might be a better transition than we all believe. There's still Cordle and Boone and Rhering that will be around for some time so things are in decent shape...But you can never have enough offensive linemen. Never.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 9, 2006 2:02:01 PM)
Any Idea who might be on the Top of their Board at QB as far as getting an offer?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:02:01 PM)
I have no idea Kaiser...I'm still waiting on Mike Hartline to get an offer! Smile!

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:05:36 PM)
There is a big deal made of how huge the Texas Jr. days are and ND's. I can see how a young man could be overwhelmed and excited about such a big deal. But I think the new philosophy of having multiple dates for JR's and being able to spend more one on one time is better. Especially for the parents. I also think this allows the staff to be more selective and a better personal relationship. Your thoughts on what seems to be our new philosophy.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:05:36 PM)
I'm all for it dotthei...I think the more personal approach is a much better way to go no question. And the fact that they get to watch a good basketball game while they're down there really helps.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:08:16 PM)
I think the Ginn issue is more of the risk out weighing the reward.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:08:17 PM)
Well dotthei...all I can say to that is those who never dare may never know what they might have won! How's that sound! Teddy is all about greatness. I've watched him do tremendous things since his sophomore year in high school in football and track. He's never once disappointed. Never! The bigger the challenge the better the performance! Always! He's Teddy!

Poz79 (Feb 9, 2006 2:09:29 PM)
With so few scholarships available again this year, does OSU take a QB? Perhaps they should skip a year or suggest grayshirting to a prospect to add a gap between them and Boeckman, Schoenhoft and Henton.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:09:29 PM)
I would think that they would take one Poz since they will be losing two after this year.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:10:25 PM)
GH...I live down in the Carolinas and have seen Aram Olsen play. Everyone in Columbus is going to love the way he headhunts linebackers.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:10:25 PM)
I'm looking forward to seeing him in front of Chris Wells in the I formation playing smashmouth football like JT did a lot of at YSU!

TheKaiser21 (Feb 9, 2006 2:12:39 PM)
Do you see Hubbard Staying at WR or moving up in weight to TE

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:12:39 PM)
This year he'll be a wideout but I think he'll naturally convert to TE at the college level. He reminds me a lot of Ozzie Newsome who, I believe, was a wide out at Alabama before moving to tight end when he came to the Browns. Did I already say that I really like this kid???

MacAuley (Feb 9, 2006 2:13:23 PM)
Hi Gary, Thanks for your time this afternoon. Any chance you'll ever get Coach Tressel to participate in one of these chats?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:13:23 PM)
Hi MacAuley...that would be the coup of coups and I would guess only Mr. Bucknuts would be able to pull that one off. But don't hold your breath! Smile!

robobuck (Feb 9, 2006 2:15:28 PM)
Hi Gary...Do you think the reason AJ Hawk only got one LB award was the bad publicity of the break-in at his apartment and the money lying around. What is your take?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:15:28 PM)
Hi robobuck...there is no intelligent explanation available to your question. Sure the PSU LB was good but give me a friggin break! Clueless is the only explanation!

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:18:27 PM)
Who are 5 players in Ohio that would be OSU locks if offered?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:18:27 PM)
Royal Flush asks a tough one...I'll go with Jermale Hines for starters, Jordan Mabin, DevonTorrence, Brian Gamble and Morgan Williams.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 9, 2006 2:22:18 PM)
How Does DL compare to J.O. athletically?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:22:18 PM)
If you're talking about Devon Lyons than I have to say it's really no comparison. And I like Lyons a whole lot. J.O. is just a different animal. He's a thoroughbred that hits like a mack truck. DL has a different body type and I'm guessing might be more finesse than J.O. would ever care to be. The two could be a nice complement to each other.

Hicks74 (Feb 9, 2006 2:23:25 PM)
Hi Gary - Mixed messages on Devon Lyons. Not to name names but Duane Long says he will be a safety and Bob Lichtenfels says no, he will remain a WR ? Care to take sides ?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:23:25 PM)
Hi Hicks...from everything I know, DL will be on defense. I think Bob may missed that memo!

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:25:02 PM)
If Pittman does get 1,800 yds, do think that C.Wells will be content to play second fiddle to him?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:25:02 PM)
He sure will j5topdogg. But what a "second fiddle" he will be! There will be a lot of yards to go around on the ground next year. I would think Wells will get 600-800 of his own if not more. Why not both over 1,000. I think the possibility is definitely there.

Poz79 (Feb 9, 2006 2:26:11 PM)
Am I correct, Ohio North/South game and the Big33 game's are the same weekend? Which will you be attending?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:26:11 PM)
You are correct Poz and I think that $ucks! More than likely I'll be making my annual pilgrimage to Hershey.

robobuck (Feb 9, 2006 2:28:36 PM)
Do you see Ray Small playing corner next year or will he red shirt?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:28:36 PM)
He's just so friggin good on offense that it would be a shame not to see him on that side of the ball. But I'm on record as saying that it might be a year before we even see Small on the field at OSU unless he can win a kick return job. I think a redshirt year will do him well. He's not the exactly biggest kid to ever be recruited to OSU but he can do wonders with the ball in his hands.

djdile (Feb 9, 2006 2:30:28 PM)
hey gary first time here how much time do you see beanie getting this year with pittman becoming the back that he has? thank you

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:30:28 PM)
Welcome djdile...I see Beanie getting a lot of action. He's the real deal and people will see that in the spring. I'm confident of that. If there's ever a chance for JT to have two 1,000-yard RBs in the same season it's this year. Pittman might not be around for his senior year.

Hicks74 (Feb 9, 2006 2:32:12 PM)
Gary - Curtis Terry seemed to be somewhat ignored in the 2-deep mention at LB but Duane Long said he is up to 234 lbs while retaining his speed. Your thoughts ?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:32:12 PM)
I have that bias going on for Glenville kids as most of you know but that aside....how could you not like a 6-2, 234 pound LB that can run a 4.6 or better. He's a man! He could be a pleasant surprise on the defense next year.

SFBuckeyeFan (Feb 9, 2006 2:32:23 PM)
Is there anyone close to committing right now or in the next few weeks?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:32:23 PM)
Yes ... Donnie Evege!

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:35:39 PM)
Who catches more balls next year, Frost or Nichol and why?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:35:39 PM)
Hi sdbuckeye...I can't decide who I like better. I hope Nicol isn't reduced to any Hamby type of role. Both of these guys are big men that can run and catch the football. The TE has really never been an integral part of JTs offense, ever, so I hope this is the year he breaks another stereotype on offense. If he only has faith in his TE as a pass catcher instead of as a glorified blocker, the possibilities for this offense is off the charts. These are two very good TE's and I hope they get used. Let the OL do the blocking next year.

edbuck51 (Feb 9, 2006 2:38:31 PM)
I know you saw MoC and C. Wells a lot in high school. Did you see Pittman much/if any? If yes, what where your thoughts on him at the time?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:38:32 PM)
I saw Pittman quite a bit as well and liked him from day one. He played hurt in his senior year but he was really special at the end of his junior season especially in the post season. I think he obviously earned his scholarship in the post season. I would put him fifth behind Beanie, Reecie, Tyrell, Ray Williams and then Pittman. Sutton was the most consistent running back I ever saw.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:39:27 PM)
Who wins between Notre Dame and Michigan next year? Also, how many losses does the team up north have in '06?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:39:28 PM)
ND... and a lot! The wheels could really fall off the wagon next year up there.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:40:09 PM)
The amount of questions are just overwhelming right now...please bear with me.

Hicks74 (Feb 9, 2006 2:40:41 PM)
Gary, Do you see OSU offering a sophomore again like Jamario O ? That Zerbre Sanders from Clayton Northmont sounds awesome at OT !

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:40:41 PM)
I casually said Marcus Hall of Glenville but I think I really mean it.

tj (Feb 9, 2006 2:42:30 PM)
Gary, do you really believe Pittman may bolt if he has a big year?? I find that hard to believe. He is certainly a talented college RB, but an early entry into the nfl? I would be surprised if he ever becomes a contributor in the nfl.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:42:30 PM)
Probably not tj...but when I first alluded to Donte Whitner going pro early everybody thought I was nuts then as well. But I think it is in the realm of being a possibility. He has all the ability you're looking for and he's getting better with every carry. He's a stud.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 9, 2006 2:45:04 PM)
I think OSU has a great selling point when It comes To elite O-lineman. Look no further than our backfield for the next four years. How do you think that will play in the Recruiting of the upper tier OOS O-lineman? I've never met an O-lineman who doesn't like to Run Block, and it looks like the I- will be coming to a shoe near you soon.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:45:04 PM)
I know Connor Smith loves having Beanie in the backfield for the next few seasons. Any HS lineman who saw the All-American game knows who Chris Wells is. A 'Shoe near you is good one...smile!

rbuck (Feb 9, 2006 2:45:54 PM)
Can you believe that ESPN has Chris Wells rated as the 5th best RB, do you think this is possible?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:45:54 PM)
In short rbuck...no! Not logical no matter how you slice it.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:48:57 PM)
Does Roy Hall have enough speed to get separation next year, or do we go with Dukes or Robiskie?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:48:58 PM)
Let's hope Hall has one of those senior years that JT counts on from his senior members. I think Hall can be special. Look at some of the huge catches he's made over his career when given the opportunity. With Troy's Smith maturity as a quarterback I think Hall will have plenty opportunities to become a dangerous threat at wide out. And he literally blocks lights out as we all know. I think Dukes could be number 4 with Robiskie and Hartline right in the mix as well.

TheKaiser21 (Feb 9, 2006 2:52:28 PM)
Can you compare Rob S. to any QB's we've had in the past, or any other college QB's he might resemble.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:52:28 PM)
Boy I like this kid but i'm afraid he's going to get lost in the spread offense if JT stays with it after TS is gone. He may be the purest quarterback of any OSU QB that I can remember. And his demeanor makes him even more special. This kid is the closest thing I've ever seen to being a 'can't miss' prospect in high school. I can realistically see him as being a three-year starter at Ohio State.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:53:08 PM)
hi Gary- what ever happened to Austin Spittler?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:53:08 PM)
He was busy being a freshman linebacker last year I'm sure.

Hicks74 (Feb 9, 2006 2:54:54 PM)
Gary - Any updates on walk-on's leaning this way ? Derrel Johnson or DT Reed from Warren Harding ie ?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:54:54 PM)
I don't see Reed having any legitimate shot at OSU unless I missed the memo on him. DJ still remains at large from the last that I heard. We may not hear anything definite on him until May or June. He'll be under center at the Big 33 game if I'm not mistaken.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 2:57:07 PM)
Our running game should be strong next year, but what really has me excited is the possibility of the short and long passing games because of this running threat.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 2:57:07 PM)
sdbuckeye I think Troy Smith can be as good as he wants to be this coming year. He has made a believe out of me and I was as hard on him early in the year as anyone. My expectations of him this year are tremendous. The running game, as you say, should only open up the field even more this year for Smith.

edbuck51 (Feb 9, 2006 3:00:26 PM)
Have you actually had a chance to see Devon Torrence play? What are you thoughts on his brother?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:00:26 PM)
Hi edbuck...I have not seen Torrence in person as of yet. I was planning on going to see him play against Canfield next year but I'm not certain of that now. Canfield pounded South last season and went on to the state championship game and they have Sean Baker coming back so I do want to see them play again this year. I have not seen the younger Torrence either. I saw J'Keem Waters at a track meet last year but he's had some academic difficulties since and I don't know his status.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 3:03:52 PM)
Our defensive backfield is going to be talented but so inexperienced that I'm worried quite frankly. I hear a lot of names mentioned including Patterson, Lyons and Russell when it comes to candidates that could beat out Mitchell. Do you see Mitchell starting and why is everyone thinking Amos and not Coleman starts at the corner opposite Jenkins?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:03:52 PM)
I like all the names you mentioned there sdbuckye. I think the reason most people are excited about Amos is because he teased us all in the north-south and Big 33 games last year. Coleman is still an unknown talent to most of us at this time. I think Mitchell has already proven he deserves to be on the field in the nickel package at the very least. I like Nick Patterson a whole lot and even Anderson Russell so I'll be happy no matter who is back there. I don't know if Mitchell will start but he will play no question. I think the defensive backfield could be pretty special next season. Young but special.

edbuck51 (Feb 9, 2006 3:06:51 PM)
I know you were more of a Zwick guy early on just like I was. What role did you see Troy Smith filling when he signed at OSU, and what do you think has allowed him to progress to this point versus how Justin has developed? I think Tressel got to deep in JZ's head and he got afraid to make a mistake.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:06:51 PM)
edbuck...I have to admit that I was sold on the fact that if TS wouldn't play QB then he would be catching passes from JZ. But that was more than a few years ago now and we now know TS is indeed the one throwing the passes. I still believe JZ has a lot of potential as an NFL quarterback but his time away from the actual competition may be too much for him to overcome. Four different receivers with Five catches in the Miami game last year still resonates with me as much as anything.

Guest (Feb 9, 2006 3:08:34 PM)
Gary, I know you've always said JT is JT and he is going to win playing Tressel Ball, that being said. Aren't you a little surprised how the offense "opened up" the last couple of games?

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:08:34 PM)
I sure am rbuck and I have acknowledged that. I think it happened more out of necessity than anything else as Troy Smith went from a running quarterback to a quarterback in front of our very eyes. I'm sure even JT was a bit surprised with his progress this year. Kudos to the offense under JT last year.

Hicks74 (Feb 9, 2006 3:09:41 PM)
Gary, Helwegen ? mentioned the DT's depth the other day and mentioned Juan Garnier in the two deep. I saw the size of the guy and wondered why he was never mentioned esp being at Auburn briefly.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:09:41 PM)
I sure am looking forward to learning more about Garnier in the near future.

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:11:34 PM)
Guys I have to call it a wrap at this point. Sorry for the questions that I didn't get to but I made a really good effort at it. Thanks to all of you for participating in the chat and to those of you reading the chat at a later time. Have a good weekend and go Bucks!

Hicks74 (Feb 9, 2006 3:12:16 PM)
Thanks Gary !!

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:12:17 PM)
Thank you Hicks!

TheKaiser21 (Feb 9, 2006 3:13:13 PM)
Thx Gary. always appreciate the info

GaryHousteau (Feb 9, 2006 3:13:13 PM)
Thanks for the kind words Kaiser. Always appreciate your questions!

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