Tressel: No Beanie Wells This Weekend

When Ohio State takes the field this weekend, it will do so with a Wells lining up in the backfield for the first snap. It just will not be the same Wells most fans might expect. Get the latest injury report from the final press conference before Saturday's game against Ohio University.

The questioning and speculating as to whether or not Chris "Beanie" Wells will play against Ohio University this weekend can finally cease.

At his final press conference before Saturday's game, Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel confirmed that Beanie will not play against the Bobcats as he continues to recover from a foot injury suffered during the team's season-opening victory against Youngstown State.

"Beanie won't go this week," he said. "I feel good about his progress but it wasn't enough progress to practice through yesterday. I think there's a little bit of risk when you don't practice, not just in the injury department but in the execution department."

With a prime-time, nationally televised showdown with USC the following weekend, Tressel said he had no worries that Beanie would be unavailable to go against the Trojans.

The game marks the first Wells will sit out in his OSU career, having started the last 14 games and played in all 13 as a true freshman. In his place steps senior tailback Maurice Wells, who carried the ball five times for 32 yards and caught a pass for 10 yards against the Penguins.

Maurice Wells entered the YSU game as the team's No. 4 tailback behind Beanie, redshirt freshman Dan Herron and sophomore Brandon Saine, but that owed largely to having missed time during fall camp as he battled injuries.

Now fully healthy, Tressel said Wells showed enough against YSU to prove that he deserves the start against the Bobcats.

"I thought he played well," Tressel said. "I thought he played very solid and his technique was good. He kept his shoulders square, broke some tackles, seemed healthy. Unfortunately when you miss time you don't look as good at times."

All three tailbacks figure to see significant playing time though. Wednesday evening, running backs coach Dick Tressel said he feels each tailback will get at least a dozen carries against OU.

Jim Tressel echoed that hope.

"Personally, I would like to see all three of those guys get a dozen or more carries," he said.

Saine is also back to 100 percent after battling a hamstring injury during fall camp. He carried the ball five times for 20 yards against the Penguins. The head coach said this should be a good chance for Saine to shake off some rust and put together a more complete body of work than he was able to showcase last week.

Beanie is not the only Buckeye who will be out of the game, however. Sophomore linebacker Brian Rolle suffered a concussion during the game and will not play.

Two players who were unavailable for the first game of the year will now be back in action. Junior strong safety Kurt Coleman and classmate cornerback Andre Amos are both back in the lineup.

"Kurt practiced a lot this week, so I expect him to play," Tressel said.

One player who will not see playing time again for the Buckeyes is James Scott, a sophomore cornerback from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze. After not being with the Buckeyes when they reported to camp and not being on the list of 105 roster players, Scott was back in Columbus on Tuesday to meet with the coaches to discuss his future.

That meeting apparently ended with Scott no longer being a part of the program.

"I don't think he'll be coming back," Jim Tressel said. "We typically don't talk about where people are going, but I don't think he'll be coming back."

In addition, the Buckeyes might have a different second-string offensive line when they play this weekend than the one they showed against YSU.

"I didn't really realize it was an all-freshmen group because there were freshmen receivers and all that stuff too," Jim Tressel said. "It was what we thought was the next-best group to put in. It was just the way that it fell.

"If you asked me today what that second group would look like, I'm not sure I could answer that."

Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Ohio Stadium, and the game will be televised by ESPN.


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