It's no lie that true freshmen had a major impact on
Obviously, some played larger roles than others. Tailback Maurice Clarett probably recorded the finest season ever by an OSU freshman.
E.J. Underwood started briefly at cornerback, but couldn't stand in the way two-way star Chris Gamble. Even with the mid-season benching, Underwood showed that he's going to be a fine cover-man down the road.
Based solely on the freshmen who played, it's safe to say that OSU's 2002 recruiting class - billed as the nation's second-best by most sources - is living up to all the hype. Throw in the redshirts and it is easy to see why this class was considered to be great.
Here's the list of '02 redshirts: OL R.J. Coleman, OL Doug Datish, OL T.J. Downing, WR Roy Hall, WR Santonio Holmes, S/LB Brandon Mitchell, DL Joel Penton, DT Quinn Pitcock, DE Jay Richardson, CB Mike Roberts, DL/OL Tim Schafer, QB Troy Smith, TE/LB Stan White Jr,. QB Justin Zwick.
That's banking some serious talent. In most years, at least a few of those guys would have been forced to play. The fact that all 14 of them were able to save a year of eligibility bodes very well for the future.
I am particularity excited about Datish, Holmes, Penton, Pitcock,
GAMBLE, THE ACTOR
The piece, which originally aired on the Ch. 10 news prior to the
It's a very well done segment. Gamble proves he really can do it all, even act.
The men's basketball team should play one regular season game in St. John Arena each year. Against cupcakes like Radford and Tennessee Tech, they only draw around 13,000 anyway (the capacity of
As for the
Andy Geiger has done almost everything exactly right during his time at OSU. Almost everything. This is the only major blunder I can think of. It probably costs the Bucks about two wins per season, which might make or break the NCAA Tournament bubble this year.
Next season, Geiger should revise the seating arrangements and put the rowdy students where they belong. It would send a message to the team that winning is the most important thing and that basketball really matters at OSU.
I was surprised that Mike Doss decided to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game and not the Senior Bowl. The latter is considered the premier event and Doss had invitations to both.
Speaking of Wilhelm, that stuff about him being a sixth-round draft pick is nonsense. Kind of reminds me of the preseason when people seriously believed that Wilhlem was going to be a backup to Freddie Pagac. Someday this guy is going to prove to everybody what a stud he is.
Big, athletic linebackers who can run sideline to sideline aren't drafted in the sixth round. Wilhelm will likely be a first-day selection (rounds 1-3).
Apparently, height/weight exaggerations aren't limited to media guides. Some of the listings for recruits make you wonder what these guys really look like. I saw one for Sian Cotton that listed him at 6-foot-5, 295-pounds. I'm 6-3 and I've spoke face-to-face with Cotton, who isn't a hair over 6-2. And Remember Rick McFadden? He was more like 6-5.
WILL FOX MOVE?
Ahh, the great Dustin Fox debate. Will he move to safety, or stay at corner?
I'm guessing he stays, but here are the three factors that will help decide for sure.
1. How will Thomas Matthews do at strong safety? The rising junior from
Everett and Salley will also factor in, but it's Matthews' job to lose.
2. How will the young corners do? (Namely Underwood, Donte Whitner and Ashton Youboty) If any of them steps up this spring and shows that they are the real deal, then Fox is sure to move. If not, then he will stay at corner at least until preseason camp.
3. The Buckeyes open with a passing team/veteran quarterback and play another passing team/veteran quarterback in game No. 3. With
So, even if one of the young corners sets the world on fire, they probably won't crack the starting lineup until game four or so. But one of them will have to be the nickel back right away.
The Bucks are reaching the point of no return with sophomore center Terence Dials who has been out since early December with a back injury. I say redshirt the big guy. Unless they win like five straight to get back in the hunt for an NCAA bid, give him that extra year to develop. Who knows how effective he will be if he comes back now anyway.
Former OSU point guard Scoonie Penn recently signed a contract with the NBDL's Asheville Altitude. Penn was a second-round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 2000, but was cut twice by the club in camp ('01, '02). Penn has also played professionally in
RANDOM MCMULLEN THOUGHT...
Scott McMullen would be a good Arena League quarterback with that quick release of his. That is about as random of a thought as you can get right there.
Have turned into a joke. Shawn Crable second-team? Brandon Maupin special mention? The voters need to take into account the fact that every team that played Lakota West ran away from Maupin. You can't just look at stats, or you will be left with invalid choices.
Crable makes first-team All-American, but is second-team all-state? That doesn't really add up.
Bill Parcells, new coach of the Dallas Buckeyes, er, Cowboys, is going to love fullback Jamar Martin. Martin is recovering from a torn ACL, but is expected to be 100 percent by training camp. He is the definition of a Parcells player.
BUCKEYE RB TRADITION
Beginning in 1982, the list of former OSU running backs that have made it to the NFL is impressive.
The list includes: Tim Spencer, Keith Byars, Vince Workman, Robert Smith, Raymont Harris, Eddie George, Pepe Pearson (played briefly with
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