Fragel Ready To Rock

Sophomore tight end Reid Fragel was impressive in 2010 in limited playing time, and he should be in line for more action this season with the graduation of Jake Ballard. Fragel is in competition with Jake Stoneburner for the starting tight end job, but there will be times when both are on the field together. Bill Greene caught up to Fragel recently, and filed this report.

It's hard to imagine a more physically imposing tight end in college football than Ohio State sophomore Reid Fragel. Fragel played sparingly as a true freshman in 2009, but the graduation of Jake Ballard opens up a spot for more extended playing time.

Fragel is in competition with fellow sophomore Jake Stoneburner for the starting tight end position, but there will be several sets where both players are on the field at the same time.

"Right now, I see myself being used more in the running game, and I think the coaches are happy with my blocking," Fragel stated. "My route-running skills have gotten a lot better, and I think I did really well this spring catching the football."

"I've worked really hard in the off-season, and I think I'm a better player at every facet of playing tight end," he continued. "I worked hard on being more agile and being quicker down the seam. I've also gotten stronger, and right now I'm 6-foot-8, and I weigh 267-pounds, which I think is ideal for me."

When Fragel signed with the Buckeyes in 2009, there were rumblings he could end up playing offensive tackle, but he quickly dispelled those thoughts, stating it has never been discussed by the Ohio State coaching staff.

"It has never been discussed with me by any of the coaches, not Coach (JIm) Bollman or Coach (John) Peterson," he explained. "My friends kid me about it all the time, and I've read about my changing positions on the internet, but it's never been brought up by the coaches."

Fragel also discussed the high expectations that come with being ranked as one of the favorites to play for the national title this season.

"At Ohio State, you expect to be favored to win the Big Ten, and contend for the national title," Fragel stressed. "That's why players come to Ohio State, so it's not added pressure, as much as it's what we want and expect. Our coaching staff does a great job of guiding us and leading us, so we're prepared to do our best on a weekly basis. I love being ranked high, and I think the whole team feels that way."

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