Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is well-known in football circles for the emphasis he puts on special teams play. He has an ally in that belief in Texas head coach Mack Brown, which means that both teams in the upcoming Fiesta Bowl expect to be solid in the kicking game. If one is not, it could decide the game.
December 27, 2008
Ohio State's field-goal kicker and punter are in their final games for the Scarlet and Gray. What do Ryan Pretorius and A.J. Trapasso plan to do after their eligibility is up? A shot at the pro ranks would be nice, each specialist says, but neither has any delusions about the work it would take.
October 14, 2008
Ohio State fans hoping for an offensive explosion from the home team went home disappointed after the Buckeyes finished off conference foe Purdue. Instead, they were treated to a classic example of what has been termed "Tresselball" -- solid defense and special teams as well as an offense that does not turn the ball over.
October 11, 2008
Through six games, there's been plenty to like and plenty to complain about from the Ohio State special teams. BuckeyeSports.com tries to make sense of it all in this midseason gradebook. See the grades given out by BSB for the kickers, punters and return men and voice your opinion on our message boards.
October 10, 2008
The annual fall kick scrimmage is a day for the specialists to shine, but the kickers and punters weren't always sharp during the 2008 version. The Gray team, featuring backups Aaron Pettrey and Ryan Pretorius, was able to do enough, thanks to a touchdown off of a fake punt pass, to earn a victory over the Scarlet in Ohio Stadium.
August 20, 2008
Most players don't reach their fifth spring practice session at a given university, but that's the situation a few OSU football players find themselves in, including A.J. Trapasso. The fourth-year starter at punter said he'd try to use that experience to his advantage this year, while looking forward to a high-profile arrival.
May 7, 2008