Annual Spring Game Could Get Even Bigger
July 25, 2007 10:00 am EST

Each year, the Buckeyes draw a larger crowd for their spring game than some teams can manage for a regular season game.  Now there are talks of making the annual event even bigger.

According to reports, the university is talking with a New York marketing company to be a host site for the Gridiron Bash, a party that would be held the day before the spring game at Ohio Stadium. The event would include a concert, games, a pep rally and strategy sessions with former Buckeye players.  MSL Productions, the company that hatched the idea, wants to host such bashes at 15 universities, which all would agree to hold their spring football games on April 19. MSL President Shawn Garrity said the idea is loosely based on the explosion of Midnight Madness events that mark the start of practice for college basketball teams.  Garrity estimates that the deal is worth $40 million if 15 schools participate, with about $12 million going back to the universities.

Ohio State is receptive to the idea, although it has not signed a contract with MSL. Garrity said the University of Tennessee also is on board early with the concept.  David Brown, director of marketing for OSU's department of athletics, expects to negotiate the deal this summer.

The deal also offers $1.75 million in scholarships. Garrity said MSL intends to give as much as $1 million to the university with the largest attendance and fan interest in the event, with smaller amounts to runners-up.  This past year, a record 75,301 fans attended the spring game.  Garrity sees that kind of crowd as an opportunity. He said his company is looking for an umbrella sponsor for all the campus events, costing in the $1 million range. There would be other sponsorship opportunities as well.

Garrity said the concerts would involve nationally known acts such as Rascal Flatts and R.E.M. Concert prices would be set at $35, which would cover admission to pep rallies and other game-related events.

Former Sack Leader Jason Simmons Arrested
July 18, 2007 6:30 am EST

Clayton Northmont Middle School teacher Jason Simmons was arrested on charges of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old female student three times since May, the Dayton Daily News reported.  Simmons, 36, was being held pending a review of the case by prosecutors. He was a defensive end at Ohio State and a captain in 1993. He is currently an assistant coach at Clayton Northmont High.

AD Gene Smith Gets a Raise
July 14, 2007 8:00 am EST

Athletic director Gene Smith got a $150,000 raise yesterday when Ohio State's board of trustees increased his base salary to $600,000 a year.  Smith was obviously pleased with the news.  The trustees didn't lengthen the contract, which is set to expire in 2012. Talks about an extension wild happen during the next year, once E. Gordon Gee has had the chance to see the athletic director in action.

On Thursday, OSU rehired former President Gee from Vanderbilt, where he was chancellor. There, he eliminated the athletic director position, and he has said colleges should end situations where athletics departments are treated as "separate, almost semiautonomous fiefdoms."

Smith joined Ohio State in 2005 from Arizona State.

Tressel Donates $1 Million to Youngstown State
July 13, 2007 7:30 pm EST

Jim Tressel, his wife, Ellen, and her parents donated $1 million for a sports practice center at Youngstown State.  Ellen Tressel is a Youngstown State graduate. Her parents, Frank and Norma Watson of Canfield, are longtime supporters of the university. The practice facility will be called the WATTS Center, for Watson and Tressel Training Site.

HBO Sports to Chronicle 'THE Game'
July 12, 2007 8:30 am EST

HBO Sports has begun production on a documentary chronicling the football rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan.  It will premiere at 10:00 pm Nov. 13 on HBO, four days before the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The special's highlights will include a look at the personalities of former coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler.

To go to the Buckeye50 special page for "THE Game"click here.

Pete Johnson to Head Hall-of-Fame Class of 2007
July 11, 2007 5:00 pm EST

The 2007 Ohio State Athletics Hall-of-Fame class has been announced and will be inducted the weekend of September 7th and 8th, and will be present during the halftime of the Akron game.  Pete Johnson who lettered from 1973 to 1976 will be among that class. Johnson held the OSU all-time scoring record until the 2004 Alamo Bowl , when Mike Nugent surpassed his total of 348 career points. Johnson scored 58 career touchdowns, including a school and Big Ten-record 26 as a junior in 1975. He also rushed for 2,308 yards, playing on four conference championship teams.

Also included in this class will be: Marv Homan (Administration), Andy Dumpis (Volleyball), Ivan Gilbert (Fencing), Kristi Dascoli (Tennis), Yelena Kalkina (Fencing),Conny Kirsch (Rowing), Susan Mallery (Track and Field, Cross Country) and Anna Smith (Softball).

Gee To Return To Ohio State
July 11, 2007 2:15 pm EST

E. Gordon Gee will be returning to Ohio State University as its next president.  As reported by The Columbus Dispatch, Gee has confirmed that he would be leaving Vanderbilt University in a letter to that school's community today.  He will leave Vanderbilt August 1, the Ohio State board is expected to vote on its choice on Thursday.

Gee, 63, has been chancellor of Vanderbilt since 2000 and was Ohio State's president from 1990 through ‘97.  Ohio State's board of trustees have been trying to lure him back for months.

Gee released a statement in late June saying that he planned to stay at Vanderbilt for “a long time to come” and that he was not a candidate for Ohio State's presidency. But he added that OSU always would be “a special place to me.”  Sources said OSU trustees, however, were continuing to negotiate with him and had offered him a $1 million compensation package. His compensation at Vanderbilt is more than $1.2 million.  Gee will follow Karen A. Holbrook, who retired as OSU president June 30. She had announced her plans to leave a year ago.  Vanderbilt board chairman Martha R. Ingram today said she wishes Gee well in his new endeavors.

At Vanderbilt, a private university in Nashville, Tenn., Gee got national attention when he disbanded the athletic department, did away with the athletics-director job and gave the office of Student Life and University Affairs control over sports. Naysayers predicted Vanderbilt's teams would fail, but they have flourished.  In his seven years at Vanderbilt, Gee has lifted the school's academic standing and raised more than $1 billion.

During his seven years at OSU, the university started some of its largest building projects, including the $93 million Schottenstein Center, $92 million Fisher College of Business and an $80 million renovation of Ohio Stadium. Gee also trimmed enrollment from 50,000 to 48,000, worked to attract and keep better students, and pushed to increase state funding for colleges.

Big Ten Network Launches August 30th
July 2, 2007 12:00 pm EST

The Big Ten Network will launch at 8 pm EST on August 30th, officials at the new network announced today.  Included among the initial programming will be Big Ten Tonight, a studio-based, news, information and highlight show.  The network also said it has achieved distribution commitments for more than 75 cable systems that serve communities in the eight states where Big Ten schools are located. Subscribers to these cable systems will receive the Big Ten Network on an expanded basic level of service.

Central Ohio’s three major cable providers — Time Warner, WOW and Insight — have not agreed to pick up the network on their expanded basic tiers.

The network's first game coverage will be Sept. 1 with regional coverage of football games between Youngstown State and Ohio State; Appalachian State at Michigan; Florida International and Penn State; and Northeastern and Northwestern.  That night in prime time there will be coverage of Bowling Green at Minnesota and Indiana State at Indiana.  

Among the local cable systems planning to carry the Big Ten Network as part of their expanded basic level of service: Altatec Alta Municipal Utility, Cedar Falls Utilities, Celect Communications, Consolidated Communications, Network Services, City of Wadsworth Cable TV, Dixon Telephone Company, Grundy Center Municipal, Harlan Municipal Utilities, Hiawatha Broadband, Horizon Telecom, Independence Communications, Iowa Network Services, 
Mid-Century Communications, Moultrie Telecommunications, Muscatine Power & Water, Oneida Cablevision, Spencer Municipal Utilities, The Community Agency and USA Communications, The Big Ten Network has a national distribution agreement with DirectTV , as well as a regional agreement with Buckeye Cable.

Ryan Williams Leaves Football Program
June 29, 2007 10:15 pm EST

Ryan Williams, along with previously reported Walter Dublin and Brandon Underwood, have been gone from the OSU football squad since the end of spring quarter.  Williams, a third-year sophomore who had been coming back from a knee injury, has decided he wants to go to school closer to his home in Mission Viejo, CA.  Brent had him projected as a 3rd team defensive end on the Buckeye 50 Depth Chart Current Depth Chart . - Gregg

Laurinaitis Leads Early Watch Lists
June 25, 2007 6:30 pm EST

OSU defensive players James Laurinaitis, Vernon Gholston and Marcus Freeman were named to the 2007 Bednarik Award watch list.  Started in 1995, this award goes to the outstanding defensive player in college football.  Likewise, the Maxwell award, presented first in 1937, recognizes the most outstanding player in college football.  Buckeye sophomore Chris Wells was named to the first Maxwell watch list. - Gregg

Gee 'Just says No'
June 23, 2007 10:00 am EST

Vanderbilt University Chancellor E. Gordon Gee turned down an offer to return to Ohio State University as president, according to the report from The Columbus Dispatch.  Sources said Ohio State trustees thought they had persuaded Gee to return and had planned to announce the news Tuesday. They have now named Joseph Alutto, dean of OSU's Fisher College of Business, as interim president. Trustees still hope to have a permanent replacement for Karen Holbrook, who is leaving June 30, before the start of fall quarter. Alutto, who also will serve as interim provost because Barbara Snyder is leaving for Case Western Reserve University, will take both positions July 1. He would not say whether he is interested in taking the presidential job permanently.

Alutto, 65, said yesterday that his goal is to "move the university forward" and to "aggressively pursue the academic plan."

Gee, who led Ohio State from 1990 through '97, might not be out of the picture for the presidency. The board reportedly is continuing to negotiate with him.  Gee, 63, could not be reached yesterday for comment, but a Vanderbilt spokesman said on his behalf that Gee "is not, nor has he ever been, a candidate for Ohio State or any other presidency."

Known for his bow ties, horn-rimmed glasses and argyle socks, Gee is one of the highest-paid university leaders in the country, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. He made $1.2 million in 2004-05, its survey found.  Ohio State offered him nearly $1 million, said sources who spoke on the condition they not be identified.

At Vanderbilt, a private university in Nashville, Tenn., Gee got national attention when he disbanded the athletic department, did away with the athletic-director job and gave the office of Student Life and University Affairs control over sports. Naysayers predicted Vanderbilt's teams would fail, but they have flourished.

In his seven years at Vanderbilt, Gee has lifted the school's academic standing and raised more than $1 billion.  He also has gotten some negative attention. Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Gee spent as much as $700,000 on parties and a personal chef at Vanderbilt and that his wife, Constance, smoked marijuana in the presidential mansion for an inner-ear ailment. Vanderbilt's governing board tightened financial oversight of Gee as a result.  Mrs. Gee, a former OSU art professor, filed for divorce in March.

During his seven years at OSU, the university started some of its largest building projects, including the $93 million Schottenstein Center, $92 million Fisher College of Business and an $80 million renovation of Ohio Stadium. Gee also trimmed enrollment from 50,000 to 48,000, worked to attract and keep better students, and pushed to increase state funding for colleges.

Indiana Head Coach Terry Hoeppner Dies
June 19, 2007 1:00 pm EST

Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner died today of complications from a brain tumor. He was 59.  Hoeppner, who had two brain surgeries in the past 18 months, spent the past four months on medical leave. He died at 6:50 am at Bloomington Hospital with his family at his side, school spokesman J.D. Campbell said.

IU team physician Dr. Larry Rink confirmed in the statement that Hoeppner was being treated for the brain tumor during the past 18 months. During Hoeppner's illness the school released few details of the nature of his condition or his treatment.

Hoeppner, who went 9-14 in two seasons, had taken three medical leaves since December 2005. He hadn't been seen publicly since late February. Late last week, the school said assistant Bill Lynch would replace him as coach for the 2007 season.  In December 2005, doctors removed a tumor from his right temple a year after Greenspan hired Hoeppner.  In September, a CT scan revealed another growth in the same area of Hoeppner's brain.

Hoeppner was hired in 2004 to rebuild Indiana's football program. He soon nicknamed the Hoosiers' home field "The Rock" and then had the giant limestone boulder added to Memorial Stadium to reinforce the message.  In eight seasons as a head coach, six at Miami (Ohio), Hoeppner was 57-39, and he took Miami to consecutive bowl games in 2003 and 2004.

After the September surgery, the energetic coach, whom players often called younger than his age, returned sooner than expected. Three days after surgery, he sneaked into Indiana's coaching box at Memorial Stadium and watched the Hoosiers lose to Division I-AA Southern Illinois. Two weeks later, he resumed coaching.  He later inferred that test results from the second surgery showed what doctors removed was only scar tissue, not cancerous, and university officials never acknowledged Hoeppner had been suffering from a terminal illness.

Hoeppner continued making public appearances until late February. In March, he announced he was skipping spring practice to regain his "energy and strength."  Hoeppner is survived by his wife, three children -- Amy, Allison and Drew -- and four grandchildren.

Three Defenders Off the Team
June 19, 2007 7:00 am EST

According to SID Steve Snapp, cornerback Brandon Underwood and defensive linemen Walter Dublin and Juan Garnier are no longer on the football roster.  The scholarship for Underwood was not renewed for undisclosed reasons.  For Dublin, a freshman who suffered an ankle injury in camp last year, has decided to move closer to his home in Sarasota, FL.  His father indicated he is considering a transfer to Florida Atlantic, Florida International or Southern Mississippi.  No reason has been given for Garnier's departure at this time.  Only Underwood had seen any real time on the field and was the only one of three that had lettered.  Buckeye 50 had Underwood as 2nd team behind Donald Washington, while we placed Garnier and Dublin as third team players. - Gregg

Network and Times set for first two games in 2007
June 13, 2007 1:30 pm EST

Ohio State's opener Sept. 1 against Youngstown State and the Sept. 8 game against Akron will be shown on the Big Ten Network according to SID Steve Snapp.  In addition, he mentioned the expected start time of each will be 12:00 pm.  The B10 network also will show a Big Ten conference game, yet to be determined.  At this time, none of the major cable systems serving central Ohio have an agreement to carry the network.  DirecTV does have a deal though so a few of the Buckeye fans will be relieved. - Gregg

Torrence Says 'Show Me More Money'
June 13, 2007 7:45 am EST

Devon Torrence said barring a significant increase in the offer from the Houston Astros, he is likely going to play football at Ohio State this fall, according to his adviser.  Torrence is registered to start OSU summer school Monday with the majority of the 2007 recruiting class. He was a 16th-round pick of the Astros in the baseball entry draft last week.

Torrence had said that if the money were right, he likely would try baseball first. But his adviser, Joe Speed, said that in the last meeting with the Astros on Monday, the money was not right.  If Torrence starts class, Speed said, the Astros lose their rights to him and Torrence would not be eligible for the baseball draft for three years.  Rules do allow Torrence to play both pro baseball and college football, but Speed said Torrence likely would want "to devote 100 percent of his effort" to one sport.

Zwick Gets another NFL Opportunity
June 12, 2007 8:00 pm EST

According to the AP Press release, the Carolina Panthers wanted to give Justin Zwick a shot to keep his football career alive.  Zwick, who had stayed in shape since leaving Ohio State, worked out for the team Thursday and the Panthers signed him during the weekend. He practiced at an optional workout yesterday.

For a player who entered college with great fanfare and left as a forgotten backup behind Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, Zwick just wants to get invited to an NFL training camp.  Zwick faces long odds with Carolina. He is the fifth quarterback on the roster, behind starter Jake Delhomme, backup David Carr, third-string Brett Basanez and fellow undrafted rookie Dalton Bell.  Last year, the Panthers carried only two quarterbacks, and Basanez was on the practice squad.

Zwick was a Parade All-American after a stellar high school career for Orrville and Massillon, and chose to stay close to home after being heavily recruited. Zwick became the Buckeyes' starter in his sophomore year but was injured halfway through the season.  Smith stepped in and Zwick never regained his full-time starter position. Zwick led Ohio State to a win over Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl when Smith was suspended, and he played well in a game against Texas, but he mostly watched from the sideline.  

At 6 feet 4 and with a quick release, Zwick has some tools. But he knows he faces long odds to make it in the NFL. In between movies and workouts at his parents' house, Zwick was contemplating taking a sales job in Columbus and maybe doing some television work for Ohio State broadcasts.

Big Ten Network Prepares for Opening Day
May 15, 2007 6:15 am EST

The Big Ten Network has deals with national cable providers DirecTV and AT&T and is close to signing about 40 others, according to president Mark Silverman said.  As of today, that does not include central Ohio's big three providers: Time Warner, Insight and WOW. But Silverman said yesterday during a visit to Ohio State that "conversations are moving forward" with all providers and that he does not anticipate the difficulty the NFL Network experienced last year when some providers refused to pay the asking price for some late-season games.

The 24-hour network will air 35 to 40 Big Ten football games and more than 105 men's basketball and 55 women's basketball games. At least two Ohio State games -- one nonconference and one conference -- and possibly more will air on the network. All OSU football games will be carried by ABC, ESPN or the Big Ten Network.  Silverman also said the network will pick up 10 or more men's basketball games not televised by CBS or ESPN. In the past, those games were produced by ESPN Regional and aired in central Ohio on Channel 10.

Silverman said he expects the network to air all Ohio State men's basketball games not shown on CBS or ESPN. For now, however, he cannot guarantee all nonconference games will be televised because of potential conflicts with schools' schedules and starting times. The network plans to produce doubleheaders on different nights to try to avoid two Big Ten teams playing at the same time and to give viewers as many games as possible.

The network is negotiating with cable providers in the eight Big Ten states to be included on their expanded basic tiers available on analog as well as digital television.

Silverman declined comment on a report in Street and Smith's Business Journal that the network is seeking $1.10 per subscriber from cable providers compared with the 70 to 90 cents the NFL Network sought last year. That cost was a factor in Time Warner's decision not to add the NFL Network to its digital tier.

Kern Elected to Hall of Fame
May 9, 2007 5:30 pm EST

Rex Kern is among 12 players and two coaches announced today as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2007 in a ceremony in New York.

Kern was a three-year starter for OSU, leading the Buckeyes to the 1968 national title as a sophomore and winning 1969 Rose Bowl MVP honors. From 1968 to 1970, he led OSU to a 27-2 record for a .931 win percentage, a winning percentage that still stands today as the best for an OSU starting QB.

Former Buckeye players Jim Otis and Chris Spielman were on the ballot, as well as former coach John Cooper. The class will be formally inducted in December in New York and enshrined in the summer of 2008 at the hall in South Bend, Indiana.

Zwick Given Tryout - White Signs a Contract
May 7, 2007 8:00 am EST

Justin Zwick will be trying out for the Colts during their mini camp.  At the same time, Stan White Jr was offered a contract after his tryout with the Bengals. Return to our 2007 Draft page - Gregg

Want Bowl Tickets? Want them at Face Value?
May 3, 2007 9:00 pm EST

I used TicketRESERVE to get my Final Four tickets at face value.  Click here if you would like to learn more or sign up so you can do the same for future events. - Gregg

Stan White Jr to get Tryout with Bengals
May 2, 2007 7:00 am EST

Stan White Jr, along with 13 other players were invited to tryouts this weekend with the Cincinnati Bengals. - Gregg

Times for 5 2007 Games Have Been Announced
May 1, 2007 6:30 pm EST

Starting times for five our 2007 football games, including four road contests, were announced today by the Big Ten Conference in conjunction with ABC and ESPN.  The Buckeyes are slated to play three prime-time road games against conference foes this fall, taking on Minnesota (Sept. 29), Purdue (Oct. 6) and Penn State (Oct. 27) under the lights. All three contests will kickoff at 8pm EDT and will be nationally televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. 

Additionally, the Buckeyes' games at Washington and against Michigan State in Columbus, will kickoff at 3:30pm ET and will be televised by ABC.

To see next year's schedule as well as the schedules for the next few years, check here. - Gregg 

2007 NFL Draft - David Patterson Signs
May 1 2007 4:15 pm EST

Reports indicate that David Patterson was offered free-agent contracts from several teams.  He chose the Atlanta Falcons.

2007 NFL Draft - Players Sign as Free Agents
April 30 2007 9:30 pm EST

More Buckeyes are now getting their shot in the NFL.  Antonio Smith signed with the Colts and will join former teammates Gonzalez, Hall, and Pitcock.  Brandon Mitchell signed with the Houston Texans and TJ Downing inked a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

2007 NFL Draft Coverage / Updates
April 28 2007 10:00 am EST

Where are the Ohio State players going?  Are you and I thinking the same way about the Buckeyes and the draft?  Read here to find out. - Gregg

Joe-S-U Reviews the Spring Game
April 24 2007 10:00 pm EST

Joe-S-U brings us his insightful perspective on this year's public scrimmage.  Be sure to check out his comments  Joe-S-U Summary  or you can  Click here for Game Photos - Gregg

Early Assessment 2007 Part II - By PJS Buck
April 23 2007 11:00 am EST

The second in a two part series, providing my own look and evaluation of our team so far this year.  The second part discusses what the fall will look like.  Part II - PJS Buck

Gray Earns 17-9 Victory over Scarlet in Spring Game
April 21, 2007 4:34 pm EST

On a warm sunny day 75,301 fans showed up and watch the Gray team score 17 unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Scarlet team in the annual Spring game. - Gregg

Early Assessment 2007 Part I - By PJS Buck
April 19, 2007 7:45 am EST

In a two part series, I plan to provide my own look and evaluation of our team so far this year.  The first part will discuss the winter conditioning, and Spring ball.  Part I - PJS Buck

Where are they now? Stanley Jackson - Joe Germaine
April 18, 2007 10:25 pm EST

The 1997 Rose Bowl, the game which provided our #1 drive in all of Ohio State football history, featured the double-barreled quarterback attack of Stanley Jackson and Joe Germaine.  Although it's been almost a decade since either one last wore the Scarlet and Gray, both are still slinging the pigskin. Read more. - Joe-S-U

Spring Teams are set, Lawrence Wilson #1 Pick
April 18, 2007 6:00 pm EST

The Gray team selected Lawrence Wilson as their first pick of the 2007 Spring draft.  Complete Story    Team Rosters
Lawrence Wilson is the first pick for the 2007 Spring Game Draft
April 18, 2007 6:00 pm EST

2007 Spring Roster

The Ohio State Athletic Office reports the Ohio State football team held its player draft Wednesday to select teams for the 2007 Spring Game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium. Lawrence Wilson, a junior defensive end, was taken as the No. 1 overall pick by the Gray in a position-by-position draft moderated by head coach Jim Tressel.   After the defensive end position was exhausted, the Scarlet selected junior offensive tackle Alex Boone. The draft continued with position selections, alternating between the offensive and defensive units. The draft concluded with special teams selections. 

Dionte Johnson, a senior fullback, spoke for the Scarlet after the draft. 

"We feel real confident in our picks," a smiling Johnson said. "We are a team that can't be matched. We believe we have a great coaching staff from the basketball players (honorary coaches) to our real coaches. We feel we can get it done." 

Brandon Smith, a junior tight end, provided the Gray's rebuttal. 

"We also are pretty confident," Smith said. "We have great guys on this team that will do great things Saturday. It will be quite a battle." 

Junior quarterback Todd Boeckman was assigned to play for the Scarlet team. Fellow QB sophomore Rob Schoenhoft will split time between both squads, playing the first half with the Scarlet and switching to Gray for the final two quarters. Freshman Antonio Henton will quarterback the Gray in the first half and move to the Scarlet for the rest of the game. 

Members of the 2007 Ohio State men's basketball team will serve as honorary coaches Saturday. The Buckeyes won their second-consecutive outright Big Ten title this season and advanced to the national championship game. Jamar Butler, a junior guard, and Mike Conley Jr., a freshman point guard, have been deemed honorary head coaches. Butler will coach the Gray and Conley will man the sidelines for the Scarlet team. From the football staff, Jim Heacock will serve as head coach of the Gray while Joe Daniels will lead the Scarlet. 

Tickets for the game are on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Jerome Schottenstein Center and at all McDonald's locations in Columbus and Central Ohio at $5.00 each.  $1.00 from each ticket sold to the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) and McDonald's will donate the same amount from each ticket sold at their restaurants to the Ronald McDonald House.   Tickets also will be available Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. in the North Rotunda of Ohio Stadium, as well as gates 4 and 7 and in the southeast ticket lobby of St. John Arena. All ticket sales will be on a cash only basis on Saturday.

Defense Wins Jersey Scrimage 50-44
April 14, 2007 2:00 pm EST

With the honor of wearing scarlet jerseys in practice on the line, the defense assaulted the offense and its depleted offensive line during a 110-play session inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.  Tim May of the Dispatch reported that despite the offense being put in some particularly advantageous red-zone situations late in the session, the defense held sway 50-44, with Doug Worthington taking down scrambling junior quarterback Todd Boeckman on the final make-or-break play from the 20.  

"We wanted those scarlet jerseys back because they mean a lot to our defense," said defensive end Lawrence Wilson, a fixture in the attack on the QBs who included sophomore Rob Schoenhoft and freshman Antonio Henton.

With right tackle Kirk Barton and left guard Steve Rehring (both returning starters) missing, and with key backups Kyle Mitchum and Jon Skinner hobbled, the front had difficulties (sound familiar). Plus, the defense blitzed and harassed much more than it did in the first jersey scrimmage.

Despite the pressure, the athletic Henton did manage a couple of scrambles that excited the onlookers. On the first he avoided a big rush and, just before being tackled Worthington, launched a 56-yard pass to Brian Robiskie who outjumped Kurt Coleman for the ball at the two. Three plays later, tailback Maurice Wells scored the first of his two touchdowns -- the only TDs of the game.

A little later, Henton scrambled left and flipped a short pass to walk-on tailback K.C. Christian, who took the ball to the 13. But Henton fumbled on the next play when hit by defensive tackle Todd Denlinger and linebacker Larry Grant, and though the offense got the ball back, kicker Ryan Pretorius was short on a 47-yard field goal attempt.

With a week left in drills, capped by next Saturday's spring game in Ohio Stadium, coach Jim Tressel was asked to peer through yesterday's offensive mush for a quick assessment of the quarterback situation. None of the three led what could be considered a sustained drive.

"If we had a game tomorrow? I'd start Todd," Tressel said. "But I'd know that I'd probably have some other guys get some opportunities, just like we will the first week (of the season), the second week, probably, the third week, probably.

"We've got to have a guy emerge, as we always say. I know we'd like to christen someone, but we've got to emerge."

Anderson Russell Will be Ready for the 2007 Season
April 14, 2007 8:00 am EST

The last time we saw Anderson Russell, he was making a big difference in the Buckeye's 'young' defense.  In the first couple games he had 16 tackles and an interception.  But a torn knee ligament suffered during the Iowa game ended his season prematurely.  

But the Columbus Dispatch has reported that he has recovered 100%, however he is being held out of spring drills as a precaution.  At this point, we can expect Jamario O'Neal, Nick Patterson, and Kurt Coleman to get the primary playing time during the spring game at safety.  Aaron Gant was listed as a starter until he suffered a concussion during the scrimmage on April 6th.  

2007 Spring Football Schedule
March 28, 2007 12:45 am EST

The Ohio State football team will begin spring practice Thursday, March 29th. Below is the practice schedule (all practices closed to the public unless noted):

Week 1 

 March 29 – Practice No. 1 (helmets and shorts) 
 March 30 – Practice No. 2 (helmets and shorts)
 March 31 – Practice No. 3 (pads) 

Week 2 

 April 1 – Practice No. 4 (pads)
 April 3 – Practice No. 5  
  April 5 – Practice No. 6 
 April 6 – Practice No. 7 (jersey scrimmage in Ohio Stadium, closed to public and media) 

Week 3 

 April 10 – Practice No. 8 
 April 12 – Practice No. 9 
 April 13 – Practice No. 10 
 April 14 – Practice No. 11 (jersey scrimmage in Ohio Stadium, closed to public) 

Week 4 

 April 17 – Practice No. 12 
 April 19 – Practice No. 13 (kick scrimmage in Ohio Stadium, closed to public) 
 April 20 – Practice No. 14 (coaches clinic) 
 April 21 – Scarlet and Gray game (1:05 p.m. in Ohio Stadium, open to public, televised by WBNS-10TV          and ONN, broadcast by WBNS radio 

OSU's #1 Drive of All-time
April 9, 2007 9:00 pm EST

We’ve reached the end of the road, so to speak, of our recollection of some of Ohio State’s finest hours.  And honestly, folks, there was little doubt in my mind how our journey would conclude.  In fact, I probably spent more time trying to piece together the bottom portion of our list than the top 5 or so.

Each of the games we’ve covered so far has had singular moments that still shine brightly in the minds’ eye (Gonzo’s catch in ’05 in Ann Arbor, Ray Griffin’s pick on the same field thirty years earlier, Will Allen’s theft against UM in ’02, and the ’03 Fiesta Bowl with a decade’s worth of big plays in one night), but taking the totality of a final march into account, there’s only one drive that deserves to be at the top.  Click here to read Joe-S-U's account or the greatest OSU drive of all time. and be sure to visit 'Greatest Drives' home page to go back and re-read the great stories of the great drives of yesteryear.  I can not think of a better way to put January behind us and look forward to 2007. 

New Depth Charts are Available
April 9, 2007 4:51 pm EST

As we work to erase last year's seniors from the roster, check out the current depth charts for each position. - Brent

Tantalizing as it is, Spring Practice is only a taste
April 3, 2007 10:45 pm EST

With basketball season over, I only have four more weeks of OSU sports until we enter "Dark Territory" - you know, that dead time until practice starts in August.  I should and will try to support OSU baseball, but nothing is quite like OSU football, especially with the still sour taste in our mouth from the bowl game.

Anyway, click here to go to our spring football page for schedule of practice schedule. Visit here if you wish to look back and read Joe-S-U's comments on how last year's 12-0 contest set the stage for a championship season.   We will have more coverage as practice unfolds. PJS Buck

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