When Ohio State opens the season Saturday against Buffalo, a familiar voice to Ohio State fans will be on the ESPN2 call – former Buckeye receiver Joey Galloway. Now in his second year of calling the noon contests on the network with Beth Mowins, Galloway is following in the footsteps of former OSU players who have made it big in broadcasting like Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Spielman, Robert Smith and Eddie George.
Still a resident of Columbus, Galloway – originally a native of Bellaire, Ohio – led the Buckeyes in receiving in both 1993 and ’94 and still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in catches, yards and touchdown grabs. Check out what he had to say about the Buckeyes and more in this Q&A.
Buckeye Sports Bulletin: Recently, a number of guys like Herbstreit, Spielman and others were in town and talked about the bond between the former OSU players in broadcasting. What has it been like for you to be part of it?
Joey Galloway: All I know is Herbstreit, for me, has been a friend and a coach and really someone that I had to chance to learn from a long time ago when he had his radio show here and would let me come down and get on once a week, maybe twice a week. For me, that learning experience was terrific. With all the Ohio State guys in broadcasting, it’s always fun when I get a chance to see them. Last year, I had a chance to do “College Football Live” a few times with Robert Smith. I always see Chris Spielman, and Herbstreit still calls me to this day when he sees me on TV and gives me some coaching pointers, which I really appreciate.
BSB: Now that you’re going into the second year as a broadcaster, do you feel like you learned a lot last year and are more comfortable in your role?
JG: We’re going to see. I feel better, and I hope to be much better in my second season. The first year, there’s just so much to learn, a lot that you don’t really understand. There’s not a training course, there’s no class you can take. You jump in there and you put your headset on and then you figure things out on the run. I did that all last season and I’m hoping to be much better in my second year, and I am looking forward to it. Luckily for me, my first game is Buffalo at Ohio State, and I don’t have to travel and I get a team I know a lot about.
BSB: You did three Ohio State games a year. What was it like being back at Ohio State and how was it calling those games?
JG: The first one was tough. I was excited to be there. I walked into the stadium for the first time since I left. I had a chance to take it all in, and I went into the booth and I said “we” three or four times, and it was my first game. Every time I said we, I would kick myself and be like, “I cannot do this.” I knew going in it would be difficult. I kept telling myself, “Do not say we,” and I did it three or four times in that first game. The second or third game, I was pretty clean. I was much better at moving myself from being a Buckeye and I was able to just call the game, but that first one was tough.
BSB: Since you live in Columbus and played at Ohio State, you’ve probably not had a hard time keeping up on the Buckeye team this year. A lot of people are thinking this is a team with a chance to be nationally competitive this year, but what do you see?
JG: Going into this first game, of course Ohio State is going to be favored, of course Ohio State is the more talented team, but they do have to come out and execute. I think they understand that. I think Coach Meyer has done an outstanding job of keeping his team focused and locked in to facing Buffalo as opposed to what the rest of us are doing – looking down the schedule and thinking Big Ten Championship Game as well as penciling this team in for the Big Ten Championship Game and going to the national title game to face Alabama. I think the coaching staff has done a really good job of keeping that talk outside of the building and focusing on Buffalo.
BSB: Ohio State won’t be the only team on the field on Saturday, though, so what have you found out about Buffalo in your prep as you’ve started to break that team down?
JG: I have watched some film. They have a couple of receivers that can run. I don’t know the quarterback situation – it’s not terrific. I think if (Ohio State) can get some pressure on them, it’ll be tough for them to get the ball downfield to their receivers, but they do run some of the spread so they’ll run some of the option plays that Ohio State sees in practice. So this is just going to be about how well Ohio State plays its game. If they do that, then it won’t matter.
BSB: Going back to broadcasting, a lot of guys who retire just think they can get into broadcasting and it’ll be easy, but what have you found you’ve enjoyed about the job so far?
JG: It was fun for me to see different stadiums. When you’re a player, you go to a place, you don’t leave your hotel, you go to the city, go to the locker room, you go out and play a football game, you get back on the bus, you head to a plane and go home. Now, I get a chance to go look at Nebraska’s weight room and their offices and their meeting rooms, and I get a chance to walk around the stadium at Iowa and see what the fans are doing outside and all the tailgating. All of that kind of stuff for me was the best part of it. I love sports in general, I love football, so now to experience some of the things that fans get to enjoy on a weekly basis was a lot of fun to me.