Football season is right around the corner. The Buckeyes are working hard and
getting that nervous feeling that comes before every season. Just a few random
· Will Pittman/Haw be enough? Will one of them step up or will
both of them step up? I don’t care if we have 5 great wide receivers or 15
great wide receivers; we need to run the ball. We need to set up the 2nd
and 6 situations. We need to move the chains on 3rd and 1.
· Will Holmes be good or great? He has proven himself to me. I
think Santonio is one of the elite players in the country. Ginn will get his
attention, and Santonio needs to have an All-American type year. He has
All-American potential, not just All-Big Ten potential. Santonio has to have
a special season.
· How quickly will the offensive line gel? Yes, we know about
Mangold and Simms. Boone? Datish? Barton? Downing? We don’t have time to
feel things out and get comfortable with Miami, Texas, SDSU, and Iowa right
out of the chutes.
· Can we stay healthy? While we have the depth at receiver,
quarterback, safety, linebacker, etc., we can not afford to get banged up.
While the future looks extremely bright with our second-teamers, these
players are not Holmes, Smith, Whitner, and Hawk at the present time. Those
are the horses that will get us to Pasadena in 2005. Our key returners are
on a different level when compared to our maturing and emerging youngsters.
Turnovers, special teams, and of course just catching a few breaks are
probably more meaningful than those bullet points, but those questions need to