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Nicol Stepping Up In Starting Role

Rory Nicol

Ohio State sophomore Rory Nicol was one of the top tight ends in the country in high school and he is showing why this season. In his first year as a starter for the Buckeyes, Nicol is proving to be a valuable receiver and blocker. He caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week against Bowling Green and was named OSU's Jim Parker offensive lineman of the week.

No, Rory Nicol isn't putting up gaudy statistics. But Ohio State's tight ends rarely do. There have been a few exceptions, like John Frank (1980-83) and Rickey Dudley (1994-95), but traditionally OSU uses the tight end as a sixth offensive lineman… who occasionally catches passes. And in his first year as a starter, Nicol is performing his role well. The 6-5, 250-pound sophomore has seven...

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