By Dave Biddle
At first, I wasn't crazy about the rotating offensive captain plan. A captain is supposed to be someone the players can turn to week in and week out for leadership. Having a new "leader" each game kind of defeats the purpose of having a captain in the first place. Despite that, the idea has definitely grown on me.
Take a guy like junior left
tackle Ivan Douglas, who has the honor for this week's
Anyway, I think it's great that guys like Douglas, Mike Stafford and Ben Hartsock are getting some time in the limelight. Craig Krenzel is clearly the leader of the offense and I still think he will be named the "full-time" captain by the end of the season, but I now see the benefits of rotating captains for the time being. It's a great way of building confidence.
ON THE TAILBACKS
Jim Tressel said earlier this week that one of the things he likes about his backup tailbacks is that they all bring something different to the table. Tress said that Lydell Ross "makes cuts that are unbelievable," Maurice Hall "has that extra gear that the others don't have," and Ja Ja Riley "runs with square shoulders and has a forward body lean that earns him extra yards."
As for Maurice Clarett, he
has the total package, but we won't be seeing him against UC due to his knee
injury. Clarett will have to pick up the Heisman campaign against
Other Paper reported this week that Derek Morris took classes at
Anyway you look at it, this has definitely turned into a strange situation. You would think we'd know for sure by now whether Morris was ineligible, but there is apparently still hope that the NCAA clearinghouse will clear him this year (very slim)... What I like about all of this is that Morris wants to be a Buckeye and is willing to sit out a year if that's what it takes. Going somewhere else was never an option for him. And there is no way he'd beat out Douglas or Shane Olivea right now anyway, so we can be patient with Morris. He'll be a good guy to have around next year.
POINT OF WSU GAME
Leading 7-3 in the first
GUIDUGLI TO THE LIST
With studs like Troy Smith
and Justin Zwick waiting in the wings, this really isn't a big deal, but you
can add Gino Guidugli to the list of QB's that got away (Dave Ragone, Ben
Roethlisberger). Guidugli originally signed with
Historically, the top three
programs in the Big Ten are
We grilled punter Andy Groom and linebacker Jason Bond this time around.
1. Favorite Buckeye tradition?
Groom: Skull Session
Bond: Singing Carmen Ohio
2. Largest figure in OSU football history?
Bond: Woody Hayes
3. Strangest thing an OSU fan asked you to autograph?
Groom: A girl's chest (these guys are living the rough life)
Bond: Their arm
4. Favorite NFL team?
5. Favorite pro sports team, not including football?
6. Favorite type of music/favorite musician or band?
Groom: Alternative rock/Eminem
Bond: All kinds/Dave Matthews Band
7. If you could go on a date with anyone, who would it be?
Groom: Katherine Zeta-Jones
Bond: Britney Spears
8. If you could go on a free two-week vacation, where would you go?
9. Favorite hobby?
10. Favorite food?
11. Favorite movie/TV show?
Groom: Saving Private Ryan/The Osbournes