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Playing The 'Star'

Anderson Russell is a star but James Laurinaitis is not -- at least, that is how Ohio State's defense is set up. Find out what the "star position" is, who plays there and why it is so important to the Buckeyes.

Troy Smith was not a "star." Same goes for Ted Ginn Jr., A.J. Hawk or Mike Nugent. The term "star" player has a slightly different meaning at Ohio State than it might at other schools. Rather than simply denoting the players who most frequently find themselves showcased on highlight films, OSU's "star position" denotes a specific defensive player. When the Buckeyes drop into nickel coverage, the...

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