In this collection of notes from fall camp, Brian Robiskie shares how to keep a team full of…
Learning A Not-So-Small Lesson
It might finally be put up or shut up time for Ray Small. A heralded wide receiver with speed to burn from Cleveland Glenville, Small entered OSU during the fall of 2006 with plenty of advance praise. After an academic situation left his enrollment in doubt, Small saw time as a true freshman and accurately predicted his first touchdown – an 11-yard scamper against Bowling Green in week six. But after a difficult sophomore season that saw him battle an ankle injury suffered during fall camp for the entirety of the season, Small had an offseason he would assuredly have preferred to have done without. Although he declined to specify what was going on behind the scenes, it was obvious the coaching staff was attempting to send Small a big message. First came a forced jersey change during the spring, when he had to give up his customary No. 4 for No. 82 – last worn by former tight end Andy Miller. Then, following a summer where quarterback Todd Boeckman said he was not always around for...
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