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Sanity Returns To Saine Projections
The best laid plans can often go awry, especially in the rough-and-tumble sport of football. Throughout the spring, there were visions of Ohio State using a new "Pony" offense that featured versatile tailback Brandon Saine lining up in some different positions, most of all fullback. After all, the 6-1, 217-pounder is a team player who can block, catch passes, carry the ball and, for all we know, distribute Gatorade on the sideline with equal skill. Saine was used in that type of role against LSU in the BCS title game with great success. Lined up on a wing during the first quarter, Saine snuck out of the backfield and caught a 44-yard pass that led to a field goal. He finished the day with three catches for 69 yards and looked primed to see his role expand in 2008. Instead, reality checked in. Saine suffered a leg injury that has left him sidelined at times throughout camp. Though he recently returned to full-go in practice, just how many of the new, varied...
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