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Tight Ends See Hope In Passing Game

Jake Ballard showing off his hands.

Fans have wondered for years why the Ohio State football team doesn't involve tight ends in the passing game the way other schools have, but with a different cast of characters at tight end and at quarterback, things could be different in 2009. The Buckeyes are looking at some ways to get the position involved, including the offseason move of Jake Stoneburner to the spot.

A simple question about the physical condition of Ohio State tight end Jake Ballard led to another that seems to have dogged the senior since he arrived on campus. "I'm a little bit leaner," he said when asked by the local media on Thursday about how his body felt. "I dropped probably about 10 pounds since Arizona. I feel like I'm more athletic and running faster and running better routes...

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