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Safeties First When It Comes To Inexperience

O'Neal has improved his tackling.

Ohio State safeties coach Paul Haynes knows it's no secret he has a young group, but the coach doesn't seem too worried about his unit's green nature. From Anderson Russell's speed to Kurt Coleman's play-making abilities to Jamario O'Neal's summer improvement, Haynes likes what he has as the 2007 opener looms.

If the prototypical safety is athletic, fast and physical, then Paul Haynes must like his group. Those are the words the third-year safeties coach used to describe the five players vying for playing time in his unit. Noticeably missing was the word "experienced." Of the five, only one – Nick Patterson – has started a season opener for the Scarlet and Gray. None has started an entire season, and...

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