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The Role Of The Fullback

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It is a position that has been hotly debated since the 2007 season came to a close and three of its members all graduated. That's right, fullback is a top priority for the Ohio State Buckeyes this year. But as it turns out, perhaps it is not as big of a deal as others are making it out to be.

Ohio State's media guide tells you that the Buckeyes are missing two returning starters from an offense that figures to be among the tops in the country this year. Then again, the media guide also lists Ray Small as a walk-on wide receiver. The Buckeyes head into the 2008 season replacing so-called starters at both fullback and right tackle. Junior Bryant Browning will lock down the latter spot...

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