Tuesday, August 18, 2009

BUCKEYES NEW RECEIVING CORPS READY TO SILENCE CRITICS

One question mark coming into the 2009 season for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team will be the new receiving corps. Who are these guys? Can they play up to the standard OSU has become accustomed to at the position?


Just because none of the receivers are household names like Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Cris Carter, Joey Galloway or Brian Robiskie, doesn't mean that they won't be by season's end.


OSU sophomore quarterback — and Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year — Terrelle Pryor, stated that the receiving corps, led by DeVier Posey, Dane Sanzenbacher, Taurian Washington, Ray Small and Lamaar Thomas, will definitely catch some people's attention — and hopefully plenty of touchdowns.


Here's what some of the notable players said about this season's receiving unit, starting with Mr. Pryor:


Pryor: "I love all six, seven of the receivers. They all come in here and fight everyday. The walk-ons come and fight everyday — I love them, too. Whoever I'm on the field with, I'm comfortable."


"T. Wash has been making some big catches this summer and in the spring game as you've seen. We add Ray Small and DeVier Posey, Dane (Sanzenbacher) and Lamaar Thomas, we've got a pretty good unit. They can do things with the ball, maybe give them a little hitch route and go maybe 60 yards with the ball. So, we're looking toward working hard and being great."


Sophomore receiver, DeVier Posey: "It's definitely a big step up for me. I feel like it's not just exciting for me but for our whole corps because a bunch of us really didn't get to play too much (last season). You only saw action from a couple of us guys — me, Dane (Sanzenbacher) and Ray (Small). We're all excited to show our talents because we came to this school to play and now we get the opportunity to show what we can do."


"We're a really good group. A lot of people really don't know our names, but there's definitely going to be time for that in September, October and November for a lot of people to get to know how good this receiving unit is and will be and we're looking forward to showing our talents."


Junior receiver, Taurian Washington: "I'm ready, I've been working extremely hard. I tell myself everyday that I don't want to be known as just a big spring game player. I've been doing everything I have to do to step up. I'm an upperclassman, it's about that time now."


"A lot of people are sleeping on us. We're not really an old group as receivers, we're still young. We have the potential to be great. I know we're going to do it. By the end of the season, all the doubts should be erased away."