Tuesday, April 28, 2009

LEE'S 2009 PRESEASON COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 25


The spring college football season has come to a close. So naturally — with four months to go before they strap the pads back on — we will start talking polls.

Sure, it's a bit early, but listed below is my Preseason Top 25 college football poll (which I'm sure will be changed 150 more times before the August kickoff):

1. Florida
The national champs return 19 of 22 starters, including quarterback Tim Tebow. There's really no argument about the Gators beginning the season No. 1.

2. Texas
Longhorns' quarterback, Colt McCoy, returns for his senior season. He didn't pass up a possible No. 1 spot in the NFL Draft to play in another Fiesta Bowl, that's for sure. The Horns lose some talent like DE Brian Orakpo and WR Quan Cosby, but there is still plenty of talent left in Austin to make a title run in '09.

3. Oklahoma
Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Sam Bradford, returns to Norman, hoping to help the Sooners book a trip to Pasadena, site of this year's BCS Title Game. October 17 against Texas will decide if that ticket gets punched or not.

4. USC
Mark Sanchez, Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Kaluka Maiava and Kevin Ellison are all gone. But nobody reloads like the Pete Carroll-led Trojans. September 12 in Columbus will be the litmus test.

5. Ohio State
The tremendous growth of quarterback Terrelle Pryor as a passer this spring has the entire college football world buzzing. The Buckeyes lost a ton of talent to the NFL. But, the unrivaled ability of Pryor, and another fairly weak schedule, will keep the Buckeyes in the hunt for Pasadena all season long.

The rest of the Top 25
6. LSU
7. Alabama
8. Mississippi
9. Oklahoma State
10. Virginia Tech
11. Georgia Tech
12. Oregon
13. Penn State
14. California
15. Boise State
16. Utah
17. Georgia
18. Iowa
19. Florida State
20. Notre Dame
21. North Carolina
22. Kansas
23. Miami (Fla.)
24. Pittsburgh
25. Texas Christian

Monday, April 27, 2009

PRYOR PLAYED 'EXCEPTIONALLY WELL' SATURDAY IN GRAY VICTORY


It was quite apparent on Saturday that Ohio State quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, has definitely put in the work this offseason trying to improve as a passer.

The 6-6, 240-pound sophomore whipped the football all over the field with great confidence and authority, during the 2009 Annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium, leading his Gray squad to a 23-3 victory over the Scarlet.

Pryor was able to read the defense effectively, he was able to use his athleticism to make plays downfield with his arm, and his throwing style wasn't robotic like it was during his freshman season.

"The world saw today that I can throw the football," Pryor stated after Saturday's game.

Well, maybe not the world, but a good part of it. The record crowd (95,722) in Columbus witnessed the Buckeyes "leader" pass for 191 yards (13-of-18) and two touchdowns, including a 44-yard strike down the left sideline to junior receiver, Taurian Washington.

"I think I played exceptionally well, getting better at those little things, footwork, throwing the ball in there and learning the offense." Pryor said.

If Pryor continues to develop as much this summer as he has this winter and spring, the Buckeyes could be in store for remarkable things this fall.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

TERRELLE PRYOR TOP PICK OF SPRING GAME DRAFT

Ohio State sophomore quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, was selected No. 1 overall by the Gray Squad in the 2009 Spring Game draft on Wednesday in Columbus.

Pryor will play the game without the 'black jersey' which indicates that a player can't be hit by an opposing player.

Below are the rosters for this Saturday's game (1:30 p.m. Ohio Stadium):

GRAY SQUAD
Quarterback
2 Terrelle Pryor
14 Justin Siems (also on Scarlet)
Tailback
24 Marcus Williams
3 Brandon Saine
Fullback
49 Adam Homan
Wide Receiver
82 Ray Small
5 Taurian Washington
6 Grant Schwartz
89 Garrett Hummel
83 Joe Cech
87 Chris Roark
Tight End
86 Jake Ballard
11 Jacob Stoneburner
Offensive Line
66 Andrew Moses
65 Justin Boren
50 Michael Brewster
73 Josh Kerr
72 Scott Sika
74 Jack Mewhort
57 Chris Malone
Defensive Line
9 Robert Rose
92 Todd Denlinger
97 Cameron Heyward
53 Garrett Goebel
95 Don Matheney
98 Solomon Thomas
Linebacker
36 Brian Rolle
6 Etienne Sabino
32 Storm Kline
51 Ross Homan
Cornerback
10 Devon Torrence
18 Travis Howard
32 Taylor Rice
Safety
4 Kurt Coleman
7 Jermale Hines
16 Zach Domicone
23 Jamie Wood
29 Chris Maxwell
Kicker
Aaron Pettrey
Punter
39 Derek Erwin
91 Gregory Eisenhardt
Long Snapper
96 Jacob McQuaide
56 Garrett Dornbrook
62 Matt Heater

INJURED PLAYERS
43 Nathan Williams DL
44 Zach Boren LB
94 Keith Wells DL
57 Tom Ingham DL
8 Aaron Gant S

SCARLET
Quarterback
17 Joe Bauserman
14 Justin Siems (also on Gray)
Tailback
1 Dan "Boom" Herron
33 Joe Gantz
35 Bo DeLande
Fullback
37 James Georgiades
41 Jermil Martin
Wide Receiver
16 Ryan Schuck
8 DeVier Posey
7 Lamaar Thomas
81 Ricky Crawford
15 James Jackson
84 Josh Springer
88 Antonio Ranieri
Tight End
48 Spencer Smith
81 Nic Dilillo
Offensive Line
64 Jim Cordle
70 Bryant Browning
55 Andy Miller
75 Mike Adams
77 Connor Smith
68 Evan Blankenship
69 Zach Slagle
Defensive Line
84 Doug Worthington
72 Dexter Larimore
96 Willie Mobley
56 Dalton Britt
90 Thaddeus Gibson
91 Stewart Smith
Linebacker
38 Austin Spitler
26 Tyler Moeller
42 Andrew Sweat
41 Tony Jackson
46 Grant Dziak
Cornerback
13 Andre Amos
5 Chimdi Chekwa
14 C.J. Barnett
30 Donnie Evege
17 J.J. Emmenecker
Safety
21 Anderson Russell
19 Orhian Johnson
25 Rocco Pentello
24 Nate Ebner
20 Nate Oliver
Kicker
17 Ben Buchanan
12 Devin Barclay
Punter
48 Jon Thoma
Long Snapper
53 Patrick Howe
52 Gar Chappelear

INJURED PLAYERS
12 Dane Sanzenbacher WR
46 K.C. Christian RB
76 J.B. Shugarts OL
83 Dan Potokar WR
87 Lawrence Wilson DL

Friday, April 10, 2009

OSU SPRING DEPTH CHART ANNOUNCED (Defense, Specialists)

Photo by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
Listed is the 2009 Ohio State defensive and specialists spring depth chart:

DEFENSE (Three Deep)
D-Tackle
1. Doug Worthington (6-6, 276, 5th)
2. Garrett Goebel (6-5, 280, RFr.)
3. Willie Mobley (6-3, 265, RFr.)

D-Tackle
1. Dexter Larimore (6-2, 300, Jr.)
2. Todd Denlinger (6-2, 292, 5th)
3. Tom Ingham (6-1, 243, 5th)

D-End
1. Thaddeus Gibson (6-2, 240, Jr.)
2. Nathan Williams (6-3, 245, So.)
3. Soloman Thomas (6-5, 240, So.)

D-End
1. Cameron Heyward (6-6, 287, Jr.)
2. Rob Rose (6-5, 285, Sr.)
3. Keith Wells (6-5, 210 So.)

Weakside Linebacker
1. Ross Homan (6-0, 229, Jr.)
2. Brian Rolle (5-11, 221, Jr.)
3. Andrew Sweat (6-2, 220, So.)

Middle Linebacker
1. Austin Spitler (6-3, 234, 5th)
2. Etienne Sabino (6-3, 232, So.)
3. Adam Homan (6-4, 235, Fr.)

Strongside Linebacker
1. Tyler Moeller (6-0, 216, Jr.)
2. Tony Jackson (5-11, 227, So.)
3. Storm Klein (6-3, 225, Fr.)

Free Safety
1. Anderson Russell (6-0, 205, 5th)
2. Aaron Gant (6-0, 194, Sr.)
3. Orhian Johnson (6-2, 178, RFr.)

Strong Safety
1. Kurt Coleman (5-11, 188, Sr.)
2. Jermale Hines (6-2, 210, Jr.)
3. Nate Oliver (6-0, 210, So.)

Cornerback
1. Andre Amos (6-1, 183, 5th)
2. Travis Howard (6-1, 180, RFr.)
3. Taylor Rice (5-11, 171, RFr.)

Cornerback
1. Chimdi Chekwa (6-0, 188, Jr.)
2. Devon Torrence (6-1, 193, Jr.)
3. Donnie Evege (5-11, 189, So.)

Specialists
Place Kicker
1. Aaron Pettrey (6-2, 199, 5th)
2. Ben Buchanan (6-0, 200, RFr.)
3. Devin Barclay (5-11, 195, Jr.)

Punter
1. Jon Thoma (6-2, 201, 5th)
2. Ben Buchanan (6-0, 200, RFr)

Long Snapper
1. Jake McQuaide (6-2, 219, Jr.)
2. Patrick Howe (6-2, 204, Jr.)
3. Gar Chappelear (6-2, 250, RFr.)

Holder
1. Jon Thoma (6-2, 201, 5th)
2. Dane Sanzenbacher (5-11, 175, Jr.)
3. Joe Bauserman (6-2, 220, So.)

INJURED:
Zach Boren LB; Lawrence Wilson DL.

OSU SPRING DEPTH CHART ANNOUNCED (Offense)

Photo by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell

Listed is the 2009 Ohio State offensive spring depth chart.

OFFENSE (Three Deep)
Quarterback
1. Terrelle Pryor (6-6, 235, So.)
2. Joe Bauserman (6-2, 220, So.)
3. Ross Oltorik (6-2, 210, RFr.)

Tailback
1. Boom Herron (5-10, 193, So.)
2. Brandon Saine (6-1, 217, Jr.)
3. Marcus Williams (5-10, 202, 5th)

Fullback
1. Jamil Martin (6-0, 227, RFr)
2. James Georgiades (6-1, 240, RFr)
3. Spencer Smith (6-2, 225, So.)

Flanker
1. DeVier Posey (6-3, 205, So.)
2. Taurian Washington (6-2, 179, Jr.)
3. Grant Schwartz (6-0, 194, Jr.)

Split End
1. Dane Sanzenbacher (5-11, 175, Jr.)
2. Ray Small (5-11, 180, Sr.)
3. Lamaar Thomas (5-11, 186, So.)

Tight End
1. Jake Ballard (6-6, 256, Sr.)
2. Nic Dilillo (6-5, 237, RFr.)
3. Jake Stoneburner (6-5, 230, RFr.)

Tackle
1. Jim Cordle (6-4, 297, 5th)
2. Josh Kerr (6-4, 286, Jr.)

Guard
1. Bryant Browning (6-4, 312, Jr.)
2. Evan Blankenship (6-3, 290, So.)
3. Zach Slagle (6-1, 297, Jr.)

Center
1. Michael Brewster (6-5, 296, So.)
2. Andrew Moses (6-3, 280, 5th)
3. Scott Sika (6-2, 280, Jr.)

Guard
1. Justin Boren (6-3, 315, Jr.)
2. Connor Smith (6-4, 321, Jr.)
3. Jack Mewhort (6-7, 290, Fr.)

Tackle
1. Mike Adams (6-8, 322, So.)
2. Andrew Miller (6-6, 279, Jr.)
3. Chris Malone (6-1, 268, Jr.)