Wednesday, April 21, 2010

PRYOR SELECTED FIRST BY SCARLET

Photo of Terrelle Pryor by The Buckeye Times' Darla Dunkle-Hudnell

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State senior football players gathered in the team room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Wednesday afternoon, to make their selections for the 2010 spring game, which will be played on Saturday at Ohio Stadium (1:30 p.m.).

The senior players, who were split into two sides (the Scarlet and the Gray) by head coach Jim Tressel, selected their squads one position at a time.

After winning the coin toss to make the first selection, the Scarlet team wasted no time drafting junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor with the No. 1 pick.

The Gray squad selected quarterback Kenny Guiton with the second pick, making the redshirt freshman the starter opposite of Pryor.

The first pick at each position in order of selection (team): quarterback Pryor (Scarlet); center Michael Brewster (Gray); defensive tackle John Simon (Scarlet); safety Nate Oliver (Gray); tight end Jake Stoneburner (Scarlet); wide receiver DeVier Posey (Gray); offensive tackle Mike Adams (Scarlet); defensive end Nathan Williams (Gray); cornerback Dominic Clarke (Scarlet); strongside linebacker Etienne Sabino (Gray); weakside linebacker Dorian Bell (Scarlet); fullback Zach Boren (Gray); middle linebacker Storm Klein (Scarlet); tailback Dan Herron (Gray); punter Ben Buchanan (Scarlet); kickoff Drew Basil (Gray).

The senior spokesmen for each team, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (Gray) and wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (Scarlet), both had a few words following the draft.

"We talked about it and we chose our team and we are really confident that we're going to win this game," Chekwa said of the Gray team. "We're ready to win."

Sanzenbacher took more of a passive aggressive approach.

"It's an exciting time for us," Sanzenbacher said of the Scarlet. "I think looking at the board we had a pretty good draft. We're excited to see what's going to happen. We can't guarantee victory, but ...

"The board speaks for itself."

All of the seniors on hand were decked out in the actual game jerseys they'll be wearing on Saturday afternoon. Each jersey had pink numbers, which are being worn to bring awareness to breast cancer.

All the jerseys will be auctioned on OhioStateBuckeyes.com following the game to benefit the Stefanine Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Below are the full rosters for Saturday's spring game ...

OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK
Scarlet: Terrelle Pryor, Joe Bauserman. Gray: Kenny Guiton, Justin Siems.

TAILBACK
Scarlet: Jordan Hall, Jermil Martin, Bo LeLande. Gray: Brandon Saine, Dan Herron, Carlos Hyde, Jaamal Berry.

FULLBACK
Scarlet: Adam Homan, James Georgiades. Gray: Zach Boren.

WIDE RECEIVER
Scarlet: Dane Sanzenbacher, Grant Schwartz, James Jackson, Garrett Hummel, Chris Fields, Tony Harlamert (OUT). Gray: DeVier Posey, Taurian Washington, Ricky Crawford, Chris Roark, Joe Cech.

TIGHT END
Scarlet: Jake Stoneburner, Spencer Smith, Bryan Cockery. Gray: Reid Fragel, Nic DiLillo.

TACKLE
Scarlet: Mike Adams, Marcus Hall, Josh Kerr. Gray: Andrew Miller, J.B. Shugarts, Sam Longo.

GUARD
Scarlet: Bryant Browning, Connor Smith. Gray: Justin Boren, Chris Malone (OUT).

CENTER
Scarlet: Corey Linsley, Scott Sika. Gray: Michael Brewster, Jack Mewhort.

DEFENSE
END
Scarlet: Cameron Heyward, Solomon Thomas, Keith Wells, William McCary. Gray: Nathan Williams, Melvin Fellows, Don Matheney, Stewart Smith, Green.

TACKLE
Scarlet: John Simon, Adam Bellamy, Jon Lorenz. Gray: Dexter Larimore, Garret Goebel, Evan Blankenship, Dalton Britt.

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER
Scarlet: Ross Homan, Dorian Bell. Gray: Jim Hastings.

MIDDLE LINEBACKER
Scarlet: Storm Klein. Gray: Brian Rolle, Jordan Whiting.

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER
Scarlet: Jon Newsome, Chris Maxwell, Andrew Sweat (OUT). Gray: Etienne Sabino, Tony Jackson, Dan Bain.

CORNERBACK
Scarlet: Devon Torrence, Dominic Clarke, Corey Brown, Drew Mathew. Gray: Chimdi Chekwa, Donnie Evege, Taylor Rice, Travis Howard (OUT).

SAFETY
Scarlet: Orhian Johnson, Tyler Moeller (OUT), Aaron Gant, C.J. Barnett, Nate Ebner. Gray: Jermale Hines, Nate Oliver, Zach Domicone, Jamie Wood, Vincent Petrella.

KICKER
Scarlet: Devin Barclay. Gray: Drew Basil.

PUNTER
Scarlet: Ben Buchanan. Gray: Derek Erwin.

LONG SNAPPER
Scarlet: Makridis. Gray: Jake McQuaide, Garrett Dornbrook.