Thursday, October 7, 2010

TRESSEL: 'UNLESS WE GET SOME MIRACLE' STONEBURNER IS OUT

Jake Stoneburner (AP Photo)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner will likely miss his second straight game this Saturday against Indiana, Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said on Thursday.

"I don't think he'll be ready to go ... " Tressel said of Stoneburner. "Unless we get some miracle, a big jump, I don't think he'll be available this week."

With Stoneburner likely out this Saturday, sophomore Reid Fragel will make his second straight start.
Fragel brings a completely different style to the Buckeyes offense. Where Stoneburner is more of a tight end/wide receiver hybrid — a Dallas Clark-type of player — Fragel is your more of a traditional run blocker. And although Fragel possesses dependable hands and decent athleticism, don't look for him to be spread out wide like his teammate Stoneburner.

"From a blocking standpoint, I think we'd be fine," OSU head coach Jim Tressel said about Fragel. "From a linear route running standpoint, we'd be fine. I don't know if some of the movement things and working around defenders and experience of reading coverages and all that ... Reid's got a little ways to go."

Tressel said that the Buckeyes are not in panic mode with Fragel in the lineup.

"Reid is young, a good stable player," Tressel said. "He's got a lot of power. For a 6-foot-8 guy, he's very long, very good knee bend for a 6-foot-8 guy. He's going to be very good. I think he hung in there (against Illinois). He was at the point of attack a good bit of what we were doing and I think he graded in the 80-percent range, which wasn't quite a winning performance.

"But you certainly aren't sitting there saying, 'oh, man ... what are we going to do if Reid has to play,' because he's pretty good."