Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TUESDAY NOTES: TRESSEL GOES OFF; POSEY STAYING FOR SENIOR YEAR?

Jim Tressel (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Don't let the calm demeanor of Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel fool you, when the Buckeye boss speaks, people listen.

When he gets angry, 300-pound men run for cover.

During the first half of Saturday's Big Ten showdown with Penn State, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes looked lethargic. It appeared as if they were disinterested in the game — like they were playing Eastern Michigan instead of the rival Nittany Lions — falling behind 14-3 at the break.

The lackluster effort prompted the usually mild-mannered Tressel to explode into his team during the intermission.

What did he say to his Buckeyes?

"I really can't repeat that," OSU junior wide receiver DeVier Posey laughed, during Tuesday's media luncheon in Columbus. "He got pretty animated."

Whatever Tressel said to the team apparently took hold as the Buckeyes demolished the Nittany Lions in the second half, outscoring them 35-0.

Posey stated that he knew after their poor first half performance that his coach was ready to erupt as soon as he stepped into the locker room at halftime.

"Most of the time he comes in the locker room, but he was just ... his heel didn't stop moving and he was shaking his leg," Posey said. "I knew he had something to say, I just didn't know what it was going to be. He definitely got our team fired up and I think we needed that."

Asked if he was choosing not to reiterate what Tressel had said because it was private or a bit vulgar, Posey just smiled and said, "you can make a guess on that yourself."

Tressel wouldn't elaborate on what was said, either, but did state that he was extremely disappointed in the Buckeyes' effort early on in the contest.

"I was disappointed that we weren't playing like we were capable of playing," Tressel said. "We've all been in games where you've played as well as you could and you lost and that happens, or you played as well as you could but you made those two mistakes and, therefore, you lost.

"I didn't think we were playing anywhere near what we were capable of playing and we were playing a team that they knew was very good."

The Buckeyes coach said he wasn't surprised that the team played well following the fiery speech. In fact, he stated that they should've been playing that way from the opening gun.

"It was what it ought to be and that should never surprise us," Tressel said. "If that surprises us, then we're in trouble."

DeVier Posey
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
PRYOR SAID 'NO' TO THE NFL, WHAT ABOUT POSEY? ... Last week, Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor announced that he would be returning for his senior season at Ohio State in 2011.

It really wasn't too much of a shock since Pryor had been indicating all along that he planned to play all four years for the Buckeyes.

Now, the NFL attention shifts to the Buckeyes other big-time junior prospect, wide receiver DeVier Posey.

Posey said that he'll hold off on that decision until after the season, but also hinted that he is leaning the same way as his quarterback.

"That's definitely one of my goals and definitely on my agenda to come back," Posey said.

The talented OSU wideout stated that he and Pryor want to be remembered as Buckeye legends, and the only way to really do that is to stay all four years.

"Me and (Pryor) always sit down and talk about creating a legacy here," Posey said. "Being able to, as I say, live in Columbus forever, not physically, but be able to, when people see a number 2 jersey, they think about Terrelle. When they see a number 8 jersey, they think about me.

"I don't know how to create that, but we probably need a senior season to do it."

Posey recalls being around former OSU stars like James Laurinaitis and Brian Robiskie — players who stayed at Ohio State for their senior seasons.

"I think about coming in as a freshman being able to see guys like Laurinatis, Robiskie and (Brian) Hartline, seeing the maturity, seeing how they handled football," Posey said. "They came into the Woody with a business-like attitude and I'm not sure that we have that, per se, now.

"I don't know what happens between your junior year and senior year, but those guys had it."

Posey has 43 receptions this season, with 664 yards and five touchdowns.

QUOTE OF THE DAY ... Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay — who kicked the game-winner in overtime last season against Iowa — was asked how he thinks the Hawkeye fans feel when they hear his name.

"Yeah, I don't know what it's going to be like," Barclay said. "I mean, as far as I know, I might be one of the most hated people there. That's fine with me. It's Iowa, so, you know ... "