Most Buckeyes Want 7
Instead of 3
State had some trouble
scoring against the Youngstown Penguins as they went for five field goals on
Saturday and fumbled inside the 5 yard line instead of putting the ball into
the end zone. The kick team didn’t seem to mind as Ryan Pretorius kicked a 50
yard field goal and Aaron Pettrey kicked a record 54-yarder.
By Steve Patterson
with the players after practice this week, a number of offensive players want
to punch the ball in for seven when they get the chance this weekend against Ohio University.
“We have to be more disciplined. When you get to the redzone, the field shrinks
and the defense is able to blitz more and have better coverage. It’s a matter
on performing when it comes down to it and we have to get better at it.” senior
tight end Rory Nicol said after practice on Tuesday.
Special Teams Shine
Pretorius kicked four of the five field goals against Youngstown and was impressed with the
performance of the kick team after some difficult kick scrimmages in the fall.
“It was a great way for us to start the season. Everyone did great on Saturday.
It was an ideal way for the special teams to start. It is a group effort out
there for us. Every week we want to focus on each kick and get all of our times
down.” He said.
forward to Saturday and the Ohio Bobcats, senior Shaun Lane sees a challenging group of
wide receivers that the Buckeyes will need to guard carefully. “They are a
great team from what we saw on film. They have a great passing game and the
receivers will be a challenge for us. They will definitely bring more to the
table against us.” Against Wyoming last week, Ohio put up 248 passing
yards with quarterback Theo Scott completing 26 of 35 passes.
defensive linemen also see the tight ends being a part of a powerful Ohio passing attack. “Their
offensive line is good and they have really good tight ends. They have guys
that can make plays. We have to execute and play our own plays out there on Saturday.”
Nader Abdallah said about the Bobcat’s offense that he will go up against at
Noon on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.