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  • Spring Football Leftovers, Etc.

    The whole intention of this section is to be able to present to the reader the few quotes that are still worthwhile but didn’t make their way into various articles for whatever reason.

    With April winding down, it seemed appropriate to devote much of this version to the aftermath of spring football. The Buckeyes concluded their 15-practice spring format on April 24 in Ohio Stadium with the Scarlet and Gray Game, which had to be termed a qualified success.

    The Gray won an exciting contest, 17-14, with a last-minute touchdown pass from Kenny Guiton to Taurian Washington as about half of the announced crowd of more than 65,000 stuck around long enough to witness the heroics.

    However, there were other developments in recent weeks including the departure of superstar swingman Evan Turner from the Ohio State basketball team and the able bats that the OSU baseball team put on display in moving to the top of the Big Ten standings.

    Here then is the latest edition of Quote Me:

    OSU wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, captain of the Scarlet team for the spring game, on his squad bypassing Jaamal Berry to draft Jermil Martin – “There was a little bit of a divide with the players in one ear and the coaches in the other ear. Jaamal’s a great running back, but he’s had a little bit of an injury issue this spring. I’m sure he’ll play and I’m sure he’ll run hard. But just looking at the practices, I really liked how Martin is running the ball.”

    Linebacker Ross Homan on what the defense accomplished in the spring practices – “We had some faces to replace, guys like Thad (Gibson) and Kurt (Coleman), who are great playmakers. I think that we’ve done that. We’re not where we want to be right now, though. We’re constantly trying to get better – front seven and secondary. There are things we need to get better at and hopefully we’ll correct those before we get to fall camp.”

    Defensive end Cameron Heyward on the importance of spring – “I think it’s very important. Going out here now, it’s only going to prepare us for the fall. Everything is not guaranteed and you want to take advantage of the time you have. The more practice you get, the better you’re going to get.”

    Backup lineman Jack Mewhort on shifting from center to guard – “Playing in the system and being a center is like being a scientist. It takes a couple years to get everything down. It was hard.”

    Sanzenbacher on the development on young wideout Chris Fields – “He’s another guy like Kenny that made a lot of huge steps this spring. He worked hard in the film room part of it. Chris has always been a guy that had the athletic part of it. Obviously, you don’t get a scholarship here unless you’re athletic enough to play. He just needed to get the mental part down. When you’re prepared for something, you can play a lot faster, so I think we’ll see more of that.”

    Fourth-year junior David Lighty on whether he flirted with leaving school early for a shot at the NBA like his teammate Turner – “His decision is probably a lot harder than mine. I looked into it a little bit. I’ll probably think about entering the draft next year.”

    Jon Diebler, a 6-6 shooting guard, on the possibility of playing some point guard next season in the absence of Turner – “I wouldn’t mind it. I did a little of it in high school. I just want to do whatever is going to help us win. It’s going to be my last year and Dave’s last year and we’re all going to work on our ball handling skills and do what we need to do to get better.”

    Diebler on incoming freshman Aaron Craft, who also could get some time at PG – “He’s a tough kid, and what Aaron does really well is he can defend. He’s a guy whose dad coached him in middle school and he knows a lot about the game. His IQ is really high.”

    OSU football coach Jim Tressel on the idea of Big Ten expansion – “I think when it comes down to it, those decisions will be made at the presidential level and the commissioner’s level and perhaps the athletic directors will have part and parcel to it. But major decisions like that happen well above where I sit.”

    Outgoing OSU men’s basketball assistant Alan Major on how he’ll approach recruiting as the new head coach at Charlotte – “The No. 1 thing I need to clarify is our motto at Ohio State was ‘We got ’em.’ There was no ‘This is my guy’ or ‘That is my his guy.’ We recruited them together and we coached them together. We don’t want guys to be territorial. I think Charlotte and the state of North Carolina is loaded. We have to earn the right to get kids to look at Charlotte. We’re not an ACC school. And that’s fine. But we’re going to operate like a first-class program.”

    OSU outfielder Zach Hurley on hitting a home run that cleared the right-field wall of Bill Davis Stadium and bounced all the way to the Jack Nicklaus Museum – “I’m going to have to let some of the guys know about that because they give me a hard time because I’m old. They give me a hard time about being 23 and being around here for five years.”

    Basketbal head coach Thad Matta on his team’s victory over Florida State way back in early December – “I remember after that game driving home saying to myself, ‘We’ve got a shot.’ ”

    Top basketball signee Jared Sullinger on his Ronald McDonald-like yellow tinted shoes he wore during the McDonald’s All-American Game – “I kind of like them. I scored 22 points in them so I might as well keep them.”

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