Ohio State: "He Got Whacked"
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel certainly has a way with words. Although the coach would not explain what exactly the injury is that is keeping Dane Sanzenbacher, the Buckeyes' No. 3 receiver, on the sidelines for Saturday's game against Northwestern, he succinctly told the media that during last week's game against Washington, the freshman "got whacked."
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound freshman has four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown this season, good enough for fourth on the team. Sophomore Ray Small will take over the No. 3 spot after missing the first two games with a sprained ankle. He returned to the gridiron last week, when he caught one pass for four yards and returned one punt for 10. The Buckeyes could really use an extra spark on offense, and hopefully Small is it.
Tressel also isn't showing his cards regarding freshman tailback Brendon Saine, who has an undisclosed injury that makes his questionable for Saturday's game. (If it were at all possible to disclose any less information, Tressel would. Unfortunately, he felt the need to give the player's name.) Saine ran for a 37-yard touchdown on the final play of last week's contest, but Tressel contends that Saine suffered the injury during that game. If Saine cannot go, he will leave starter Crhis "Beanie" Wells as the lone productive rusher in the backfield, and Wells is suffering from some tighness in his back. But Tressel thinks Wells' tightness will be gone by game time.
Saine has rushed for 153 yards in three games with two touchdowns, averaging more than 50 yards per game and making him the team's second-leading rusher, after Wells' 108 yard-per-game mark. If Saine has to sit this one out, junior Maurice Wells will step in as the primary backup. Freshmen walk-on Marcus Williams or Daniel Herron could also see some time in the backfield, which should get plenty of action against a soft Northwestern team. Herron had been redshirting, but if either Wells is hurt in the game, he may be forced to shed the shirt and take the field.
Sophomore kicker Aaron Pettrey, who missed the first three games of the season with a groin injury, will play.