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OSU BOWL PREPARATIONS
December 14, 2007 - Seth Staskey
I had the chance visit the beautiful campus of The Ohio State University Thursday for the Buckeyes' annual bowl media day. The organization of the day could have been a little better, but overall it was extremely rewarding in a bevy of ways.
Obviously, myself and staffers Rich Gibson and Kim North got all sorts of materials and angles for the upcoming Buckeye Blitz to preview the Bucks' game against LSU in New Orleans.
However, the biggest story of the day was Coach Jim Tressel announcing that 13 Buckeyes had filled out the paperwork for the NFL to get a feel for where they may stand in the upcoming draft. Now before you start punching your screen, relax for a minute, this is strictly exploratory. These guys go to OSU with the goal of reaching the NFL and this is one of the steps in the process. While, I am not naive enough to think that all of these players are coming back, I am not crazy enough to think that all of these guys are NFL ready.
I think there are some who will probably play their last game in the OSU uniform on Jan. 7. I think Malcolm Jenkins is a lock to leave. However, I think James Laurinaitis will be back. I know his stock is extremely high and he's probably a lock first-round pick. But, from all reports Thursday, Laurinaitis is totally enjoying the college experience and having a great time still being a kid playing a kid's game. Plus, factor in, his father Joe Laurinaitis is a former WWF wrestler, so money probably isn't as big a factor as it may be for some.
I also believe both Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline will be back along with Todd Boeckman. However, when it comes to those receivers, you never know because I left the 2006 bowl media day feeling really confident that Anthony Gonzalez would be coming back. So much for that.
Anyway, there were a lot more stories out there and we hope you follow the Buckeyes throughout the bowl season and follow our on-site coverage from New Orleans the week of the game.
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T-L?Photo/SETH STASKEY OHIO STATE junior wide receiver Brian Robiskie was one of 13 underclassmen to send paperwork to the NFL?to get a feel for where they might stand in the 2008 Draft if they were to leave early.