Ohio State football notes from Sept. 4.
Ohio State WR Ray Small could play this week against Akron. Small, who missed the opener and much of August workouts, is recovering from a high ankle sprain. Head Coach Jim Tressel said Small, a knock off of Ted Ginn Jr., worked out Monday and ran well. “I think you have to be smart with injuries. ... Right when it looks like a guy is ready to come back, we all — player included — tend to over do it,” Tressel said “We’ve got to be smart. I’m hoping he can progress, help us and be one of the guys.” Young-ins Ohio State played eight true freshmen in the season opener. RB Brandon Saine was the most impressive. He scored a touchdown as did Dane Sanzenbacher and Taurian Washington. Canton South graduate Devon Torrence caught a pass for 5 yards. “I’m sure they were nervous,” Tressel said of his freshmen. “I’m sure they were excited. Dane Sanzenbacher told Brandon after the game, ‘Have you ever heard 105,000 people go ‘UHHH’ after you drop a pass? It’s loud.’” Missing Lawrence DE Lawrence Wilson will be out six to eight weeks, and Tressel said a decision on a medical redshirt won’t be made for a while. “We’ve haven’t canceled it out in our minds that he’ll be back, because you never know about those things,” Tressel said. In his absence, Rob Rose will get the first crack to replace Wilson, and Cameron Heyward will be counted more than initially thought. Robo on Boeckman Buckeye WR Brian Robiskie earned the coaches’ weekly offensive award for his nine-catch, 153-yard day. Robiskie said he was not surprised that QB Todd Boeckman played as well as he did in his first start. “A lot of people might be, but I’ve been working with him all summer and the offseason,” Robiskie said. “He became more of a leader of our offense. ... He’s composed, but a he’s guy if you do something wrong, he’ll let you know about it.” Canton Repository