Krenzel will dress, but status still uncertain

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 19, 2003

COLUMBUS - Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel will dress for Saturday's game against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium, but whether he will play for the fifth-ranked Buckeyes won't be determined until pregame warmups.

Krenzel has been held out of practice all week, and senior backup Scott McMullen is likely to be Saturday's starter, assistant coach Bill Conley said Thursday.

''Craig did not practice today. The jury is out for Saturday.'' he said. ''He'll dress, though, and we'll see how it goes the next few days. The next 48 hours will tell.''

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Asked if Krenzel could start even though he hasn't practiced, Conley said, ''I would say that right now, that's probably doubtful. We'll see what happens on game day.''

Krenzel injured his right elbow when his throwing arm was caught between two tacklers while he was making a pass in the second quarter of this past Saturday's 44-38 triple-overtime victory over North Carolina State. He played the rest of the game.

Conley said Krenzel won't attempt any throws before Saturday. He also said Krenzel's lack of practice time this week wouldn't necessarily prevent him from possibly playing at some point against Bowling Green.

''For a guy who's been in the heat of battle, I don't know how much that's (not practicing) going to mean,'' he said.