Boeckman could get token start against Wolverines

Published 2:13 am Thursday, November 20, 2008

What’s brewing today with the 2008 Ohio State Buckeyes …

BUCKEYES BUZZ: A lot is being made of freshman Terrelle Pryor starting at quarterback against Michigan (12:08 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Ohio Stadium). But what if he doesn’t?

This is the final home game for seniors. One of the most loyal of seniors has been QB Todd Boeckman, who waited patiently for his chance to play and then led the Buckeyes to an outright Big Ten title and the national championship game a year ago. As Pryor began to develop early this season, coach Jim Tressel tossed Boeckman aside and has barely put him in since.

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So, what about it, coach: Would you start Boeckman?

‘‘I’m not sure that that’s in the cards here, but I haven’t really talked about that,’’ he said this week.

Boeckman’s teammates are sure talking about it. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say:

LB Marcus Freeman: ‘‘Just talking to Todd and seeing him, it’s got to be tough. He’s a competitor. Any true competitor wants to be on that football field. … A lot of times if you see a guy get his spot taken, he’ll be like, ’I ain’t helpin’ nobody out. It’s about me.’ And Todd isn’t that guy.’’

CB Malcolm Jenkins: ‘‘It would be nice to see Todd go out on his senior day and get a snap. But that’s not up to us. It would be a nice gesture.’’

LB James Laurinaitis: ‘‘He has handled the whole situation the whole season with unbelievable class, and I think he’ll handle this week the same way. You don’t expect anything less from him. He’s a guy (who) truly loves this university, loves this team and has tried to take every opportunity to help Terrelle with anything he’s needed.’’

TE Rory Nicol: ‘‘I do feel for Todd. Todd’s one of my best friends on the team. A year ago he was an All-Big Ten quarterback and he’s struggled and he’s had some adversity. … I think that’s one of the toughest situations you can be put in as a player regardless of your position. He never backed away from it. He never asked that he not be a captain. He gets up and speaks in front of the team every Thursday.’’