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Huge half for Buckeyes' Saine, wide receivers

9/2/2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Terrelle Pryor is having a good night so far, but three other Ohio State skill players are stealing the show as the Buckeyes lead 35-7 at halftime.

Brandon Saine has started his senior season with a bang, and wideouts Dane Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey already look to be in all-conference form. All three players ended the 2009 season on a strong note, and they've carried it over into this fall.

Saine showcased his speed on a 45-yard touchdown run right up the gut and a 40-yard scamper that set up his first score, a 4-yarder. The senior finished the half with 103 yards on only eight carries. He looks like Ohio State's featured back to me. I think Saine got a bit of a bad rap early in his career because of injuries, but he certainly has gotten better with time.

Posey and Sanzenbacher are running terrific routes so far. Posey is Pryor's favorite target in the passing game, but Sanzenbacher (2 catches, 93 yards) looks like the deep threat. And at last, Ohio State seems willing to feature a tight end in the passing attack, as Jake Stoneburner has two receptions for 25 yards.

Whether Pryor becomes an elite quarterback remains to be seen, but he'll have plenty of help on offense this year.