Wells questionable, Buckeye QBs to compete

September, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

 
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 Ohio State may be without injured  back Chris Wells for a third game.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said starting running back Chris "Beanie" Wells heads into practice this week questionable for Saturday's game against Troy. As was the case last week, Wells' response to drills in practice will ultimately determine his availability.

The toe injury clearly is more serious than originally thought, and if Wells has much lingering soreness after testing things out this afternoon, Ohio State won't push him to play. Making cutbacks seemed to aggravate the toe last week.

Ohio State's main goal at this point is winning the Big Ten and going to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997. Getting Wells to 100 percent by the league opener next week against Minnesota or, at the very latest, for an Oct. 4 trip to Wisconsin, should be the team's top priority.

Wells and Daniel Herron are listed as co-starters on this week's depth chart.

Tressel also weighed in on his quarterbacks earlier today. After rotating senior Todd Boeckman and freshman Terrelle Pryor against USC, the two quarterbacks will compete in practice this week.

"Terrelle has shown he's got an unusual moxie about him," Tressel said. "He didn't seem to be out of place in that football game [USC]. He seemed to have a good presence about him. The thing Todd will tell you first and foremost is he can't throw the ball to the other team, especially when the team is as good as USC. ... We'll have some good lively competition. How much playing time will be based in large part on how practice goes."

Sounds like Boeckman has something to prove this week after getting picked off twice against USC.

Tressel also mentioned Pryor when discussing Ohio State players who could match USC's quickness. The coach said USC's defensive front had more speed than the Buckeyes' offensive line and likened Trojans running back Joe McKnight's quickness to that of former Buckeyes star Ted Ginn Jr. Tressel added that Ohio State's speed matched up in most areas.

"We feel as if we could have made a better performance for ourselves and on behalf of Big Ten," Tressel said. "We made errors you can't afford to make against a team as good as Southern California."

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