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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Notes from Ohio State news conference

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sorry for the posting lull this afternoon. I'm finally settling in after Jim Tressel's weekly news conference and interviews with defensive end Lawrence Wilson, right tackle Bryant Browning and wide receiver Brian Hartline.

Much of the focus was on Buckeyes running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, who coach Jim Tressel confirmed will play Saturday against top-ranked USC (ABC, 8 p.m. ET). Wells will do individual drills for the second straight practice tonight before fully participating in Wednesday's workout.

He's going to play. How much or how well are the big questions. But given Wells' big-game production and how poor Ohio State looked on offense against Ohio, the Buckeyes will take as much from Wells as they can possibly get.

"I talked to him, he said he was running at full speed, he feels good," Browning said. "Today will be another day for him to get better and get ready for the game."

Other highlights:

"Maybe wouldn't put him in on our own [3-yard line]," Tressel said. "You try to script for success and at least the best chance for it, but, no, I think he's proven, with his knowledge of what we're doing -- the only thing that holds back a freshman from playing in my mind is if they don't understand what we're doing and, therefore, their physical abilities can't take over, and the thing I've been impressed with with Terrelle is he understands what we're doing."
Chekwa started in Washington's place the first two games.
"Tune in," Tressel said when asked how he would use the two cornerbacks.
Washington has started the last two seasons, recording 70 tackles and an interception.
"It's killing him," Wilson said of the wait. "He's a competitor, he wants to play. I can see it in his face. ... He's a two-year starter, he's a good player. It's big for him to return."
"A good bit of what he did was on the move and threw so accurate on the move and had a great presence about him," Tressel said. "I know he came out here in the summer before his senior year and his dad was with him and just great people. You could just tell the look in his eyes, he's a leader and a competitor."
Tressel was asked how close Ohio State came to landing Sanchez.
"The problem with recruiting is if you're second, you're 100th, so I don't know," he said. "I think he enjoyed Ohio State."
"What people think is not that important to me," he said. "Now, the guys in the locker room, what they're thinking is what's key, and so how did not playing as well [against Ohio] affect how we're thinking is more of a concern of mine than what people said."
"What he expects is not dissimilar to what we teach and expect and what Earle [Bruce] did or John [Cooper] did or whoever it happens to be. So I would think there wouldn't be much difference if you switched places, which I don't think that's going to happen. That's quite a hypothetical."