Pressure falls on these players to perform in '06
Todd McShay takes a look at 16 players who need to perform in 2006 for their teams to meet or exceed expectations.
Following is a look at the X factor on every team in ESPN.com's preseason Power 16. The individuals who rise to the challenge should put their respective teams in position to contend for a conference championship and possibly even a national title.
1. Ohio State Buckeyes
X factor: PKs Aaron Pettrey and Ryan Pretorius
Head coach Jim Tressel's conservative style leads to many close games, which in turn puts added pressure on the place-kicker position. Tressel has not had much to worry about recently with Mike Nugent and Josh Huston as his last two field-goal kickers. But the 2006 season could be a different story. According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pettrey has won the starting job. However, a tag-team effort is not out of the question. Pettrey has the stronger leg and could be used on long-distance attempts, while Pretorius is more accurate from shorter distances and might be used on kicks inside the 40-yard line.
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