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Laurinaitis steps up for Buckeyes

Updated: September 10, 2006, 10:01 PM ET
How could Ohio State possibly replace A.J. Hawk and the nation's top linebacking crew? I think we migh have found the Buckeyes' answer. That would be James Laurinaitis, a 6-foot-3, 244-pound sophomore, who till around 8 ET Saturday night was best known outside of Columbus for being the son of former pro wrestling star Animal of the Road Warriors. But after the Buckeyes' impressive win at Texas, Laurinaitis is now the face of the Buckeyes defense.

The irony here, cheesy as it is, is that his father's tag team partner was called Hawk. Well in the enormity of No. 1 vs. No. 2, young Laurinaitis' performance could best be described as Hawk-like. The kid really was that good.

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