Extra Points: Hello, Goodbye

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

On Saturday, Ohio State fans welcomed some new faces and bid farewell to old favorites. Future stars hashed it out in the annual spring game, a team scrimmage that concludes early-season practice, while a handful of Buckeyes were selected in the NFL draft.

As Gray topped Scarlet, 23-3, in the 'Shoe, numerous players excelled. Here are three to watch.

Brian Rolle



The Bucks lost two fantastic linebackers - Marcus Freeman and James Laurinaitis. That leaves a hole to be filled in the middle of the defensive. One likely plug? This talented upperclassman, says coach Jim Tressel.

Recently, Tressel has praised Rolle's speed and big-hit ability and expects him to make a difference in the linebacking core. Numerous recruits are vying for spots, but no one had a better spring than Rolle.

Considered a steal from his home state of Florida, he led all players with 11 tackles Saturday afternoon.

Taurian Washington


Wide receiver

In addition to its missing one-two defensive punch, Ohio State will take the field in September without the memorable receiving combo of Brians Hartline and Robiskie. Coaches are hoping Washington, a top recruit and former high-school track star, can become one of the deep-threat targets of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who's making great strides as a pocket passer.

Washington has decent size and speed, catching four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in last weekend's game. Though he's listed second in OSU's depth chart, he'll see plenty of action this fall.

Justin Boren


Offensive lineman

Boren's a double whammy for Ohio State - a hefty, talented player stolen from M------n. After losing a year of eligibility from the transfer southward, he's earned a spot on a line that could shuffle a bit before fall.

"Boren has stepped up to not only claim a spot at guard but set a tone for the offensive line," wrote TheOzone.net's John Porentas. "Boren brings a physical, hard-nosed style of play that is welcome, particularly in the run game."

The 315-pound blocker held his own Saturday, even when matched up against the devastating Thaddeus Gibson.

Draft's Over

Seven Buckeyes were selected in the NFL draft. A host of other OSU players - including offensive lineman Alex Boone and punter A.J. Trapasso - have signed free-agent deals. Here are the picks in order:

Malcolm Jenkins, cornerback, first round (14), New Orleans

Chris "Beanie" Wells, running back, first round (31), Arizona

James Laurinaitis, linebacker, second round (35), St. Louis

Brian Robiskie, wide receiver, second round (36), Cleveland

Donald Washington, cornerback, fourth round (102), Kansas City

Brian Hartline, wide receiver, fourth round (108), Miami

Marcus Freeman, linebacker, fifth round (154), Chicago

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