Ohio State football: Buckeyes on Buckeyes

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Except for that marquee quarterback everyone's talking about, most of the big names are gone from the Buckeye team set to take the field Saturday. Even some of the starters are young and untested. Still, Coach Jim Tressel's squad is littered with players poised to break out this year. Last week, with preseason practices drawing to a close, three leading upperclassmen talked about who's been burning up camp.

Brian Rolle


Position: Linebacker

Year: Junior

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Weight: 221 pounds

Hometown: Immokalee, Florida

"Brian Rolle is a beast. I think he's a guy that's going to have a really breakout year. He's done well on special teams the last couple of years, but I think he's going to be really good at linebacker for us. A lot of linebackers are fast. Some are big. He's going to run fast and hit hard. He never stops. It's 100 percent every play. You'll never catch him loafing." - Chimdi Chekwa

Kurt Coleman


Position: Defensive back

Year: Senior

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Weight: 195 pounds

Hometown: Clayton

"I think everyone knows about Kurt Coleman, but he comes out here and he's a senior leader. He could take a practice off if he wants to, but he doesn't. He comes out here every time and makes plays. He's had a great camp, making plays all over the field." - Ross Homan

Justin Boren


Position: Offensive lineman

Year: Junior

Height: 6 feet, 3 inches

Weight: 315 pounds

Hometown: Pickerington

"Boren is a great offensive line leader. He goes out there and gives it his all on every play. He works hard in the weight room and on the field. When he comes out here, he hates to miss a block. If he misses a block, it's evident. He's yelling. He's mad. He wants to be great. A great worker, a great guy." - Bryant Browning