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January 20, 2011, 10:45 AM
After all the hoopla from the bowl season has finally died down it's time to look towards the future of the 5 players who have put themselves in a strange predicament. I for one never thought any of them would keep their word and come back for their senior season. Now that they are returning I would like some thoughts about what is Tressel going to do if the 5 game suspesions hold up and the replacements are firmly entrenched in their respected positions.Do you give way to the seniors or do you keep playing the guys who started the season?
January 20, 2011  10:49 AM ET

You give way to the seniors if they are showing the progress during practice.

January 20, 2011  10:53 AM ET
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Now that they are returning I would like some thoughts about what is Tressel going to do if the 5 game suspesions hold up and the replacements are firmly entrenched in their respected positions.Do you give way to the seniors or do you keep playing the guys who started the season?

The only guy in danger of losing his job upon returning would be Boom Herron. Too much good depth behind him. Pryor, Posey and Adams are too talented not to play, and even their reserves with five games experience probably won't match it. Thomas probably wasn't a starter anyway, so I don't know if he's really losing that much playing time.

January 20, 2011  11:19 AM ET
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Pryor is a notorious slow starter. Not playing in the first 5 games hurts him the most. Braxton Miller is way ahead of Pryor skill wise at the QB position. This will be a major issue.

I don't see any way Miller starts over Pryor. None. If Tressell honestly thought Miller was a better option, I think he would have encouraged TP to go pro. Even if they guy gets off to a Denard Robinson style start.

Three BCS games and 2 straight wins while they have spent the last 3 years investing in TP... Pryor starts week 6 unless he breaks a leg.

January 20, 2011  11:38 AM ET
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I don't see any way Miller starts over Pryor. None. If Tressell honestly thought Miller was a better option, I think he would have encouraged TP to go pro. Even if they guy gets off to a Denard Robinson style start.Three BCS games and 2 straight wins while they have spent the last 3 years investing in TP... Pryor starts week 6 unless he breaks a leg.

Any chance we see the occasional platoon? That way you can run the ball with a QB without worrying as much about injury?

January 20, 2011  11:54 AM ET
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Pryor would not get drafted high that's why he is coming back.You honestly think he is happy to sit out 5 games of his senior year?

It's another year of practicing and development he gets. The season is shortened, but the more prep the better.

January 20, 2011  11:57 AM ET

Also, Pryor will get to start a guaranteed 7 games, an almost guaranteed bowl game, and possibly the conference title game. 9 more starts is nothing to turn one's nose at.

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January 20, 2011  12:15 PM ET
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Then you had better make it very clear at the beginning of spring practice and again in August to the players who will be starting that you are just keeping the seat warm.

Yep nothing they do in spring or autumn will count.

January 20, 2011  12:53 PM ET
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Do you give way to the seniors or do you keep playing the guys who started the season?

Play the best player at each position. Period.

But if they are essentially "even", THEN I could see a coach going with the younger player (assuming they have more years of eligibility left), as the experience they gain will stay on the roster past the end of this season.

Best call for the program.

January 20, 2011  12:57 PM ET
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Also, Pryor will get to start a guaranteed 7 games, an almost guaranteed bowl game, and possibly the conference title game. 9 more starts is nothing to turn one's nose at.

True. As good as Miller may be in the future, starting him out for 5 games then pulling him out of actions for the last 9 would be counter productive. It will be TP's team.

January 20, 2011  01:07 PM ET
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..... It will be TP's team.

I need TP for my ....

January 20, 2011  02:16 PM ET

Will they be able to participate in August and practice during their suspension? I'm assuming so which means they'll probably return to their roles pretty quickly. Except for the Miami game, it could turn out to be a real plus as far as depth goes.

January 20, 2011  02:17 PM ET
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I need TP for my ....

camping trip? Most of us use tents nowadays, Doc...

;)

January 20, 2011  02:19 PM ET
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I need TP for my ....

I am cornholio!

January 20, 2011  02:20 PM ET

Why is everyone jumping Kenny Guiton for Braxton Miller? I know the kid has skills and will probably get some field time, but Guiton showed promise in the little bit of playing time he had this year...

... and I can't imagine Tressel not starting the guys once they've done their time. It would be really out of character for him.

January 20, 2011  05:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I need TP for my ....

Golden rrrr Brown pants

January 20, 2011  06:00 PM ET
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Why is everyone jumping Kenny Guiton for Braxton Miller? I know the kid has skills and will probably get some field time, but Guiton showed promise in the little bit of playing time he had this year...... and I can't imagine Tressel not starting the guys once they've done their time. It would be really out of character for him.

Guiton should be the starter! I cannot wait to see what he does this spring.

January 20, 2011  07:16 PM ET
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You give way to the seniors if they are showing the progress during practice.

No. You carry out the punishment. They need to serve their punishment. PERIOD. It's the "I can do what I want and no one cares" attitude that is screwing up this country.

January 20, 2011  09:31 PM ET
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No. You carry out the punishment. They need to serve their punishment. PERIOD. It's the "I can do what I want and no one cares" attitude that is screwing up this country.

I think he was referring to giving the seniors the starting jobs upon the end of their suspension, provided they look good in practice.

 
January 21, 2011  07:38 AM ET
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No. You carry out the punishment. They need to serve their punishment. PERIOD. It's the "I can do what I want and no one cares" attitude that is screwing up this country.

Reading for understanding would make this country so much better off!

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