August 3, 2007

Revved and ready to go

CHICAGO, Ill. - It is not often the fate of a college football team is placed in the hands of one of its youngest players. But it's also not often a team loses six first-team All-Big Ten players on offense.

Both are the case at Ohio State this fall, where the Buckeyes will need a sophomore named Chris Wells to help them replace the offensive fire-power they lost to the NFL, including Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.

While it's doubtful Wells will be throwing any passes this fall, coach Jim Tressel will need his star tailback to step up his game this season.

"Between him and Maurice Wells you have a couple of Army All-Americans through high school, and Beanie was player of the year his senior year in high school," starting right tackle Kirk Barton said. "Those guys have talent."

As an Army All-American, Beanie Wells carried the East squad to a 27-16 win by rushing for 67 yards on 13 carries and an Army game record three touchdowns. His 67 yards were the third most in the history of the high school football all-star game.

The Akron (Ohio) Garfield running back was the top-rated back in the class of 2006 and the No. 3 overall prospect in the country.

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