November 1, 2007

Thursday notebook: Will the ankles hold?

Much of the press after Ohio State's convincing 37-17 win over Penn State in Happy Valley went in the direction of quarterback Todd Boeckman and the OSU passing game. Lost in the celebration was another fine performance by running back Chris Wells, who continues to look the part of one of the best backs in the Big Ten recently, despite suffering a ankle injury early in the season.

"Beanie looks great, he's been rehabbing very well," starting fullback Dionte Johnson said. "He's been in there three or four days out of the week recovering."

Wells struggled with nagging ankle injuries through much of the early season, leaving a handful of games after turning, rolling or stinging the ankle, but Johnson has not seen the ankle bother his tailback much in the last few weeks.

"I don't see him limp as much, well at all really right now," Johnson said. "He's running well, he's running every play in practice up to speed and I believe he's healed but he's a guy who fights through the pain even if he's not 100-percent."

Lately Beanie has been nothing short of a warrior for the Buckeyes. In the last two games, he has carried the ball 56 times against two of the more physical defenses in the Big Ten for 354 yards.

"I think he's really found his rhythm," Johnson said. "He wasn't doing that bad at the beginning of the season, teams were stacking the box and Beanie didn't really get a chance to show what he can do."

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