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April 19, 2000

Tim Salem is in his fourth year on the Ohio State football staff. The Buckeyes’ quarterbacks coach the first three years, he also has responsibility for the wide receivers this year.

With seniors Reggie Germany (Hazelwood, Mo.) returning at split end and Ken-Yon Rambo (Cerritos, Calif.) back at flanker, the starters are set. They combined for 84 receptions and seven touchdowns last year, Germany snaring 43 receptions and Rambo 41, including six touchdown grabs.

“I expect big things out of both of them this year,” said Salem. “Both were first year starters a year ago. Now that they have that year of experience, there is a whole new level of confidence this spring.”

The race for the backup positions is a little more wide open.

Vaness Provitt (Sr., Warren, O.) and Chad Cacchio (Sr., Upper Arlington) currently are No. 2 on the depth chart — Provitt at split end and Cacchio at flanker. They combined for 11 catches in 1999. But a pair of redshirt freshmen, Ricky Bryant (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and Drew Carter (Solon, O.), are providing plenty of competition.

“One of our goals this spring was to develop some depth at the two wide-out positions,” Salem said. “I think we are doing that.”

In Tuesday’s scrimmage at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, all six players had touchdown receptions.

“When you have competition, it makes everyone better.” Salem said.

The Buckeyes are off Wednesday, but will practice Thursday before taking the weekend off.