Name: Alex Boone
Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio
High School: St. Ignatius
Position: Offensive Tackle
Last season: Second-Team All-Big Ten: Offensive Player of the Week against Purdue
This season: Outland Trophy candidate; starter for the third-consecutive season
If two-time All-American James Laurinaitis is the heart and soul of the Ohio State football team, senior offensive tackle Alex Boone is the team’s funny bone.
No one on the team cracks more jokes or likes to mess with teammates more than the Lakewood, Ohio, native. Boone keeps things loose in the locker room, but also is a commanding presence at 6 foot, 8 inches and 313 pounds.
Two years ago after the national championship game loss to Florida, it was Boone then a sophomore who demanded more from his teammates. Boone became a leader that night and hasn’t relinquished his post.
Almost assured of a first-round selection after last season, Boone could have entered the NFL draft. However, he stayed and is having fun another year with his friends.
“The spring is just about coming together as a team,” he said. “We love to get out and play and to pack (Ohio) Stadium would be great. But these are my friends. You can never go 100 percent against them.”
Never were the two sides of Boone more on display than at the annual spring game draft Wednesday. Boone was quite professional during the draft, acting as the spokesman for the Scarlet squad. But when it came time to make trades, Boone had some fun at the expense of his teammates.
One trade put forward by Boone was to help the Scarlet team get a little more help in the kicking game. He offered fellow senior lineman Steve Rehring, a member of the Gray squad, his lunch Adriaticos pizza, a campus favorite in exchange for kicker Aaron Pettrey.
“I thought since it was food, Steve would go for it for sure,” Boone said. “We were just having some fun and that’s what the draft is all about.”
After the draft ended, Boone did have one apology to make as he forgot to draft his friend: injured running back Chris Wells, who will sit out the game because of injury. Wells was scooped up by the Gray squad with the final pick in the draft (all players had to be assigned to a team, regardless of status).
Once Wells was picked Boone had two things to say to his running back, “Sorry Beanie, I still love you.”
~ Jeff Symonds, OhioStateBuckeyes.com