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April 20, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State seniors and coaching staff held the Scarlet and Gray Draft Wednesday afternoon in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as teams were chosen for the annual spring game, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeye seniors, assigned to a team earlier in the day by the coaching staff, drafted the remaining players by position, with all players at that position being selected before a new position could be opened.

The Gray squad, to be coached by OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, won the predraft coin toss and chose the quarterback position as the first group of players to be selected. Junior Troy Smith was their pick after Gray team seniors Tyler Everett, A.J. Hawk, Mike Kudla, Rob Harley, Marcus Green, Mike D’Andrea, Nick Mangold and team spokesman Brandon Schnittker conferred with Bollman and Gray squad assistant coaches Darrell Hazell and Luke Fickell.

The Scarlet squad, coached by OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, selected junior Justin Zwick as its quarterback. Seniors on the Scarlet squad include Nate Salley, Redgie Arden, Rob Sims, Bobby Carpenter, Andree Tyree, Steve Winner, Ryan Hamby, Josh Huston and team spokesman Anthony Schlegel and will be guided by Scarlet team assistant coaches Joe Daniels, Paul Haynes, John Peterson and Dick Tressel. The Scarlet squad then opened the wide receiver position as the next group to be selected and took Ted Ginn Jr. with its first true pick. The Gray squad countered with Anthony Gonzalez.

Other first picks by position for the Gray squad included Ashton Youboty at cornerback, Marcus Freeman at linebacker, Antonio Pittman at tailback, Donte Whitner at safety, A.J. Trapasso at punter and Drew Norman at long snapper.

Selected first by the Scarlet were Jay Richardson at defensive end, Kirk Barton at offensive line, Rory Nicol at tight end and Stan White Jr. at fullback.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel announced redshirt freshman quarterback Todd Boeckman will play the second quarter for the Gray squad and the third quarter for the Scarlet.

Saturday’s game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium and will be televised by WBNS/ONN and broadcast by WBNS Radio.

Tickets are on sale at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office in the Jerome Schottenstein Center and are $5 each. Tickets also are available by phone at 1-800 GO BUCKS or online at www.hangonsloopy.com. Tickets will be available at Ohio Stadium Saturday at the ticket window located in the north end of the stadium.

Several players will not play Saturday because of injury, including D’Andrea, Everett, Kudla, Schlegel, Tim Schafer and Santonio Holmes.

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