MODERATOR: We will begin with an opening statement from Coach Tressel.
COACH TRESSEL: Well, it ended up being a beautiful day and a great crowd. The fact that the Spielman family was recognized made it even more special, and we were hoping an honorary head coach John Reed would be able to be with us, but he couldn’t, but we knew he was home watching the ball game and he knows how we feel about him.
I think we came out pretty good health-wise. That’s always goal number one. I think our guys and our fans and our band and everyone had fun. That’s goal two. And hopefully we got some experiences by guys getting repetition in front of the crowd and whatnot that will help us take one more step. We know we’ve got a lot to do between now and August, and it’s up to the players to kind of initiate that, and I know they’ll do that. Our staff will do a great job of planning a good preseason in August and be ready to see if we can meet the challenge of 2010.
MODERATOR: Okay. We will open it up for a few questions for Coach Tressel.
REPORTER: Jim, could you just assess the Joe Bauserman and Kenny Guiton and both leading scoring drives?
COACH TRESSEL: You know, I thought they both got some very good valuable reps. Under the gun, we tried to get those two to throw it as many times as they could. I think if you go back and look at each of those performances and see that they each did some good things and stepped in there in the poise in the midst of it. I’m sure we’ll be able to find a couple things that they need to do better.
But just gaining that experience is — we really felt going into the last week of spring practice that we weren’t sure as if our depth had progressed as much as we’d like it to, and we worked hard this week all week leading up to the game and this game to just keep getting better. You need to have a deep team to have a chance at the championship.
MODERATOR: Go ahead.
COACH TRESSE: Come on, Schmidty. You don’t need a microphone.
REPORTER: Coach, could you evaluate Terrelle’s play and kind of what you saw from him in the first quarter even though he was limited in his action?
COACH TRESSEL: I think he played a good game. You have to play the hand that was dealt you. He knew that he wasn’t going to play too much and he knew he couldn’t go live on the run part of it. He focused on what he could do, which is work on his footwork and his coverage recognition and decision making. I think he did a pretty fair job. I don’t know how many throws he got in. We were hoping he would get in like 15 or so. I don’t know how many it was, but I thought it was good.
Let’s go one more and we’ll give you these guys, because I know they’re — we’ve got a family picnic with about 800 people waiting back here. Rusty, go ahead.
REPORTER: Close call at the end on Guiton on the knee. Would that have ruined the day?
COACH TRESSEL: Oh, I think anybody that — you know, you get ganged up, you know, ruins the day. We want to leave here with everyone as healthy or healthier than when they started. And, you know, so you hope that he just got banged and that’s — that’s the old risk versus reward with trying to get experiences and, you know, those kinds of things. But obviously it would have been a ruining thing to lose anybody for any length of time, and I’m hoping that we didn’t.
MODERATOR: Okay. Great, thanks, Coach. We will now open it up for one-on-ones.