April 13, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes are now beyond the halfway point in their 1999 spring drills preparations. Mondays practice, in brisk conditions that seemed more like fall than spring, started at 3 p.m. and ended just over two hours later. Some good news to report: both guard Mike Gurr and center LeCharles Bentley returned to the practice fields. Some bad news: Vanness Provitt will miss the remainder of the spring drills after suffering a broken right fibula during Thursdays practice. He had a plate and metal screw inserted by team orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Chris Kaeding during surgery Saturday at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Team trainer Bill Davis said that Provitts prognosis for a healthy return in the fall are “excellent” and that in approximately eight weeks hell be back on the field and doing all the drills.

John Cooper “Quotes”
On the Quarterbacks: “Austin Moherman missed some work last week. He had a sore arm, but he had a good workout today. Steve Bellisari is getting better. With having two quarterbacks do all the repititions, they will get better.”…”We are not in a position and we dont have to be in that position of putting one above the other. Steve and Austin are both working hard and getting in the reps, so that will improve both of them.”

On Receiver Depth: “We are a little thin at the receiver position. We have to have some young kids come in next year and give us some depth. We can do well with Reggie Germany, Ken-Yon Rambo, Darik Warnke and we will get Vanness Provitt back in the fall, but depth is a real problem at that position.”

Editors Note: The Buckeyes practiced with just two receivers on Monday – Reggie Germany and walk-on Tony Locke. Ken-Yon Rambo left practice early to attend class. Darik Warnke was ill. Vanness Provitt and Chad Cacchio are lost for the spring with injuries. And walk-on Duane Crooks suffered a broken finger during practice. Germany and Locke, spotted side-by-side on a bench after practice, were exhausted.

On Spring Practice: “This is a typical spring practice for us. You get a lot of work done but you have to be patient. You just keep teaching and keep working and keep plugging away. I am pleased with what I see. The work ethic is good, the attitude is good. We have had more injuries this spring then any other spring practices, but things are going well.”

Reggie Germany “Quotes”
On Expectations of the Receivers: “We have a lot of shoes to fill. We lost a big chunk of our offense with David Boston and Dee Miller leaving, but what has to happen is someone has to step up. In order for us to be successful, someone has to fill those jobs. With myself and Ken-Yon Rambo and all the other receivers we are all battling to get out there. We are all wanting to show are talents and also help this team.”

On Chemistry of the Offense: “Both of these quarterbacks have been around. It is not like we have been on a different page. Austin has been here for three years and Bellisari has been here for two years. But practice makes perfect. We know that by getting more reps in practice together, it is going to make us a stronger offensive team.”