April 21, 2000

Jamar Martin would have been the perfect fullback for the Ohio State teams of the 1950s and ’60s. You know, those Woody Hayes’ teams that inspired the phrase “three yards and a cloud of dust.”

A 6-1, 245-pound junior-to-be on the current Ohio State team, Martin would have made Hayes’ mouth water with his combination of power, speed and toughness.

Fortunately, Martin’s considerable talents haven’t been overlooked by present Ohio State mentor John Cooper, whose Buckeyes wound up their third week of spring practice Thursday with the second scrimmage of the week.

“Jamar Martin is a football player,” Cooper asserted. “He is a devastating blocker, he can run over defenders and he can catch. We have spent a lot of time this spring getting him more involved in the offense. You can definitely expect to see him carry the ball more this fall.”

The Buckeyes have just four more practices remaining this spring. After taking the upcoming weekend off, they will resume workouts on Monday with no pads, scrimmage Tuesday, hold a light workout on Friday as part of the annual coaches clinic and then wind things up Saturday with the Scarlet and Gray Game in Crew Stadium.

“We have scrimmaged more than usual this spring,” Cooper said, following Thursday’s practice.

“But we are a young team and we need to find out what some of our younger players can do. I am really anxious to get a look at some of those ‘young pups’ in the Spring Game and see how they play in front of a big crowd.”

Tickets ($5 each) still remain for the Spring Game and can be purchased at all TicketMaster outlets. All seating is reserved.