Three Questions is a new feature that we are going to try and run every week or two where we conduct an e-mail interview with a member of the mainstream sports media that covers one or all of the teams we love. The first edition of Three Questions features Tony Castricone, Ohio State football and basketball beat reporter and radio pregame show host on 1460 The Fan (WBNS-AM) in Columbus.
Sons of Nev: Tony, thanks for taking the time to talk with us here today.
ESPN features about Jim Tressel using Barack Obama-isms aside, the biggest story in Buckeye-land this spring has been the late commitment of QB Terrelle Pryor. What role, if any, do you think Pryor will play on the OSU offense this year? How much did missing spring practices hurt him?
Tony Castricone: Pryor is too talented not to play at least a little bit for the Buckeyes, but Tressel is too loyal to his upperclassmen to take the reins away from senior quarterback Todd Boeckman without reason. Expect Ohio State to ease Pryor into the complex world of college quarterbacking by creating a simple package of plays for him. Think Tim Tebow in 2006. Certain down and distance situations should lend to Pryor’s talents more than Boeckman’s. It’ll give Pryor a little experience, yet keep his confidence up by protecting him from being in over his head. Even though several freshman made it to spring workouts, there’s no way you can say missing spring hurts a freshman, since they’re never supposed to be there in the first place. It’s hard to tell how much he would have gotten out of spring ball anyway, since the coaches took a different approach this spring with a veteran-laden team. Continue reading