Veteran presence: Seniors steal spotlight 

October, 3, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The names to watch as Ohio State moves into the future haven't changed.

For the moment, though, the old guys are simply making it hard for the freshmen to contribute in the present.

Camren Williams went on the road and contributed another tackle on special teams, but steady play from a couple of seniors is making hard for reps to be found at linebacker. Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington both have sacks early in their careers, but Nathan Williams has returned from injury and is looking stronger every week in keeping the youngsters on the sideline. Taylor Decker competed all through camp at right tackle, but Reid Fragel has developed into one of the most steady contributors on the line since then to keep another freshman on the sideline.

So while this space would normally look at the contributions the most recent signing class has made and tracked the development of the new guys, the contributions from a few seniors who qualify as surprises couldn't be ignored after Ohio State's 17-16 win over Michigan State. And this week, the focus is on them.

NATHAN WILLIAMS

  • Position: Defensive end
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