Buckeye Freshmen Monday: Slowly but Surely

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst ISeptember 29, 2008

The incremental roll out of true freshmen continued on Saturday. Despite the coaches' statement that freshmen wide receivers would see playing time, they were limited in both plays and involvement.

DeVier Posey continued to see the field, but was the recipient of only one pass. Lamaar Thomas caught the same pass twice, with limited application. I believe Stoneburner is redshirting this season after experiencing shin splints in practice.

It is interesting to note that Nathan Williams continues to see more playing time than any other freshman does on defense. The Miami Trace graduate has received in-game reps for the second game in a row, while Keith Wells played at the very end.

The coaches obviously like what they see from those players, and expressed similar thoughts on Etienne Sabino. He recently appeared on the depth chart behind James Laurinaitis. Despite his promotion, however, I cannot claim to have seen Sabino play beyond special teams.

If I were to predict the future playing time of other freshmen, I would have to say that J.B. Shugarts and Mike Adams (if healthy) have the best chance of getting in a game. Still, with the season virtually half way over and most easy games out of the way, I do not think their chances are great. Barring injuries, I peg Shugarts and Adams odds of playing at 15 percent.

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