Buckeyes look forward

Suspensions haven't hurt Ohio State during spring

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COLUMBUS, Ohio --- In many ways, the five-game NCAA suspensions handed to five of Ohio State's top players and head coach Jim Tressel haven't had much effect on the team's spring workouts.

Ohio State's Joe Bauserman rolls out to throw a pass during the Buckeyes' spring game. Of the five suspended Buckeyes, only Terrelle Pryor was held out of the scrimmage.   Associated Press
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Ohio State's Joe Bauserman rolls out to throw a pass during the Buckeyes' spring game. Of the five suspended Buckeyes, only Terrelle Pryor was held out of the scrimmage.

"We've stuck together," linebacker Andrew Sweat said. "Adversity happens. We're coming together to overcome it."

All but quarterback Terrelle Pryor practiced with the team this spring. Pryor is recuperating from foot surgery to repair ligament damage and did not play in the team's spring game Saturday.

The other suspended players are leading rusher Dan Herron, top returning receiver DeVier Posey, starting offensive tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

All five will sit out the games against Akron, Toledo, at Miami, Colorado and the Big Ten opener against Michigan State for accepting improper benefits from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner. But they can practice every day with the team up to and after each of those games, including every workout in August.

Herron, nicknamed "Boom," believes the five can redeem themselves through their play and actions.

"I'm still myself. I'm still Boom. Everybody knows who I am," he said. "Everybody makes mistakes in their life. You move on."

Tressel will also miss the first five games, punishment for knowing about the improper benefits for more than nine months but not notifying his superiors. The NCAA is still investigating his case.

Pryor has not participated in contact drills and has spent most of his time tossing a football on the sidelines or closely watching the progress of the four candidates to replace him in those first five games.

During Saturday's spring game, each of the four quarterback candidates -- Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham, Kenny Guiton and Braxton Miller -- threw a touchdown pass as the Buckeyes offense beat the defense 59-27 in a scrimmage that concluded spring practice.

The game, which featured a quirky scoring system that overwhelmingly favored the offense, ended early because of a risk of tornadoes in the area.

Offensive points were awarded in the usual ways in addition to a point for each first down, while the defense scored for forcing punts, forcing turnovers and making fourth-down stops.

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