Originally created 12/24/06

Buckeyes' back takes his low profile in stride



COLUMBUS, Ohio - On the Ohio State athletics Web site, there is a compilation of everything coach Jim Tressel has been asked and has said during his weekly news conferences during the 2006 season.

What's illuminating is that Tressel was asked far, far more questions about freshman tailback Chris Wells this season than about the starter at that position, All-Big Ten player Antonio Pittman.

Pittman is the forgotten man of top-ranked Ohio State's volatile offense. Staying in the shadows is fine with him - if it gives him an edge in the game. Opponents frequently overlook him during the game, but they always are aware of what he did afterward.

"You have to take it in stride," the junior said. "I really don't worry about that. I come out here to play every week. I try to have big games and hopefully they (opponents) don't - you know, scout me or anything like that."

Pittman often gets lost as teams scheme to stop Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and speedy receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez.

"Antonio Pittman, we think, is a special one," Tressel said.

Wells might take over the starting job next season, since Pittman has filed the forms to make himself available for next spring's NFL draft.

MAGNOLIA GRIDIRON: In Jackson Miss., Jerry Babb of Louisiana-Lafayette passed for a touchdown and led the Green team to a strong offensive showing in a 32-14 win over the Red team in the Magnolia Gridiron Classic.