Jody Victor: Jim Tressel has to feel a little bit like Jekyll and Hyde as he gets set to begin spring practice. On the offensive side of the ball, he has eight starters returning, including All-American candidates Troy Smith at quarterback, Ted Ginn Jr. at flanker and Kirk Barton at tackle. Then he looks in the mirror and sees just two returning starters staring back at him on defense.
But Tressel, who is now beginning his sixth season at Ohio State, has never been one to shy away from a challenge, no matter how formidable. That is one of the reasons his teams have enjoyed such success the past five seasons, including the 2005 campaign when Ohio State fashioned a 10-2 record and closed out the season with seven consecutive wins, including victories over Michigan and Notre Dame, the latter coming in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
I'm sure coach Tressel and his team will have a big spring!