April 5, 2006

Fifth-year senior ready to start

If there is one player poised to finally make the most of a starting spot for the Buckeyes' offense, it would be hard to find a better candidate than wideout Roy Hall .


As a fifth-year senior, Hall has studied behind two of OSU's finest wideouts in recent memory while earning sparing playing time. In three seasons, Hall has played in 37 games but caught just 39 passes for one touchdown.


Now, after the early departure of Santonio Holmes to the NFL, Hall is poised to anchor OSU's wideouts as the only senior at the position. With Ted Ginn Jr. filling Holmes' shoes as the go-to-guy and Anthony Gonzalez moving to No. 2 on the depth chart, Hall is slotted as the No. 3 receiver for next season.


But getting a consistent starting nod for the first time in his OSU career does not excite him, though.


"I was out there in every game last year, but it's not really excited," he said. "It's kind of like it's almost my job. I didn't come here to not play, so I can't be excited. It's more of 'OK, this is how it is, this is how it should have been.'"


At six-foot-three, 240 pounds, Hall is the most physical wideout in OSU's arsenal. The native of Cleveland bench presses 385 pounds and put up 1,080 pounds on the leg press during winter workouts.


Those attributes help Hall in an often-overlooked aspect of a wide receiver's game: blocking.


"I try and be physical in the run game with my blocking," he said. "Running the ball is a huge part of our offense, so I take pride in blocking those safeties and DBs."

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