October 9, 2007

Coming out party for Chekwa

America, meet Chimdi Chekwa.

Sure his name looks hard to pronounce - more on that later - but Ohio State's freshman cornerback burst on to the national scene with a 10-tackle performance against Purdue that earned him Big Ten Defensive player of the week honors.

"Chimdi did a great job out there in open field tackling," coach Jim Tressel said. "Which, if you don't make open field tackles, all of a sudden they're screaming down the field, and he did a heck of a job there and he has really grown in his role."

One big reason the award went to an OSU defensive back was the absolute shut down performance of the Buckeye secondary against Curtis Painter and the nation's 10th ranked offense.

"Our mindset going in to the Purdue game was that they are going to catch some passes and we had to make the tackle instantly," Chekwa said.

OSU's starting defensive backfield combined for 26 tackles against the Boilermakers in a 23-7 win that looked the part of a shutout for all but the final 10 seconds.

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