I couldn’t let this be the last post of the day. No way. So we found some good news on Ohio State’s favorite RB. According to The Dispatch’s Tim May and Ken Gordon there is good news coming out of the Buckeyes’ spring practices. Beanie Wells addressed speculation that he was going to leave The University after his junior season-
Ohio State tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells, coming off the top sophomore rushing season in school history, said after a spring practice this afternoon that he intends to remain in school for the long run.
There has been speculation that Wells, who racked up 1,609 yards last season while establishing his name as Heisman Trophy candidate for 2008, might choose to leave for the NFL after three seasons at OSU. When asked whether he could see this being his last season at OSU, though, he was adamant with his answer.
“No, it’s not going to be my last year,” Wells said. “I plan on being here four years.”
For the record, the only way I figured he would stay is if he suffered some type of season ending injury. Truthfully, even though he says he is coming back, I wouldn’t put my daughter’s college tuition on it. If Wells doesn’t improve one bit, and puts up the same numbers he did this year, he would still be a lock for the top 10 in next year’s draft. If he outperforms last year, he could very well be in line for a Heisman, and the #1 pick in the ’09 draft. But let’s take Beanie at his word and rejoice that at least right now he is thinking about coming back. Sure beats him coming out and saying I’m done after this year.
And speaking of the Heisman, Wells didn’t back down from talking about the award either-
“I honestly (think about it) all the time, I’m not going to sit here and tell you I don’t,” he said. “I thought about the Heisman (in) my 10th-grade year. Me and my father were sitting in the living room and I told him I wanted to be the first freshman to win the Heisman. That didn’t happen, so, you know, I just want to get it, honestly.”
Gordon makes a strong point, if Wells does indeed stick around for his senior year he has a chance to be remembered as one of the all-time best backs in school history.
“When somebody talks about Ohio State and the great players, I want my name to be mentioned,” he said. “We have guys like Archie (Griffin), we have Eddie George, we have Keith Byars, Antonio Pittman. And those are great guys, don’t get me wrong, but I want my name to be at the top.”
I’ll say it. Wells has to be considered one of the favorites for the Heisman this year. (Tebow being the obvious other choice.) Let’s say Beanie is able to win the award this year, and he indeed comes back for his senior year, it’s possible that we could be looking at a two-time trophy winner. I know, I know. Let’s win one before we put two in the trophy case. This year’s award should be very important to Buckeye fans. There has only been one two-time winner, and that man wore the Scarlet and Gray. Tim Tebow has a chance to duplicate that feat this year. Beanie can keep that honor in Columbus. We need to be loud and proud of Wells this season, and keep that record safe.
Speaking of Buckeye Pride, I was flipping through the channels last night and found an episode of American Chopper that featured a UM bike. It made me want to hurl, as Mikey talked about loving woodchuck football. I perked up though as they said they would be delivering the bike on the morning of the Ohio State game. I thought it would be worth watching the rest of the episode to see Mikey and company sulk after another loss. Of course they showed them delivering the bike during the pre-game, but they made no mention of the final score or even show the group leaving the stadium. Oh well, we all know who won that one!