April 20, 2006

Buckeyes counting on a healthy Pittman

This probably is not the spring that Antonio Pittman was counting on.

After rising from relative obscurity outside of the Columbus area to give the Buckeyes a consistently powerful running attack for the first time since 2002, Pittman has been slowed this spring by a hamstring injury. The junior first injured his hamstring during winter conditioning drills.

He has been in uniform for spring practices but has not taken part in any contact drills.

"It makes you feel bad," Pittman said. "You can't do anything. I want to practice. I don't want to be sitting out or anything, but there's really no point in getting injured again."

In addition, head coach Jim Tressel announced that Pittman would not participate in the annual Scarlet and Gray game that concludes spring practices just one day after Pittman said he hoped to suit up.

"I'd say I'm real close to 100 percent," Pittman said. "If it was game week, I would play."

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