August 26, 2006

Gonzalez steps to the forefont of receiving corps

Anthony Gonzalez has big shoes to fill.

The junior wide receiver has become a fan favorite for his sure hands, fleet feet and important catches against Michigan, but the exit of Santonio Holmes into the NFL Draft moves the Cleveland native and St. Ignatius High School graduate into the starting spotlight.

Holmes was the leader of the Buckeye receiving corps last season, finishing with 53 catches for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns as OSU's starting boundary, or "X," receiver. Gonzalez, who finished with 373 yards on 28 catches a year ago, will be expected to put up Holmes-like numbers while taking his spot.

Now that it's fall, Gonzalez has become pretty used to the expectations that come with being a starter.

"That's something as a receiver that you welcome," he said. "Every time you touch the (the ball), you're expected to do great things with it, obviously, and that's kind of the challenge that each receiver faces. As far as my situation goes, it's just that it will be pushed to maybe a different level. It's something I welcome and I've been looking forward to since the Fiesta Bowl.

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