August 13, 2007

Bauserman changes it up

When Ohio State opened its fall camp a week ago, there were a number of new faces and new numbers jogging around the practice field.

The freshman class of 2007 has made its presence fealt already through just one week of practice. Players like Brandon Saine and Dane Sanzenbacher have already drawn the praise of their veteran teammates in just a short matter of time.

But one of the new guys didn't quite seem to fit with the term "rookie."

"I haven't played in four years so right now it's about shaking off the rust and learning the plays," freshman quarterback Joe Bauserman said. "But that's the goal of every freshman so it's nothing special for me."

That is not entirely true, however. This fall is about something special for the professional pitcher turned college quarterback.

Three years ago, Bauserman was given an opportunity every high school baseball player dreams of when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball amateur entry draft.

But it was another opportunity three years later that would send Bauserman down an entirely different path, landing him on the football practice field in Columbus. It is there he hopes to regain some of his old touch with the pigskin and make good on the commitment he made to Ohio State coach Jim Tressel three years earlier.

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