Players of the Week
By John Porentas
OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel announced the players of the week for the Indiana game at his weekly press luncheon today. They were as follows:
Offensive Player of the Week: Troy Smith
Defensive Player of the Week: Antonio Smith
Attack Force Player of the Week: James Laurinaitis
Special Teams Player of the Week: Brian Hartline
Jim Parker Offensive Lineman of the Week: Kirk Barton
Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Lukens
Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week: Dan Potokar
Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week: De'Angelo Haslam
There were three nominees by the coaching staff for the Jack Tatum Hit of the Week. They were Hartline, Jay Richardson, and Antonio Smith. According to Tressel, the actual winner of the award will be determined by a vote of the team today.
Tressel indicated that around 12 offensive players and nine or 10 defensive players graded out to winning performances against Indiana.
In injury updates, Tressel said that defensive tackle David Patterson will be available and at full go this week for the Minnesota game. Tressel also indicated that wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. incurred a minor foot injury (broken little toe) last Wednesday during practice. Ginn played vs. Indiana and is expected to play vs. Minnesota with no ill effects from the injury. Defensive end Lawrence Wilson, who left the Indiana game with an injury, is fine and will play against Minnesota.
In other personnel news, Tressel confirmed that OSU wide receiver Ray Small was held out of last week's game for an infraction of team rules, but will play this week against the Gophers.