August 16, 2007

Beanie stronger mentally and physically

The 2006 season was year of extreme highs and devastating lows for the Ohio State football team. With Troy Smith at the helm, the No. 1 Buckeyes went 12-0 in the regular season including a 42-39 win over No. 2 Michigan. But the Buckeyes lost their footing in the National Championship game and were embarrassed 41-14 by the Florida Gators.

It was also a roller coaster ride for freshman tailback Chris Wells, or Beanie as he has come be known by his fans. Wells was the No. 1 running back in the class of 2006 and looked already looked the part of a fully developed star when he stepped on the OSU campus last fall.

He rushed for 576 yards and seven touchdowns as the backup to Antonio Pittman, and showed promise that he would realize the potential scouts saw in him coming out of Akron Garfield. He hit a low point in his rookie season when he fumbled three times in a span of four games, but was right back at the top of the mountain when he busted off a 52-yard touchdown run against the Wolverines in Columbus.

Getting physical

With the exit of Smith and Pittman - as-well-as first round receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez - Wells now becomes the focal-point of Jim Bollman's offense this fall. The opportunity drove Wells to new levels of dedication this summer, especially in the weight room.

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