Wednesday, September 26, 2001

OSU's Tressel mulls QB change

McMullen could start vs. Indiana

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — Steve Bellisari has been Ohio State's starting quarterback the last 24 games. Whether he extends that streak will be decided in the next three days.

        After an anemic performance by the offense in Saturday's 13-6 loss to UCLA, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday he would announce after Thursday night's practice whether to replace his two-year starter with backup Scott McMullen.

        Tressel said Bellisari is still working with the No.1 offense. “We're not going to walk out to practice tonight and call up the first offense and have people kind of waiting to see who goes into the huddle,” Tressel said.

        Bellisari connected on only one of his last 17 pass attempts against UCLA. He was 5-for-23 for 45 yards overall. Four times the Buckeyes defense forced turnovers in Bruins territory, including at the 9- and 15-yard lines. Yet the Bellisari-led offense never scored a point.

        Bellisari was recognized as the Big Ten's player of the week after Ohio State (1-1) opened the season with a 28-14 victory over Akron on Sept.8. After the loss on national television, however, most fans were scathing in their criticism of the senior left-hander in calls to radio talk shows and in letters to the editor.

        “It's amazing what a week does,” Tressel said Tuesday, shaking his head.

        “You keep your mind on the young people,” Tressel said. ,


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