Sunday, April 6, 2003

QB Krenzel sharpens focus

Senior has Lasik surgery, recovers for spring practice

Enquirer and wire reports

COLUMBUS - Quarterback Craig Krenzel is looking at spring ball from a whole new perspective, thanks to offseason corrective surgery on his right eye.

Krenzel had Lasik surgery after the Buckeyes' 31-24, double-overtime win over Miami in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He no longer has to wear contact lenses.

Krenzel wore a visor Thursday during Ohio State's first spring practice at Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

"I have a weird vision situation where my right eye was a lot weaker than my left eye, so we just had one done," Krenzel said.

Krenzel, who won Sporting News Radio's fourth annual Socrates Award on March 11 for athletic, academic and community service achievements, was the Buckeyes' co-MVP and the Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP. Center Alex Stepanovich, Krenzel's roommate, said the success hasn't fazed the 6-foot-4 quarterback.

"He's the same guy he was when nobody believed he could do what he did. He hasn't changed his passion or desire or who he is because of what he's accomplished," Stepanovich said.

The senior has thrown for 2,453 yards and is 10th on OSU's all-time yardage list. Krenzel is second in career completion percentage, with 176-of-301 passing (.584).

Ohio State returns 18 starters, including its entire offense. Krenzel said one of the offense's biggest goals is to improve last season's 29.3 points-per-game average by at least a touchdown.

MIAMI HURRICANES: Coach Larry Coker will wait until the fall to pick the starting quarterback.

Derrick Crudup and Brock Berlin had good performances in the team's spring game Saturday at the Orange Bowl. Crudup completed his first seven passes, led the Hurricanes to two scores and looked like he might pull away from Berlin in the race to replace Ken Dorsey.

But Berlin rebounded from a shaky start, threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Jenkins in the closing seconds and left the coaches still trying to determine which quarterback will lead the Hurricanes next season.

UCLA: Keith Carter, the most experienced tight end on the team's roster, was injured in a motorcycle accident Thursday night, leaving his status for next season uncertain.

The 6-4, 246-pounder dislocated his left hip and had bone fragments in the hip and lacerations on his legs, the school said. He was expected to undergo surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Carter caught five passes for 33 yards last season.

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