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August 26, 2008

Bring on the Buckeyes!

Former Lakeside star is looking forward to playing Ohio State on Saturday

Like almost every kid in the Buckeye State, Jaimie Frasure bled scarlet and gray growing up as he followed the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Now, the 2005 Lakeside High School graduate will be out to make the Buckeyes bleed — figuratively, of course — when he and his Youngstown State University teammates journey to Ohio Stadium on Saturday to challenge the Buckeyes (noon kickoff, Big Ten Network, ESPN 970 WFUN) in the season opener.

Frasure, a star during his high school days for coach Jay Corlew’s Dragons, will see action at defensive end for the Penguins. He’s also a member of YSU’s kickoff return unit.

“I’m No. 2 on the depth chart at defensive end,” Frasure, who will wear No. 57 on his white YSU road jersey on Saturday, said. “We rotate reps every four plays, so I know I will be getting a lot of time.

“You have to do that to keep guys fresh and I know it’s something I’m very much looking forward to.”

The 6-foot, 230-pound Frasure, now a junior, played fullback as a sophomore, carrying the football three times for 3 yards. How did the transition to the other side of the football come about?

“We went to a spread offense over the summer,” Frasure said. “And they brought me in and said since the fullback isn’t really involved in the offense much in the spread, they wanted to move me to defense.”

Makes sense, but how did Frasure end up as a defensive end? In high school, he earned All-Ohio honors as a linebacker at Lakeside.

“I really wanted to play linebacker... that’s all I’ve ever played,” he said. “But then we got in the weight room and I was putting up some pretty good numbers.

“Coach (Antoine) Smith saw what I was doing and said to me, ‘I’ve got to get you on the line!’ So that’s where I’m at.”

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