The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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August 26, 2008

Bring on the Buckeyes!

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

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After the initial reservations about the move, Frasure said he’s adjusted just fine.

“I’m very, very comfortable on the end now,” he said. “The coaches knew what they were doing because I couldn’t be happier.”

Frasure said he and the rest of coach Jon Heacock’s Penguins know exactly what’s in store for them in challenging Jim Tressel’s Buckeyes, ranked No. 2 in the country.

“They are huge, fast and strong,” Frasure said. “They’re ranked where they are for a reason and we know it will be a great challenge, but we’re excited about the opportunity.”

Frasure knows he won’t be able to run over any of Ohio State’s offensive linemen.

“They’re all at least 6-2 and weight at least 310,” he said. “So I’m going to have to use my quickness and beat them off the ball if I’m going to be effective.”

Playing in Ohio Stadium in front of 105,000 plus has the son of Cliff and Chris Frasure excited. He didn’t make the trip to Columbus with the team a year ago.

“I can’t wait, actually,” he said. “I mean, I grew up watching Ohio State play and now I’m getting a chance to play against them in the Horseshoe.”

Frasure said his parents, sister Alisia and brother Cliff Jr. will be in Columbus for the game.

“It’s awesome to have my family be there to support me,” he said. “I hope some of the people back home can watch it on TV, too.”

Last year, the Buckeyes defeated the Penguins in the opener, 38-6. But YSU bounced back to win seven of its next 10 games, the three losses coming by a combined 13 points.

“We’re trying to put the Band-Aids on from last year, watching the film and seeing what we can do against them,” Frasure said. “No matter what happens, it will be a great experience for us and get us ready to play the rest of the season.

“I’m really pumped up about it.”

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