Buckeye content with team’s talent

By Rusty Miller The Associate Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anthony Gonzalez has a firm grasp of what he can do on a football field. The thing is, he’s got more confidence in the talents of his teammates.

“If I’m a defensive coach and I’m thinking about players to stop on Ohio State’s offense, I wouldn’t put myself very high on that list,” the wide receiver for the top-ranked Buckeyes said. “I would put Ted (Ginn Jr.), Troy (Smith), Tony Pittman and the running game in general above stopping me.”

Texas defensive coordinator Gene Chizik apparently agreed with Gonzalez. He focused his personnel on putting the clamps on the mercurial Ginn out wide and on containing quarterback Smith and tailback Pittman out of the backfield.

That was a big mistake.

All Gonzalez did was turn the game around, making a career-high eight catches for 142 yards with a touchdown last Saturday night in the Buckeyes’ 24-7 victory over the defending national champions and then-No. 2 team in the country.

The speedy complement to Ginn said he doesn’t think he’ll be anything more than a defensive afterthought, despite those gaudy numbers, when the Buckeyes host Cincinnati on Saturday.

“We’ll see this week,” he said. “If you think about the other weapons on our team, it would be hard to convince me that you should pay more attention to me.”