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A “Vest”rospective Look Back At Jim Tressel’s First OSU Decade: The Team

(Ninth in a series)   Trying to assemble a team of players for Jim Tressel's first decade was not an easy task. Intentionally, I set up some restrictions to make this team as "Tresselized" as possible.   First, I only considered players who began their Ohio State playing careers in 2001. This eliminated many players from the 2002 National Championship team that Tressel inherited from previous head coach John Cooper. Players such as QB Craig Krenzel, DE Will Smith, LB Matt Wilhelm, S Michael Doss—all key contributors to the national championship run, were not recruited by Jim Tressel and had not played for only Jim Tressel. So that eliminated several great Buckeyes right there.   Secondly, I tried to restrict my sele...

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