All comforts of home for White Jr. at Ohio State

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September 15, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Stan White Jr. leads a fairly normal collegiate football life at Ohio State until his dad shows up with a folding chair and drink in hand to watch practice.

"That's when the guys start razzing me," the third-year sophomore fullback said on Monday from Columbus.

"Until then, I'm just another player here. None of the players or students were even born when my dad [Stan Sr., All-America linebacker for the Buckeyes and standout for Baltimore Colts] played here."

It's easy for young White, an All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 as a middle linebacker at Gilman, to be just another player at Ohio State.

"There's a ton of talent here," he said. "It's normal procedure to work your way slowly up the depth chart. No one in Baltimore can realize the magnitude of playing here until they run out in that horseshoe before 100,000 to 105,000 fans."

White, 6 feet 3, 242 pounds, is listed as the No. 2 fullback on the depth chart, but it is little more than a label.

"I'm a football player," he said. "I play on special teams, tight end, fullback and H-back [fullback/tight end combination]. I don't care where I play. I'll even play linebacker if they want me to."

White was recruited as a linebacker but was switched to tight end during his first season (redshirt) on the squad.

His blocking skills are one of his primary assets and have accounted for much of his increased playing time this season. Last season as a second-year freshman, he primarily played on special teams but did see action as an H-back against Michigan State (seven minutes) and Indiana (five minutes).

"I want to be an impact player before I leave here," he said as the No. 9 Buckeyes (2-0) began preparations for a nationally televised game with unranked North Carolina State in Raleigh on Saturday.

Ohio State defeated the Wolfpack, 44-38, in a 4-hour, 17-minute, triple-overtime thriller last season.

Even though he didn't play two seasons ago when Ohio State won the national championship with a 14-0 run, White called that experience "my biggest thrill here because I was part of the team."

Oh, by the way, wonder why it really is no big deal for White to be the son of a former Ohio State player? He is one of six current Buckeyes whose fathers played for Ohio State.

Kocher carries Lycoming

Lycoming junior soccer forward Jeff Kocher (C. Milton Wright) continued his scoring surge Sunday with two goals in a 3-0 victory over Chestnut Hill, giving him seven of the 10 goals scored by the Warriors in four games this season.

Et cetera

Richmond sophomore linebacker Adam Goloboski (Hereford) is third on the team in tackles with 15 through the first two games and has broken up one pass for the Spiders (1-1).

Another former Hereford standout, sophomore tight end Eddie Darney, has one catch for 14 yards.

Senior Scott Dolch (McDonogh) has a pass efficiency rating of 111.41 in two games for Central Connecticut State (1-1). He is 25-for-46 for 297 yards and one touchdown, with one interception.

Have a Postcard? Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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