|Boeckman turns film critic after his first career start|
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|Wednesday, 05 September 2007 23:20|
There was no DeNiro or Streep on the screen. This was sure not a romantic comedy, and it definitely wasn't all that suspenseful.
Boeckman spent a long time poring over the video from Saturday's 38-6 victory over Youngstown State. He played, rewound, replayed and rewound each snap to learn more about what went right and to dissect what went wrong.
``I wanted to critique myself to see how I did,'' he said during preparations for the 12th-ranked Buckeyes' game against Akron on Saturday. ``It's kind of nice going there and actually watching the film knowing that you're playing. The last couple of years I've always been watching guys play.''
A distant third string behind Troy Smith and Justin Zwick a year ago, Boeckman has had to adapt to the speed of the college game and the many decisions he has to make in a nanosecond with a Mack truck-sized lineman bearing down on him.
The 6-foot-5 junior's numbers were certainly good. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
``I thought he was excellent,'' Akron coach J.D. Brookhart said. ``I thought he was extremely accurate. He threw on time. He's obviously got some great skill guys to throw to. I was overly impressed with how he came out as a first-game starter.''
Boeckman said he was lucky that none of his passes were intercepted, especially in those instances when he did not read the defense the way he wanted to.
``I just kind of let the ball loose and didn't read the defender and he could have picked it off,'' he said. ``But it worked out all right.''
Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel gave Boeckman's performance a mixed review.
``I thought he was solid,'' he said. ``There were a couple times that from a decision standpoint that maybe he could have been better, but I didn't see anything glaring that gives me reason for (thinking), 'Oh, my gosh, we're going to struggle.' I think he'll progress and he's going to move along just fine.''
orced to move the chains by passing.
``Being a quarterback, it's always nice to sling the ball around a few times,'' Boeckman said. ``We'll take what they give us. If we can run the ball 40 times a game and win the game, it doesn't matter if we run or pass.''
It seems every quarterback has a favorite batterymate. Boeckman might have found his in Brian Robiskie, who had nine catches for 153 yards.
Robiskie expected Boeckman to do well and certainly wasn't disappointed.
``A lot of people might look and say they were surprised at how he performed, but not me. I've been working with him all camp and all summer and all offseason,'' he said. ``Just watching him grow, watching him become more of a leader and more of that guy to lead your offense, it just showed on Saturday.''
That's the thing about quarterbacks, the more they build their own confidence the more confidence they instill in their teammates. In that regard, Boeckman made huge strides.
``I think I'm a lot more confident going into week two,'' he said. ``Experience is a big thing. The more reps I get the more experience I'm going to have.''
Boeckman got the starting nod, just barely, over Rob Schoenhoft. Read between Tressel's lines and you can see that Boeckman may have built a fence around that starting spot.
``Todd was a solid one going in and we played him that way,'' Tressel said. ``Todd is going to have ample opportunity to show that he can lead this football team.''