“Todd Boeckman is the guy that's going to have the first chance to go out there and be nervous and have some fun,” coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday. “He's been waiting so long for this opportunity. He's been studying hard, paying close attention. He knows who we are and what we want to do.”
Boeckman takes over for Troy Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy last season while the Buckeyes rolled to a 12-0 start before losing 41-14 in the national championship game.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Boeckman was listed No. 1 on the depth chart coming into spring practice, then solidified his position this fall over contenders Rob Schoenhoft, Antonio Henton and Joe Bauserman.
“What gives Todd the nod over Robbie and Antonio and Joe, I think, is his understanding of the whole system and all that goes into it,” Tressel said. “He's just got so much experience.”
Boeckman may have more experience than the others in practice, but certainly not in games. He has thrown only 10 passes in six mop-up appearances since coming to campus in 2004. A fourth-year junior, he's 23.