November 16, 2010

Posey talks plans for senior year



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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor announced last week that he planned on returning to the Buckeyes for his senior season.



Junior wideout DeVier Posey - a close friend of Pryor's - didn't come out and say he would be returning for his senior season, but the standout wide receiver admitted he currently plans on being back in Columbus next year.



"That's definitely one of my goals and definitely on my agenda to come back," Posey said Tuesday. "Me and (Pryor) always sit down and talk about creating a legacy here."



Pryor spoke extensively last week about his desire to leave a legacy at Ohio State, and that's certainly something Posey said he has thought about as well.



Posey stormed onto the scene as one of the biggest threats at the wide receiver position in the Big Ten after a breakout performance in Ohio State's 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl to cap off last season.



In the game Posey caught eight passes for 101 yards receiving, including a 17-yard touchdown catch from Pryor late in the fourth quarter to give the Buckeyes a two-score advantage.



Thus far this season, Posey has 43 receptions - tied for the team lead with Dane Sanzenbacher - and has 664 receiving yards and five touchdowns. But to Posey, more needs to be accomplished before becoming a legend at Ohio State.



"Being able to, I say, live in Columbus forever, not physically, but be able to, when people see a No. 2 jersey, they think about Terrelle, and a No. 8 jersey, they think about me," Posey said. "I don't know how to create that, but we probably need a senior season just to catch that off."



Since Posey and Pryor have joined the Buckeyes, Ohio State has had more than a few players stick around for a senior season despite having very productive junior years. The biggest examples, as Posey later illustrates, are linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Brian Robiskie.



"Coming in as a freshman and being able to see guys like (James) Laurinaitis and (Brian) Robiskie and (Brian) Hartline in his fourth year, to just see the maturity level they had and the way they handled football," Posey said. "They handled it with a businesslike attitude. I'm not sure if we have that per se right now.



"I'm not sure what happens between your junior and senior year, but they had it and they got it," he continued. "Malcolm Jenkins was on a four-year plan. You want to be a part of it. To be a captain here is pretty amazing. If you go to the NFL, you would give all that stuff up."



But Posey has seen the other side of the spectrum, too. The final three games of a junior season can certainly go a long way in determining a player's draft stock. Players like running back Beanie Wells and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez both left Ohio State early in pursuit of a chance for the NFL.



Posey acknowledged he would send in his paperwork after the season to see what grades he gets back from the NFL, but as of now the wide receiver envisions himself as a Buckeye next year.



"Definitely (filing papers is) on my agenda," Posey said. "I'm sure all the guys like (Michael) Brewster, Mike Adams, and Boom (Dan Herron) will. I'm definitely putting my papers in too just to see what's going on.



"But when you get to the NFL, that's the pinnacle," he said. "That's the highest level of the game. But I don't know if I want to give up this camaraderie and leave all of the guys I have been through so much with. That's a lot to give up."




Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at Ari@BuckeyeGrove.com.








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