Michael Brewster bridged the gap between true freshman quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Braxton Miller, snapping to both during his four-year stay in
DeVier Posey went from “he and Dane are all we’ve got?” to “I wish we had three of him!” during his time lined up wide at the Horseshoe. Joe Bauserman never got to the same stage two, although he did have his fifteen minutes of infamy earlier this year.
Dionte Allen, Nate Olvier, Donnie Evege, and Chris Maxwell all got to attend “D.B.U.” as defensive backs, although it may not have played out as they had hoped. Meanwhile Nate Ebner walked on as one and made a name on special teams that he likely never dreamed of when he enrolled at The Ohio State University.
Andrew Sweat waited for his day, Tyler Moeller was granted 730 extra ones, and Solomon Thomas made the play of a lifetime in a game that never happened.
While the Gator Bowl isn’t exactly what anyone had in mind back in September, it’s exactly what the Buckeyes dealt themselves this season. It’s a quasi-New Years Day bowl (to be played on January 2nd) but lacks the luster of the BCS bowls we’ve grown accustomed to playing in – Fiesta, Sugar, Rose. There’s much more hype for the start of 2012 under Urban Meyer than there is for the finish to 2011 under interim coach Luke Fickell, but for this year’s Seniors the Gator Bowl means everything.