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OL Tim Schafer (official thread)


I can't picture a guy that is basically the same size as Ryan Hamby playing right tackle.
I agree that size is at times overated and that Tressell is wanting a more athletic line but 250lbs seems awfully small for a Offensive tackle.
You would think a bigger guy like Coleman would be a better fit. He's a converted Tight end and should be more familiar with the responsibilities and nuances of the tackle position.
last i heard....he was around 275-285.....i wouldnt be surprised if he is 290ish by fall.....

feed him....work him out...feed him...let secondary muscle growth kick in....feed him...work him out....feed him...
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DiHard: That was me about "farm strength". Those kids who are naturally strong because of the background (working on a farm or just working hard at physical labor period) seem to be more adept at gaining and keeping strength.

Napes: I agree. We've brought in some huge boys before under the assumption "the bigger the better". Looking at the kids Tressel is focused on, we're headed in the other direction and just may end up being an OL factory 4-5 years down the road.
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Per Bollman's comments yesterday, Schafer is currently leading the battle for the left guard spot.


Fall Camp Competition Heating Up By John Porentas

The Buckeyes got the pads on Monday for their first hitting of the season, then on Tuesday endured their first two-a-day practice session as fall camp geared up and into full swing this week.

The first day of hitting has traditionally meant that the infamous "Hoot 'n Holler" drill is on the agenda. This year was no exception. It is a physical drill that in some respects resembles the playground game "crazy tackle", with the exception that the guy with the ball has a blocker and only has to beat three defenders. It is a drill designed for heavy-hitting and usually produces just that. This year was no exception.
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"We were anxious to put the pads on and start hitting," said Antonio Smith.

"That's what two-a-days and camp are all about."

According to Smith, this year's Hoot 'n Holler event brought more than its share of fireworks.

"Hoot 'n Holler is about offense against defense," said Smith.

"There has probably been by far the most fights in Hoot 'n Holler (this year) that we've seen (in the past), but it's all fun. We all have fun out there doing that," said Smith.

There are nine spots open on the Buckeye defense this fall, and according to Smith, that represents opportunity for the players competing for those positions. That in turn leads to some spirited play and the fisticuffs during Hoot 'n Holler.

"We're out there competing each and every day. There's a lot of jobs open, spots open and we're all competing. Everybody is trying to win that job so it adds a little edge, but that's what football is about," said Smith.

Smith is competing for a starting corner back position, and according to wide receiver Roy Hall, Smith is one of the players who is standing out in the early competition for that position this fall.

"Antonio Smith and Malcolm Jenkins are doing a great job at the corner position, and Andre Amos has stepped up a lot and he's doing pretty good. Our safeties Nick Patterson and Jamario O'Neal are playing great," said Hall.

Over on the offensive side of the ball there are fewer positions up for grabs. The one slot that was considered to be wide open coming into the season was left guard. According to offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman, senior Tim Schafer has emerged as the leader at that position, but nothing is yet settled.​
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"I think Tim Schafer is doing a good job, I really think he is, and being a senior he had the first opportunity to go in there the first day and I think he's been doing a pretty good job and steadily improving," said Bollman.

"He's persevered. He's focused on what he wants to do. He's obviously made up his mind that he wants to contribute this year and wherever he's playing, whether he's playing at a backup tackle spot or rotating in at the starting guard, he's doing a good job."

Bollman is not yet ready to anoint Schafer the starter, but will probably come to a final decision soon after the jersey scrimmage next Saturday.

"We'll let it play out for the rest of this week and see how things evolve, but I've been pleased with what he's been doing. I know that the other guys will be capable, but we're trying to put the five best guys on the field.

"I think Steve Rehring and Jon Skinner and he have all been working in there equal time and I wouldn't rule any of them out. However it evolves, whoever is the starter, the other guys are going to have to be very important contributors as backups at the tackle spots," Bollman said.​
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Schafer's versatility might land him as starter on Buckeyes' line

For The Advocate

COLUMBUS -- His dad was a tight end and state tennis champion in high school. But when it comes to odd athletic resumes, Ohio State lineman Tim Schafer might have his old man beaten.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound fifth-year senior is battling to start at left guard for the nation's top-ranked college football team after ping-ponging back and forth from offense to defense the last four years for the Buckeyes. Ironically, given his dad's gridiron background and Schafer's own versatility, it's amazing he hasn't lined up at tight end. He's played just about everywhere else.

"I tell myself that, apparently, I'm average at almost everything but not really good at anything," he joked.
Recruited out of Upper Arlington as a defensive end, Schafer has spent virtually his entire career on the move -- shifting to defensive tackle, then to offensive tackle, back to defensive tackle, back to offensive tackle and, for the moment at least, to guard.
He has spent so much time adjusting to his new digs between blind-side tackle Alex Boone and center Doug Datish he hasn't really given much thought to what it would mean to regain a starting job. Schafer started the first five games at right offensive tackle in 2004 before losing his spot to Kirk Barton and settling in as a valuable utility man for the Buckeyes.
Quitting or starting over somewhere else wasn't a consideration.
"My family has taught me never to give up, no matter what happens," said Schafer, who would like to go to law school and possibly enter law enforcement after graduation. "My dad (Richard, an Upper Arlington and OSU grad) told me a story once about Abraham Lincoln and how he failed everything he could possibly fail. But he never gave up and finally came out on top.
"I never give up, no matter what. I just keep working, trying to do whatever the team needs."
That attitude might pay off for Schafer in his battle with 6-feet-8, 329-pound sophomore Steve Rehring and 6-5, 300-pound sophomore Jon Skinner for a starting job. If Schafer earns the nod, it will give the Buckeyes three fifth-year seniors up front. Datish and T.J. Downing are the others.
Schafer draws inspiration from Datish, who has played all three interior positions on the offensive line and overcame his own demotion in 2004 to become the anchor up front.
"I used to like defense better because there was more action going on, but now I feel right at home on offense," Schafer said. "I feel like everybody on the line is like my brother and I love (line) coach (Jim) Bollman."
Boone, a 6-8, 325-pound sophomore, leans on the fifth-year guys for counsel and guidance.
"Obviously, losing two great linemen off last year's team hurts," said Boone, referring to center Nick Mangold and guard Rob Sims, "but all of the linemen are close. With the chemistry we have, I think we can be one of the best (lines)."
Schafer isn't the only lineman who has shown the ability and agility to adapt to new positions. Datish has moved from left tackle to center and Boone from right tackle to left tackle. So while the Buckeyes have six linemen with starting experience, only Downing and Barton are back at the spots where they finished last season.
"It's not weird at all," tailback Antonio Pittman said about lining up behind the reconstructed line. "If it works, stick with it. They all do different things good."
Schafer could even teach the younger Buckeyes a thing or three about staying grounded amid all the buzz surrounding OSU No. 1 ranking and national championship aspirations. He's been part of two perfect teams this decade. Upper Arlington was 15-0 and state champs his junior year. Two years later, he was a redshirt when the Buckeyes went 14-0 and won the national title. "I guess I've been blessed to be part of such great teams," Schafer said. "I tell (the young guys) I try not to read anything out there or listen to the talk shows. There's a quote, 'Don't believe the hype.' I tell them not to believe what people are telling you. Just go out and work to be the best."
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Upper Arlington was 15-0 and state champs his junior year.
Hell Yeah!
Two years later, he was a redshirt when the Buckeyes went 14-0 and won the national title.
Double Hell Yeah!

It's great, as a UA grad myself, to possibly see another Golden Bear excel at tOSU! I tell ya, that D-line that Shafer and Fraser gave us was a HUGE part in us going 15-0 that year, just as much as what Peterson, Smith, Anderson, and Scott gave tOSU in 2002. Hopefully, even though Shafer is on the other side of the ball now, he'll be able to bring some leadership to our young lineman and help teach them to be leaders for 2007!
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Lineman reverses personal decline
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Ken Gordon

Tim Schafer credits a new work ethic for his rise up the depth chart.

Tim Schafer came close to joining the "Where are they now? " club.

In 10 months, from late 2004 to mid-2005, the Upper Arlington graduate lost his starting spot as Ohio State’s right offensive tackle, was arrested and was switched to defensive line.

It was a swift and precipitous slide, an ominous brew of onfield and off-field disappointments that can lead to players never being heard from again.

"Sometimes, (if) you tick a coach off enough, you get kicked off the team," right guard T.J. Downing said.

Schafer didn’t go that way, though. He halted the downward spiral through an old-fashioned remedy of hard work and dedication.

A talk from his father, Richard, helped.

"My dad told me the story about Abraham Lincoln, like he failed at everything he could possibly fail at, and he just never gave up and finally he was out on top," Schafer said. "I just never give up. No matter what, keep working."

It worked. As fall camp opened, Schafer was listed as the starter at left guard. He is in a spirited competition with Steve Rehring and Jon Skinner for the job, but the fact that Schafer is in the mix is an impressive career resurrection.

"All life is, really, is a series of choices," said Darrell Mayne, Schafer’s coach at Upper Arlington who now coaches at Athens High School in Troy, Mich. "If you make bad choices, then you have to make a very well-defined decision to go in a positive way to resurrect yourself.

"It takes a lot of courage to do that. It’s a lot easier to drop into oblivion, into a big black hole, than it is to fight your way out. I’m very, very proud of Timmy for making that type of decision."

Schafer was a victim of a mid-2004 line shuffle in which he and guard Doug Datish were benched in favor of Downing and Kirk Barton. The team’s play improved after those moves, which didn’t bode well for Schafer.

Neither did his arrest in May 2005 after a fight outside an Arena District bar. He was found guilty of disorderly conduct and paid a $100 fine.

He spent last season buried deep on the defensive line depth chart. He had been a standout defensive lineman in high school, but playing time seemed a remote possibility.

Schafer said he never thought about quitting, but he did wonder whether he would ever play again.

"I thought about it," he said, "but I was occupied with moving back and forth from offense to defense and just trying to work hard and do the best I could."

Before spring practice this year, Schafer was moved back to offense. It was then that he decided to really increase his efforts.

"I figured I might have a chance at playing time, so I had better do it right this time," he said.

Offensive line coach Jim Bollman noticed and was pleased.

"We always talk about attitude is the one thing you can control, and I think he’s done a great job," Bollman said. "He’s had a great summer, came back in great shape. He obviously made up his mind that he wants to contribute this year."

Schafer seems to have taken it all in stride. Maybe it’s a product of all he has been through, but he’s certainly able to laugh at himself, such as when he relates what went through his mind as he switched from offense to defense and back.

"One time I told myself, ‘Apparently, I’m average at everything but not really good at anything,’ " he said. "I guess versatility helps."

As does persistence.

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Glad to hear Schafer is stepping up... that also would enable OSU to keep Rehring as a backup tackle, which is crucial as the tackle depth is razor thin behind him.
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A Summons To Greatness

Fifth-year senior Tim Schafer answered when Ohio State called


Tim Schafer

Oct. 21, 2006 By Emily Meyer

Each year, Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook charges OSU students to "Do Something Great." With a 2006 enrollment touting 51,818 students on the main campus alone, the university takes pride in the diverse opportunities it offers its young scholars. Each year the university celebrates greatness in academics, research, the arts and athletics, and asserts the essence of Ohio State is "people working together to investigate, discover and share."

Such high standards may seem insurmountable to undergraduates still trying to figure out how to survive on their own, but OSU offense lineman Tim Schafer can testify to the fact he did do something great at Ohio State. When the criminology major graduates in 2007, he will leave the university with more than just a certificate for his academic degree. This member of the Buckeye football team has earned one national and two Big Ten championship rings and three pair of gold pants to prove he did do something great. In 2006, the fifth-year senior hopes round out his career on the field with a strong finish and, in turn, inspire the next generation of Buckeyes.

Since joining the Scarlet and Gray in 2002, Schafer has examined his character as an individual and as a teammate, uncovered what it means to be a Buckeye and shared his journey in front of 105,000 fans-plus at Ohio Stadium.
For this hometown boy, playing for the Buckeyes meant the world. There was no other university lingering in the Upper Arlington native's mind. Schafer had set his heart on making the Ohio State squad and no other school could convince him otherwise. When the offer finally came to join the ranks under coach Jim Tressel, the senior in high school wholly accepted and committed early to the challenge to maintain the integrity of both the university and the football program.

"As a senior in high school I was recruited by most of the Big Ten universities, but growing up in Columbus I knew I wanted to play for Ohio State," Schafer said. "Being a Buckeye is huge to me because this is the biggest thing I have ever been a part of and I know nothing will ever come close to this experience. The relationships I have developed with my teammates and coaches are priceless."

Few college athletes encounter the chance to be part of a 14-0 season. Not to mention the dramatic 31-24 win to claim the 2002 national championship title at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Yet that was exactly the course laid in front of Schafer, then a redshirt freshman. From the beginning, Schafer understood it would take discipline and dedication to make an impact on the talented team.

Schafer knows when the last seconds of the game clock wind down and the 2006 season comes to an end, the feeling will be bittersweet. Since the third grade, football has reigned supreme in Schafer's life. As a youth, his parents always told their brawny son to play any sport he wanted and that is just what he did. Schafer dabbled with other sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and lacrosse, but his mother, Charlotte Schafer, remembers her son's ardent passion for football made all the others just a diversion until the next football season.

As the quiet, disciplined, 23-year-old finishes this chapter of his life, he walks away from the sport he has sacrificed his time and body to for more than a decade. Schafer's dedication to football exemplifies his stalwart confidence in his talent.

Schafer's road to Ohio State football began when his natural athletic ability and physical command over his peers put him ahead of the competition. That began on July 10, 1983, to be exact, when Charlotte Schafer gave birth to her second son, weighing in at 12 pounds, 10 ounces. Throughout his youth, Schafer grew well above his contemporaries.

"A lot of people thought I had twins," Charlotte Schafer said. "Although Tim's brother, Brian, is two years older, they were almost always the same size. Because of the age difference they never played on the same teams, but they were always competitive with each other in pick-up games."

Schafer joined the neighborhood football team as soon as he was old enough to participate, but his towering stature, now viewed as an advantage, was a hindrance at first. Charlotte Schafer remembers her young son's first attempt to play the sport he shrunk to play and grew to love.

"Tim was always large for his age group in both height and weight," she said. "I remember at the first game he weighed 10 pounds over the limit, so he had to sit out. Tim was so upset he didn't talk the whole way home. The following week he barely ate, but he did meet the weight limit and played the following Saturday."

From the first helmet-to-helmet action, Schafer knew he found something in which he could really excel.

"I work hard in the classroom, but school has never been easy for me," Schafer said. "It's weird because both of my sisters do really well in the classroom. Playing football was what I could do."

By the time he entered high school, his large physique was no longer an obstacle. Instead, it gave him the upper-hand. His determination to play only continued to propel Schafer among the elite athletes in the Columbus area. As a high school junior, Schafer experienced his first great success.
Fulfilling his role as a defensive lineman, he held off Upper Arlington High School's opponents as the team garnered an undefeated 15-0 season and state championship title. At the time, the title was Schafer's greatest sports thrill. Little did the lineman know that it was only the start of championship titles in his football career.

When Schafer committed early and joined the list of star athletes at Ohio State, he quickly realized the challenges he faced as a student-athlete would greatly affect his college experience. Yet, he made the transition from high school to college look effortless as he subscribed to Tressel's theory on time management.

"Being timely is an important thing to coach Tressel," Schafer said. "He likes everyone to be five minutes early and ready to go at all times. Time management has definitely been an important part of my life as a student-athlete. Balancing the life of a full-time student with two-hour long film study sessions and two-hour long practices is hard and the days are long. Some people think being a football player is easy and we have things handed to us, but it's not true. We work hard."

Yet walking through the tunnel onto the turf at Ohio Stadium and sharing the undying passion of Buckeye football with sold out crowds remind him of why he continues to work so hard. Achieving success on the gridiron with Ohio State has been the pinnacle of Schafer's career.

"The emotions and feelings running through me at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl during the double overtime are indescribable," Schafer said. "Just being at the game is one of my best memories and one that will definitely stick with me. This year we have our eyes set on the national championship. It's something we always aim for but it seems like this year, more so than last year, we have the capability to be champions again."

Schafer, now a senior leader, has combined the lessons and experiences of the last four years donning the scarlet and gray and discovered how to be an effective, but quiet leader, friend and individual.

"Every senior has a leadership role on the team," Schafer said. "I stress to the younger guys the importance of doing things right and starting off right because once you go off on the wrong track it's hard to get back in line. I remind them to always be on time and fulfill their assignments."

While Schafer may not be the guy vocally pushing his teammates to give their all, he fulfills his leadership role by quietly accepting and excelling at the tasks handed to him by the coaching staff. With self-confidence devoid of egoism, Schafer has filled the role of a utility lineman for the Buckeyes, bouncing back and forth between the offensive and defensive lines to add depth to the unit's strength without missing a beat.

"Coming out of high school I was recruited as a defensive end," Schafer said. "When I arrived at Ohio State I was moved to defensive tackle and then moved again to offensive tackle. Each time I was moving around to add depth in positions where the team needed me. Like in 2005, I started on the defense until Kirk Barton got injured and Steve Rehring was lost for the season. The coaches then had me fill in on the offensive side. That is where I am staying, and I'm happy in the position where I finally ended up."
Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman could not be happier to have Schafer under his direction either.

"Tim brings the offensive line a lot of experience," Bollman said. "He was a starter for almost half of a year at right tackle on offense before switching over to defense. Learning to play on both sides of the ball has made him a more knowledgeable and better teammate. Schafer has been great for the offensive line over the years as he bounced between guard and tackle to help us add more depth."

Like the hero in an epic story, things are coming full circle for the 6-foot-5-inch, 290 pound senior. On his path to maturity he has made mistakes, learned to look to himself for the answers and shared his wisdom with the next generation of Buckeye greats. Nearing the end of his football days, Schafer credits his career successes to the support from his parents and coaches.

"I could not have asked for a better set of parents," Schafer said. "They have supported me through the challenges in my life and haven given and done so much for me. The same goes for coach Tressel. He teaches more than just football and I've learned a lot from him. He taught me how to do things right and how to be a better person, a better family member and a better teammate."

In the end, Schafer will walk away from Ohio State with the heart of the football program and university's message. He walks away a confident man. Schafer walks away from the university with fundamental skills to help him achieve great success in all future endeavors. The essence of Ohio State is simply a blueprint for developing one's character and Schafer followed the course. He looked to his environment to mold him, he discovered and utilized his strengths and finally he shared his insight by taking the lead as a senior.
Schafer did something great. He became a Buckeye.
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Schafer is a 5th year senior, right? Last week he played his most significant minutes of his final season as a Buckeye; and now all anyone is talking about is how much we need Boone back for TSUN.

Waddaya say we give Mr. Schafer credit for being a normal man? How about we expect him to react the way that we would react to that situation ourselves?

Tim Schafer is going to get charged with cruelty to animals for what he's going to do to the Wildcats today.
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