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By: Ben Alexander         Leave It To Ohio State, The School

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By: Ben Alexander Leave it to Ohio State, the school that has produced five Heisman Trophy-winning running backs, to find a freshman that has rushed the fifth-ranked Buckeyes into hopes for a national championship. Maurice Clarett is third in the country for rushing yards and he's only a freshman! The Youngstown, Ohio native has the spotlight on him. The question is-"Can a freshman win the Heisman?" Clarett is still not perfect. He had three fumbles against Northwestern and missed a game against Cincinnati for arthroscopic knee surgery. It seems as if the Coach of the "Scarlet and Grey" is not worrying about Heisman this year. Coach Jim Trussel told Columbus' eager fans, "If Maurice continues to improve our team and helps us to be successful, then he will play. He earns his snaps. If we were pushing for Heisman, he could have had double the yards he has now and played more in each game." Of course this doesn't mean Clarett, a lifetime addict to the game, doesn't want to play. During the game against Cincinnati, he asked for scissors to cut off the stitches in his knee so he could play. Trussel told him that if he cut his stitches he wouldn't play the next three games. This shows the immaturity of the stunning freshman. Once, he threw his helmet up in the air after a 27 yard touchdown was called back because a holding call. He also had disputes on the sidelines through frustration of his three fumbles against Northwestern. Without that spark on the field, it seems as if Clarett can create sparks with his anger. Clarett averages 2.3 touchdowns a game and 157 rushing yards. He has done this with 40 less carries than...

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