February 19, 2007

The filler

Coming from the little known town of Piqua, defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock decided to stay close to home to play his college ball. Choosing Ohio State over Penn State and Notre Dame Pitcock said, "It's just the right place for me, socially, academically and athletically." And looking back on his career for the Buckeyes it's safe to say it truly was the right place.

Pitcock arrived on campus a highly touted recruit, the No. 72 layer in the nation as well as the fifth rated defensive tackle, and a member of the number two recruiting class in the entire country. He sat out his first year as a red shirt watching and learning from the likes of Tim Anderson, Kenny Peterson and Darion Scott as they helped lead the team to a National Championship.

In 2003, his second year on campus, Pitcock finally saw the field as a red shirt freshman, playing in all 13 games and even earning a start verses Northwestern; however his best game came against Iowa when he totaled 6 tackles and a sack. Despite fighting for time behind Anderson, currently of the Buffalo Bills, and Marcus Green, Pitcock was the leader for non-starters in tackles for loss (five) and sacks (three) and finished with a total of 17 tackles for the year.

Pitcock entered his sophomore year having earned a starting job with the departures of his predecessors. He took full advantage of the opportunity from the opening gun recording a career-high seven tackles in the first game of the season against in-state foe Cincinnati.

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