Hair loss is only chink in Buckeyes WR Ginn's armor



The Ohio State receiver is looking forward to Monday's title game.
By ROB TODOR
VINDICATOR SPORTS EDITOR
PHOENIX -- Stop the presses! Alert the talk shows! We've found a chink in the armor of Ted Ginn Jr.
Male pattern baldness.
Sporting a close-shaven head at media day for the BCS national championship game, Ginn disclosed his -- gasp! -- secret.
"I went with this look because I had to," he said with a smile. "I'm losing my hair at 21, I have a bald spot. This is me now. It started falling out about two months ago.
"My uncles lost their hair at about 21, 22, and my grandfather on my mother's side, he went bald right in the middle, so I guess it's just time."
That's about the only negative thing that can be found about Ginn's season. A first team All-Big Ten selection, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, and a second team All-American selection by The Associated Press, Ginn built on an already sterling career with perhaps his best season yet as a Buckeye.
He led Ohio State with 59 catches for 718 yards (an average of 13.2 yards per catch), and nine touchdowns. He also returned 24 punts for 266 yards (an average of 11.1 yards) and another score. He finished the season with 1,411 all-purpose yards (an average of 117.6 yards per game) and was named the winner of Archie Griffin Award as the outstanding offensive player on the team.
Holds Big Ten record
He holds the Big Ten record with six career TDs on punt returns. He averages 50.1 yards on 24 career touchdowns, has caught a pass in 31 consecutive games and has at least two catches in 29 straight.
"Coming out of the same [high school] program into the same type of program helps a lot," said Ginn of the groundwork for his success. "Our high school [Glenville] is sort of like our college, and that's helped us to succeed, to move forward and do things right."
Ginn said he expects a hard-fought game from Florida Monday night.
"The whole [Florida defense], they can play," he said. "They're not here for no reason. They play a tough schedule and they're going to come out and play us hard."
Layoff is not a problem
Ginn also disputed any notion that the Buckeyes' 50-day "layoff" since the 42-39 victory over Michigan will have an effect on the game.
"I don't think we had a layoff at all," he said. "From the first of the year we've been working. That's what Coach [Jim Tressel] wants us to do. Everyone just has to go out and do what they are supposed to do.
"We've played in a lot of big games, we've had a lot of [No. 1 vs. No. 2] matchups and things like that. When you play on this type of team you're just going to go out and play as hard as you can."
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