September 6, 2011

Epitropoulos gets win at Ohio Stadium

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For Frank Epitropoulos, his second time playing at Ohio Stadium was much more enjoyable than his first experience. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver and his Upper Arlington team were thrashed two years ago by Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas two years ago but the Golden Bears redeemed themselves on Sunday by crusing to a 34-19 victory over Springfield. The win was a big one for Epitropoulos and UA as the Golden Bears avoided an 0-2 start to the season.



"We had a long hard week of practice and we set the tone for the next couple of weeks," Epitropoulos said.



Playing through a thumb injury which limited him to just offense and special teams, Epitropoulos did have a big 44-yard reception in the second half.



"It was just a simple fade," he said. "The quarterback, David Smith, just threw it up and I went up and caught it."



In UA's loss against Aquinas his sophomore season, Epitropoulos was more of a role player who saw limited action. Now as the star player, there may have been more pressure to perform and Epitropoulos said it was a special experience.



"It's a lot different (than other games)," he said. "It's still a football field, it's still 120 yards but it's a great experience (to play at Ohio Stadium). The only difference (next year) will be that there will be about 103,000 people (in the stands)."



Epitropoulos was one of a handful of commits that was on campus on Saturday for Ohio State's season-opening win over Akron. Though a win was expected, Epitropoulos was impressed with the way the Buckeyes came out and handled their business.



"It's a big win for them," he said. "I think it sets the tone for the whole season pretty well and silenced the doubters."



Of particular interest to Epitropoulos was the play of the quarterbacks, especially freshman Braxton Miller. Miller will almost surely be the one throwing the ball to Epitropoulos his first few years on campus and watching the strong performance put together by the offense was exciting for him to watch.



"It really got me excited," Epitropoulos said of his future quarterback. "Braxton Miller looked really good mechanics-wise and so did Bauserman."





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