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DIESELMAN
05-01-2006, 07:11 PM
PITTSBURGH -- Santonio Holmes was convinced that playing at Ohio State would accelerate his entry into the NFL, not delay it.

Turns out it did a little of both.

Holmes' three productive seasons as a wide receiver at one of college football's signature schools allowed him to skip his senior season and become the Pittsburgh Steelers' first-round draft pick.

However, Ohio State's academic schedule will require Holmes to miss three valuable weeks of NFL indoctrination, forcing him to play catch-up when training camp starts in late July.

Because of an NFL-NCAA agreement, a college player cannot take part in NFL spring workouts until his college has had its graduation. Because many schools hold graduation in early May, most NFL draft picks are not affected.

But Holmes can't begin practicing until after the university's mid-June graduation. By then, the Steelers will have finished the 14 days of coaching sessions that follow their May 13-15 minicamp, which Holmes is permitted to attend.

"I'll probably just train back in Columbus with a bunch of my teammates before they leave," Holmes said Monday. "I'll get ready from there."

Whether the delay will hurt Holmes' chances of becoming a starter this season remains uncertain. Two years ago, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the spring practices gave him a jump start in learning the Steelers' system and his new teammates.

Holmes has a chance to play immediately, too, as he will compete with Cedrick Wilson for the split end's job vacated when Antwaan Randle El signed with the Redskins as free agent. Either Holmes or third-round pick Willie Reid of Florida State will replace Randle El as a punt returner.

Holmes visited the Steelers' offices Monday, meeting with owner Dan Rooney, chairman Art Rooney II, director of football operations Kevin Colbert and coach Bill Cowher. But it wasn't his first trip to the Steelers' complex.

Holmes was recruited heavily by Pitt before signing with Ohio State, and he visited the practice complex the Panthers share with the Steelers. Despite Pitt's reputation for turning out star wide receivers under former coach Walt Harris -- Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant among them -- Holmes chose Ohio State because of its talent and tradition.

Or exactly the same assets the Steelers have, he said.

"We started getting some of the better athletes at wide receiver to come to Ohio State, and coach (Jim) Tressel saw that and decided to open up the offense a lot more and give us the opportunity to make more plays," Holmes said. "Hopefully, the same thing can happen here in Pittsburgh."

Holmes shares that wish with Roethlisberger, who called the wide receiver immediately after the Steelers drafted him.

"He told me he is very excited that I was picked by the Steelers and he is looking forward to working with me," Holmes said.

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clevestinks
05-01-2006, 07:25 PM
i`M sure he will get some time in with Ben somewhere, now lets sign him so he doesnt miss much camp

tony hipchest
05-01-2006, 07:29 PM
whew. i thought this might be a rod wright story with some sort of undisclosed injury. him missing these work outs will amount to nothing. the coaches knew of this before going in and i dont think he will be packing on 30 pounds of fat in those 3 weeks.

RoethlisBURGHer
05-01-2006, 07:34 PM
It'll be fine.It's harder for a QB to adjust than a reciever.

nwksteeler
05-01-2006, 07:38 PM
From what I understand this kid is really bright, and I think he won't have a problem learning the playbook. He is physically ready now, and his mental makeup is so that a couple sessions won't kill him.

Suitanim
05-01-2006, 07:48 PM
I think he'll be okay working out with OSU players...didn't like 15 of them get drafted this year?

klick81
05-01-2006, 08:30 PM
He'll be fine :)

MasterOfPuppets
05-01-2006, 08:31 PM
what a silly rule,,,,:rolleyes:

tony hipchest
05-01-2006, 08:53 PM
didnt hines ward miss half of training camp?

BCEDGE
05-01-2006, 09:24 PM
whew. i thought this might be a rod wright story with some sort of undisclosed injury. him missing these work outs will amount to nothing. the coaches knew of this before going in and i dont think he will be packing on 30 pounds of fat in those 3 weeks.


It is absurd to state that missing the workout will amount to nothing. There is a reason they have the mini camps. He will clearly be behind when they hit training camp. However, since I don't think they will be counting on him a lot in the early going, he should have the chance to catch up.

tony hipchest
05-01-2006, 09:38 PM
It is absurd to state that missing the workout will amount to nothing. There is a reason they have the mini camps. He will clearly be behind when they hit training camp. However, since I don't think they will be counting on him a lot in the early going, he should have the chance to catch up. the work outs are to keep these rich youngsters (including veteran cracksmokers like m. irvin) from getting fat and lazy and to keep them out of trouble. granted college isnt the best place for that, but i dont see him falling off track at this point. he'll be fine and so will the team.

BCEDGE
05-01-2006, 09:59 PM
the work outs are to keep these rich youngsters (including veteran cracksmokers like m. irvin) from getting fat and lazy and to keep them out of trouble. granted college isnt the best place for that, but i dont see him falling off track at this point. he'll be fine and so will the team.

Oh I have no concerns bout him getting out of shape or getting into trouble. I just think you cannot discount missing the reps, learning the playbook and forming bonds with his teammates. It has to have some impact, but he has the luxury of low expectations for the first part of the season to catch up.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-01-2006, 10:29 PM
He'll be fine. He's a smart kid, and he'll have plenty of time in work outs, coaching sessions, and training camp to learn and get up to speed. Plus he's finishing school, so thats a good thing.

Suitanim
05-02-2006, 09:20 AM
I'm not sure why the media is only reporting that Holmes can't practice with his team. The fact is, NONE of the Buckeyes will be able to practice until June, along with any other players from colleges that have late graduation dates. It's an NFL rule.

Also, Santonio Holmes is not graduating this year...he's only a junior.

coachspeak33
05-02-2006, 10:04 AM
If he was from a small school with less tradition I would be concerned a bit... but schools like OSU are football factories.... he will be in shape and ready to go.

tony hipchest
05-02-2006, 10:43 AM
maybe maurice clarretts tutors can help holmes to graduate early next year.

coachspeak33
05-02-2006, 10:46 AM
I would like to believe that you are willing to admit that clarett was the exception at OSU not the rule.

tony hipchest
05-02-2006, 10:49 AM
sure. it was still funny though.

coachspeak33
05-02-2006, 10:53 AM
Oh yeah.... i am not a buckeye fan ... and its a good thing too... would hate to win 1st national title in a long while and then act like the guy who might have been the most important player on that team doesnt exist anymore.... I know a lot of buckeye fans that try to pull that act off.

coachspeak33
05-02-2006, 10:54 AM
seems like it would take away from the fun of the experience doesnt it??????