July 6, 2009

Another setback for Rosenbauer

The path back to the field for Lima (Ohio) Shawnee linebacker Zac Rosenbauer hit another major snag last month. The 6-foot-2, 236-pounder has seen his recruitment move slow because of a broken collar bone that cost him most of his junior season. Now another injury has sidelined the in-state star.

"I dislocated my knee during the West Virginia camp participating in one-on-ones," Rosenbauer said. "I had gone through all of the timing and drills."

Rosenbauer was in Morgantown (W.V.) for a mid-June camp with the Mountaineers before the injury bug reared its ugly head. The road back and road to more offers will have to wait a couple of more weeks for Rosenbauer and for a player who has already seen valuable playing time disappear, it has to be a tough blow to take.

"It is frustrating because my July is shot," Rosenbauer said. "But I should be back in time for week one or week three at the latest."

Rosenbauer already holds offers from Akron and Bowling Green but most of the MAC programs were talking to Zac about going to the Ohio State camp to be evaluated by them. Schools like Boston College and Syracuse have also been very interested in Rosenbauer and the talented Ohioan was considering a trip up to Chestnut Hill (Mass.) before his summer was derailed.

The Buckeyes have also been keeping close tabs on Zac and the injury robbed him of a chance to show off in front of the coaches but Zac had a chance to talk with Dick Tressel and keep him updated with his progress and health prognosis.

"I talked with coach (Doc) Tressel and then I called back to let him know what had happened (with my knee)," Rosenbauer said. "They also want to see some film on me."

Rosenbauer knows that he can't rush back too quickly with a knee injury but by the same token the need to get film out to college recruiters is starting to creep up on him. The linebacker admitted that he would be trying to push as hard as he can through his physical therapy but also doesn't want to cost himself anymore time.

Despite all of the bad news on the injury front, Rosenbauer has done a good job of keeping a good attitude during the string of bad luck. He knows that offers seem to come in bunches and it usually only takes one or two BCS offers to spawn others. Zac felt that he was close in landing his first BCS offer.

"I felt that West Virginia was close to offering me, they just want to see some film to make sure I am able to still run," Rosenbauer said.

Whether Ohio State shows more interest down the line in Zac or not it is hard not to pull for the in-state star after what he has had to deal with. And if Rosenbauer is able to return to the level that he once was able to play at, or exceed it, there will be one happy program that will land him come National Signing Day 2010.

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