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Posted: Wednesday August 27, 2008 1:13PM; Updated: Wednesday August 27, 2008 1:13PM
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HEISMAN WATCH

Getting to know Beanie Wells

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  • Wells says he wasn't 100-percent healthy last year
  • Wells, Buckeyes have been practicing a new formation
  • Buckeyes will have a crowded backfield this season
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Beanie Wells
Ohio State's Beanie Wells will attempt to improve upon last year's output of 1,609 yards.
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You already know Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells is the preseason favorite on the Heisman Watch. But just how well do you know the Buckeyes' bruiser? SI wanted to learn more about Wells so I recently spoke with him to get his thoughts on his injury history, whether he would ever date a girl from the University of Michigan and the possibility of entering the NFL draft after the season.

SI: Thanks for taking the time out to speak with us, Chris. First question: Should I refer to you as Chris Wells, Beanie Wells or Chris "Beanie" Wells?

Wells: (Laughs) It doesn't matter.

SI: But you have to prefer one, right?

Wells: Not really. Chris or Beanie is all the same thing. All of my friends call me Beanie. My grandmother calls me Christopher; Mom calls me Christopher.

SI: If all your friends call you Beanie, we'll refer to you as Beanie, then. How's the left foot?

Wells: It's doing pretty good.

SI: Is it a chronic injury?

Wells: It's something that I aggravated last year. Right now, it's feeling great.

SI: Tell me about the wrist surgery. You broke it last year and had surgery in the offseason to fix it. What exactly did they do?

Wells: I guess I developed a cyst that developed a hole in the bone. So they had to take some bone from my other side of my wrist and fill it in. I don't know how they took it out.

SI: What percent of games were you 100-percent healthy last year?

Wells: I don't think any, honestly. Playing football and playing running back, you're never going to be 100-percent. It's something you have to learn to deal with, to play with the nicks and the bruises that will come along with each game.

SI: What new wrinkles can we expect from the Buckeyes' offense this season?

Wells: A lot more running backs on the field. Brandon Saine and Daniel Herron are going to play a heck of a lot because those guys are tremendous athletes.

SI: The team has been fooling around with the pistol formation. What does it look like in practice?

Wells: It looks great. It's something we're adjusting to and something we'll get better at as the season progresses.

SI: How much do you think the team will use it this year?

Wells: I'm not really sure.

SI: How do you like it or not like it?

Wells: It really doesn't affect my game at all. I like it. Whatever the coaches throw in there, I'm willing and ready to work with.

SI: How often do you hear about losing the last two BCS Championship games?

Wells: That's something I hear all the time. It's something we have to deal with because it happened. But it's a thing of the past now. We're moving forward.

SI: Why should college football fans think things will be different with Ohio State this season?

Wells: There are a lot of hard-working guys on this team.

SI: You gave a speech prior to last year's Michigan game. Is that typical of your personality to do something like that?

Wells: Usually it's not. It was kind of out of my character to get up in front of the whole team and speak. I just felt that, at that moment, I needed to say something, and I did. I told the guys, "You don't want to regret anything. You don't want to be 10 years down the road and say, 'I wish I had done this in that game. I wish I went a little harder on this play. I wish I would've blocked that guy.' You don't want any what-ifs at the end of the game. You want to know you went out there and laid it all on the line."

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