Punahou alum stays close to OSU program
Scott Terna isn't your typical Ohio State football fan. The 1990 Punahou graduate is a former Buckeyes punter, and has remained close to the program as the official photographer for coach Jim Tressel's Web site.
Terna lives in Hawaii, but spends most of the fall following Ohio State from game to game, documenting the Buckeyes' exploits. Today, Terna is in Glendale, Ariz., for the BCS championship game between Ohio State and Florida.
When he was growing up in Hawaii, there were times he wanted to get away from Buckeyes fever.
"Both parents (Ruth, and the late Cyril) are graduates," Terna said. "Ohio State fans are pretty rabid, and my dad was that way. If Ohio State lost, you couldn't talk to him the rest of the day. The neighbors teased me about it, and I always said I would go to USC or Michigan."
He played linebacker and punter at Punahou, and made All-ILH and All-State in 1989. He walked on at Ohio State and was the starting punter for two years, earning All-Big Ten honors in 1994. He was teammates with players like the late Korey Stringer, Eddie George, Terry Glenn, Orlando Pace and Mike Vrabel.
In 1994, Terna's net punting average of 38.5 yards was 12th in the country.
After several unsuccessful NFL tryouts, Terna caught on as a stagehand for ESPN's Game Day college football coverage. He's been to most of the major college football venues in the country.
His original intent was to become a videographer, but started taking old-school photos a few years ago and discovered a passion for capturing moments.
"I see something in still photography," Terna said.
In addition to his work for Ohio State (which includes lucrative autograph tours with former Buckeyes stars), Terna shoots for a company in Hawaii that takes pictures at high school sports events.
WHY FLORIDA WILL WIN
"Ohio State is a really good football team. But we have played many really good football teams, 10 of them were in bowl games. What you have to do is play all 60 minutes as hard as you can so you're always in a position to survive the storm. And the storm always happens, where you get into a situation where it's crumble or keep fighting and turn it around. We have done that many times and at difficult places to play. My suspicion is it will be the same this time. There's no reason for it to be any different."
--Hiram de Fries, Florida volunteer assistant
WHY Osu WILL WIN
"I feel if we play our game at the 'A' level we should win by 10 or more. I don't like the consensus that we'll roll right over Florida, that makes me uncomfortable. Then again, Coach (Jim) Tressel knows how to keep the guys down to Earth. He's won eight national championships in 20-something years, so he knows what he's doing."
-- Scott Terna, former Ohio State punter