Meet Willie

By Jason Priestas on April 6, 2007 at 7:45p
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Willie Beamen of the Miami SharksWarner Bros. Photo

Tucked inside a spring practice update by Ken Gordon in today's Columbus Dispatch comes the revelation that Buckeye freshman quarterback Antonio Henton is known as "Willie" to his teammates. As in Willie Beamen, the character played by Jamie Foxx in Oliver Stone's NFL-inspired film Any Given Sunday. Lineman Alex Boone offered up this classic:

"Yeah, Willie Beamen, from Any Given Sunday. That kid's crazy, he can do anything he wants. He can run, he can throw, he's awesome."

Henton was supposed to draw comparisons to Troy Smith and with a testimonial and nickname as fresh as that, he's clearly on his way to becoming an 11W legend.