|Ohio State Gray Jerseys for Penn State|
Ohio State has released photos of the alternate gray uniform the Buckeyes will be wearing when they play Penn State on October 28th via Eleven Warriors. They have a week off prior to the big match-up at Ohio Stadium. Two years ago the OSU sported Black Uniforms against Penn State.
The template used for these jersey’s is Nike’s Vapor Untouchable, which is the same template used for the team’s Fiesta Bowl 1916 throwback uniforms. The numbers have a distinct wolf pattern resembling fur. Paints and helmet’s will also be gray for the game.
These jersey’s will be available October 23rd for $150.
Penn State at Ohio State - Football Highlights
|10/18/2017 1:19:25 PM|
|Denzel Ward Vindicated On Maryland Targeting Call|
Big Ten has announced that junior DB Denzel Ward should not have been called for targeting in last weekends game against Maryland.
The play was sent to the Big Ten for review and the conference determined that there was no penalty. Ward hit Terrapins receiver Tavion Jacobs early in the first quarter of the game and was sent to the locker-room for the remainder of the match. He led with his shoulder into the chest of the opponent and did not make contact with the neck or head of the offensive player.
Every week the Buckeyes send film to the conference office for review of calls. This week it was determined that the call on –the-field was fine but that the replay review should have overturned the targeting call. Coach Urban Meyer was very frustrated and irate that such a mistake could be made during a game. The call this week had no impact on the overall outcome as Ohio State won easily 62-14, but in a close game could be a huge issue.
|10/12/2017 1:50:35 PM|
|DJ Durkin progressed from a BGSU Graduate Assistant to the Maryland Head Coach|
DJ Durkin got his start as an graduate assistant in 2001 under Urban Meyer at BGSU after playing outside linebacker for Bowling Green.
He also coached under Meyer at the University of Florida as a defensive coordinator from 2010 to 2014 before taking the Michigan defensive coordinator position in 2015.
In 2015, Durkin held Maryland to 105 yards in a Michigan 28-0 victory. The win made the Terrapins take notice and later offer him the head coaching job.
In 2016 Durkin took over the Maryland program after they had gone 5-11 in conference play over two years since joining the Big 10.
|10/6/2017 4:21:44 PM|
|Cade Kacherski Becomes Preferred Walk-On At Ohio State|
Cade Kacherski accepted an offer as a preferred walk-on at the Ohio State University in 2018 this week. The Dublin Jerome linebacker is a legacy recruit as his father played for the Buckeyes. He jumped at the opportunity when called Tuesday night.
Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni and Eron Hodges contacted Kacherski to offer him the opportunity.
He currently has offers from Indiana State , Brown and Western Illinois. Both academic an athletic.
Kacherski is 6’3” 190lbs and a leading tackler in Central Ohio this year with 63 tackles and 5 sacks.
Kacherski attended Junior Day in January and returned to Ohio State for a June camp this past summer. At the camp he got to work with linebackers coach Bill Davis.
|10/5/2017 3:52:19 PM|
|Ohio State Travels to Rutgers|
Ohio State is favored to win this weekend on the road against Rutgers by 4 touchdowns. After three years of playing in the Big Ten, Rutgers has yet to beat the Buckeyes and Ohio State is loaded with talent once again. Ohio State players are taking the game seriously, as they should, heading into Piscataway Saturday for a 7:30pm kick off. The BigTen Network will broadcast the match.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Former Ohio State defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, is in his second season as the head coach of Rutgers.
Rutgers is 1-3 with one loss in league play to Nebraska. Rutgers was 0-9 last season in Big Ten play and lost in Columbus 58-0. Hopefully the game this weekend is more competitive.
Urban Meyer feels the defense of the Scarlet Knights is vastly improved to last season even with the team dropping a home game against Eastern Michigan earlier this year. But the statistics do support a greatly improved defense by Rutgers with the team in the top 30 for yards allowed in a game with only 298. The are stingy with the points (18.3 /game) and third down conversions allowed (30%).
The Scarlet Knights have switched to a 3-4 defense from a traditional 4-3. Allowing quick linebackers Kemoko Turay, Trevor Morris and Deonte Roberts to rush or play pass coverage. The team is in a better position to utilize the players that they have.
Rutgers lost their best cornerback for the season in Blessuan Austin last week against Nebraska, so that could a vulnerable spot for the Buckeyes go after this weekend.
Finally, Rutgers quarterback Kyle Bolin has struggled with 3 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this year so far. And there are no weapons on offense except for Janarion Grant to worry about.
|9/29/2017 1:59:01 PM|
|Ohio State Buckeyes v the UNLV Rebels|
Ohio State is looking to get warmed up for conference play against UNLV (the Rebels) this Saturday in The HorseShoe, noon on the BigTen Network.
The first three games of the season for the Buckeyes provided more stressful than pre-season play is supposed to. Indiana gave them trouble on the road with some excellent passing, a quick pace, and big talented receivers. Oklahoma came into Columbus and outplayed them in a number of ways. And then Army, with its unique running style, provided a challenge in preparation.
The Rebels or the Mountain West (1-1) enter the game a 40 point underdog and haven’t shown much to this point this year. Plus they play a more traditional style of offense.
UNLV did win the second game of the season against Idaho 44-16 but looked really bad against Howard, when they were considered a 45 point favorite. UNLV comes into the game with some talent on offense in wide receiver Devonte Boyd, quarterback Armani Rogers, and tailback Lexington Thomas.
|9/22/2017 4:25:07 PM|
|Ohio State Continues Focus on Offense Heading Into Army Game|
During the weekly press conference with head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, reporters wanted to know what was wrong with the Buckeye offense. Meyer stated that the team will continue to stay balanced between passing and running and does not plan to feature the backs more on Saturday. He has mentioned to the team how the 2014 squad lost their second game to Virginia Tech but was able to rebound and win out.
Wilson is the primary play caller this year and Meyer feels that only one quarter, the 2nd against Indiana, was up to the level the team needs to be at.
A lot was expected when Wilson replaced Tim Beck and Ed Warinner this year at the head of the offense. Ryan Day, a Chip Kelley student, was also added during the off-season, coming on board from the NFL for additional offensive game planning.
But the blame from fans hasn’t ended with the coach, the quarterback and the wide receivers have also heard it from the fans who expect them to be making more big plays on the field.
Wilson feels that he can make quarterback JT Barrett look better by putting him into position to make plays. He also felt play calling was the issue with the receivers and not getting separation as some have felt.
|9/14/2017 4:27:38 PM|
|Ohio State Gets Junior College Tackle Antwuan Jackson|
The 2018 recruiting class for Ohio State is stacking up to be another top 2 class for Urban Meyer and the Buckeye coaches. With the addition of Junior College standout, tackle Antwuan Jackson, they now rank first nationally according to many ranking services.
The loss to Oklahoma has decreased OSU’s ability to get big name recruits as they grabbed Jackson on Tuesday, three days after the home loss.
Long Road to Ohio State
Jackson was recruiting by the Buckeyes in 2016 but selected Auburn. He left Auburn after one year as a redshirt and played for Blinn College last season. He re-entered recruitment as one of the best in the country at this position and Ohio State offered him a scholarship again. He committed two weeks after receiving the offer.
Already into the season at Blinn, he has 15 tackles and 3 sacks in 2 games.
Blinn College was also the school of current Ohio State corner Kendall Sheffield. So there is some familiarity between the coaches at the colleges.
Jackson joins Taron Vincent from Bradenton Florida as two defensive tackles in the class of 2018.
|9/13/2017 3:30:40 PM|
|Ohio State Sees Indiana as a Good Test for Oklahoma|
Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow provided a strong test for the Ohio State secondary last Thursday night that should provide some good experience for the young squad going into this weekend’s game against the Oklahoma Sooners. Along with a set of big receivers, Lagow completed 420 yards in the air on 68 tosses.
Now Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Heisman candidate, comes to Columbus with similar ability plus added running ability. Lagow threw the ball quickly before Ohio State’s stellar defensive line could get to him. Mayfield likes to move outside of the pocket and make passes while he’s on the run to receivers that open up down the field. Mayfield also has a decent arm with the ability to roll out to one side and make throws across the field to the opposite side.
Last week Oklahoma played their opener against Texas-El Paso. Mayfield played the first half of the game, completing 19 passes on 20 attempts in a 56-7 win. So his accuracy throwing the ball is not a question.
|9/7/2017 4:25:00 PM|
|Ohio State Football Depth Chart 2017–Oklahoma|
A few changes in the depth chart for the Buckeyes this week as they go up against #7 ranked Oklahoma at home. Again Ohio State will be featured on ESPN College GameDay. Mike Weber, 2016 Big 10 Freshman of the Year, is back and the plan is to split carries for the running backs between Weber and break-out freshman JK Dobbins (181 yards against Indiana). Hopefully Antonio Williams will also get some carries after a great game against Indiana.
A couple of line backers have been added to the third string including sophomore Justin Hilliard and freshman Pete Werner.
Kickoff is at 7:30pm on ABC.
|9/6/2017 11:16:19 AM|
|Indiana Sellout And 10 Thousand to Hurricane Harvey Relief|
Having a in-conference game start the season is an odd happening but with the game being played during prime-time on ESPN and Indiana’s Memorial Stadium being within driving distance from Columbus Ohio, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the stadium has sold-out for the season opener tonight. Ohio State enters the game ranked 2nd in the country. Capacity for the stadium is a little less than half of what can be held at Ohio State’s stadium, 52,929.
The last time Indiana sold out their stadium was October 3rd, 2015 against Ohio State once again. The Buckeyes won that game 34-27.
Ohio State comes into the 2017 season with a new offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson, who was released from Indiana program last year.
|8/31/2017 3:46:31 PM|
|WR LChristian Smith Committed to Ohio State|
Huber Heights Wayne Wide Receiver L’Christian (Blue) Smith committed to Ohio State this past week over offers from many top programs including Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan, Alabama, and Tennessee. Cincinnati and Kentucky were the other two finalist but Ohio State had always been his dream school. He also has a teammate, Alex Reigelsperger, headed to the Wildcats, who offered him first so the decision was difficult. UK has brought in 36 recruits from Ohio after picking up a couple of coaches from the Youngstown area five years ago.
Smith made the announcement prior to a televised game on ESPN against Gibsonia Pennsylvania Pine-Richland. (Wayne lost 41-0)
The Camp That Set Everything in Motion
Early in the Spring, Smith didn’t feel the Buckeyes were making him a priority and felt they would play him at Tight End if he did enroll in the program. But Smith was able to talk with Urban Meyer about his plans and became confortable in what the Buckeyes had to offer the in-state prospect.
He became comfortable with the program and the coaching staff during a camp visit in June. Depending on his size during his career at Ohio State he might play wide receiver but he might also play the h-back position. He is currently 6’6” and 205 lbs., a big target. No plans to move him to Tight End when he gets to Columbus.
|8/29/2017 4:08:20 PM|
|Ohio State Football Depth Chart 2017 : Indiana|
Quarter Back: 16 J.T Barrett/7 Dwayne Haskins/18 Tate Martell
Running Back: 25 Mike Weber or 2 J.K. Dobbins/30 Demario McCall or 26 Antonio Williams
Wide Receiver: 11 Austin Mack or 9 Ben Victor
Wide Receiver: 1 Johnnie Dixon or 83 Terry McLaurin
H-back: 21 Parris Campbell or 14 K.J. Hill/80 C.J. Saunders
Tight End: 85 Marcus Baugh/13 Rashod Berry or 89 Luke Farrell
Left Tackle: 74 Jamarco Jones/58 Joshua Alabai
Left Guard: 73 Michael Jordan/69 Matthew Burrell
Center: 54 Billy Price/79 Brady Taylor
Right Guard: 76 Branden Bowen/66 Malcolm Pridgeon or 52 Wyatt Davis
Right Tackle: 59 Isaiah Prince/75 Thayer Munford
Defensive End: 59 Tyquan Lewis or 97 Nick Bosa/18 Jonathan Cooper
Defensive Tackle: 93 Tracy Sprinkle/67 Robert Landers/53 Davon Hamilton
Defensive Tackle: 86 Dre'Mont Jones/9 Jashon Cornell/92 Haskell Garrett/55 Malik Barrow
Defensive End: 6 Sam Hubbard or 11 Jalyn Holmes/2 Chase Young
Line Backer: 33 Dante Booker/39 Malik Harrison
Middle Line Backer: 35 Chris Worley/32 Tuf Borland or 5 Baron Browning
Line Backer: 17 Jerome Baker/16 Keandre Jones
Corner Back: 12 Denzel Ward/1 Jeffrey Okudah or 24 Shaun Wade
Safety: 7 Damon Webb/14 Isaiah Pryor
Safety: 4 Jordan Fuller or 34 Erick Smith
Corner Back : 3 Damon Arnette or 8 Kendall Sheffield
Kicker: 96 Sean Nuernberger/95 Blake Haubell
Kickoff: 95 Blake Haubeil/96 Sean Nuernberger
Punter: 91 Drue Chrisman/96 Sean Nuernberger
Long Snapper: 49 Liam McCullough
Holder: 91 Drue Chrisman/90 C.J. Saunders
Punt return: 14 K.J. Hill and 30 Demario McCall/21 Parris Campbell
Kickoff return: 30 Parris Campbell and 14 K.J. Hill
2017 Ohio State Football: Indiana Trailer
|8/28/2017 4:00:19 PM|
|Quarterback Joe Burrow Breaks Hand Bone|
Joe Burrow, backup quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, will miss the beginning of the 2017 season due to a broken bone in his throwing hand. The Athens Ohio redshirted sophomore broke the bone in practice performing a fake handoff early this week and had surgery to set the bone yesterday. He will miss the first games of the season, his return date is uncertain.
Burrow played in 5 games last year for the Buckeyes, competing 22 passes for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for one score. Burrow appeared to be the player that could come into a game if JT Barrett went down with an injury and manage the remainder due to his experience. Now the Buckeyes will need to look to Dwayne Haskins for all snaps without Barrett.
The quarterbacks are always aware that their time might come in the next game depending on injury. With 2014 as a reminder of this when Braxton Miller, JT Barrett, and Cardale Jones all got time as the first string quarterback on the way to the National Championship. Miller, going out in the preseason with a shoulder issue. JT Barrett, breaking an ankle against Michigan. And Jones winning the National Title after three post-season starts.
|8/23/2017 12:15:07 PM|
|Running Back JK Dobbins Could See Many Touches In Ohio State Opener|
True freshman JK Dobbins has sprinted ahead of the depth chart for the Buckeyes at running back this fall and might get to play quite a bit against Indiana (August 31st) in the opener with Mike Weber sidelined with a hamstring issue or with him in the game. With Mike Weber and Demario McCall already set to provide depth at running back in the Spring, Dobbins entered the team early from high school and began to show what he is capable of. Now in the fall, he is showing not only great talent but the ability to block well and the understand the plays that Ohio State wants to run this year.
|8/21/2017 4:19:25 PM|