|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|
|Ohio State Football Walk-Ons Given Scholarships|
Ohio State football walk-ons Elijaah Goins and Zach Turnure both where given senior season scholarships this week. The actual event happened after practice on Saturday with Urban Meyer making the announcement to the whole team. This was very similar to last season when Joe Burger and Craig Fada were put on scholarship after three years of playing and a red-shirt freshman year. Burger and Fada were special teams standouts and that is the same role Goins and Turnure have now.
Goins, from Concord NC, has had a long journey starting at Safety, switching to Corner Back, and ending up as a Receiver. He appeared in 12 games last year for OSU. He called his mother quickly after practice to tell her about the scholarship. He plans to continue working part-time at CVS as he pursues a pharmacy degree.
|8/16/2017 3:39:01 PM|
|Virginia linebacker K'Vaughan Pope Commits To Ohio State|
Dinwiddie Virginia linebacker K'Vaughan Pope announces his commitment to the Ohio State Buckeyes
K’Vaughan Pope Announcement
K'Vaughan Pope realized he would become anxious on stage, before the TV cameras and all his teammates, while he was announcing his college commitment. This is why he asked K'ymon, his younger brother, to read the statement he had written to the crowd in the Dinwiddie County HS auditorium.
Once his brother had completed reading the statement, K'Vaughan read the last paragraph. He declared his commitment to the Buckeyes, and the audience in the assembly hall went crazy. Then, he threw a scarlet and grey football jersey over his shoulders after standing up.
|8/10/2017 4:15:59 PM|
|Marcus Hooker Is Coming To Ohio State|
Marcus Hooker Announces Commitment to the Buckeyes
Within a day of being offered a place at Ohio State, the three star Pennsylvanian cornerback, Marcus Hooker, accepted the offer on Thursday.
Hooker, who is six feet tall and 185 pounds, has a cornerback rating of fifty-two and a prospect rating of 587 from the 2018 Class. He chose the Buckeyes ahead of offers from eleven other programs like Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Toledo, West Virginia and Temple.
Hooker was on campus on several occasions to see his older brother Malik, who gained All American honors after a redshirt season as a sophomore, when he achieved seven interceptions, eighty-four tackles, 5.5 loss tackles and a record breaking three touchdown interceptions. He signed up to the NFL Draft for 2017, and was chosen as the fifteenth pick to play for the Indianapolis Colts.
|7/28/2017 2:04:34 PM|
|Matt Jones Commits To The Buckeyes|
The Ohio State Buckeyes have stepped up their recruiting game. They have been able to get a pledge from lineman, Matt Jones, who is their fourteenth commitment for the 2018 class. In April, Ohio State was able to land Brenton Cox, Sevyn Banks, Taron Vincent, Josh Proctor and Max Wray. Dallas Gant committed in May, and in June, they were able to land Teradja Mitchell, Master Teague and Andrew Chatfield.
Hailing from Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, New York, Jones is the latest addition to the Buckeyes, and this was confirmed by his coach, Danny Landberg. Matthew Jones confirmed his pledge to Urban Meyer, Ohio State's head coach while visiting the campus with family, Coach Landberg, other coaches and his teammate, Jahzion Harris. Jones also confirmed that commitment.
|6/23/2017 3:14:32 PM|
|Teradja Mitchell Joins Ohio State|
The Consequences of Teradja Mitchell's commitment to Ohio State in 2018
Identifying the best players for college football programs is not simply about what occurs during the game, but what occurs away from the field too. Ohio State recently made a key acquisition. How will this affect the team going forward?
Earlier today, the Buckeyes received a commitment from one of America's most sought after defenders when Teradja Mitchell, the inside linebacker from Virginia, confirmed his desire to join Ohio State during his high school ceremony.
Let us examine what Mitchell, who is the number thirty-eight prospect for the 2018 class, can bring to Columbus.
|6/5/2017 2:38:51 PM|