Ohio State defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa have been tabbed in watch lists for multiple awards.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the best defensive player in the nation, has 81 players on its watch list including Bennett and Bosa.
Bennett and Bosa are two of the 10 Big Ten players on the watch listt. The Big Ten has the fifth-most players on the watch list. The Pac-12 has the most with 18, followed by the SEC with 16 and the Big 12 with 13 and the ACC with 12.
Buckeyes linebacker James Laurinaitis won the award in 2006.To read more or comment...
Redshirt freshman defensive end Tracy Sprinkle has been dismissed from the Ohio State football team.
Sprinkle was arrested over the weekend and charged with rioting, failure to disperse and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Sprinkle was previously suspended indefinitely by head coach Urban Meyer. Doug Lesmerises of the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that Sprinkle's status with Ohio State could be revisited depending on what happens with his legal issues.
As Eleven Warriors notes, Sprinkle pleaded not guilty to his charges and was released on $2,000 bond.To read more or comment...
Ohio State's defensive line has taken a blow during the offseason.
The latest came over the weekend with the suspension of redshirt freshman defensive end Tracy Sprinkle was suspended indefinitely after being arrested and booked on charges of possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and rioting/failure to disperse.
Although Sprinkle wasn't expected to be a big contributor for the Buckeyes, it's another loss on the defensive line. Jamal Marcus was dismissed from the team (and landed at Akron) and Noah Spence is suspended the first two games of the season.
The Buckeyes will rely heavily on sophomore Joey Bosa at one defensive end spot. Junior Adolphus Washington should be the starter on the other side, but has been inconsistent for the Buckeyes. He did have four sacks in the spring game, though, so he could be on the verge of a breakout season.To read more or comment...
Add Cincinnati St. Xavier's Justin Hilliard to Ohio State's 2015 football recruiting class.
Hilliard is rated by 247Sports as Ohio's best prospects and No. 2 outside linebacker in national composite rankings.
Hilliard narrowed his final college choices to Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State before announcing his decision today at his high school. He also had offers from Florida State, Southern California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas A&M and several other schools, including Akron.
In seven games last season, Hilliard had 76 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks and an interceptions. He was limited to seven games because of a foot injury.To read more or comment...
News release from Ohio State athletic department:
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio Stadium will have approximately 2,500 additional seats this year – sending capacity to near 105,000 – and starting Friday, July 11, at 10 a.m. a limited number of single game tickets for all 2014 home games with available inventory will go on sale. Prices start at $79 (plus applicable fees).
Fans interested in purchasing tickets can do so online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center, or at any Ticketmaster location.
The Buckeyes’ home schedule at Ohio Stadium, with some start times already determined, is as follows:To read more or comment...