The college football season is mere days away from beginning and Purdue still doesn't have a starting quarterback. That should say everything that needs to be known about the upcoming Purdue season.
Purdue's quarterback will likely be Caleb TerBush, but Robert Marve could push him for playing time. A season ago TerBush completed 62 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Marve, who transferred in from Miami, earned an injury waiver for a sixth year of eligibility. Rob Henry is even expected to play.
In their Little Caesars Bowl win last season, Purdue may have found a go-to player on offense. Filling in for the injured Ralph Bolden, Akeem Shavers ran for 149 yards and took MVP honors for the game. Bolden is still working himself back from a torn ACL. He led the Boilermakers in rushing last season with 674 yards and six touchdowns.
The team also brings back most of its offensive line from a year ago and adds junior college transfer Devin Smith. Starting wide receivers Gary Bush and O.J. Ross are also back.To read more or comment...
Kevin Wilson's first season at Indiana was one to forget. The Hoosiers went 1-11 and finished last in the conference in points allowed and yards allowed. At the least, Indiana could double its win total by the end of the season's third week. The Hoosiers open up against Indiana State, Massachusetts and Ball State.
But then the dreadful Big Ten season starts and features a home game against Ohio State on Oct. 13.
Wilson added Seth Littrell as his offensive coordinator this season. He comes from an Arizona team that was third in the nation in passing offense, so look for more in the Hoosiers passing this season. If anyone can get more production out of sophomore Tre Roberson, it will be Littrell. In Roberson, he has a dynamic, athletic quarterback who makes plays with his arm and legs. Roberson took over the second half of the season, throwing for 937 yards while completing 57 percent off is passes. He did have six interceptions, though, to just three touchdowns. He also ran for 426 yards. Under Littrell he should be able to double those numbers this season.
"I'm throwing the ball better, I'm more confident in the passing game and I'm doing what I need to do," Roberson told the Associated Press. "I needed to get more efficient passing the ball and listening to Coach (Kevin) Wilson, I think I've done that."To read more or comment...
So much for Ohio State's ban on reporters tweeting during news conferences. From the Lantern, Ohio State's student paper:
Ohio State athletics spokesman confirms the Twitter-delay policy at Buckeyes football press conferences has been lifted.
Small victories, journalists. Now that this policy has been undone, we expect a wider array of tweets. Urban Meyer drops a "one game at a time," tweet it. If Meyer says the team is "working hard out there" or is "leaving it all out on the field," fire it out. We want the type of exclusive breaking news that happens during a news conference. Throw the hammer down, reporters.To read more or comment...
The Akron Beacon Journal's own Jason Lloyd was at Urban Meyer's first weekly news conference on Monday and wrote about Ohio State's new Twitter ban. (Story here) The story has broke nationally and people across the spectrum have an opinion.
Without fail, those reactions are mixed. The commenters on Ohio.com mostly have come out in favor of OSU's new policy. This comment from the user "Reality_Speaks" particularly stood out:
Seriously? How about courtesy? Listen to what he is talking about, record it or write it down, but why does anyone need to type away while someone is talking? I supposed movie theaters who ban cell use during a movie are also power hungry? Give me a break.
Expectedly, the reactions on Twitter have been in favor of journalists tweeting. Most of the opinions, though, are from media people (or at least those fashioning themselves as such):To read more or comment...
The 2011 season for Nebraska was likely viewed as a disappointment. Although the team finished 9-4, it was just 5-3 in conference play, good for third in the Big Ten Legends division. Two of the defeats were blowouts against Wisconsin and Michigan.
The rub for the Cornhuskers is that they don't appear to be much better heading into this season. Quarterback Taylor Martinez is among 14 starters back this season (seven on each side of the ball). The junior is in his third year as a starter and on pace to break some of the team's all-time passing records. He'll get a chance to throw even more this season. Head coach Bo Pelini told reporters this offeason, he wants to split run and pass plays 50/50 this season. A year ago, it was 60/40 in the run.
But make no mistake, Nebraska's success on offense is defined by its running game. Martinez was second on the team in rushing yards with 874 last year. First was senior Rex Burkhead with 1,357 yards and 15 scores. Overall the team was 15th in the nation in rushing yards, but just 104th in passing.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: Just five days before his first game on the Ohio State sideline, Urban Meyer is excited, concerned and hopeful.
Meyer, who returned from a year of doing television commentary to take over the embattled and NCAA-sanctioned Buckeyes, says he's pumped up about taking the field with his new team against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.To read more or comment...
When Michigan State and Ohio State played in 2011, the game was a grinder. It was a 10-7 win by Michigan State and the Buckeyes didn't score until the final moments of the game.
The Spartans scored their touchdown in the first quarter on a 33-yard touchdown from quarterback Kirk Cousins to wide receiver B.J. Cunningham. From there, it was a show of impressive defense and/or inept offense.
Now both Cousins and Cunningham are both off to the NFL and only four starters on offense return. Its Michigan State's defense, though, that should be just as strong. Eight starters are back on a Spartans defense loaded with NFL-caliber talent.
When William Gholston isn't punching Michigan's Taylor Lewan, he's one of the conference's best defensive linemen. The 6-foot-7, 278-pound end was a second-team all-conference pick a year ago and should minimize the loss of tackle Jerel Worthy. If there's a defensive award, the junior is most likely on the preseason watch list. At this time next year, look for him to be on an NFL roster.
Worthy's likely replacement is 330-pound senior Anthony Rashad White. He started four games a season ago and had 25 tackles.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Here's a truly digital look at the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes, by the numbers:
7,000,000_In dollars, the cost of the new scoreboard at Ohio Stadium and other updated electronic gadgets around the old place on the banks of the Olentangy. The 11-year-old scoreboard was a measly 30 feet by 90 feet. The new one is 42 feet by 124 feet and will feature a high-definition that which utilizes "Surface Mount Diode LED technology."To read more or comment...
After domestic violence charges were dropped against him, linebacker Storm Klein has been reinstated to the Ohio State football team.
He won't see the field immediately, however. According to ESPN.com, Klein will be suspended at least two games following his July 6 arrest.To read more or comment...
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Storm Klein has pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. In pleading to a lesser charge, Klein has asked for reinstatement onto the Ohio State football team.
Klein was sentenced to probation for 18 months and a court costs fine, the Dispatch reports. Following the decision, Klein's attorney sent a note to the OSU football office to be reinstated.
The attorney told the Dispatch that OSU head coach Urban Meyer would review the details before making a decision. The paper notes that Klein is enrolled in classes this semester, which would make him academically eligible. But his attorney also said Klein can't afford to attend Ohio State without a football scholarship.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: All anybody around Ohio State wants to talk about is the spread offense being molded by new coach Urban Meyer.
Tucked away in the corner of the Woody Hayes practice field in the August heat is the real backbone of the 18th-ranked Buckeyes.
John Simon, Johnathan Hankins, Garrett Goebel, Adam Bellamy and Nathan Williams aren't household names — even in households with scarlet-and-gray fan caves. Yet it is the defensive front that determines how rapidly the Buckeyes can erase an awful 2011 and start looking to the future.
No one around the program wavers on the strength of the team.
"It's going to be up front. We know that. It's got to be," said Luke Fickell, interim coach of last year's 6-7 team and returning as the defensive co-coordinator this time around. "Those guys have got some experience and we've got a little bit of depth there."To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: Ohio State's top back the past two seasons, Dan Herron, graduated. His heir apparent, Jordan Hall, is still recuperating after a quirky midsummer mishap.
With the days dwindling until the 18th-ranked Buckeyes' opener against Miami (Ohio), coach Urban Meyer is hoping that he has a worthy replacement ready.To read more or comment...
ALLIANCE: A magistrate in has found Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn not guilty of a disorderly conduct charge.
The Canton Repository reports Municipal Court Magistrate Jean Madden acquitted the 19-year-old Dunn after a bench trial Friday. Dunn and three other witnesses testified.To read more or comment...
Ohio State closes out its four-game non-conference schedule against Alabama-Birmingham. The Blazers shouldn't give the Buckeyes much trouble, but they do have a new head coach in former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.
At Arkansas, McGee helped turn the Razorbacks into one of the most potent offenses in college football. When he was introduced as UAB's new head coach, McGee said his team will mix up its personnel on offense to put pressure on opposing defenses. At Arkansas, he often did that with a quick tempo and four receiver sets. Although the Blazers may not have the roster talent to challenge Ohio State's defense, the scheme could give them some issues.
The Blazers return seven starters, including quarterback Jonathan Perry and wide receiver Jackie Williams. McGee has to hope Perry, a junior, will improve on his 10 touchdown passes from a season ago. Perry did well against Central Florida last season when he completed nearly 74 percent of his throws for 327 yards. In a win over Memphis, he threw for 410 yards and four scores. But as the Birmingham News points out, Perry could be unseated by redshirt freshman Austin Brown.
At wide receiver, Williams is developing into a solid No. 1 wide receiver following a year of 58 catches for 607 yards. Although he never topped 100 yards receiving in a game last season, he did catch five or more passes in six games. Senior Patrick Hearn had 31 receptions for 364 yards and sophomore Jamarcus Nelson had 17 for 358 yards. There is some depth for the Blazers at wide receiver and McGee will likely try to work more tight ends into the offense.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — On the day he was introduced as Ohio State's 24th head coach last November, Urban Meyer outlined a relatively simple list of expectations for his players, his staff and himself.
"I want a bunch of coaches that coach like their hair's on fire, and I want a football team that goes four to six seconds of relentless effort," he said. "You do that, you have a chance to win in every game you play."To read more or comment...
Other than California, Ohio State's non-conference football schedule this season look light. But maybe Central Florida, the team's Week 2 opponent, shouldn't be taken lightly.
The Knights may have finished 5-7 last season, but only one loss came by more than seven points. But turnovers plagued the offense throughout the year and the Knights failed to repeat as Conference USA champions.
Another issue on offense came despite a quarterback position that fluctuated between Blake Bortles and Jeff Godfrey in 2011. In the spring, head coach George O'Leary said that UCF was Bortles' team. The sophomore played in 10 games last season, often coming in for Godfrey. After the season, Godfrey quit the team, but is now back as a receiver.
The run game could become a focus of the UCF offense this season. After spending a season on the scout team, Miami transfer Storm Johnson is eligible to play this season. A true blue chip recruit, Johnson will test the Ohio State defensive line. The Knights also bring back senior running backs Brynn Harvey and Latavius Murray. The Knights also have another eligible transfer in offensive tackle Phil Smith. He should help improve an offensive line that has some experience.To read more or comment...
Ohio State begins the Urban Meyer era on Sept. 1 with some Maction. The Buckeyes open at home with the other Miami – the Ohio one, as in Miami University.
Offensively, Miami is basically a pass first, pass second and run only when necessary team. The RedHawks have a legit NFL prospect in senior quarterback Zac Dysert. Ben Roethlisberger he is not, but Chad Reuter of NFL.com lists Dysert as his fourth-best senior quarterback prospect in the nation.
As a junior, Dysert completed nearly 66 percent of his passes, finishing the year with 3,513 yards in the air and 23 touchdowns. That came despite being sacked 46 times. In Miami's narrow 29-23 loss to Minnesota last season, Dysert threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns. He topped 300 yards in seven games last season. It would have been eight, but he was pulled from the game against Akron after Miami led 28-0 at halftime.
Entering this season, Dysert is third among active FBS quarterbacks in passing yards with 8,530 behind just Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Southern California's Matt Barkley. Dysert's top target is all-MAC receiver Nick Harwell. He's coming off a 2011 season of 97 catches for 1,462 yards. As one would expect with a quarterback like Dysert and a poor run game, the RedHawks like to throw the ball. Here's an interesting statistic from Bill Connelly of SB Nation:
They threw 13 percent more than the national average on standard downs, eight percent more on passing downs and nine percent more in the red zone.To read more or comment...
ESPN annonced it's schedule for this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and Ohio State plays Duke in the finale.
The event, in its 14th year, is on Nov. 27 and 28 and features 12 games. The Buckeyes play at Duke at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 28. The Buckeyes beat Duke last season 85-63. Jared Sullinger had 21 points and William Buford added 20. Both are now playing professionally.
All of the games will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Find the full schedule after the jump.To read more or comment...
Update: Urban Meyer told reporters on Sunday that Stoneburner is now a wide receiver. That answers some wide receiver depth questions for the Buckeyes, but that can't be good for Stoneburner's NFL Draft prospects.
The gang over at Land-Grant Holy Land have identified five Ohio State players who will make or break the season. In order, they are linebacker Ryan Shazier, wide receiver Corey Brown, running back Jordan Hall and quarterback Braxton Miller.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: Ohio State's veterans, some of whom had trouble sleeping the night before they were so excited, crawled out of bed at 4 a.m. on Friday to prepare for their first day of practice under head coach Urban Meyer.
Beating the heat by starting at daybreak, the Buckeyes swore there was more excitement and more intensity than a typical opening practice of fall camp.To read more or comment...
Last Friday, Ohio State held its first-ever Friday Night Lights event, bringing in top recruits for this class and the future. Following FNL, the Buckeyes received their 16th commit for the 2013 class in offensive lineman Tim Gardner.
Gardner gave Ohio State his commitment in June but was reportedly told by the OSU staff it wasn't wanted initially. Multiple media members have speculated this week that Ohio State asked Gardner to drop weight before they accepted his commitment.To read more or comment...
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