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Highlights of Urban Meyer's Big Ten Media Day news conference

By Dan Kadar Published: July 28, 2014

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. today. During his news conference, Meyer stressed the importance of his offensive line, the health status of quarterback Braxton Miller and he named a sophomore who could make an impact for the Buckeyes this season.

 

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Ohio State picked to win Big Ten in media poll

By Dan Kadar Published: July 25, 2014

In a poll conducted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer with media members, Ohio State was predicted to win the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes received 19 of 29 votes to win the Big Ten. Nine votes went to new East Division foe Michigan State while Nebraska received the final vote.

Obviously, the Buckeyes were chosen to win the East. Wisconsin was narrowly selected to win the West Division over Iowa and Nebraska.

The Plain Dealer has conducted the poll the last four years after the Big Ten stopped conducting it.

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Ohio State sets its kickoff time against Kent State

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 16, 2014

Here is a news release from Ohio State concerning the kickoff time of its game against Kent State.

The Week 3 football game between Ohio State and Kent State will kick off at noon EDT, the Big Ten Conference confirmed today. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 with advance notice of the network carrier getting announced either 12- or six-days out.   

Eight of Ohio State’s 2014 football games now have a start time, including a record five primetime starts. TV networks and start times for the other four games – Oct. 4 at Maryland; Nov. 15 at Minnesota; Nov. 22 vs. Indiana and Nov. 29 vs. Michigan – will be determined with the six- or 12-day advance notice protocol. 

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Ohio State defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa on Lombardi Award watch list

By Dan Kadar Published: July 14, 2014

With 123 players, it's not a surprise to see two Ohio State players on the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. Those two players also aren't a surprise.

Senior Michael Bennett and sophomore Joey Bosa were both named to the award's preseason watch list. It's just the latest award to tab Bennett and Bosa.

Both players are on the watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award. Bennett is also on the Outalnd Trophy watch list.

The Lombardi Award is given every year to the best down lineman in college football. That means that both offensive and defensive players can win it.

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Buckeyes linebacker Curtis Grant on Butkus Award watch list

By Dan Kadar Published: July 14, 2014

Despite being in a competition for the starting middle linebgacker job, Ohio State senior Curtis Grant was added to a preseason watch list this week.

Grant was named to the Butkus Award watch list. The award is given annually to the nation's top linebacker.

A former five-star recruit, Grant hasn't lived up to his blue chip status thus far for the Buckeyes. In 15 career starts, Grant has just 62 tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Incoming freshman Raekwon McMillian is expected to challenge Grant for the starting job inside this fall.

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Ohio State defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa highlight preseason award watch lists

By Dan Kadar Published: July 10, 2014

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.

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Ohio State dismisses DE Tracy Sprinkle following arrest

By Dan Kadar Published: July 7, 2014

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.

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With Tracy Sprinkle suspension, Ohio State's defensive line takes another blow

By Dan Kadar Published: July 7, 2014

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.

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Ohio State lands top OLB recruit Justin Hilliard

By Dan Kadar Published: July 2, 2014

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.

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Ohio State to put limited number of football tickets on sale on July 11

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 1, 2014

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:

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