Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett may not have even thrown for 1,000 yards last season, but he's an early favorite to home the next Heisman Trophy.
Barrett was given 10/1 early odds by the sports betting website Bovada. Barrett is behind Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (9/2), LSU running back Leonard Fournette (5/1) and Christian McCaffery (5/1). Barrett has the same odds as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Barrett is not only the only Ohio State player listed in the early odds, he's the only Big Ten player. Barrett started his redshirt sophomore season for the Buckeyes backing up Cardale Jones. He was eventually given the starting role but was bechnce for the Minensota game after being charged with OVI in November.
On the season, Barrett completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 925 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran for 682 yards and 11 touchdowns.To read more or comment...
Ohio State on Thursday night announced a 15-year contract extension with Nike that monetarily surprises similar deals given to the University of Michigan and the University of Texas.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Ohio State will receive $252 million from Nike. The deal includes $112 million in product and at least $103 million in cash. That cash number does not include royalty.
Ohio State's deal with Nike was set to expire in August of 2018. A release by Ohio State says the majority of the benefits for Ohio State will begin after August of 2018, but other benefits like cash and product placements will be provided immediately. In July Michigan signed a $169 million that lasts until 2027.To read more or comment...
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his first 2016 mock draft on Thursday, and it's heavy on Ohio State players.
The mock draft features four Buckeyes, starting with defensive end Joey Bosa going No. 1 to the Tennessee Titans. Bosa is regarded by many as the best player in this year's draft. He finished his three-year Ohio State career with 51 tackles for loss.
The next Ohio State player off the board comes in at No. 18 with offensive tackle Taylor Decker going to the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis has had trouble for years keeping star quarterback Andrew Luck upright, and the Buckeyes' left side protector would help there.
Redshirt sophomore Eli Apple is mocked to the Seattle Seahawks at pick No. 26. A few picks later is running back Ezekiel Elliott is off the board at No. 29 to the Denver Broncos.To read more or comment...
Akron resident Tom Cousineau, a former Cleveland Browns linebacker who became the first Ohio State player selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, was selected as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 on Friday.
The announcement was made jointly with the National Football Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., as part of the lead-up to Monday's College Football Playoff national championship.
Fourteen players and two coaches will be formally inducted on Dec. 6 at the NFF Awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Cousineau will be the 25th Buckeye enshrined.
"I am stunned. I am humbled. And I am truly honored to be a part of this Hall of Fame class," Cousineau said in an Ohio State press release. "I know there are so many great, great players who will never see the College Football Hall of Fame. It is my understanding that it is really tough to get consensus with so many great players on the ballot, so the fact I have been elected into the Hall of Fame is a testament to the incredible teammates I was fortunate to play alongside and just wonderful news to receive. I am very appreciative and thankful for this honor."To read more or comment...
The exodus of underclassmen leaving Ohio State's football team continued on Monday.
A pair of redshirt sophomores -- cornerback Eli Apple and wide receiver Jalin Marshall -- announced that they'll enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
That makes it seven Buckeyes redshirt sophomores or juniors who have decided to go pro. Apple and Marshall join Joey Bosa, Ezekiell Elliott Cardale Jones, Darron Lee and Tyvis Powell as OSU players who hope to hear their name called during the draft.
There has no word on what safety Vonn Bell or wide receiver Michael Thomas may do.To read more or comment...