This story was updated with the correct information on the site of the celebration.
Ohio State's national championship football team is being honored at the Ohio Statehouse today. Based on the school's Twitter account, the team has already arrived.
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There might be four Ohio State players participating in next week's NFL Scouting Combine, but only one is expected to be a first-round pick. Well, at least according to Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.
In his latest mock draft, Kiper predicts that Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith will get selected 18th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Here's what Kiper has to say:
"I don't need to pile on here, so I'll just say this: Everybody knows this is an area where the Chiefs need to upgrade. You can say all you want about Alex Smith's ability to deliver the ball down the field, but he's going to be the QB in 2015; the Chiefs know they can win with him, and they need to give him another weapon. Devin Smith is a guy that probably wasn't utilized as much as he would have been in some other offenses, but he was an often dynamic deep threat for the Buckeyes -- a player who has a knack for the big catch, especially when he has to fight for the ball."To read more or comment...
This is starting to become a trend. Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell has once again been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week and the Freshman of the Week.
That comes hot of Russell's triple-double against Rutgers on Sunday. In Ohio State's 79-60 win, Russell had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. On Wednsday in a loss to Purdue, Russell had 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Russell also doubled up on Big Ten awards for the week of Jan. 26. He's been named the conference's top freshman six times, including the last four weeks in a row.To read more or comment...
Detroit Cass Tech High School football coach Thomas Wilcher criticized Ohio State's failure to disclose that running backs coach Stan Drayton was leaving for the NFL's Chicago Bears as it recruited star running back Mike Weber in a radio interview Friday.
Wilcher told Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 that the tactics were "a black eye on the university" because the Buckeyes are "getting young men under false pretense."
Considered the first- or second-best player in the state, Weber de-committed from Michigan after the firing of coach Brady Hoke and committed to OSU after the Big Ten Championship game. But Weber wavered between the two schools until just after noon on National Signing Day Wednesday. Wilcher played in the same Michigan backfield with new coach Jim Harbaugh.
The announcement that Drayton had reached an agreement to work for the Bears came Thursday.To read more or comment...
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash could sit back after a national championship season and congratulate himself.
He was brought in to upgrade the OSU pass defense and the results in his first year were dramatic. In 2013, the Buckeyes' defense ranked 112th in the nation in passing yards allowed (268.0) and 84th in passing efficiency allowed (133.99). In 2014, OSU improved to 29th in yards allowed (201.1) and 13th in efficiency (108.17). In the categories of touchdowns and interceptions, the improvement went from 31 and 16, respectively, in 12 games in 2013 to 17 and 25 in 15 games in 2014.
A former defensive coordinator at Arkansas and Wisconsin with 18 years in the college ranks, Ash said Wednesday he was taking notes and reflecting on the season so he could make himself better.To read more or comment...
Wondering what it is like to recruit for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer?
On National Signing Day Wednesday, OSU assistants shared stories, although to a man all said they had nothing to compare to what former offensive coordinator Tom Herman experienced last year.
During the height of an unusual snowstorm in January, 2014, Herman found himself stuck in a rental car for 19 hours driving 50 miles from Marietta, Ga., to the Atlanta airport to catch a plane to Dallas-Fort Worth. So he ditched the car and walked part of the remaining four miles, falling at least five times in the first two, before catching a ride at a gas station about a mile or two away. Herman documented the journey on Twitter.To read more or comment...
Despite what looks like a treasure chest of riches at the quarterback position next season, Ohio State added two more to the fold Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Faxing in national letters-of-intent were two four-star recruits who are dual-threat quarterbacks -- Torrance Gibson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage and Joe Burrow of The Plains in Athens, Ohio's Mr. Football in 2014.
They will join a host of Heisman Trophy candidates in Braxton Miller, rehabbing after surgery to his throwing shoulder, J.T. Barrett, rehabbing a fractured ankle suffered on Nov. 29, and Cardale Jones, who went 3-0 against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to lead the Buckeyes to the national championship.
New quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck knows why that didn't deter Gibson and Burrow. Beck pointed to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's success with quarterbacks like Alex Smith at Utah, Tim Tebow and Chris Leak at Florida and Josh Harris at Bowling Green even before he arrived in Columbus.To read more or comment...