Ohio State sophomore Cameron Johnston has been named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, given annually to the nation's top punter.
Johnston has a 43.4-yard punt average this season. According to a relase by Ohio State, Johnston has been the national leader in dropping punts inside the 20-yard line.
Johnston has punted a nation-low 22 times, or 2.4 times per game.
His longest punt this season is 71 yards.To read more or comment...
Ohio State officially received National Letters of Intent from basketball recruits Daniel Giddens, Austin Grandstaff, AJ Harris and Mickey Mitchell on Wednesday, the first day players can sign with a school.
According to 247Sports, Ohio State has the nation's seventh-best class and the top one in the Big Ten.
Recruiting websites view Grandstaff, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard as the team's top recruit. He's rated by 247Sports as the 44th best recruit in the nation and regarded for his shooting.
Giddens is right behind him at No. 45. The 6-foot-10 center plays for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and will give the Buckeyes presence in the post. Harris, a point guard, is the nation's No. 81 overall player.To read more or comment...
During Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's Monday news conference, he confirmed that H-back Dontre Wilson suffered a broken foot against Michigan State.
The injured required surgery will keep Wilson out a "few weeks," Meyer said.
Eleven Warriors initially reported on Wilson's injury.
Wilson has been used in a variety of roles for Ohio State this season. He has 100 yards rushing, 300 yards receiving and returns kicks and punts for the Buckeyes.To read more or comment...
By The Associated Press
No. 13 Ohio State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) at No. 7 Michigan State (7-1, 4-0), 8:14 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Michigan State by 3½.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 28-14.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
This might be the most significant game of the season in the Big Ten. The winner has the inside track to the East Division title and remains in the mix for college football’s new four-team playoff. The loser becomes an afterthought. For Ohio State, there is extra incentive after the Buckeyes missed a chance to play for the national title last season because of their loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett vs. Michigan State’s secondary. The Buckeyes were able to run the ball on the Spartans last year, but Ohio State’s Braxton Miller completed only eight passes and Michigan State prevailed 34-24. Miller is injured this year, leaving Barrett taking the snaps as a redshirt freshman.
Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback.
Barrett is the only freshman on the list. He and Michigan State's Connor Cook are the only Big Ten players on the list.
Barrett is third in the country in passing efficiency (172.7), eighth in passing touchdowns (23) and fourth in points responsible for (174).To read more or comment...
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has been named a semifinalist for two of college football's top awards.
Bosa was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman. Prior to that, he was put on the semifinalist list for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's most outstanding defensive player. He is one of 20 Bednarik semifinalists.
Finalists will be named for the Lombardi Award on Nov. 17 while Bednarik finalists will be named on Nov. 24.To read more or comment...
As expected, quarterback Torrance Gibson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. committed to Ohio State on Monday.
With the commitment of Gibson, the nation's third-best athlete and No. 45 prospect according to 247Sports composite rankings, Ohio State now has 19 players in the 2015 class.To read more or comment...
This Ohio State Buckeyes 55-14 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini was never close. It was over in the first quarter for all practical purposes and anyone who watched it objectively knew it at halftime when it was 31-0.
So what exactly was it? A scrimmage. One that made observers wish for a running clock. Here are some observations through weary eyes.
This was little more than a practice session for next week against the Michigan State Spartans: Offensively the Buckeyes played like it and Urban Meyer coached like it. How else can two fourth down tries [both failed] be explained? They broke open the playbook to give Mark Dantonio and his team a lot to look at, analyze and think about.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: Sam Thompson is an easy-going guy.
The Ohio State swingman smiles a lot, likes talking and has a lot of friends. But mention that some think this might not be a great Buckeyes team and he clearly grows agitated.
“No. I don’t agree at all,” he said, an edge to his voice. “This is one of the best teams I’ve been on since I’ve been here. It has some competition from my freshman year team just because it went to the Final Four. But we have a great team this year.”
Attempt to replace 57 percent of the points, 66 percent of the 3-pointers, 60 percent of the assists and 55 percent of the steals from most teams and it would be a reasonable expectation that there would be a falloff.To read more or comment...
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer confirmed in an email Tuesday that running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team.
Meyer said that Smith was off the team "in order to deal with some personal issues." Smith, a senior, will remain on scholarship with the school.
On Monday the Columbus Dispatch reported that Smith failed a drug test.
Smith had 24 carries for Ohio State this season, rushing for 101 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a touchdown receiving.To read more or comment...