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Ohio senior QB J.D. Sprague has left the program.

It appears Sprague will be hanging up the cleats for good barring a change of heart. This spring, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. The disorder often results in a numbing of the fingers, as blood flow from the neck to the armpit area is constricted by nerves in the upper-chest. While the procedure was successful, Sprague just hasn't been able to return to football-shape. "He is concerned about his health right now," said HC Frank Solich of his decision. "He’s lost a lot of weight, he’s been unable to get his strength up to where he wants it. All of that has had an affect on him." The quarterback finishes his Bobcats career having thrown for 2,219 yards (51.5% completions) with a 10/8 TD/INT ratio. With Sprague out of the picture, the starting job for 2016 will go to either redshirt senior Greg Windham or redshirt freshman Quinton Maxwell.
Aug 23 - 3:53 PM

Ohio redshirt sophomore QB Conner Krizancic has retired from football due to concussion concerns.

Krizancic suffered a concussion during the school's spring game and the symptoms continued, resulting in this decision. Krizancic started his career at Minnesota before transferring to closer to home.
Jun 30 - 11:07 AM

Lions signed Ohio CB Ian Wells.

Wells (5'11/199) was a 3 1/2-year starter in the Bobcats' secondary, breaking out as a senior to earn second-team All-MAC from the conference's coaches with ten pass breakups and two interceptions. His stock rose at Ohio's Pro Day, running 4.49 with a 41-inch vertical and 11-foot-4 broad jump. Wells' college production was marginal, but he has plus size and terrific athleticism and is worth a developmental flyer.
May 3 - 10:16 PM

Ohio junior QB J.D. Sprague completed 14-of-28 passes for 132 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 31-29 loss to Appalachian State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

Sprague was making his third consecutive start for the injured Derrius Vick (ankle). He totaled four touchdown passes in the initial two starts, but couldn't find such aerial success against the Mountaineers on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior averaged an anemic 4.7 YPA. Ohio scored just one offensive touchdown in the bowl defeat, with the rest of their points coming via either defensive scores or field goals.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 10:05:00 PM

Ohio redshirt junior WR Jordan Reid had four catches for 112 yards and two scores in Tuesday's 48-31 win over Ball State.

The Bobcats have won two straight after losing four of six. This year Reid's second 100 yard game of the year. He seems to have some rapport with JD Sprague, who's taken over for the injured Derrius Vick. Reid had 24 receptions for 326 yards and a score last year. He's already up to 40 catches for 550 yards and four touchdowns.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 12:06:00 AM

Ohio redshirt senior QB Derrius Vick completed 7-of-13 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown and ran for 107 yards and a score in Tuesday's 27-0 win over Kent State.

Vick gave it a go despite suffering an ankle injury in last Wednesday's loss to Bowling Green. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound redshirt senior continues to play unexciting, efficient ball. He's completing 64 percent of his passes with a 10/6 TD/INT ratio in the Bobcats' vanilla scheme.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:13:00 PM

Ohio redshirt senior QB Derrius Vick (ankle) is probable for Tuesday's tilt with Kent State.

Vick suffered the ankle injury in Wednesday's loss to Bowling Green. It sounds like he should be able to play against Kent State on Tuesday. While the 6-foot-1, 196-pound redshirt senior's completing 64.5% of his passes, he's thrown for just 1,734 yards with a 9/6 TD/INT ratio. There's no DFS upside here. Ohio's lost four of its last six games, including three consecutive.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 08:55:00 PM

Ohio redshirt senior QB Derrius Vick injured his right ankle in the third quarter of Wednesday's game against Bowling Green and did not return.

After the game, HC Frank Solich confirmed it was the same ankle Vick injured earlier this season. Before leaving, Vick finished 11-of-15 for 82 yards and ran for 54 yards on 15 carries. We'll update his status when more is known.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 08:15:00 PM

Ohio redshirt senior QB Derrius Vick completed 21-of-33 passes for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 34-3 win over Miami (OH).

Vick threw his lone touchdown pass of the contest with 9:43 remaining in the second quarter, hooking up with Sebastian Smith for a six-yard score. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound redshirt senior has thrown for more than 200 yards just twice in six games this season, though he does hold a serviceable 8/3 TD/INT ratio. Ohio improved to 5-1 with the victory.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 05:44:00 PM

Ohio redshirt senior QB Derrius Vick completed 18-of-26 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 14-12 win over Akron.

Vick found Keith Heitzman for a 24-yard touchdown in the second quarter for his lone score of the game. A former basketball player, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound redshirt senior has thrown for more than 200 yards in just one game this season. While he holds a 7/2 TD/INT ratio, he doesn't offer the kind upside that can be found elsewhere in daily leagues.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 05:15:00 PM

Iowa redshirt freshman RB C.J. Hilliard has transferred to Ohio.

Hilliard is from Cincinnati and the desolate, corn-filled wasteland of Iowa proved to be too far from home. With the transfer to Ohio, he needs to sit out the 2014 season. He'll have three years of eligibility left when he returns. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder was a three-star recruit. Head coach Frank Solich commented on the transfer, saying that it was "good to have [Hilliard] aboard."
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Iowa redshirt freshman RB C.J. Hilliard has decided to transfer closer to home.

Hilliard's home is Cincinnati, OH, but the Bearcats did not offer a scholarship to the 3-star recruit out of high school. Multiple other school in Ohio did, however. Hilliard redshirted his only season with the Hawkeyes.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Ohio junior TE Troy Mangen will likely miss the 2015 season with a knee injury.

Head coach Frank Solich said that Mangens' knee injury "appears to be a season-ending" one. The injury occurred on Tuesday and the junior was spotted on crutches with a wrap and brace around his knee during Thursday's practice. He was a probable starter for the Bobcats and caught 19 passes for 147 yards last season.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 09:27:00 PM

Ohio TE Keith Heitzman, who transferred after graduating from Michigan, told the Columbus Dispatch Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh asked fifth year players to audition for their spot on the team.

"Obviously, Harbaugh coming in was going to change things at Michigan — do things his way," Heitzman said. "But I didn’t know if I wanted to try out. That definitely took me off-guard. I was bummed out." Two other fifth-year graduates transferred to other programs, quarterback Russell Bellomy and running back Jutise Hayes. A few weeks ago, Harbaugh responded to criticisms made by now Texas Tech defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins, who accused Harbaugh and his staff of pushing for Pipkins to sign an injury waiver, ending his career. We have no clue how prevalent this kind of procedure is.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Ohio redshirt junior CB Devin Bass "shows the ability to shutdown opponents," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"At times last season Bass played better than teammate Travis Carrie, the seventh round pick of the Oakland Raiders," the analyst wrote. Pauline currently grades Bass as an undrafted free agent, but the prospect of course has two remaining seasons of eligibility to improve on that prediction.
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