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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Ohio LB Blair Brown to Gary Brackett.

"Brown isn't going to check off the 'physical traits' boxes for teams who always prioritize height-length-speed at linebacker, but he gets a big check mark in the 'find ball, get ball' box," Zierlein wrote. "He's instinctive and has the play strength and leverage to fight through blocks and make his way into tackling position. Despite just one season of high-end tackle production, he has the anticipation, athleticism and toughness to make a roster and eventually challenge for playing time." The 6-foot, 240-pound Brown was a first-team All-MAC pick in 2016, leading the team with 128 stops. He also had 15 TFL and 4.5 sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 1:19 PM

An NFC area scout says Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham is like a discounted version of Carl Lawson.

"He is similar to Carl Lawson but I think you can get him probably a couple of rounds later or maybe more," he said. "I think he can still get a lot better as a pass rusher." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likes Basham's attitude and versatility. "Basham has the strength and length to play as a 4-3 base end or as a 3-4 rush linebacker, but his pass rush approach will need to be sharpened as he lacks the flexibility to bend the edge and attack the pocket with athleticism alone," Zierlein wrote. "Basham may never produce a high sack total, but his alpha playing style will appeal to teams looking to groom a solid backup with starter's potential."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 6:25 PM

Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham will work with the defensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine after being worked out at outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl.

"I’m sure he has been pegged for alternate position drills at the combine and will participate in linebacker drills once the defensive linemen complete their workout," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. The evaluating guru offers two additional notes on Basham, passing along word that he has been running the 40-yard dash in the 4.6's and that he is currently weighing in at 275 pounds. That weight is a full 16 pounds heavier than what he measured during Senior Bowl practifces.
Feb 16 - 6:53 PM

Michigan graduate LB Wyatt Shallman transferred to Ohio.

Shallman has been a special-teamer with the Wolverines, but did not make a statistical dent for the team during his time in Ann Arbor. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder was part of Michigan's 2013 recruiting class. He actually joined the team as a fullback to start with before transitioning to linebacker. Ohio figures to offer him a more realistic chance of legitimate playing time.
Feb 9 - 12:29 PM

Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham is "not a finished product," writes Tony Pauline, but he proved at the Senior Bowl that he has "the tools to be a Sunday starter."

The analyst was impressed by Basham's quiet improvement throughout Senior Bowl week. "The athleticism he displayed was outstanding as Basham was smooth, displayed a quick change of direction and moved with speed to every area of the field," Pauline wrote. "He was terrific rushing the passer out of a three-point stance, effective getting to the signal-caller standing over tackle and flashed ability playing in space." The 6-foot-4, 262-pound Basham is Ohio's all-time leader in sacks.
Jan 30 - 3:40 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler forwarded the possibility that Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham could be in the conversation as a top-50 pick in the NFL Draft.

Writing from Mobile at the end of the Senior Bowl practice week, Brugler noted that Basham was "routinely dominant in one-on-one drills, using his combination of initial burst and power to penetrate the pocket." Brugler relays that scouts had viewed the 6-foot-4, 262-pounder as a potential top-100 pick during the season, a view that might start to shift if Basham performs well at the NFL Scouting Combine. At the very least, his strong work during Senior Bowl week has probably put him on a few additional NFL team radars. This past season, Basham registered 49 tackles (14.5 for loss), nine sacks and a forced fumble over 14 games played.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 2:51 PM

Michigan graduate LB Wyatt Shallman will transfer.

Shallman initially joined the Wolverines as a fullback in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder eventually shifted to linebacker in the 2016 offseason and was used as a special teams piece this past season. He has not recorded any significant statistical output during his time at Michigan. While his preferred transfer destination isn't known at this juncture, he will be eligible to play immediately for another FBS program in 2017.
Jan 19 - 4:58 PM

Ohio redshirt junior RB Maleek Irons was arrested on Saturday and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

According to the police report, Irons drove into several vehicles before leaving the scene in the early hours of Saturday morning. His vehicle was found at 3:39 a.m., at which point, the 6-foot, 224-pound Irons made an attempt to flee for the Ohio dormitories. That ended about as you would expect it to end, with authorities ultimately overcoming Irons as he attempted to evade capture. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning. No suspension or external disciplinary action has been levied against Irons by the Bobcats, though that could still be in the offing.
Source: Athens News
Jan 16 - 5:28 PM

Ohio redshirt senior WR Jordan Reid caught 12 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 28-23 loss to Troy in the Dollar General Bowl.

The Bobcats proved incredibly sloppy on offense, turning the ball over five times, but Reid managed a standout showing nonetheless. The 6-foot-3, 198-pounder averaged 13.5 yards per reception with a long catch of 34 yards. His five-yard touchdown grab with under a minute to go in the first half drew Ohio to within 21-17, but Troy kept Ohio at bay through the second half to come away with a 28-23 victory. This was Reid's first game with more than 65 yards receiving since he netted 93 in a season-opening, triple-overtime loss to Texas State.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 01:01:00 PM

Ohio senior QB Greg Windham completed 23-of-47 passes for 315, two touchdowns and four interceptions in Friday's 28-23 loss to Troy in the Dollar General Bowl.

Oh dear. Windham finished out with fine yardage and touchdown tallies, but his interceptions were killer. The four interceptions -- Ohio turned the ball over five times in total -- were far outside the norm for the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder. Prior to that sadness quartet, Windham had thrown just four picks on the season. Indeed, Friday's showing was his first with more than one interception. Windham missed four games this season due to an ankle ailment, but in his nine relatively healthy contests, threw for 1,895 yards with a 14/8 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 12:27:00 PM

Ohio senior QB Greg Windham completed 14-of-30 passes for 214 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 29-23 loss to Western Michigan in the MAC Championship Game.

Windham and the Bobcats fell behind 23-7 at the half, but they showed heart with a second-half comeback attempt. A failed comeback attempt, but a comeback attempt nonetheless. Twice in the third quarter Windham hit on touchdown passes, drawing the Bobcats to within 26-20 by the time matters flipped to the fourth quarter. They would manage just three points the rest of the way. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Windham had missed his past three games due to an ankle injury prior to toughing out Friday's defeat.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 11:15:00 PM

Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Basham is one of the MAC's fiercest when coming off the edge. Already the school’s all-time leader in sacks, he's up to 9.0 sacks on the year heading into the conference title game against Western Michigan on Friday.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 03:25:00 PM

Ohio redshirt senior LB Blair Brown "stacks well against the run and makes plays sideline-to-sideline," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Brown isn't physically imposing, but he leads the Bobcats with 79 tackles. "Prior to the season I stated Brown was an intriguing prospect whom liked and he’s not disappointed in 2016," Pauline wrote. "I could see him moving into the late fourth round area as Brown fits well at either middle or inside linebacker."
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 12:33:00 PM

Ohio senior WR Sebastian Smith had four catches for 58 yards against Kent State on Saturday.

He's up to a respectable 36-562-3 line on the year. A Third-team All-MAC selection last season, Smith led the team with 65 catches for 770 yards and seven touchdowns.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 07:06:00 PM

Ohio HC Frank Solich was frustrated that RB Papi White (knee) didn't receive any touches in the second half of Saturday's loss to Eastern Michigan.

Incredibly, White didn't even have one offensive touch after halftime. He had six touches in the first half, turning five catches into 49 yards and one carry into seven yards in the upset loss. We think White has been under-utilized throughout the campaign, but to be fair, a knee injury has dogged him.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 08:35:00 PM


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