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Ohio HC Frank Solich announced redshirt junior RB Maleek Irons will miss this season due to suspension.

Irons was suspended for this summer. He can return when fall semester starts, but won't play for the Bobcats this fall. If there's good news, it's that Solich has left the door open for Irons to return in 2018 if he stays out of trouble. Irons was arrested in January and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.
Jul 26 - 3:24 PM

Ohio redshirt senior WR Brendan Cope is looking for a healthy 2017 campaign after managing to play in just two games last season.

Cope (6'2/189) has been a big-play threat with the Bobcats in the past, having logged a 30-510-2 receiving line in 2015 while averaging 17 yards per reception, but had just six catches for 26 yards while barely seeing the field due to injury last year. His availability for August camp and the coming season should clarify over the coming weeks.
Jul 11 - 3:48 PM

Ohio redshirt senior LB Quentin Poling is "vertically challenged... yet he’s a terrific linebacker with a great head for the game," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"Poling is best defending the run and plays lights out from the snap of the ball," Pauline wrote. "His ability in zone coverage is not all that bad and I like him as a late round prospect to back-up on the inside of a 3-4 as well as line-up on coverage units." Poling (6'0/235) earned first team All-MAC honors last year. Ohio needs him to step up even more now that Tarell Basham is off to the NFL.
Jun 21 - 2:09 PM

Ohio redshirt junior RB A.J. Ouellette (foot) returned for spring practices.

Ouellette entered 2016 with high expectations after rushing for 687 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, but a foot injury (Lisfranc tear) ended his season on Ohio's fourth play of the year. He heads into the summer as a frontrunner to win the starting RB gig back. "He’s a key element to our running game," HC Frank Solich said. "He’s looking good right now, he’s not allowed to have contact, but he’s moving well, seems to be cutting pretty well. With more rest and strengthening, I think he’ll be able to come back very well."
May 16 - 3:39 PM

Jaguars selected Ohio LB Blair Brown with the No. 148 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Brown (6’0/238) was a three-year starter at middle linebacker, breaking out as a senior for 15 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and a forced fumble en route to first-team All-MAC honors. PFF College charged Brown with only two missed tackles in 2016. Brown crushed the Combine with 88th-percentile SPARQ results, shining in the vertical (37 ½") jump and three-cone drill (6.92). While undersized by NFL standards, Brown compensated at Ohio with an ubiquitous style, flying all over the field and holding his own in coverage. Brown projects as an early-career special teamer who could work his way into a starting role if opportunity arises.
Apr 29 - 2:21 PM

Colts selected Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham with the No. 80 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Basham (6’4/269) took home 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year after setting a school record for career sacks (29.5) as a four-year starter at defensive end. PFF College charted Basham with the fifth most QB hurries (71) in the nation as a senior. With plus arm length (34 ¼") and big hands (10 ¼"), Basham demonstrated physical edge-setting ability in run defense and powerful pocket-pushing skills on tape. An above-average athlete with 4.70 speed, Basham’s concerns include a straight-line game and lack of pass-rush variety. While Basham has some long-term limitations, he is a good football player with an NFL body. He has a chance to develop into a quality starter in the Trey Flowers mold.
Apr 28 - 10:25 PM

The Patriots hosted Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham for a pre-Draft visit earlier this week.

The 6-foot-4, 269-pounder boasts a 4.70s 40-yard dash and plenty of production. He posted 11 sacks and 14.5 TFL last season as the leader of an Ohio defense that finished No. 5 against the run last season.
Apr 21 - 12:27 PM

Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham went through a private workout with the Houston Texans.

The Texans have been kicking the tires on Basham throughout the evaluating process. Prior to his workout, the 6-foot-4, 269-pounder had already met with Houston at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. The Panthers, Patriots and Jaguars are three other teams to watch for the possible Day 2 pick -- they have all either scheduled or held workouts with Basham.
Apr 17 - 1:07 PM

Falcons defensive line coach Bryant Young will privately work out Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham on Tuesday.

In addition, Basham has committed to visit the Falcons on Friday, April 14. That trip will come shortly after he visits the Saints. Also on the docket for Basham is upcoming workouts with the Panthers, Patriots and Jaguars. The 6-foot-4, 269-pounder was the MAC’s defensive player of the year last season. "Tarell Basham from Ohio University, he’s a really good football player, and he can play for somebody this year as a rookie," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "He probably — he might not go to the third, but I’ve got a second-round grade on him."
Apr 6 - 4:32 PM

Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham has workouts scheduled with the Panthers, Patriots and Jaguars.

Basham likely lands in the second round for a team who did not like the value of the pass rushers on the board for their first selection. Basham made at least one big play in practically every game he played this season and rushed the passer from both sides.
Apr 6 - 10:20 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called Ohio DT Casey Sayles "one of [his] favorite no-name prospects."

"He’s a blue collar player who gets the most from his ability," Pauline writes, adding, "I’m told his quickness and explosion stood out in [pro day] drills." The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder registered 32 tackles (6.5 for loss), five sacks and three passes defended in 14 games played during the past season. For this solid output, he was named third-team All-MAC at the end of the 2016 campaign. He is unlikely to find a home during the draft proper unless a team takes a flier on him late on Day 3, but could land on a roster as an undrafted free agent later this spring.
Mar 30 - 2:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that "scouts were impressed with [Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham's] technique and athleticism" during positional drills on pro day.

One scout offered a little gem of a quote on Basham, telling Pauline that the 6-foot-4, 269-pounder showed off a "million dollar rip move." Basham took part in both defensive line and linebacking drills at pro day. He did likewise at the Combine. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that the Ohio standout's "alpha playing style will appeal to teams looking to groom a solid backup with starter's potential." He figures to come off the board on Day 2, with upward mobility toward the second round.
Mar 30 - 1:55 PM

Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham will be put through a private workout by the Dallas Cowboys.

The New England Patriots have already run Basham through a private workout of their own. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that part of the appeal of the Ohio product is the belief that he still has room to add weight onto a 6-foot-4, 269-pound frame. Pauline stamps him with a second-round grade. He turned in a strong showing during the Senior Bowl practice week.
Mar 26 - 12:25 PM

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


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