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Clay Hall of WSYX-TV in Columbus reports that Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is "in the mix" for the Cincinnati HC job.

Former Bearcats HC Tommy Tubberville recently resigned following a disappointing campaign. Fickell's biggest competition for the job right now would appear to be ousted Texas HC Charlie Strong.
Dec 7 - 3:18 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from five-star 2017 LB Baron Browning.

To say that the Buckeyes are destroying the recruiting universe right now is an understatement. Browning stands as Ohio State's 15th commitment from the ESPN 300. Eight of those 15 rank among the outlet's top 50 recruits for the 2017 cycle. Browning, himself, ranks as their No. 29 overall prospect in the class. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder chose Ohio State over expected big dogs such as Alabama, Florida State and Michigan. Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell has called him "what every coach wants in a linebacker."
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 4:43 PM

Ohio State junior OLB Raekwon McMillan "is set to be the next Buckeye defender to land in round one," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Though I don’t grade McMillan as highly as former teammate Darron Lee at equal points in their careers there’s no denying the junior linebacker is the real deal," Pauline wrote. "He needs a little polish on his game and must improve his coverage skills but McMillan is set to be the next Buckeye defender to land in round one." McMillan dominated against Michigan last weekend, finishing with 16 tackles.
Dec 2 - 3:41 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Ohio State redshirt sophomore S Malik Hooker is "either the best-coached safety in college football or the Ed Reed of FBS."

We'll go with college football's Ed Reed. And we aren't alone. Last month, an NFL area scout told NFL Media that he compares Hooker to Reed. Hooker has six interceptions this season, his first as a starter, including three that were returned for touchdowns. One of those pick-sixes took place Saturday against Michigan. Hooker is eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft if he chooses to declare early.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 3:05 PM

An AFC executive says Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Marshon Lattimore is a first-rounder.

"He’s smooth—a good athlete with good ball skills," said the AFC executive. "There’s not a lot bad to him. He’s a first-rounder." A rangy, physical corner, Lattimore has four picks and nine passes defensed this year. MMQB reported that the industry consensus "is that Lattimore is probably, as it stands, a better prospect than Eli Apple was last season." An NFC area scout assigned to the Buckeyes had this to say: "He’s big, strong, athletic, good ball skills. But you still feel like you need to see more, because he only has 11 career starts and they rotate three guys. You want to see his speed. I don’t know if he’ll run 4.4, and he hasn’t been tested like he will this weekend."
Source: MMQB
Dec 1 - 1:46 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says Ohio State redshirt sophomore S Malik Hooker "has the best ball skills of any defensive back in the country."

The scouting community en mass has been throwing Ed Reed comps at Hooker for the past month or so. Hooker is up to six interceptions, including three pick-sixes. "His tackling is still a work in progress," Jeremiah cautioned, noting that Hooker had a "couple fly-by missed tackles" against Michigan.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 30 - 5:56 PM

An NFC West scout says Ohio State redshirt senior C/G Pat Elflein "could have the same fast impact on a[n NFL] team's running game that Zack Martin had in Dallas."

"You are getting a guy who will be great for your locker room and will get the rest of the offensive line on board," he said. "I think he could have the same fast impact on a team's running game that Zack Martin had in Dallas. Safe draft pick to me." Elflein moved from guard to center prior to the season. Martin, of course, moved from tackle to guard when he entered the NFL. Lance Zierlein believes Elflein "has a chance to be a first-round pick."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 30 - 2:06 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore S Malik Hooker indicated that he will be returning to the Buckeyes for the 2017 season.

"Right now it's 100-percent sure I'm coming back to Ohio State," said Hooker. In 12 games this season, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has had metaphorical magnets on his fingertips, picking off a stellar six passes -- three of which were returned for touchdowns -- while recording 67 tackles (5.0 for loss) and four passes defended. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in early October that Hooker had first-round potential for the 2017 NFL Draft if he declared, while a scout told MMQB later that month that the standout redshirt sophomore is "[p]hysical, quick, fast and explosive with a great nose for the ball."
Nov 28 - 6:06 PM

Though NFL Media's Lance Zierlein is "not sold" on Ohio State redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett as a starting NFL QB, he was impressed with Barrett's work Saturday against Michigan.

In Saturday's 30-27 double-overtime win over the Wolverines, Barrett completed 15-of-32 passes for 124 yards and an interception. He was far more effective on the ground, rushing for 125 yards and a score. "Barrett wasn't helped by a couple of drops by his receivers, but he struggled to make quick decisions with the ball and throw with accuracy," Zierlein wrote. While he did struggle -- mightily -- early, Barrett completed his last five passes for 60 yards. "As a runner, he helped keep OSU within striking distance and it's that dual-threat ability that will give Ohio State a chance against Alabama should they meet up in the playoff," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 28 - 12:25 PM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel punched a 15-yard sweep into the end zone in double overtime to give the Buckeyes a 30-27 win over No. 3 Michigan on Saturday.

One play after J.T. Barrett's 4th-and-1 conversion, Samuel accelerated through a lane and into the end zone to win the game. Samuel finished with 54 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries. If Penn State gets upset by Michigan State on Saturday (in progress), Ohio State will win the East and head to the Big 10 Championship Game. Sitting pretty at No. 2 in the Playoff standings, the Buckeyes may prefer it if the Nittany Lions win it for themselves.
Nov 26 - 4:44 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett completed 15-of-32 passes for 124 yards and an interception while rushing for 125 yards and a score in Saturday's 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan.

Barrett was thoroughly ineffective through the air, but he more than redeemed himself on the ground, providing Ohio State with its only consistent offense of the afternoon. His biggest run of the day went for only one yard, and it wasn't even a touchdown. By roughly a centimeter, Barrett converted a do-or-die 4th-and-1 in the second overtime via an option keep (the play was reviewed and confirmed). Ohio State won the game on the next play. Urban Meyer improved to 5-0 versus Michigan and 5-0 in overtime games.
Nov 26 - 4:36 PM

Ohio State senior OW Donte Wilson (undisclosed) has been cleared to play in Saturday's game against Michigan.

Wilson did not travel with the Buckeyes for their weekend win over Michigan State due to an undisclosed injury. The 5-foot-10, 174-pound senior has logged a 26-343-5 receiving line in 10 games this season. In that same space, he has also rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 22 - 3:13 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman RB Mike Weber had 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Saturday's game against Michigan State.

Ezekiel Elliott who? We kid. But Ohio State has to be thrilled with the way their 5-foot-10, 215-pound redshirt frosh has taken to Zeke's old post. Weber is up to 1,155 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Weber and the Buckeyes face a steep test against Michigan on Saturday.
Nov 21 - 7:01 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman RB Mike Weber said that HC Urban Meyer told him to try to play like Ezekiel Elliott.

So much for the "always be yourself" mantra we were taught in elementary school. Meyer's message proved quite the opposite for his young back. As Weber explained it, Meyer told him, "Try to be Zeke. The thing that we try to do around here, in all seriousness, is there’s standards. Be Vonn Bell. Go be him. Be Bosa. Those are standards that have been set here." The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Weber hasn't quite been Zeke Elliott this season, but he has done a nice job in his first year as a starter, rushing for 935 yards (6.2 YPC) and seven touchdowns through 10 games played.
Source: Land of 10
Nov 18 - 3:45 PM

In the latest release of the CFB Playoff rankings, teams Nos. 1-4 were Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson.

Louisville jumped up to No. 3 in this week's Associated Press poll, but they were unable to make the leap into the crucial quartet in Tuesday's Playoff rankings (ultimately landing at No. 5). Instead, the only new entrant into that midst would be Ohio State. Despite taking weekend losses, neither Clemson nor Michigan suffered major recrimination. In a Big 10-heavy top 10, Wisconsin (No. 7) and Penn State (No. 8) both continue to lurk. Outside of Alabama, there are no other SEC teams in this set of rankings. Auburn's loss to Georgia on Saturday sunk them from No. 9 to No. 15.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 16 - 12:12 PM


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