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NFL.com's Lance Zierlein advises readers to "look for big things" from Ohio State redshirt sophomore WR Noah Brown (leg) this season.

Per Zierlein, "many" around the Buckeyes program "expected big things from Brown" before he was lost for the season due to a broken leg last August. "This year, Brown is back and is expected to be the top target for J.T. Barrett," he wrote. "Brown has very good size and is known for having a voracious appetite in the film room." The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder is hopeful he'll be healed in time to play in the opener against Bowling Green on September 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett said that former QB Cardale Jones "deserved to start" last season.

"Cardale at the time was playing better than me," Barrett said at Big Ten Media Days. That tumultuous 2015 season is in the rear-view mirror and HC Urban Meyer is excited for the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder to be The Man in 2016. "I see him going back to being J.T. like he was in the middle of his freshman year," he said. "He's going to have a great fall." In his breakout redshirt freshman campaign in 2014, Barrett threw for 2,834 yards (64.6% completions) with a 34/10 TD/INT ratio. He also rushed for 938 yards (5.5 YPC) and 11 touchdowns.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 27 - 2:13 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore DL Dylan Thompson has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2016 season.

Thompson redshirted the 2014 season due to a knee injury and did not see the field in 2015. That theme will continue this year, and it could conceivably end his time at Ohio State. The Buckeyes lost a ton of talent along their defensive line over the last two years, and it is likely a position of weakness on the roster. Thompson arrived on campus as a four-star recruit.
Jul 27 - 8:30 AM

Ohio State junior OLB Raekwon McMillan hinted that he might be used more as a pass-rusher in 2016.

McMillan had 1.5 sacks last season and has notched just 4.0 for his career, but because the Buckeyes lost the likes of Joey Bosa, Darron Lee and Joshua Perry, they could have the need to utilize the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder in a more quarterback-wrecking capacity. On the whole, McMillan finished the 2015 campaign having recorded a stellar 119 tackles (4.0 for loss). Should he declare for the draft in January, he possesses first-round potential.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 3:46 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer and Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio denied that they used negative recruiting tactics to dissuade prospects from committing to Penn State.

Penn State HC James Franklin has insinuated that some of the power programs in the Big Ten have been hitting on the Nittany Lions' troubled past to score recruiting points. "I don't know what happens out there on the road completely," Dantonio said. "But it's not our M.O., and that's not how we do business." For his part, Meyer sounded legitimately surprised by the allegations. "We've got a great deal of respect for every school in our conference," he explained, "and we do just fine with recruiting. We don't worry about that stuff. I'm glad you told me that. If that's true, I'll address that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 3:02 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that "[t]here’s no chance [senior RB] Bri’onte Dunn will come back."

Dunn was dismissed from the Buckeyes last week. At the time, Ohio State simply referred to it as being due to a "violation of team rules." A 911 call from Dunn's girlfriend in which she alleges that the 6-foot-1, 214-pound back choked her and hit her has since surfaced. The woman filed a civil protection order against Dunn following the incident.
Source: cleveland
Jul 26 - 1:10 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer anticipates that redshirt freshman RB Mike Weber will be the starting tailback in 2016.

At B1G media days, Meyer said that he "love[s] where [Weber's] at physically." He just needs to stay healthy over the next month-plus. Last season, Weber suffered a torn meniscus several weeks before the start of the season. That injury and subsequent surgery led the 5-foot-10, 215-pounder to take a freshman redshirt. With Bri'onte Dunn's dismissal earlier this month, Weber has a relatively clear road to carries in 2016 if he can maintain his health. Curtis Samuel and Antonio Williams also figure to see opportunities out of the backfield.
Jul 26 - 12:57 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expects freshman OL Michael Jordan to start this season.

The Buckeyes lost two starting tackles to the NFL in Taylor Decker, who was good, and Chase Farris, who was not. Jordan was considered a four-star recruit and stands 6-foot-6 and 309-pounds. Ohio State's offense will continue to evolve, with J.T. Barrett clearly at the helm and the losses of workhorse Ezekiel Elliott, big receiver Michael Thomas and manufactured touch player Braxton Miller. The most impactful departure over the last few years might be former OC Tom Herman.
Jul 26 - 11:00 AM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill speculated that Ohio State four-star 2017 verbal CB commit Amir Riep might be best served to take a redshirt as a freshman.

Luginbill wrote that because Ohio State is a young team at cornerback, there might not be an immediate role for Riep. The analyst notes that the 6-foot, 180-pounder "knows how to level off and bait QBs into difficult throws and understands how to play with leverage and be a disciplined defender while still being a real ball-hawk." The Buckeyes have received four commitments from defensive backs already. Shaun Wade -- ESPN 300's No. 1 corner prospect -- leads that crew.
Jul 24 - 7:49 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 CB Amir Riep.

Michigan State and Alabama were technically in the mix for Riep's commitment, too, but Ohio State was considered the front-runner to nab the Cincinnati native's pledge. They did not drop the ball. The 6-foot, 180-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 236 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle, but Scout.com is considerably higher on him, placing him into their rankings at No. 91. They like his instincts and anticipation, noting that Riep "[d]oes a good job of using the sideline as an extra defender."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 23 - 6:47 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Ferguson agrees with former Ohio State QB Stanley Jackson's comparison of Ohio State redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett to former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

"Both Barrett and Taylor are true dual-threat guys," Jackson told BTN.com. "Like Taylor, Barrett can throw really well, maybe even better, and both can run the ball. When you watch each of them play, you will see that they get rid of it quickly and distribute the ball really well." Barrett is a bit bigger than Taylor, now with the Buffalo Bills, but both of their games, note Ferguson, are predicated on "speed and accuracy on the run to hurt defenses." Ferguson concluded: "There's no denying [Barrett's] production and pro potential as a dual-threat passer."
Source: BTN
Jul 22 - 5:43 PM

Ohio State RB coach Tony Alford indicated that redshirt freshman RB Mike Weber showed improvements in his offensive awareness over the spring.

"[Weber] definitely has grown up a bunch. He had a good spring, a physical player which we thought he was," Alford said, "but he really started gravitating to starting to learn this offense the way you'd like him too." With the dismissal of fellow back Bri'onte Dunn on Monday night, former four-star Weber is now in a golden position to take on a starting role in 2016. It could also provide an opportunity for freshman Antonio Williams (ESPN 300's No. 148 prospect for 2016). Curtis Samuel -- who has played both running back and receiver with the Buckeyes -- should receive his fair share of touches, too, both as a back and a receiver. This looks to be Weber's show, though, assuming he can handle the increased responsibility and workload.
Jul 19 - 12:37 PM

Ohio State dismissed senior RB Bri'onte Dunn.

The Buckeyes did not release any information regarding the specifics of Dunn's dismissal, merely calling his boot the result of a "violation of team rules." Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Dunn had an altercation with his girlfriend over the weekend. That ultimately resulted in a civil protection order being filed against the 6-foot-1, 214-pounder, but it is unknown whether this alleged incident is a direct cause for Dunn's dismissal. He finishes his Ohio State career having rushed for 196 yards over three seasons. His exit opens the door wide for redshirt freshman Mike Weber to potentially take on a starting role in August camp.
Jul 19 - 12:20 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that "there's no issue as far as I'm concerned" in regards to Mike McQueary's deposition claiming that DC Greg Schiano observed an incident involving Jerry Sandusky at Penn State.

According to court files from McQueary's deposition that have been unsealed, Schiano -- who served on Penn State's staff from 1990-1995 -- told assistant Tom Bradley (now of UCLA) that he witnessed a disturbing encounter between Sandusky and a young boy in the showers. Both Bradley and Schiano have issued statements denying McQueary's recollection. "I’ve known Greg for 20-some years. I have as much respect for Greg Schiano as I do any person — not just any coach, any person," Meyer said. "We had the chat and he told me everything that happened. He stands by his statement and we stand by his statement."
Jul 14 - 3:17 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he plans to get junior RB Curtis Samuel "on the field for 40 or 50 plays" this season.

Samuel averaged 7.8 yards per carry last year on only 17 attempts last year, buried behind a guy now working in the Dallas Metro area named Ezekiel Elliott. He chipped in 289 receiving yards, showing off his explosive chops. In fact, Samuel has scored eight times the past two seasons despite only receiving 98 offensive touches. As a prep track star, Samuel ran a 6.44 second 55-meter dash back in 2013. "The days of Curtis Samuel playing 10 plays are over," Meyer said this spring. Here, here.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 5:54 PM


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