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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his first Big Board of the 2015 college football season on Thursday, noting that Ohio State junior DE Joey Bosa has "versatility that will fit all schemes."

"Bosa has size (6-foot-6, 275 pounds and could play bigger), versatility that will fit any scheme and the ability to go around blockers or right through them," wrote Kiper. The Buckeye star is suspended for the first game of the season, but ESPN's analyst doesn't believe this will effect his status as the presumptive No. 1 pick in the draft. Over the last two seasons, Bosa's piled up 34.5 tackles for loss.
Sep 3 - 5:21 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington "has a tall, moldable frame and is a limber big man who can easily throw his weight around," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He needs to do a better job looking through blockers to find the ball, but all the tools are there for him to have a career season as a senior," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington recorded 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 48 tackles last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 3 - 4:12 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said he will inform his QBs on Saturday of which one will start versus Virginia Tech on Monday.

That means we will likely find out who will start on Saturday as well. Meyer went on to say that both quarterbacks might not play against Virginia Tech (Cardale Jones' latest medical scare could be a reason), but that both will play this season. All signs point to J.T. Barrett starting versus the Hokies.
Sep 3 - 12:43 PM

Ohio State QB Cardale Jones is "doing fine" on Thursday after he was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night for a severe migraine, according to beat writer Bill Rabinowitz.

Who knows what the prognosis is for Cardale moving forward, or even this is a recurring condition like it was for Percy Harvin. If cleared, expect to see Jones play against Virginia Tech, whether he is named the starter or not. That game kicks off Monday night.
Sep 3 - 11:23 AM

Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night with severe head pain, according to Tony Zarrella of Cleveland 19 News.

Shortly after, the folks at Eleven Warriors tweeted that Jones was taken to the hospital for a bad migraine and is now resting. Jones is competing with J.T. Barrett for the starting quarterback job. OSU faces Virginia Tech on Monday night.
Sep 2 - 10:48 PM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott has "a beautiful mix of speed and power," according to NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Yes, beautiful. Jeremiah elaborated with the comment that Elliott can "grind out tough yards inside as well as hit the home run outside." Fellow analyst Lance Zierlein put it in more hip terms, believing that the junior will "wreck shop this season." The 6-foot, 225-pound back erupted over the Buckeyes' run to the national title in 2015, tallying 698 yards in their final three games. He'll face off with Virginia Tech on Monday, looking to best last season's meager eight-carry, 32-yard performance against the Hokies. It will be a headline if he doesn't.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 6:22 PM

In an ESPN poll of 99 college football players, 30% said that Ohio State would win the national title again this season.

Ohio State received 30% of the player vote, followed closely by Alabama at 26%. Oregon and TCU both garnered 9% in the poll. The poll contained a number of other interesting tidbits, including a quote from an anonymous Big 10 player who said that Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh "is arrogant and pompous and thinks he's the best." Another Big 10 player (possibly the same one?) said that the Heisman's morphed into "the QB of the year award." Speaking of the Heisman, TCU's Trevone Boykin was pegged as the player favorite to win the award, followed closely by Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and "whoever starts at quarterback for Ohio State."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 5:40 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer anticipates playing redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett and redshirt junior Cardale Jones "throughout the course of the season."

This is not a surprise, and we expect to see Braxton Miller at quarterback in some packages despite his receiver listing. Meyer handled a two quarterback system quite well at Florida, using Chris Leak and Tim Tebow, resulting in a national title. It is still unclear which quarterback will see the first snap against Virginia Tech.
Sep 1 - 1:46 PM

Virginia Tech DC Bud Foster compared Ohio State's offense to Georgia Tech's.

Obviously, Foster is speaking more to the team's offensive flexibility, rather than an exact schematic thing. Though we're sure Ezekiel Elliott, J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller is a mix that would result in some monster triple-option numbers. Last September, Georgia Tech defeated Virginia Tech 27-24.
Aug 31 - 8:01 PM

Last season, Ohio State running backs averaged just 3.53 YPC against Virginia Tech, as compared to 6.57 YPC against the rest of their schedule.

In last season's upset, the Hokies held Ohio State to 108 total yards on 40 carries. 70 of those yards came on the legs of Mr. J.T. Barrett, who rushed 24 times in the game. A quick perusal of the box score might explain why Frank Beamer's squad dominated against the running corps so thoroughly in the game: Ezekial Elliott carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards. You can safely bet the house that the 6-foot, 225-pound junior will be seeing more than eight touches when the Hokies and Buckeyes clash on September 7.
Aug 31 - 5:25 PM

Urban Meyer said that if Ohio State decided to use two quarterbacks, "it could be in game, it could be weekly."

That Meyer's still talking about playing both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett this close to the regular season is interesting in and of itself. The "it could be in game" portion of his statement would seem to indicate that he's considering the possibility of putting one quarterback or the other in depending on the flow of each game. We find it somewhat difficult to believe that Meyer won't settle on a definitive starter eventually, simply for the sake of in-season continuity, but to this point he's not giving strong indications that a decision is imminent.
Aug 31 - 3:30 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple's ability to constantly be around the pass "portend[s] to a strong career in Columbus," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Apple picked off three passes last season while breaking up an additional 10. These numbers stood out to analyst Reuter, as well as the redshirt junior's size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and knack for sound tackling. His size is a plus-plus for the position and as Reuter's fellow analyst Lance Zierlein noted in mid-July, he uses that size to "crowd receivers as much as possible and play to his strength." A former five-star recruit, the redshirt sophomore still needs to work on quick changes of direction, as those can sometimes break down into big plays because of Apple's in-your-face style of play.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 29 - 3:43 PM

Ohio State named six captains for the 2015 season, including redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett and graduate Braxton Miller.

Those around the program have pointed out Barrett's natural leadership ever since he took over as the starter last season. Miller is transitioning from quarterback to slot receiver, and should see a number of touches in every game, especially early on. The obvious missing name is Cardale Jones. The four others: DL Jacoby Boren, OL Taylor Decker, LB Joshua Perry and S Tyvis Powell.
Aug 29 - 10:05 AM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott anticipates being able to fully use his stiff arm in 2015.

It's somewhat terrifying that Elliott essentially went through his superb 2014 season (1,878 yards, 18 touchdowns, 9.2 YPC) with only one limb available to him. The 6-foot, 225-pound junior underwent surgery on his left wrist in the off-season and with a healthy hand in hand, he's looking forward to unleashing his complete arsenal of moves. "I mean, have you ever tried to do something with one hand? You know, imagine playing basketball with one hand. You would have to figure out different ways to do different things," said the running back, who fumbled just twice last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:58 PM

Ohio State sophomore WR Noah Brown will miss the 2015 season with a broken leg.

Brown will have surgery on Thursday to correct the injury suffered near the end of practice on Wednesday. The receiver lost around 25 lbs during the offseason, and coaches and teammates had praised his development, with corner Eli Apple calling brown the most improved receiver on the team. OSU will already be without three receivers in the season opener due to suspension and lost Devin Smith to the NFL. Expect Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller to play huge roles this season.
Aug 27 - 9:18 AM


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