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The Big Ten declared Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence permanently ineligible.

Spence failed a second drug test earlier this season, putting him in jeopardy for this ruling (The Big Ten handbook states that a student athlete who fails a second drug test "shall be declared permanently ineligible for all further intercollegiate competition in all sports."). Ohio State helped him through the appeals process, which culminated in today's ruling. "While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are pleased that Noah has come a long way and we are very proud of the progress he has made with regard to his health," Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said. Spence tweeted, "Now it's time to get ready for the next level," so expect him to declare for the spring draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Spence as a Rds. 1-2 prospect over the summer, though the defender's failed drug tests and lost season figure to knock him further down the board.
Nov 25 - 10:03 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman WR/PR Jalin Marshall exhibits "exceptional quickness and running skills on the perimeter," notes's Bucky Brooks.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound redshirt freshman is a highly athletic former high school quarterback. "Marshall has flashed strong hands and terrific ball skills, as evidenced by his one-handed touchdown grab against Indiana," Brooks wrote. "Marshall scored four touchdowns in the Ohio State win over the Hoosiers. With Marshall also exhibiting big-time skills as a punt returner, the Buckeyes' young playmaker is already on the radar of scouts searching for dynamic athletes." Marshall is a prospect to keep an eye on in the future.
Nov 24 - 11:42 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman collected five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown on Saturday versus Indiana.

Because Heuerman is underused in Ohio State's passing attack, it was his best statistical game of the season. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman "has the tools to be a more productive player at the professional level than he has been for Ohio State," ESPN's Todd McShay wrote last month. Heuerman reminds McShay of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.
Nov 24 - 7:14 PM

Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 42-27 win over Indiana.

He was also a factor in the passing game, hauling in seven receptions for 39 yards. The former four-star recruit has rushed for 1,061 yards on 180 carries to go with eight touchdowns and a per-carry average of 5.9 this season. The 6-foot, 225-pound back is an explosive runner and scouts love his combination of strength and speed.
Nov 24 - 7:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett "has issues getting off blocks," notes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"Ohio State’s Michael Bennett is another Big Ten lineman who gets a lot of love from scouts yet he too has issues getting off blocks. Throughout the season Bennett will look like a world beater on one snap then is handled the very next play," Pauline wrote. This season, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett has 27 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks on his resume. Pauline adds that the Ohio State prospect also "has size limitations."
Nov 24 - 3:14 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett completed 25 of 35 attempts for 302 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 42-27 win over Indiana.

Barrett added another 78 yards on the ground. What Barrett does so well is decipher what he is seeing, both pre and post snap. As many have stated, it will be interesting to see what Urban Meyer does with Barrett and Braxton Miller next season. We doubt Barrett sits.
Nov 22 - 3:39 PM

Ohio State sophomore DE Joey Bosa has been named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.

The 6-foot-5, 278-pound leads the Big Ten in sacks with 11.5 on the year, and ranks fifth nationally. The Buckeyes' prospect needs 2.5 sacks to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14. The sophomore standout won't be draft eligible until after the 2015 campaign.
Nov 20 - 2:07 PM

Ohio State junior DB Armani Reeves will return from a three-game absence on Saturday.

Reeves had missed the previous three games with a mystery ailment. Head coach Urban Meyer previously talked about Reeves having issues focusing, though there has not been talk of a concussion. "Armani’s a great kid and a heck of a player, an emotional guy and give us a little spark," said Meyer. "He had a good week in practice, he’s ready to go."
Nov 19 - 9:52 PM

An NFC West scout told that Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett was a "revelation" against Minnesota on Saturday.

The scout said that Barrett's improvement from last spring was "amazing," going on to add that he thought Barrett was "definitely tracking toward being an NFL quarterback." It will be interesting to see if Barrett can keep this kind of production (64% completions for 2,356 yards and 38 total touchdowns to eight interceptions) when coaches have a full season of film on him and an off-season to scheme.
Nov 19 - 7:05 PM

SI's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans spoke with one NFL scout who expressed plenty of concern about Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller's play and evaluation.

"When (Miller) makes plays, it’s always running around," the scout said. "It’s not a rhythm, timing thing... For what (Ohio State does), he’s really good. For what the NFL does, not so good." The evaluator went on to say OSU cannot sit J.T. Barrett next year if Miller does return. And on Miller, the scout does not believe he has the instincts of Denard Robinson as a runner, but a change in running back is likely in his future.
Nov 19 - 2:31 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports it is a very real possibility junior Ohio State T Taylor Decker declares for the NFL draft.

Pauline notes the Buckeyes' recent success and high expectations for the 2015 could factor into Decker staying. He has looked good shifting from right tackle to left tackle to replace Jack Mewhort.
Nov 19 - 10:39 AM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that a championship is "at the doorstep now."

"We wake up every day to compete for championships in November," Meyer said. "It's at the doorstep now." The Buckeyes were ranked at No. 6 in the latest playoff update released on Tuesday. In terms of how they might bump higher in the rankings, Meyer indicated that margin of victory was "not even going to be addressed" prior to the team's game against Indiana on Saturday. Given that Ohio State has put up five games with 50+ points scored, they might be able to run up the score without really trying.
Nov 18 - 9:43 PM

Several sources who spoke with's Albert Breer said that Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller does not currently intend to transfer.

Miler's plans, according to these sources, are to "lead the Buckeyes in 2015." At the beginning of the season, head coach Urban Meyer said that Miller would not lose the starting job because of injury. However, given J.T. Barrett's all-world play, there will now be a competition in the spring. There's no guarantee that Miller will win that competition. It's still possible that Miller opts to transfer, but at least for now, that does not appear to be the way his head is leaning.
Nov 18 - 9:17 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett said that he "definitely didn't have breakaway speed."

Offensive coordinator Tom Herman said that Barrett is "deceptively fast," going on to observe that the redshirt freshman has "good, effective football speed." Barrett won't ever be mistaken for Braxton Miller in his ability to melt defenses with his feet, but on Saturday he did have an impressive 86-yard touchdown run against Minnesota. He ended up with 189 yards on the ground. This season, Barrett has rushed for 771 yards on 136 attempts. Anything he does with his feet is a cherry on top of the sundae, as he's already one of the best pocket passers in the country and a sleeper Heisman candidate, having accounted for 38 total touchdowns.
Nov 18 - 7:08 PM analyst Mike Huguenin wrote that if Braxton Miller chose to transfer, he could possibly land at Mississippi State, Oregon or UCLA.

Miller and current Buckeye starter J.T. Barrett are set to compete in camp next spring, but speculation about a possible Miller transfer has been bubbling for several weeks. Analyst Huguenin speculated that the best spots for a Miller transfer would be schools that have outgoing draftable quarterbacks. That means Oregon (Marcus Mariota), UCLA (Brett Hundley) and Mississippi State (Dak Prescott). As to the Oregon possibility, Huguenin wrote that Mariota "is more advanced as a passer than Miller, but Miller is a more physical runner, and adding him to the stable of backs already on Oregon's campus -- wow." This is all fun speculation. For the time being, the most likely place Miller will end up playing next year is Ohio State.
Nov 18 - 4:17 PM

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