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Asked about who will start at QB in the opener against Virginia Tech, Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said the "first guy that jogs out at Blacksburg will be the starting quarterback."

Well, so much for that question. Here's where we stand at the moment: With Braxton Miller moving to WR/H-back/OW, J.T. Barrett will battle Cardale Jones for the right to take the first snap against the Hokies. The Columbus Dispatch reported that "[c]oaches [have been]… grading Barrett and Jones all summer regarding leadership, academics and the weight room."
Jul 31 - 5:20 PM

The four Ohio State players suspended for the Virginia Tech game were punished for marijuana and academics, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

That is not to say all four were caught with marijuana or all four had academics issues, at least that was not explicitly stated by Schad. Defensive end Joey Bosa and receiver Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson and Corey Smith were the four involved.
Jul 30 - 1:09 PM

Ohio State junior DE Joey Bosa and sophomore WR Jalin Marshall have been suspended for the school's season opener against Virginia Tech, according to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.

Junior receiver Dontre Wilson and senior receiver Corey Smith are also suspended. That means three receivers (two slot) and OSU's top defensive player will miss the game against the Hokies, a team that beat Ohio State last season. As of now, the only reason for the suspension is a "violation of athletic department policy." Obviously these are huge suspensions and more details should be available shortly. Braxton Miller could see immediate playing time at H-back/slot receiver.
Jul 30 - 12:04 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread advises Ohio State HC Urban Meyer to start redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones "and don't look back."

"In addition to a 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame that draws comparisons to the Pittsburgh Steelers' mountain of a quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, Jones now has three more attributes he was lacking at this time a year ago: confidence, maturity and experience," Goodbread wrote. "He is a different quarterback today than the one who lost in a competition with J.T. Barrett last August after [Braxton] Miller succumbed to a season-ending injury." With Miller having been shifted to the old H-back role Percy Harvin played at Florida, the scribe sees Jones' combination of big arm and underrated running ability as OSU's best bet behind center. "Jones considered entering this year's draft despite all those 'body-of-work' arguments," he wrote. "This fall could be Meyer's last chance to give Jones the ball for a full season. And he should take it."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 9:59 PM

Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller "could land in the top half of the draft" if he is "able to consistently snare passes from [J.T.] Barrett or [Cardale] Jones" in his new role of H-back, notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Projecting Miller's NFL draft status is difficult, as he will likely be playing a new position in the NFL," Reuter wrote. "He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2012 and 2013, showing the elusiveness and vision to break off chunks of yardage in the open field." Miller, 6-foot-1 3/8 and 210 pounds, runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Nobody knows exactly how he will be used this season, but it's possible that Urban Meyer will cook up a role for him that has elements of the roles Aaron Hernandez, Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin had at Florida.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 6:13 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior Michael Thomas emerged "as a legitimate No. 1 option" during Cardale Jones' time as the starter, according to Austin Ward of ESPN.

Thomas caught 14 passes in the three games Jones started, nine of them resulting in a first down. Devin Smith filled the role of the downfield, vertical threat and was arguably the best in college football in that area of the field. Thomas might see some of those deeper targets now.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 11:01 AM

Mlive.com's Mike Griffith believes Ohio State junior S Vonn Bell is the top defensive back in the Big Ten.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Bell was second on the Buckeyes' defense with 92 tackles, while recording six interceptions and six pass breakups in 2014. The Ohio state safety has played in 29 games, with 15 starts to his resume. ESPN's Mel Kiper has Bell ranked as his No. 3 underclassmen safety in the country.
Source: Mlive.com
Jul 27 - 4:04 PM

Ohio State senior TE Nick Vannett boasts a nice blend of "size, hands, and surprising speed," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Vannett (19 receptions for 220 yards with five touchdowns in 2014) is a leading contender for All-American honors, according to the analyst. "With big-play receiver Devin Smith and reliable tight end Jeff Heuerman moving on to the NFL, Vannett must become an even bigger part of the Buckeyes' passing attack," Reuter wrote. "Vannett's production should increase yet again in 2015. All-America voters might also notice his solid blocking for Ezekiel Elliott in the running game, as well."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 11:53 PM

Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller "has one of the best first steps in college football, but he's also a nifty runner with impressive elusiveness," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Miller is transitioning to a hybrid RB/WR position called H-back. "For the most part, it's going to be H-Back and punt return," Miller told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. "It's a long process to get back totally to throwing and throwing every day." Miller, 6-foot-1 3/8 and 210 pounds, runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. "While we have not seen Miller as a receiver, he looks the part," Brown wrote. "[Urban] Meyer is a master at getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers in different ways -- you may remember Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin at Florida -- and from Miller to Marshall to Elliott to Samuel to Wilson to Thomas to the quarterbacks and more, he's never had more weapons to work with, even with the loss of Devin Smith, the best deep-ball receiver in the nation."
Jul 26 - 8:56 PM

An NFC scout said his team has two grades on Ohio State graduate Braxton Miller, with the "athlete" grade "much… better."

"We currently have two grades on him, one as an 'athlete' and one as a quarterback," the scout said. "The grade of him as an athlete is much…better. Because that's when he's at his best – with the ball in his hands." Regarding Miller's position switch, the scout added: "It's a smart, unselfish move that I bet will pay off for him. Also makes my job easier." The 6-foot-1 3/8, 210-pound Miller has never caught a pass in his college career, but that's about to change.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 6:36 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney reports that the receivers at the Elite 11 camped "raved" that Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett was "the best college QB throwing to them."

To give some context, the camp's college signal-callers included a trove of Heisman contenders and stud draft prospects, including Cody Kessler, Christian Hackenberg, Josh Dobbs and Deshaun Watson. "Even though [Cardale] Jones would seem to have the lead right now simply because he’s the healthiest, several college coaches familiar with the situation -- and who know Barrett -- believe he’ll eventually win back the job he held for the majority of the 2014 season," Haney wrote. "The high school QB prospects [at Elite 11] mentioned him first when asked about the college QBs." Don't be surprised if Barrett beats out Jones for the QB job, just as he did last summer. Barrett posted 3,772 total yards in 2014 (2,834 passing yards, 938 rushing yards) with 45 touchdowns.
Jul 26 - 4:36 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench believes a position change will help Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller's draft position because he "didn't project as an early-round quarterback despite his considerable talents."

"There were concerns about his erratic accuracy, his ability to read the field and his fit within a pro-style scheme. Making matters worse, at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he's a bit lean to play quarterback -- and he already has taken a pounding because of his playing style, suffering two labrum injuries to his throwing shoulder," Muench wrote. It's not known exactly how OSU will use Miller in 2015, but he explained his new position as H-back, and we predict he'll be used as Urban Meyer used Aaron Hernandez at Florida. "He's so good with the ball in his hands that the Buckeyes likely will get him plenty of carries as a hybrid running back/receiver. In fact, his long-term future could be at running back," Muench wrote. "If he's able to stay healthy, Miller could work his way into the third or fourth round." Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, you'll recall, went in the fifth round in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 3:10 PM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott's "size is average, [but] he can exploit a hole inside or hop outside to rip off chunks of yardage, which makes him a very valuable player," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards (9.2 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes while handicapped with a feeble left wrist. "The quarterback situation receives all of the attention in Columbus, but Elliott is the engine that makes the offense run," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 2:55 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes OSU redshirt junior Cardale Jones is the most talented QB in the 2016 class.

"I studied the top NFL QB prospects over the last month... Cardale Jones has the most talent. Will be interesting to see what Urban decides," Jeremiah tweeted. Jones played in just over three games last season as J.T. Barrett led the team for much of the year. Cardale seems to be in the pole position for the starting job, but Urban Meyer has not made that statement yet. We are excited to have more 3.5 games to evaluate Jones' game.
Jul 26 - 1:38 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Ohio State graduate Braxton Miller is "really built to be a running back" and reminds him of "Paul Hornung when he was at Notre Dame."

"Miller has a great feel as a runner. He knows when to turn it up, and he knows when to move outside and move inside. He's really built to be a running back," Brandt wrote. This spring, Miller was measured at 6-foot-1 3/8, weighing in at 210 pounds, and is said to run a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Brandt notes that Miller "has soft hands, too, and can catch the football."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 24 - 2:55 PM


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