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After Wednesday practice, Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett stated that he "plans on playing Saturday."

"It would have to be something drastic that happens between now and Saturday, but I plan on playing Saturday," Barrett said after practice Wednesday, according to Eleven Warriors. The Buckeyes prospect suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Ohio State's 31-24 double-overtime win over Penn State. Barrett injured his left knee, which is not the same knee he injured in high school. At the moment, Barrett is wearing a brace on his left knee and notes that the "knee’s doing well, and progressing every day."
Oct 30 - 3:31 PM

Ohio State sophomore DE Joey Bosa deserves to be in the conversation of the Big Ten's top defensive ends with Shilique Calhoun and Randy Gregory, argues NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"[Bosa is] a big, agile true sophomore and quickly established himself as a disruptive force as a freshman last season," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-5, 278-pound second-year defensive cog is averaging 1.14 sacks per game and has posted eight total. "Bosa has great bloodlines -- his dad was a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins -- and a high ceiling as a prospect," Brooks wrote. "I can't wait to see him continue to develop."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 28 - 10:50 PM

The dismissal of Ohio State senior RB Rod Smith from the football program "will likely ensure [he] goes undrafted," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Smith had earned a few draftable grades entering the season, Brugler passed along. "His role in 2014 was relegated to being the goal line and short-yardage running back, but he had embraced his new responsibilities and drew some praise from the coaches for his positive attitude after several self-inflicted setbacks," Brugler wrote. "The dismissal will likely ensure Smith goes undrafted and he'll have to try and make a NFL roster as an undrafted free agent." The 6-foot-2, 232-pound senior rushed for 101 yards and four touchdowns prior to getting the boot for failing a drug test.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 10:24 PM

Ohio State sophomore DE Joey Bosa is "one of the top playmakers in college football," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"The 6-5, 285-pound sophomore was a one-man wrecking crew in Ohio State's 31-24 win over Penn State," Brooks wrote. "Bosa finished with 2.5 sacks and six tackles in a dominant performance in which he completely demolished the Nittany Lions' offensive line with his strength, power and relentless energy. Using a variety of power maneuvers to overwhelm blockers at the point of attack, Bosa harassed Christian Hackenberg all over the pocket and kept the young signal-caller from establishing a consistent rhythm as a passer." The Buckeyes' prospect leads the Big Ten with eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He won't be draft eligible until after the 2015 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 28 - 8:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett's stock is down and he "hasn't made a big impact for the Buckeyes in 2014 and has left scouts wanting more."

"But Bennett simply hasn't made a big impact for the Buckeyes in 2014 and has left scouts wanting more, especially for most of the Penn State game," Brugler writes. Brugler notes that the 6-foot-3, 285 pound Bennett, "lacks ideal body girth and can be knocked off balance too easily at the line of scrimmage and struggles to get much of a push off the snap." This year, the Buckeyes prospect has only 12 tackles and one sack through seven games.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 3:51 PM

Ohio State senior RB Rod Smith has been dismissed from the football program after failing a drug test.

Smith previously missed time during spring work due to academic issues and also skipped out on team meetings without permission. The senior rushed for 101 yards and four touchdowns during his final season.
Source: ESPN
Oct 28 - 1:33 PM

Ohio State sophomore DL Joey Bosa won his first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award after his performance in Ohio State's 31-24 victory over Penn State.

The 6-foot-5, 278-pound Bosa had 2.5 sacks on Saturday, and added a game-winning sack on the last play in double overtime. The Buckeyes prospect,leads the Big Ten this year with 8 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.
Oct 27 - 2:10 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett will be limited in practice leading up to the Illinois game due to a sprained MCL.

Barrett, who has consistently improved since the season opener, led a winning drive in overtime over Penn State last weekend. Now the performance could be seen as even more impressive after playing through the injury. Barrett has a 65 completion percentage this season to go along with a 21:7 touchdown to interception ratio.
Source: SB Nation
Oct 27 - 12:35 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman caught three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's double-overtime victory over Penn State.

Heuerman is underused in Ohio State's passing attack. He's generally utilized as an in-line blocker, a role he excels in. However, there's plenty of receiving ability waiting to be unearthed by an NFL offensive coordinator in play here as well. 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 week. Heuerman reminds McShay of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.
Oct 26 - 10:24 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett "is really starting to play at a high level," according to a AFC team executive.

"After they lost to Virginia Tech, everybody forgot about Ohio State," the exec said. "But their young quarterback (J.T. Barrett) is really starting to play at a high level. They don't have any high draft picks on their roster, but they are really well-coached and I think they could hang with the top SEC teams right now." We aren't sure that we agree the Buckeyes are bereft of future high draft picks. Their offense has a few blue chip prospects that could turn into Day 1 or 2 picks, and senior DT Michael Bennett and sophomore DE Joey Bosa both could do the same.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 23 - 7:40 PM

Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott is a better outside runner and a more natural pass-catcher than former starter Carlos Hyde, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Of course, Hyde is the superior inside runner, though Elliott isn't exactly a wilting flower in that department. "Elliott has a good stiff-arm and an excellent center of gravity and balance (he's 6-foot-0, 225 pounds), almost always falling forward," McShay wrote. "His workload is up significantly in recent games (74 touches for 474 yards in OSU's last three games, compared to 31 for 193 in its first three)." Elliott had 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 8.7 yards per carry as a true freshman last year.
Oct 22 - 8:47 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Ohio State sophomore WR Michael Thomas "has a chance to be an elite player."

"He has strong hands and great body control and transition quickness after the catch, and he's been getting better at the little things (backside route-running, working back to the QB after the initial play breaks down, blocking in the running and screen games)," McShay wrote. Ohio State's go-to receiver, Keyshawn Johnson's nephew, is averaging 18.0 yards per catch and has five touchdowns.
Oct 22 - 7:49 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman reminds ESPN's Todd McShay of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.

"Heuerman has an excellent blend of height and weight (6-5, 250) and top-end speed," McShay wrote. "He has work to do as a route-runner, but he can stretch the seam and come down with 50-50 balls. He does a good job as a blocker." The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman has only five catches for 82 yards this year after grabbing 26 receptions and 466 receiving yards last season. ESPN's Steve Muench wrote earlier this week that Heuerman "has the tools to be a more productive player at the professional level than he has been for Ohio State."
Oct 22 - 7:01 PM

Ohio State sophomore OW Dontre Wilson "is a versatile, Percy Harvin-type of player," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's a notch below Harvin in terms of explosiveness; Wilson has great speed and is quick, but isn't quite as sudden in his movements as Harvin," McShay wrote. "The Buckeyes have been working to manufacture touches for Wilson, and it'd be even easier for them to get him the ball if he improved as a route-runner." The popular preseason breakout selection has only 13 runs for 80 yards and 14 receptions for 221 yards and a score in 2014. His lack of touches over the past year-and-a-half has been a little puzzling, frankly. Last year, the dearth was blamed on his skinny frame. This year, apparently it's his route running.
Oct 22 - 6:31 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman "has the tools to be a more productive player at the professional level than he has been for Ohio State," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"His size-and-speed combination makes him a downfield threat, and he can produce after the catch, where he flashes the ability to make the first defender miss," Muench wrote. "He can take his eyes off the ball a split second early and trap passes against his frame, yet he has the body control to make the occasional highlight-reel catch, as he did when he high-pointed a back-shoulder pass working against tight coverage in the third quarter of the Maryland game." The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman has only five catches for 82 yards this year after grabbing 26 receptions and 466 receiving yards last season.
Oct 22 - 12:40 AM


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