Player News

Date:

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker is "worthy of top 20 consideration."

"Fundamentally sound and athletically underrated, he’s a solid athlete that can play left or right tackle," Pauline wrote. "Practicing against Joey Bosa will just enhance his play and draft stock." As you probably ascertained, Pauline ranks Decker as a first-rounder. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Decker received second-team all-Big Ten Conference honors last year.
Aug 2 - 10:23 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple is "top 15 material on my board," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Apple has the ability to be a special corner as he combines size, ball skills and a head for the position," Pauline wrote. As you ascertained, Pauline grades the former five-star recruit as a first-round prospect. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple logged three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, a fumble return for a touchdown and 53 tackles last year.
Aug 2 - 12:27 PM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott forced 41 missed tackles in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.

On the season, Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns on 273 carries. Elliott really didn't get it going until the fourth game against Cincinnati, so it is absolutely possible he puts up better production this season. Josh Norris recently looked at a large number of Big 10 prospects and was amazed by Elliott's skills. He creates so many yards for himself and maximizes his blocking by reading positioning and strengths.
Aug 2 - 10:54 AM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Ohio State redshirt sophomore OLB Darron Lee "could be a stronger, more explosive version of Ryan Shazier."

Now that's a compliment. The analyst grades Lee as a first-round prospect entering the year. Lee (6-foot-2, 228 pounds) posted 81 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and two fumbles returned for touchdowns last year.
Aug 1 - 2:23 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes WR Michael Thomas, TE Nick Vannett and "possibly" LB Josh Perry "could contend as top 100 selections."

He only grades Thomas as a Rds. 3-4 prospect, lower than some others around the industry. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Thomas recorded 54 receptions for 799 yards and nine scores last year. Vannett and Perry, meanwhile, were given fourth-round grades by Pauline.
Aug 1 - 1:48 PM

Ohio State senior DL Adolphus Washington is moving back to the 3-technique to replace the departed Michael Bennett.

Washington played a good amount on the edge last year and his play style should fit a move closer to the center. The 3-technique is also called the B gap, between the guard and tackle, and highlights an upfield, explosive disruptor. Bennett dealt with injuries throughout his career but was successful when on the field. We expect the same for Washington.
Aug 1 - 12:31 PM

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


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Wednesday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Wednesday

    MLB On The Bump: Wednesday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Tuesday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Tuesday

    MLB On The Bump: Tuesday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Monday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Monday

    MLB On The Bump: Monday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Friday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Wednesday

    MLB On The Bump: Wednesday