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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

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett "has gone from a liability to an asset," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Barrett is still plenty mobile (both within the pocket and as an open-field runner), and he is more effective reading defenses, has a quicker release, shows better anticipation and is more consistently accurate," McShay wrote in comparing Barrett to Braxton Miller. "Simply put: He's a better distributor of the football." The analyst was making the point while discussing OSU's offense as a whole, which McShay believes in underrated. "Additionally, I don't think many people realize what a good, young group of offensive weapons the Buckeyes have," he wrote. "RB Ezekiel Elliott (a powerful inside runner with enough speed to turn the corner), WR Michael Thomas, WR-RB hybrids Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall, and TEs Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett (who remind me of Stanford's Zach Ertz and Coby Fleener) are all future NFL players."
Oct 21 - 4:53 PM

Ohio State senior CB Doran Grant intercepted a pass in Saturday's romp over Rutgers.

The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder entered the season as Ohio State's lone returning defensive back starter. He's now picked off passes in consecutive games. Over the summer, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called Grant "one of the most dynamic athletes in college football." Grant runs a 4.54 forty and should test out well at the combine.
Oct 19 - 7:30 PM

Ohio State sophomore DL Joey Bosa "resembles J.J. Watt from early in his collegiate career," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

The true sophomore, who has seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks this season, won't be draft eligible until after the 2015 campaign. "I'm not saying he looks like the current J.J. Watt, NFL MVP candidate, but how Watt looked when he was a young player with the Badgers," McShay wrote. "Remember, Watt wasn't even a top-10 pick coming out of Wisconsin. He continued to improve each year after arriving in Madison as a transfer. Bosa's stats from his first year at Ohio State are remarkably similar to Watt's first year at Wisconsin in 2009. Check out the box to the right. Bosa possesses good size, length and versatility and is an effective pass-rusher with a good motor."
Oct 7 - 7:53 PM

Ohio State true freshman OLB Raekwon McMillan returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's win against Maryland.

McMillan, the top-ranked linebacker and the No. 12 overall recruit in this past year's ESPN 300, killed off any chance of a Maryland fourth-quarter comeback with his jaunt to the end zone. The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder, an early enrollee, will be playing on Sundays someday. He'll be in Columbus for at least two more years, though.
Oct 4 - 5:53 PM

Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed 24 times for 139 yards in a 52-24 victory to Maryland on Saturday.

Elliott didn't rush for more than 65 yards in any of Ohio State's first three games, but he went off for 182 yards last week against Cincinnati before abusing the Terps today. That leaves him at 462 yards for three touchdowns overall. The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott was a four-star 2013 recruit.
Oct 4 - 5:39 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer believes senior QB Braxton Miller will return to school in 2015, and announced him as starter.

"Braxton is our quarterback," Meyer said. "To be fair to Braxton, Big Ten Player of the Year. But it's good to know we've got both of them." In other words, Miller will start over freshman J.T. Barrett next season regardless of how well Barrett plays this year. Miller, who is out for the year after undergoing right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, said last month that he would return to school for the 2015 season. Because he was very close to declaring for the 2014 draft, we'll wait until the winter filing deadline before officially writing him in for the 2016 draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 30 - 8:42 PM

Ohio State sophomore OW Dontre Wilson had six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 50-28 victory over Cincinnati.

He also had a 21-yard run. The popular preseason breakout selection has 59 rushing yards on nine attempts (6.6 YPC) and 11 catches for 179 yards (16.3 YPR) and a touchdown through four games. Wilson, who is often compared to Percy Harvin, finished with just 53 touches in 2013 due to his 185-pound frame, accounting for 250 rushing yards and 210 receiving yards.
Sep 28 - 8:59 PM

While he awaits verdict on his appeal of a second positive drug test, Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence is no longer participating in team activities.

Spence briefly returned to practices last week. This reverse is course doesn't affect his status with the Buckeyes, who have chosen not to dismiss the talented prospect. "He's not going to practice now," OSU HC Urban Meyer said. "That was just last week. He's not practicing, getting full-time treatment and working out just for his well-being. What is a zero tolerance [policy] when an addiction has set in or whatever? The decision, when you harm yourself or harm your team, we wrestle with those all the time. I've been criticized for many, many years about how I treat these guys. I treat them like they're my kid, and I'm not a big fan of dismissal. I don't try to do that very often. It's got to be a severe one where you're hurting someone else."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 8:12 PM

Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence is still practicing with the team despite his indefinite suspension.

"Yeah, he actually practiced today," Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. "He's doing things to get healthy, but he's also -- you know, we're supporting him." Spence was suspended for the school's bowl game as well as the first two games of 2014 after testing positive for ecstasy back in January. He was set to return last weekend but failed another drug test, leading to a suspension of indeterminate length. ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg recently reported that it's a "long shot" Spence will be cleared to return. "You know, the only comment I'll make on the whole situation is that it's a tough deal for Noah and his family and we're going to support him the best we can throughout the situation," co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash said Saturday. "If he gets an opportunity to play football again one day, great. But we're here to help him receive the help that he needs."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 18 - 7:11 PM


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