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Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple's ability to constantly be around the pass "portend[s] to a strong career in Columbus," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Apple picked off three passes last season while breaking up an additional 10. These numbers stood out to analyst Reuter, as well as the redshirt junior's size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and knack for sound tackling. His size is a plus-plus for the position and as Reuter's fellow analyst Lance Zierlein noted in mid-July, he uses that size to "crowd receivers as much as possible and play to his strength." A former five-star recruit, the redshirt sophomore still needs to work on quick changes of direction, as those can sometimes break down into big plays because of Apple's in-your-face style of play.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 29 - 3:43 PM

Ohio State named six captains for the 2015 season, including redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett and graduate Braxton Miller.

Those around the program have pointed out Barrett's natural leadership ever since he took over as the starter last season. Miller is transitioning from quarterback to slot receiver, and should see a number of touches in every game, especially early on. The obvious missing name is Cardale Jones. The four others: DL Jacoby Boren, OL Taylor Decker, LB Joshua Perry and S Tyvis Powell.
Aug 29 - 10:05 AM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott anticipates being able to fully use his stiff arm in 2015.

It's somewhat terrifying that Elliott essentially went through his superb 2014 season (1,878 yards, 18 touchdowns, 9.2 YPC) with only one limb available to him. The 6-foot, 225-pound junior underwent surgery on his left wrist in the off-season and with a healthy hand in hand, he's looking forward to unleashing his complete arsenal of moves. "I mean, have you ever tried to do something with one hand? You know, imagine playing basketball with one hand. You would have to figure out different ways to do different things," said the running back, who fumbled just twice last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 9:58 PM

Ohio State sophomore WR Noah Brown will miss the 2015 season with a broken leg.

Brown will have surgery on Thursday to correct the injury suffered near the end of practice on Wednesday. The receiver lost around 25 lbs during the offseason, and coaches and teammates had praised his development, with corner Eli Apple calling brown the most improved receiver on the team. OSU will already be without three receivers in the season opener due to suspension and lost Devin Smith to the NFL. Expect Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller to play huge roles this season.
Aug 27 - 9:18 AM

Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones is "still very raw mentally," according to CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Jones' mental rawness isn't a surprise, given just how little he's actually played during his time with the Buckeyes. On the physical side of things, though, there are seemingly no concerns. Brugler noted that the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder "checks all the boxes physically with imposing size, top-shelf arm strength and enough mobility to force defenses to respect his legs." HC Urban Meyer has indicated that the team will not be choosing its starter (between Jones and J.T. Barrett) until their opening kickoff against Virginia Tech.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 7:09 PM

Ohio State sophomore OLB Darron Lee "really stood out on film [as] a blitzer," according to CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

"Although leaner-than-ideal [at 6-foot-2, 228 pounds], Lee has terrific range and athleticism with the pursuit speed to close like a runaway train and run circles around blockers," wrote Brugler, who ranked him as the seventh best NFL prospect in the Big 10 (the Buckeyes received six of the 11 slots on Brugler's list). After taking over for Ryan Shazier, who was drafted in 2014, Lee recorded 81 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks and two interceptions as a redshirt freshman.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 6:04 PM

Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker "is well-put-together with NFL length to extend and meet rushers with timing and strong hands," writes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Tipping the scales at 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, Decker's frame is perfect for next-level play. Brugler called him "arguably the top senior in the country at his position." He's not alone, as NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter praised the senior's "elite athleticism" earlier this month. Brugler did caution that Decker "struggles with high pad level, often losing the leverage battle and allowing his pass-sets to become too narrow," but believes that with another season to work on balance and timing, the big man is a possible first-round selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 5:39 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior Michael Thomas "emerged last season as a more mature and consistent playmaker," writes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Wrote analyst Brugler, "[Thomas] showcas[ed] his excellent blend of size, speed and savvy as a pass-catcher" in 2014, on his way to catching 54 balls for 799 yards and nine touchdowns. The CBS Sports draft expert also noted that the 6-foot-3, 210-pound nephew of Keyshawn Johnson is "solidly built for the position to work the middle of the field, displaying the light feet, toughness and dependable ballskills to line up inside or out wide." Thomas doesn't have the "oh dear God no" speed of the departed Devin Smith, but works very well as a move-the-chains receiver. Earlier this summer, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline rated the redshirt junior as a possible selection in the third or fourth round, which strikes us as a little conservative.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 6:17 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman WR Johnnie Dixon is still sidelined following surgery on both knees to repair arthritis.

Dixon was expected to be a full participant in camp, but he is still on a workout bike along the sideline. Dixon redshirted his first season because of the injury and was viewed as a four-star recruit out of high school.
Aug 25 - 10:20 AM

Ohio State freshman WR Torrance Gibson was wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

The injury is reportedly minor and Gibson is not expected to miss much time, but it is noteworthy if an athlete like Gibson, who is transitioning from quarterback to receiver, misses any time. Many who follow OSU believe Gibson could push to replace Devin Smith as the school's vertical receiver.
Aug 25 - 9:57 AM

Virginia Tech offensive line coach Stacy Searels said his group will have its hands full against Ohio State in the opener, even without suspended junior DE Joey Bosa.

"I played against Cornelius Bennett," he said. "You know who his backup was [at Alabama]? [NFL Hall of Famer] Derrick Thomas. I’m sure Ohio State’s got a guy just like him. So [Bosa’s] a very, very good player. He’s an excellent player. But I’m sure they’ve got some good ones behind him." Bosa was questioned by police recently, reportedly for an alcohol-related incident. He's the best draft prospect in the country, but his behavior this summer is a tad concerning.
Source: Roanoke.com
Aug 24 - 7:50 PM

Former Michigan State DC and current Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi believes Ohio State "stole" the Spartans' defense.

"Ohio State’s facing the same problem (against offenses)..." Narduzzi said during a radio interview. "There’s a lot of teams throughout the country. You go watch them, they’re exactly us, whether they admit it or not." The former MSU defensive play caller says the Buckeyes were not using the same defense prior to their CFB Playoff winning season. Coaches always discuss how they pickup concepts from each other via tape or clinics, so (if true) this is not a surprise. It might matter who did it first, but also who does it better.
Aug 24 - 11:20 AM

Ohio State junior DE Joey Bosa was briefly detained and questioned by police but was released without being charged or arrested, according to Eleven Warriors.

Pictures were posted late Saturday and on Sunday of Bosa being questioned by police with some stating it was an alcohol related incident. The nation's top edge rusher will miss the first game of the season due to a coach's suspension for unspecified reasons.
Aug 24 - 10:39 AM

Ohio State became the first team in the history of the Associated Press poll (released since 1950) to unanimously be voted No. 1.

All 61 voters had the Buckeyes at the top of their lists. TCU is ranked second, a whopping 97 points (1,525 to 1,428) behind OSU. Alabama is No. 3 (1,322), with, in order, Baylor, Michigan State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Georgia and Florida State rounding out the top 10. The SEC had 10 teams ranked in the top 27 vote-getters.
Aug 23 - 11:15 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior Michael Thomas saw 57 of his 68 targets within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage in 2014.

In other words, Thomas was the school's possession receiver with Devin Smith acting as the vertical threat. This role was known, but the figures really put it into perspective. The Buckeyes lost their downfield threat, which opened up defenses when combined with Cardale Jones' arm. The big question is if Ohio State thinks they can replace Smith's skills. If not, they might go with a more efficient, tighter approach focused on Ezekiel Elliott and Thomas' run after catch, with J.T. Barrett at the helm.
Aug 20 - 10:31 AM


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