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VIDEO: D'Angelo Russell Announces He's Turning Pro

Here are highlights from D'Angelo Russell's meeting with the media. 

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 24, 2015 0 Comments

Hat Tip of the Week 4-22-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 22, 2015 0 Comments

Depth At QB Not New For Meyer

Urban Meyer made a great point in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution today. He brought up the fact that he’s had depth at quarterback before.

In 2008, junior Tim Tebow was under center the bulk of the time for the Florida Gators, but backing him up were two quality signal callers in redshirt freshman John Brantley and sophomore Cam Newton.

Tebow obviously just signed with the Eagles. Newton is a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Panthers. And former 5-star recruit Brantley had a star-crossed collegiate career, but generated at least enough interest to sign with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

Cardale Jones during OSU Spring Game 4-12-14

The obvious difference between that situation and what coach Meyer has this year at Ohio State is that every Buckeye quarterback has established himself. Braxton Miller is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year. Cardale Jones is 3-0 as a starter with one of those wins coming in the National Championship game. JT Barrett was named as a Heisman Trophy candidate before an injury ended his season last year.

Still, it must be reassuring to OSU fans that Meyer has some valuable experience to help guide his decision-making…Almost as reassuring as the end result of that 2008 season: a 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS title game.

Read more from the AJC here. Article includes Meyer’s philosophy of when he will offer a recruit, how often he’s been asked by recruits about Aaron Hernandez, and he names a player he thinks is a future Buckeye captain.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 21, 2015 0 Comments

VIDEO: Ohio State Visits the White House

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 21, 2015 0 Comments

Spring Game Extras

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer had Cardale Jones and Stephen Collier cap off OSU warmups by squaring off in the famous circle drill.

Also, in a race at halftime of the Ohio State spring game, Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott bested a field that included Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall and a group of OSU students.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 18, 2015 0 Comments

Big Ten Teleconference 4-16-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 16, 2015 0 Comments

Hat Tip of the Week 4-15-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 16, 2015 0 Comments

Blue Jackets Management Thinks the Future is Bright

Blue Jackets management (GM Jarmo Kekalainen, president of hockey ops John Davidson and coach Todd Richards) met with the media Monday. Here are the highlights of that press conference.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 13, 2015 0 Comments

Urban Meyer Spring Game Preview 4-13-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 13, 2015 0 Comments

CBJ Year-End Roundup

Blue Jackets players cleared out their lockers and met with members of management today. Several of them also took the time to speak to reporters. You can watch Nick Foligno below, and then click on the story's headline to hear even more on the CBJ!

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 12, 2015 0 Comments

Ohio State Footwork Drills

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 11, 2015 0 Comments

It's Peanut Butter, Jelly Time!

Thomas Worthington varsity basketball assistant coach Jake Guthrie was in the middle of watching an NCAA Tournament game, when he experienced his own moment of madness.

The folks from the famous Guinness Book called him to confirm that he would be able to try for the new mark in underhanded half-court shots.

“Basically, I have always wanted to attempt to break a world record,” Guthrie said, “As a basketball coach…I always tried trick shots during practice so I figured what better record?”

While shooting for a world record would be more than enough for most people, it was not enough for Guthrie. He wanted to use his moment to draw attention to an issue he thought was important: hunger.

Therefore, regardless of the outcome of his attempt, Guthrie will be donating 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless.

He’s hoping to find someone who will match his generosity. Even without a corporate sponsor, though, Guthrie feels his effort will make a difference.

“Hopefully my players and students will see what I am doing and feel inspired to do something kind. Just my small attempt to make a ripple to make the world a better place.”

Details have yet to be solidified, but Guthrie right now aims to try for the record during the halftime of the Driven Foundation’s charity basketball game at Thomas Worthington on April 18th. So if you needed one more reason to come out and watch former Buckeye football players Roy Hall, Simon Fraser, Stanley Jackson, and more hoop it up, there you have it.

Admission is only $5, and tip time is 7 p.m. You’ll be able to get autographs at the game.

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 9, 2015 0 Comments

What If?

Today we decided to extrapolate out the numbers of JT Barrett and Cardale Jones to see what stats they would have posted if they had started all 15 games.

It’s an interesting thought experiment, but admittedly, it probably tells you more about the games they did play in than what would have actually happened if they had been under center all year. For instance, Cardale's touchdown totals are likely impacted by Ezekiel Elliott's emergence at running back. Meanwhile, Barrett didn't face three of the top teams in the country.

With those caveats in mind...

JT Barrett: 254/354 passing for 3,543 yards, 43 touchdowns and 13 picks
Cardale Jones: 230/375 passing for 3,710 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 picks

Notes-

  • Cardale’s 3,710 yards would set a new Ohio State record, breaking Joe Germaine’s mark by 380.
  • Cardale’s 230 completions would tie Germaine for the most in a season…but JT’s hypothetical 254 would pass them both.
  • Barrett’s 34 touchdowns was already good for the school’s single-season best, but if he had continued to play and registered 43, he would only be 14 shy of Bobby Hoying’s career record.
Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 8, 2015 0 Comments

Hat Tip of the Week 4-7-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 8, 2015 0 Comments

Ohio State Practice Video 4-7-15

Posted by Lori Schmidt Posted on Apr 7, 2015 0 Comments