We've once again browsed around the Buckeye Bloggers Network to pick the 'Best Of' for the week, and what a busy week it was. Over the last eight days we've had Urban Meyer's first Spring Game, plenty of Ohio State recruiting news from the football and basketball programs - and now made our way through seven rounds of the NFL draft that saw four former Buckeyes drafted and a trio more picked up as undrafted free agents.
Before we get too far along we'll get some housekeeping put of the way. First and foremost a quick shoutout is warrented for a couple of blogging brethren - Chris Holloway and Jeremy Birmingham - who fired up their new Ohio State blog over on the Rivals (Yahoo!) platform for Buckeye Grove, dubbed UnScripted Ohio. We're hoping to rope them into the network, but look forward to plenty of great content from those guys regardless.
We would also be remissed if we failed to mention the ultra-intense, pregame 'circle drill' put on right before the spring game kicked off last Saturday afternoon. For a fan base itching for anything positive out of the football program - what a perfect way to get the day started. If you've yet to see it, we've posted the video below ahead of our BBN links. It's a prime example of Urban Meyer Badassery.no comments
Boom Herron has officially been selected 191st overall, in the sixth round, by the Cincinnati Bengals.
At The Ohio State University he went through a lot, came through plenty - and was the cause of a self-inflicted speed bump or two. But he was always celebrated, even in his return from suspension in Lincoln late in 2011. He was one of the good guys. He was never a Heisman candidate or at the forefront of much national discussion, but he was a beloved Buckeye in Columbus.
Today marks the official end to his Ohio State career as his dreams are reached and he's drafted into the professional ranks of the National Football League. We look back at a career in pictures, each time yelling 'BOOOOOOOOOOOM!' one last time as we see him in Scarlet in Gray. Enjoy.....no comments
At the end of last Saturday's Spring Game at Ohio Stadium, Urban Meyer confessed to having no idea what to do or where to go. He knew what he wanted to do - just didn't know how to get there. So he turned to his players and simply asked, "Where do I go? What do I do?" Former Ohio State captain and current assistant coach Kirk Barton stepped in and led Meyer to the south stands where he locked arms with his players, stared up at TBDBITL, and sang Carmen Ohio in a tradition started a decade ago by former head coach Jim Tressel.
The sight of Meyer standing front and center with his team to sing Carmen Ohio was great for Buckeye fans everywhere. We're proud of our traditions, and hope to keep them going regardless of who the head coach may be. It's who we are, and it's what we do. Coach Meyer understands this:
“This is a school you don’t have to create a whole lot of tradition. We’re honored to be able to keep the tradition that I believe coach Tressel started.”
Good call, coach. But what of the helmet stickers? no comments
Nothing good ever happens after dark - except for college football night games.
The Ohio State Buckeyes football program has played ten night games since 1995, going a respectable 7-3 in the process. Each of the three losses were avoidable, if not improbable, if you watched how each of them unfolded.
But so was the most recent win.
On September 10th, 2005 Vince Young and the Longhorns came calling and, if not for a dropped ball in the end zone by TE Ryan Hamby - one that would have put Ohio State up thirteen late in the 3rd quarter of a low scoring second half - Ohio State probably comes out victorious. Instead it kept the Longhorns in the game allowing Vince Young to take them on a 64-yard drive late in the fourth for the game winning touchdown.
Three years later, with a three point lead and barely ten minutes remaining in a 6-3 game, true freshman Terrelle Pryor fumbled on his own 38 yard line. Seven plays later the Nittany Lions were in the endzone grabbing a 10-6 lead. The two teams would trade field goals from there and Penn State closed out the Buckeyes for their first win in Columbus in seven tries after joining the B1G in 1993.
The following season the Buckeyes welcomed the USC Trojans to town on perhaps the most hyped Saturday night of the college football season. A year earlier USC trounced Ohio State 35-3 in Los Angeles and the Buckeyes were out for revenge versus the Sanchez-less Trojans. The Buckeyes held USC to just ten points through three quarters, seven of which came just three minutes into the first quarter, but couldn't defensively seal the deal late as freshman Matt Barkley mounted a fourteen play, 86-yard scoring drive to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish with just 1:05 left on the clock.
Before that three game losing streak in home night games, Ohio State had rattled off seven straight wins in their first seven tries under the lights at Ohio Stadium, knocking off Pittsburgh, Washington (twice), Wyoming, UCLA and Northwestern by a total score of 163-78. Last year's version not only broke the losing streak but turned out to be nothing short of epic.no comments
Here is a quick run down of those from the B1G who we expect to see drafted in this year's NFL Draft (8:00pm Eastern - ESPN) as well as their projected draft rounds based on a number of different 2012 mock drafts put together by various sources. Not all mock drafts have Ohio State's DeVier Posey being selected in any of the seven rounds (253 selections) so we do not have him listed below. Obviously sitting out all but two games as a senior hurts your draft stock, but that isn't to say he won't land on a roster. He almost certainly will be signed as an undrafted free agent within the mad, hour-long rush immediately following the close of the draft where those who were undrafted are picked up onto rosters on the cheap.
It's also important to note that we'll be rooting hard for former Buckeye LB Andrew Sweat to get his name called too. As with Posey, he'll likely land on a roster regardless. Whether he's drafted onto one is yet to be seen.
One other quick point - it'll be interesting to see the sequence in which Ohio State's Michael Brewster, Wisconsin's Peter Konz and Michigan's David Molk are drafted. Back in late February the former Wolverine center blasted critics, mock drafts and analysts for ranking him everywhere from second to sixth at the center position for the upcoming draft: "The fact they could consider any center better than me is pretty stupid."
Molk on Wisconsin's Peter Konz: "I have skills he doesn’t have. Obviously, my strength is far better, I’m faster, I would say I’m smarter. Obviously, he’s an intelligent person, I’ve talked to him, but I just think I have a technique that’s unmatched (by him)."
And of course Molk on the Buckeyes' Michael Brewster: "He is no where near me as a player."
And Brewster's response to that clown Molk?no comments
Truth be told, we simply don't know what to do with him.
Statistically he's one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever wear the Scarlet & Gray. He was a freakish athlete who racked up thirty-five wins in just three seasons in Columbus, never lost to the hated Michigan Wolverines in three starts against the maize and blue - and won three B1G championships along with two BCS bowl games. Oh yeah, he was named MVP of both of them, one as a giant underdog to the Oregon Ducks - who many thought were the best team in the country - the other versus the SEC's Arkansas Razorbacks in a win that would ultimately be vacated due to some of the personal choices made by Pryor himself.
Unfortunately, at least in many circles, none of those accomplishments would be listed first on the Ohio State career résumé for Terrelle Pryor if our fan base were tasked with creating one. Instead you might find bullet points naming him as an Overhyped Underachiever. After all, he never won a Heisman trophy, yet he was the number-one recruit in the country coming out of Jeannette, Pennsylvania in 2008 playing a position that the Heisman Trust loves. You might also find other negative associations strewn throughout the document - Selfish, Embarrassment, Self-Centered, Careless, Untrustworthy. Worse yet - Traitor.no comments
He spent more than half of his young life chasing a dream that seemed inconceivable at times.
As a stand-out cornerback at Bedford (OH) High School, Tyvis Powell had visions of himself in Scarlet and Gray. At times it seemed like nothing more than a ‘hope,’ but it was always a goal. As he plugged away as a senior – focusing as much on academics as he did sport – offers started rolling in wishing he would become a part of this program or that.
Youngstown State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ohio, Akron, Buffalo and Ball State. All fine schools – none the school of choice. Syracuse, West Virginia, Minnesota and Cincinnati. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans of Michigan State University. Now we’re getting somewhere.
“No thank you.”
You see, when you grow up in Ohio idolizing Buckeye cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and then hone your own skills at the position – enough to be recruited by a number of Division-1 schools – playing for The Ohio State University becomes your only mission.
“I almost started crying y'all when I seen this in my locker...”
That was the direct quote from Tyvis, over the airwaves of the ever-popular Instagram, this past Saturday morning as he arrived at his locker at Ohio Stadium ahead of that afternoon’s Spring Game. Attached to the message was the photo you see to the right.
Mission Accomplished.no comments