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Redshirt-freshmen lead Ohio State to 34-17 win against Navy

August 30, 2014
BALTIMORE –– In the first game since senior quarterback Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season, two redshirt-freshmen boosted the Ohio State football team to a 34-17 win against Navy. After a low-scoring first half that saw the Midshipmen take a 7-6 lead, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each accounted for second-half touchdowns in the team’s season opener Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Lee picked up a fumble and took it 61 yards to the endzone before Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored to end a four-play, 84-yard drive. Barrett, who became the Buckeyes’ starter when Miller tore his labrum in fall camp, gave OSU… Read more

Select untested Ohio State players set to make Buckeye debut

August 29, 2014
As Ohio State prepares for its season opener against the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday, some players are preparing for their first taste of college football. While the Buckeyes return seven starters on defense, including all four across the defensive line, OSU returns just four starters on offense. One of those returning starters, senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, said although the Buckeyes are more inexperienced, it will create opportunities for young players to step up. “The difference I would say, from this year compared to last, is obviously our depth,” Spencer said Monday. “With as many playmakers as we have on the offense and on defense — but more specifically offense… Read more

Ohio Stadium renovation to be completed day before home opener

August 28, 2014
A multi-million dollar Ohio Stadium renovation project is set to be completed just a day before the Ohio State football team is scheduled to take the field for its home opener. Don Patko, associate athletic director for facilities operations, told The Lantern in May that the project was tentatively scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14, but left the option of extending the deadline open. OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in a Thursday email that the project end date was officially changed to Sept. 5, while the Buckeyes are scheduled to play Virginia Tech in the stadium Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. “The bulk of the work will be… Read more

Ohio State women’s soccer prepares for third straight ranked opponent

August 28, 2014
Only one week into the season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team has become familiar with the Atlantic Coast Conference. As a part of its six-game non-conference schedule, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play their third ACC opponent — No. 4 Virginia Tech ­— on Sunday. The Hokies are also set to be the Buckeyes’ third ranked opponent this season, a challenging start to the 2014 campaign. “We plan these games well in advance, probably two years in advance,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “I felt that we would have a young team, but a team that needed to have some experience early.”  OSU enters the weekend following a 1-0… Read more

Opinion: Ohio State seems to bring injured athletes back sooner than ready

August 28, 2014
The Ohio State athletic department pushes its athletes to be ready to go as hard as they can for as long as they can. But what happens when they get injured? What happens when they can’t “go” anymore? Does OSU jeopardize these young athletes’ health for the sake of a great season or a championship? With all of the injuries we have seen lately to OSU student-athletes, I am starting to think the school is rushing its athletes back onto the field or the court too soon. After hearing the devastating news about senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury during fall practice, I was shocked. I couldn’t help but… Read more

Reloaded Ohio State women’s volleyball team set for Oregon Invitational

August 28, 2014
The new-look Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to head west for its first test of the season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to start their 2014 regular season with three games at the University of Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Ore., this weekend — one Friday before a doubleheader on Saturday. Last year, the Buckeyes began the season with 13 consecutive victories, but ended up losing 14 of their final 19 games, thus failing to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2008 season. While the team lost three key players in libero Davionna DiSalvatore, defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo and honorable mention American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American… Read more

All eyes on J.T. Barrett for Ohio State season opener against Navy

August 28, 2014
When No. 5 Ohio State takes the field to kickoff the 2014 season, all eyes will be on No. 16. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at noon with redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett under center for the first time in his OSU career. Barring any unexpected changes, he will be the first freshman to start a season opener for the Buckeyes since Art Schlichter did so in 1978. Even senior quarterback Braxton Miller, whose season-ending shoulder injury paved the way for Barrett to begin his OSU legacy, didn’t start until the fourth game of his freshman season against Colorado. OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach… Read more

Ohio State depth chart brings questions, few answers

August 28, 2014
Just days from the season opener, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer released his first depth chart of the 2014 season, and while it answered some questions, it created others. The defensive line — arguably the most talented unit on the team — had an interesting note on the depth chart as senior defensive lineman and recently named team captain Michael Bennett is listed as a co-starter along with junior Tommy Schutt. Bennett, who has been named by some as a potential first-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, said he was “dinged up” during fall camp, which opened a door for Schutt. “At least for the first game,… Read more

Opinion: 5 Ohio State football storylines to watch for against Navy

August 28, 2014
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With the Ohio State football team’s season opener just two days away, The Lantern sports editors picked five of the top storylines to watch for when the Buckeyes face-off with Navy. 1. Will redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones see the field? When an OSU spokesman released the team’s week-one depth chart on Wednesday, it became 100 percent clear that coach Urban Meyer plans to start redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett at quarterback. Barrett, who overtook Jones as the backup quarterback just days before senior Braxton Miller went down with a shoulder injury, has not played a meaningful snap since his senior year of high school. That senior year at Rider High School in… Read more

Ohio State men’s soccer set for Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic

August 28, 2014
Already two exhibition games in, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is ready to start its regular season with two home games as part of the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic. One player said the team is doing well so far and hoping to continue in the right direction. “Everyone came in (to the season) with the right mindset, the right commitment, and we pushed ourselves,” junior midfielder Zach Mason said. “I think we’re in the best shape since I’ve been here, and we’re starting to gel.” Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov is expected to carry the bulk of the load between the nets this season after starting 16 games in… Read more