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Most important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 7: Doran Grant

July 16, 2014
With three down and seven to go, The Lantern continues its rundown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes as their 2014 kickoff is less than two months away. No. 7: Doran Grant, senior cornerback Looking back at the Ohio State football team’s 2013 campaign, it is easily apparent that the team’s achilles heel was located at the cornerback position. Even though he was supposed to be OSU’s shutdown corner last season, former Buckeye Bradley Roby had a number of slip-ups in covering the opposition. Journeymen receivers like California’s Chris Harper and Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis each had 100-plus yard games against Roby, who consistently gave up big plays throughout the… Read more

Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith unsure if arrests can be completely eliminated

July 9, 2014
At least one high-ranking Ohio State athletics official is unsure if there will ever be a time when a year will pass without a student-athlete finding him or herself in trouble with the law. On the heels of former Buckeye football player Tracy Sprinkle’s arrest, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday he doesn’t know if “we’ll ever get to that utopia.” “It’s been like this for almost 30 years now, every year there’s something,” Smith said. “You know, people put themselves in positions where they just shouldn’t be, and they need to learn that.” Sprinkle was arrested early Saturday following… Read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 8: Ezekiel Elliott

July 8, 2014
With two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks. No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running back Amidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season. Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left. Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the… Read more

OSU football player Tracy Sprinkle dismissed from team

July 7, 2014
Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a member of the Ohio State football team, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday afternoon. Sprinkle was arrested in Lorain County early Saturday morning and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia following a bar fight. According to the spokesman, Sprinkle’s status with the team will be re-evaluated at the end of the legal process. Sprinkle, who was set to be a defensive lineman for the Buckeyes, plead not guilty to all charges Monday morning, according to multiple reports. Sprinkle, who had yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first… Read more

Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle arrested, charged with rioting, drug possession

July 5, 2014
A Lorain County jail official has confirmed via telephone to The Lantern that Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been arrested and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, according to a jail official. According to a Lorain County jail official, Sprinkle’s drug charges were not for possession of heroin. Sprinkle, who has yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection out of Elyria High School. He enrolled early at OSU, joining the team in January of 2013. During his senior year of… Read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 9: Devin Smith

July 3, 2014
With nine weeks to go before the kickoff of the 2014 Ohio State football season, The Lantern is in its second week of a 10-week series to highlight the 10 most important OSU football players for the upcoming season. No. 9 Most Important Buckeye: Devin Smith, senior wide receiver Smith, who is most notable for his speed and athleticism as well as his gravity-defying acrobatics and one-handed catches, returns to lead OSU’s receiving corps into 2014. Smith’s highlight reel began rolling in 2011 when the 12th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers led Ohio State 29-26 with 30 seconds left on the clock. Then-freshman quarterback Braxton Miller scrambled out of the pocket and delivered… Read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No. 10: Tyvis Powell

June 25, 2014
With the 2014 Ohio State football season quickly approaching, The Lantern is kicking off a 10-week series that will highlight the 10 most important OSU football players heading into the season. The countdown consists of a weekly column and will be based on a list of players compiled by the sports staff at The Lantern Media Group. Each of the staff members put together their own individual list of the 10 most important players going into the 2014 season and upon the completion of each, a final list was made combining the cumulative rankings in a point-based system. No. 10 Most Important Buckeye: Tyvis Powell, redshirt-sophomore defensive back It’s rare… Read more

Former Ohio State running back Jordan Hall signs with Pittsburgh Steelers

June 18, 2014
After being passed up in the 2014 NFL Draft and the subsequent free agent signing period, former Ohio State running back Jordan Hall, a Jeanette, Pa., native, has signed a deal to join fellow Buckeye and 2014 first-round pick Ryan Shazier with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the team’s website. The 5-foot-9-inch, 190-pound back, a high school teammate of former Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, spent five seasons at OSU, beginning in 2009. Hall rushed for just 409 yards in his first two seasons in Columbus, but nearly equaled that total in his junior campaign alone, when he rushed for 408 yards on 100 carries in 2011. Prior to his senior… Read more

Troy Smith, Antoine Winfield among 2014 OSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

June 12, 2014
A former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and two five-time National Football League Pro Bowl selections are among 13 new members of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. Troy Smith, who won the 2006 Heisman, Antoine Winfield, who won the 1998 Thorpe Award, and Bob Vogel are to be joined by eight other former student-athletes and two OSU coaches in the 2014 class, according to a press release. The group is scheduled to be inducted at a dinner Sept. 26 and is set to be introduced at halftime of the Buckeyes’ Sept. 27 football game against Cincinnati, according to the release. Aside from his Heisman Trophy, Smith led the Buckeyes… Read more