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Despite praise and accolades, J.T. Barrett is still earning his stripes

September 30, 2014
When the Ohio State football team took the field to open the season, Urban Meyer didn’t know what to expect from his quarterback. But five weeks and four Big Ten awards later, the OSU coach said he has a better idea of what redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett’s development has been like. “J.T. continues to be a very good distributor, completing a high percentage of his balls, and really we’re giving him more and more responsibility about getting us in the right play, which is a big part of what the quarterback’s expected to do,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday. On Tuesday, Meyer said his comfort level… Read more

Opinion: Handling of Shane Morris’ injury shameful, embarrassing

September 30, 2014
When you hear the word concussion, what comes to mind? From someone who has played quarterback just at the high school and college club level for seven combined years, I can tell you any sort of hit to the head is as painful as it looks. I do not want to speak for Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, but from the looks of his reactions immediately after the hit he took from Minnesota redshirt-junior defensive lineman Theiren Cockran, Morris was in significant pain — yet he stayed in the game. This decision has brought outrage upon the program and has warranted responses by the athletic director Dave Brandon and university president… Read more

Urban Meyer’s comfort level improving along with offensive line, pass defense needs work

September 30, 2014
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer made his weekly appearance on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed the improved play of the offensive line, the emergence of sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and his comfort level with the team thus far. The Buckeyes are 3-1 on the season following a 50-28 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday night.         Meyer said after Saturday’s win over Cincinnati his offensive line has “crossed the barrier” and added he believes the offense has developed depth and more of an identity. He named redshirt-junior Chase Farris as someone who has improved and is earning playing time on the offensive line.         He said that… Read more

Joey Bosa a ‘dominating force’ for Buckeye defense

September 29, 2014
When Ohio State’s Joey Bosa drilled Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel on Saturday and forced a fumble that ultimately resulted in a safety, the record crowd at Ohio Stadium erupted. Bosa wasn’t even sure where the ball landed. “I just made a move inside and my eyes got big and I ran as fast as I can and hit him as hard as I could,” Bosa, a sophomore defensive lineman, said Saturday following the game. “I actually thought he got the ball off so I stood up and went to walk back to the line, but I saw the ball pop out.” The play not only electrified the fans and gave… Read more

Offensive line paves the way for Buckeyes’ big numbers

September 29, 2014
After Ohio State’s win against Cincinnati, Urban Meyer made it clear which position group led the way. On Monday, the third-year OSU coach reiterated the impact his offensive line had on the Buckeyes 50-28 win. “Player of the game was the entire offensive line,” Meyer said. The line paved the way as the OSU offense either set, or came close to setting, multiple school records against the Bearcats. The Buckeyes set a new OSU record with 45 first downs and finished third in school history with 710 total yards from scrimmage. The Buckeyes even briefly held what would have been a new record of 720 yards before a 20-yard loss… Read more

Opinion: Student-athletes deserve share of gameday revenue

September 29, 2014
To many at Ohio State, the college football season is one of the most highly-anticipated times of the year. More than 100,000 students, alumni and fans across the state fill Ohio Stadium on gameday to watch and support their Buckeyes, regardless of who the opponent is that day. However, what most people don’t think about while caught up in the electric atmosphere produced by college football is the business aspect of things. At the end of the day, after all, college football is a business. It is a business that generates millions upon millions of dollars each year for top programs across the country. Millions of dollars that — at… Read more

Joshua Perry, Buckeyes take part in ‘Whipping Childhood Cancer’

September 29, 2014
Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.” Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it.    … Read more

J.T. Barrett picks up another Big Ten award; Buckeye pass defense still in focus

September 29, 2014
Before Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke at his weekly Monday press conference, the Big Ten announced that redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett had been named the conference’s co-Freshman of the Week. Barrett’s award came after he threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns and gained 409 yards of total offense — the second best output in school history — in the win against Cincinnati on Saturday. Just four games into his career, he has already been named either Big Ten Freshman of the Week or co-Freshman of the Week three times, in addition to one Offensive Player of the Week award. While Meyer addressed Barrett’s development this season, he also… Read more

Win over Cincinnati a game for the record books

September 28, 2014
Led by a redshirt-freshman quarterback and a largely inexperienced offensive line, Ohio State put on one of the best offensive performances in school history Saturday, as it rolled to a 50-28 victory against Cincinnati. The Buckeye offense totaled 710 total yards against the Bearcats, just eight yards shy of the school record. In addition to yardage, the Buckeyes broke the school record and tied an FBS record for first downs with 45 and tied a school record for most plays run with 101. OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that the offensive diversity — along with improved line play — is what contributed to the record-setting night. “We’re… Read more

J.T. Barrett off to record-setting start for Ohio State

September 28, 2014
When senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with an injury during fall camp, the Ohio State football team turned to a redshirt-freshman who hadn’t taken a meaningful snap since high school. While there have been bumps in the road, that young quarterback — J.T. Barrett — has already accomplished things Miller never did for the Scarlet and Gray. Miller’s name could nearly fill its own record book, but Barrett ranks ahead of the veteran on multiple fronts just four games into his career. OSU coach Urban Meyer left some credit for the coaching staff when it comes to Barrett’s quick improvement, but also praised the signal caller’s ability to learn.… Read more