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Opinion: ‘Draft Day’ doesn’t portray passion, misery of Cleveland Browns

April 17, 2014
Walking into the movie theater, I had a very clear checklist outlining my hopes for “Draft Day.” “Accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland, make it as realistic as possible and give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind closed doors in a real NFL front office,” I thought to myself. “If it does all those things well, this film should be a classic.” After nearly two hours in the theater, my checklist was of little to no use, my thoughts were jumbled and I couldn’t wrap my mind around my opinion of this film. Part of me thought it was… Read more

Ohio State football looking for confidence from young linebackers

April 17, 2014
It was the final night in Ohio Stadium for the Ohio State football team’s senior class. Players like Jack Mewhort, Bradley Roby, Carlos Hyde and Corey “Philly” Brown were set to step on the field as players for the last time in the ‘Shoe. One player who, at the time of the game, was thought to be coming back and continuing his Buckeye career was junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. But Nov. 23 against Indiana, Shazier had his most memorable — and final — performance at home. In the 42-14 win, Shazier tallied 20 tackles, the first time a Buckeye did it since A.J. Hawk in 2004. Less than two months… Read more

Much maligned Ohio State football pass defense improved in spring practice

April 17, 2014
Something had to change. After allowing an average of 268 yards per game through the air in 2013 — including getting torched for an average of 377.6 yards in its final three games of the season — the Ohio State pass defense needed a facelift. Gone is former safeties coach Everett Withers, who is now the coach at James Madison University. Gone are former starters Bradley Roby, Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett, as well as Corey “Pitt” Brown, who filled in after Bryant broke his ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28. Gone is the leadership the departed players provided. Buckeye fans might be wondering who is left to pick up the… Read more

Report: Ohio State football redshirt-freshman safety Jayme Thompson to transfer

April 16, 2014
According to multiple reports, Ohio State redshirt-freshman safety Jayme Thompson has been granted his release from the school and will transfer. An OSU spokesman was not able to confirm the release of Thompson, however. “I have not been informed by coach (Urban) Meyer that there has been a change in status with regard to Thompson,” the spokesman told The Lantern in an email Wednesday. Thompson, a native of Toledo, Ohio, redshirted the 2013 season after suffering a broken ankle prior to the start of the season. He never appeared in a game for the Scarlet and Gray. A four-star recruit out of high school, Thompson was also ranked as a… Read more

Inexperienced offensive line has big shoes to fill for Ohio State football

April 15, 2014
At any level, success running the football begins with the offensive line. Even the most talented running backs can only do so much if the big guys in front aren’t making space for them to operate. Those big guys on Ohio State’s offensive line did more than their fair share of space-making in 2013, paving the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in then-senior running back Carlos Hyde and then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller en route to helping the Buckeyes tally 4,321 yards on the ground in a 12-2 season. But that unit had four senior starters — Andrew Norwell, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Corey Linsley — who all returned from… Read more

Ohio State football to play in at least 3 primetime games in 2014

April 15, 2014
Gene Smith and Urban Meyer are getting their wish — more primetime football games for Ohio State football. ESPN announced its slate of primetime matchups for the 2014 season, six of which involve teams in the Big Ten. Half of those Big Ten games include the Buckeyes, giving what both Smith and Meyer want for the program — an ability to showcase the team at night. Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29 he pushes for ESPN to pick OSU as often as it can when it irons out its night game schedule. “I’m trying to encourage them to pick us,” Smith said in the interview, adding… Read more

Ohio State has wealth of running backs to fill void left by Carlos Hyde

April 14, 2014
Some things in sports never change. March Madness will have upsets, Cleveland fans will always have something to complain about and the Ohio State football program will have a talented stable of running backs. Of the program’s seven Heisman trophies, five were won by running backs, including the only two-time winner in Archie Griffin from 1974-75. Even in this modern age where plenty of focus is placed on the passing game — especially under the high-tempo offense run by coach Urban Meyer — the Buckeyes have found a way to succeed in the running game. Last season it was Carlos Hyde, who ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming… Read more

Student Malcolm Branson ‘had the burners’ in Ohio State football’s fastest student race

April 14, 2014
Amid the hype surrounding the 2014 Ohio State football Spring Game, the fastest student race stole the show at Ohio Stadium. Wrapping up a competition that started March 26 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, five students got a chance to showcase their talent against members of the Buckeye football team in front of the 61,058 fans in attendance to see Urban Meyer’s squad in action for the first time since last fall. Student participants Malcolm Branson, Jacob Gifford, Collin Foltz, Mesiah Smith and Ben Hittner took their places against senior cornerback Doran Grant, redshirt-freshman wide receiver James Clark, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, sophomore punter Cameron Johnston and freshman kicker… Read more

Urban Meyer focuses on individual play in Ohio State Spring Game

April 14, 2014
To Urban Meyer, the 2014 Ohio State Spring Game wasn’t about statistics, which intrasquad team won or lost, or which side played better as a unit. “It’s more of an individual — I’m not trying to evaluate an offense because who cares?” Meyer said after the Gray team defeated Scarlet, 17-7, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “There are guys out there that will either never play or they’re not ready to play now.” With players like starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, a skill guy like sophomore H-Back Dontre Wilson and even starting offensive lineman junior Taylor Decker not seeing a single snap during the game, it… Read more

Ohio State football defense taking steps to get back to ‘Silver Bullets’

April 14, 2014
With big-time players like senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and others sitting out the 2014 edition of Ohio State’s annual Spring Game, it was the defense that stole the show. The intrasquad scrimmage Saturday was one of the first chances the Buckeye coaching staff got to show off the revamped unit to the public, complete with two new coaches in defensive line coach and assistant head coach Larry Johnson and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, as the group looks to get back to a defense known as the “Silver Bullets.” “Silver Bullets” is the endearing nickname that has been given to the defense of the… Read more