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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 end zone before Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored to end a four-play, 84-yard drive. OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believed Lee’s touchdown was a key to the Buckeyes… Read more

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett composed, successful in Buckeye debut

August 30, 2014
BALTIMORE –– When a college freshman prepares for his or her first exam, it can sometimes be intimidating. Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett received a passing grade from coach Urban Meyer Saturday, as the Buckeyes defeated the Navy Midshipmen 34-17 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. “J.T. I thought did okay…grade him a ‘B,’” Meyer said after the game. “We will evaluate the film. Every new player is going to have a certain amount of mistakes.” Barrett, who finished the game 12 of 15 for 226 yards with two scores and an interception, said he was disappointed in himself following a first half interception in the red zone, but… Read more

Ohio State running backs combine for devastating attack

August 30, 2014
BALTIMORE – A statement that at first seemed like a diplomatic cop-out now looks like a fairly wise consideration. When Ohio State coach Urban Meyer named his first depth chart of the season, he failed to name a true starter at either the running back or H-back positions – two spots on the offense that had suddenly attained more importance in the wake of senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending injury in fall camp. But it turns out that with last year’s workhorse Carlos Hyde departing to the NFL in the offseason, Meyer opted to spread the running game out to quite a few contributors. The decision turned out to be… 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

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 releases week 1 depth chart

August 27, 2014
An Ohio State football spokesman tweeted out the team’s week one depth chart Wednesday afternoon, but a few questions still remain about pending position battles. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.… Read more

Week 1 starting jobs still available for Ohio State football team

August 27, 2014
With just days until the Ohio State football team is scheduled to kick off its season against Navy, several starting positions remain up for grabs. Among the open spots are the starting center and left guard positions along the offensive line, the cornerback position opposite senior Doran Grant and playing time in the logjam that is the running back and wide receiver positions. The offensive line has three established starters in junior Taylor Decker at left tackle, redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein at right guard and redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin at right tackle. Coach Urban Meyer said the open left guard position has three players who could fill the spot. “Left guard is… Read more