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Ohio State’s Cardale Jones showing ‘good signs of maturity’ prior to matchup with No. 1 Alabama

December 19, 2014
As most people that follow Ohio State football know well, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones’ career in Scarlet and Gray did not get off to the greatest of starts. Behind then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and then-junior Kenny Guiton, Jones sent out the now infamous tweet claiming his dislike for school. Jones was suspended one game by coach Urban Meyer, who said Thursday that Jones’ journey as a Buckeye is not over just yet, despite the recent success. “Cardale is a great story. It’s still in process now,” Meyer said Thursday. “He’s not the grown man that he needs to be, but he’s getting close.” For Meyer, Jones took a big step… Read more

Dominant Oregon attack set for undefeated Florida State in 1st College Football Playoff semifinal

December 17, 2014
When the Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles face off in the first-ever College Football Playoff game, much of the focus will be on two players unlikely to take the field at the same time. The matchup pits the newest Heisman Trophy winner — Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota — against his predecessor, Florida State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman recipient. But when Mariota is on the field, 11 Seminoles not named Jameis will lineup on the other side, and when Winston is on the field, he’ll face a Duck defense that has tallied 34 quarterback sacks this season. With Winston — who finished sixth in this year’s… Read more

Ohio State’s Joey Bosa named 1st team AP All-American; J.T. Barrett, Michael Bennett make 3rd team

December 16, 2014
Individual awards kept rolling in for the Buckeyes on Tuesday as one player was named a first team Associated Press All-American and two others picked up third team honors. Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named to the first team while senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each garnered third-team honors. The first team All-American selection for Bosa adds to an already successful awards season, as Bosa was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik — given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player — and the Rotary Lombardi Award for the top lineman or linebacker in the country. Bosa was also named the Big Ten Defensive… Read more

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman named head coach at Houston

December 15, 2014
Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman has officially been named the next head coach at Houston, the school announced Tuesday. Herman is set to be introduced at Houston in a Friday press conference, the school announced in a press release. His contract spans five years and is worth $6.75 million. The release said Herman will stay with the Buckeyes’ coaching staff until OSU’s run in the College Football Playoff comes to an end. “This is a tremendous opportunity for my family and I to come back to Houston and lead one of the top programs,” Herman said in the release. “I am looking forward to working with… Read more

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett finishes 5th in Heisman Trophy voting; Oregon’s Marcus Mariota wins

December 13, 2014
Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a record-setting season as the Buckeyes’ starter. Barrett — who fractured his ankle in OSU’s regular season finale against Michigan — led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record as a starter and set school records for total touchdowns, total yards and passing touchdowns in a season. His 45 total touchdowns also set a new Big Ten single-season record, breaking the mark previously held by current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native finished behind Heisman winner and Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama junior wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back… Read more

Braxton Miller’s father reportedly says quarterback plans on returning to Ohio State

December 12, 2014
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller intends to return to the Buckeyes next season, his father said, according to a Friday article in The Columbus Dispatch. “Unless something drastic changes, that’s his plan, that’s why he went to Ohio State,” Kevin Miller said, according to The Dispatch. “He loves Ohio State. So right now that’s what the plan is, to come back and do whatever he can do to help the team make it to the playoffs again next year and win the title.” Braxton Miller was widely considered to be a Heisman Trophy candidate coming into the season, but tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp.… Read more

Kam Williams’ career-high point output leads Ohio State to 97-43 win over High Point

December 10, 2014
After 10 minutes and seven seconds, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team had just a seven-point lead against High Point on Wednesday night. Then redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams was subbed into the game. Less than a minute after taking the floor, Williams hit a pull-up 3-pointer, then tacked on another five points in just over two minutes. By halftime, he had 13 points on four-for-four shooting from the floor as the Buckeyes took a 43-24 lead into the break. After the game, Williams said his success shooting the ball stems from the work he puts in between games. “Well I try to take all of my shots in… Read more

Urban Meyer, Nick Saban matchup brings memories of past meetings between Ohio State and Alabama

December 9, 2014
Paul “Bear” Bryant and Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes. The first time the Ohio State Buckeyes and Alabama Crimson Tide took the field against each other, the two legendary coaches squared off in a battle for the — wait for it — Sugar Bowl championship in New Orleans. Now, almost 37 years to the date, two more legendary football coaches will roam the sidelines in the 2015 installment of the Sugar Bowl. While they don’t have nicknames like “Woody” or “Bear,” OSU’s Urban Meyer and Alabama’s Nick Saban know each other all too well. They’ve squared off three times as members of the Southeastern Conference when Meyer was at the University… Read more

Ohio State’s Vonn Bell chose a longer trip, but ended up on the same path

December 9, 2014
Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Ga., is just over a three-hour drive from the University of Alabama. The drive from Ridgeland to Ohio State is about four hours longer. In 2013, the football program up north in Columbus was on the rise — coach Urban Meyer had just led his Buckeyes to an undefeated season in his first year on the job. But the program down south in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was already on top of the world. Coach Nick Saban had just led the Crimson Tide to its second-straight national title, and third in four years. The Southeastern Conference was the pinnacle of college football, and nearly every top recruit… Read more

Big Ten Champion Ohio State Buckeyes are playoff bound

December 7, 2014
Season-ending injures to two Heisman Trophy caliber quarterbacks, a week-two loss to an unranked opponent and the death of a teammate. That’s the string of adversity the Ohio State football team had to overcome on its way to a 59-0 drubbing of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game and an eventual berth in the first-ever College Football Playoff. “We can say we did that and it just shows how truly special this group is and how we can come together, coaching staff, support staff, players, everyone,” senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said after OSU’s title-game win. “We just all came together and it was truly special.” Senior cornerback Doran… Read more