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Jalin Marshall ‘moving up the ladder’

September 18, 2014
During spring camp, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall’s status was largely in question after the Middletown, Ohio, native underwent offseason surgery. Three weeks into the season, those questions are becoming a thing of the past. Marshall has already made his impact on the Ohio State offense, as he scored his first career touchdown last week against the Kent State Golden Flashes in a 66-0 victory. Following his first-ever score wearing the Scarlet and Gray, Marshall said he was happy to put the trials and tribulations of the offseason behind him. “I’ve had some injuries and setbacks, but the journey is worth it,” Marshall said. “This is a great university and crowd… Read more

Ohio State focuses on pass defense during week off

September 18, 2014
In its season-opening win against Toledo last week, the Cincinnati football team attempted 42 passes. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he was worried the Bearcats could throw it 75 times when they face the Buckeyes, but then backtracked and decided his concern lies with a different statistic. “No, I’m worried they’d catch it 75 times,” Meyer said Wednesday. “It’s ‘cause they’re really good.” Meyer said pass defense is his main focus during OSU’s week off after a 66-0 win against Kent State last Saturday. Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel — who has just one game under his belt for the Bearcats — threw for 418 yards and six touchdowns… Read more

Bye week a mix of development, preparation for Ohio State football

September 18, 2014
The Ohio State football team is moving full steam ahead during its bye week. Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that his team has already started preparing for its matchup against Cincinnati next week and added that he is excited about the development of his young players.  “Its fun right now,” Meyer said of his plethora of young playmakers. “I kind of like where we’re at. We are still not the finished product, but a lot of those guys are young and they are going to be here for a while now.” One of those players is redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who, despite playing sporadically as a freshman in 2012,… Read more

Ohio State working hard during bye week to prepare for Cincinnati Bearcats

September 16, 2014
The national perception of a bye week in football seems to be that teams will rest and enjoy some time away from the game. Ohio State is not one of those teams. Coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten conference call that his team will not be taking much time off during its bye week following a 66-0 win against Kent State on Saturday. “Last Tuesday I made a decision during practice — we went 55 plays on a Tuesday, which normally, you don’t do,” Meyer said. “We have to get these guys game reps. From our starting quarterback to our starting right guard, to our two tailbacks,… Read more

Opinion: 5 questions to ponder during Ohio State’s bye week

September 16, 2014
Three games into a new season, fans of the Ohio State football team have seen three different products on the field. In the first game, the Buckeyes used a second half surge to beat Navy in Baltimore, but the team fell off in week two. A loss to Virginia Tech showed a different OSU — one that could very well struggle through the Big Ten schedule — despite moments of promise. In week three, the team shellacked Kent State, 66-0, but it’s hard to know exactly what that says about the Buckeyes’ potential. With OSU scheduled for a week off before taking on Cincinnati, here are five thoughts to ponder… Read more

Opinion: NFL drug policy flawed, not broken

September 16, 2014
While the NFL has been garnering attention lately for its handling of domestic violence, much of the league’s attention has been fixed on reworking its drug policy. And after a quick look at the reported major points of the new policy, it’s easy to see why it needed an update. First of all, it was clear that marijuana should not be treated as seriously as other drugs considering some states have gone so far as to legalize the drug, opting for regulations similar to those that surround the consumption of alcohol. That did not stop the NFL — under its old policy — from imposing a 16-game suspension on Cleveland… Read more

Ohio State offense progressing behind young talent

September 15, 2014
When the Ohio State football team took the field over the weekend, just three of the offensive starters were regulars in the lineup last season. But despite playing with little experience under their belts, OSU’s offense still managed to put 66 points on the board. While that can partially be attributed to the team’s game plan and what coach Urban Meyer called an advantage in the column against Kent State, the impact of some young players with natural ability is undeniable three weeks into a new season. In the shutout win against the Golden Flashes, 23 different freshmen and redshirt-freshmen took the field, with six of those players contributing either… Read more

Opinion: NFL, Roger Goodell must be more consistent with punishments

September 15, 2014
The NFL took yet another hit to its reputation Friday afternoon when it was announced that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. The Vikings deactivated Peterson prior to their game against the Patriots before re-activating him a day later. On Monday, the same day he was re-activated, additional reports came out stating Peterson injured a different son in a separate incident. Peterson’s indictment capped what might have been one of the worst weeks in NFL history. The league will be trying for a long time to repair its image after mishandling a domestic violence incident between former Baltimore… Read more

J.T. Barrett picks up records, awards early in career

September 15, 2014
Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes. Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing. Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning… Read more

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett collects two weekly Big Ten awards

September 15, 2014
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has collected his second and third Big Ten awards in just his third week of play. Barrett was named the Big Ten freshman and offensive player of the week Monday, marking the second time in three weeks he has won offensive freshman of the week, after he won the same award week one against Navy. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native threw for 312 yards on 23 of 30 passing and tied the OSU single game record for touchdown passes with six against Kent State on Saturday. The 300-yard passing performance was the first time a Buckeye quarterback had amassed 300 yards since Troy Smith threw for… Read more