Ohio State ground game keeping Buckeyes in Big Ten race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State has won three straight games in the Big Ten – and completed just 13 total passes while doing so. The Bucks are last in the Big Ten and 118th in the nation with just 115 passing yards per game. Yet OSU sits at 6-3 with a legitimate shot at the inaugural Big Ten title game. How is this possible? With a stellar running attack. [Read more…]

Rapid Reaction: Ohio State 34, Indiana 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The defense looked shaky and Ohio State continued to struggle in the passing game, but the Buckeyes outlasted Indiana to sneak by at home 34-20. It went down to the wire, but the OSU run game was dominant, and the defense came up with a late interception to shut down Indiana’s hopes of an upset. The Hoosiers showed some flashes of great play, but have still yet to win against an FBS opponent this season. [Read more…]

Ohio State Extends Badgers Nightmare on the Road (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In what has become a very bizarre or mediocre year (whatever you would like to call it) in the Big Ten, one of the conference’s perceived best received their second loss. Dan “Boom” Herron and Braxton Miller ran wild as the Ohio State Buckeyes shocked the Wisconsin Badgers in a 33-29 win.

Ohio State’s (5-4, 2-2) offense methodically out-played Wisconsin’s (6-2, 2-2) offense and took advantage of many defensive miscues from the Badgers. None bigger than the secondary’s blown coverage with 20 seconds in the fourth quarter when Miller connected with Devin Smith for a wide-open and game-winning 40 yard touchdown.
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Buckeyes Boom Herron Blows Up in Return From NCAA Suspension

 

Daniel “Boom” Herron wears #1 for the Ohio State Buckeyes. And when you see the difference he makes, it’s easy to understand why. He is the bonafide number one in their backfield “2 is not a winner, 3 nobody remembers.”

Yesterday, in the 17-7 win over previously unbeaten Illinois, Herron made his return from NCAA suspension. His first carry on the second play from scrimmage went for a first down; and he finished with 114 yards on 23 carries and one TD. It marked the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career.
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Running back controversy a good problem for Ohio State

 

 

 

 

 

 

The quarterback issue at Ohio State is settled. Braxton Miller is the starter – he solidified the position after a solid performance at Nebraska. Joe Bauserman further solidified the position after an abysmal performance (1-10 passing for 13 yards) when he came in for the injured Miller

The question now for Ohio State – and one that is a far better problem to have – is at running back. Carlos Hyde stepped up big against Nebraska, but senior Dan ‘Boom’ Herron returns from suspension this week, giving Ohio State the enjoyable problem of having multiple running backs who can be successful. [Read more…]

OSU Buckeyes Will Be Without Best WR, RB vs. Nebraska This Week

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Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith announced today that further violations have been discovered and that three college football players have been declared ineligible for this weekend’s game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Those players are Marcus Hall, DeVier Posey and Daniel Herron. The university has submitted a request for reinstatement on behalf of each student-athlete, but it is anticipated that each will sit out at least the game this weekend.

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Did Ohio State’s Jim Tressel Have Advance Knowledge of Infractions?

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Shortly before college football’s Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel’s program was rocked with scandal. His star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, wide receiver Devier Posey and running back Boom Herron, among others were reprimanded for selling their awards, memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. As you know, they’ll be suspended for about the first half of 2011.

Yahoo! Sports released an investigative report Monday claiming the Buckeyes head football coach knew his players were selling memorabilia for cash eight months before they were suspended by the NCAA for five games in the 2011 season.

With the college basketball team about to start March Madness as the nation’s #1 overall seed, maybe the timing here is perfect?

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Terrelle Pryor, Devier Posey, Boom Herron Suspended for Half the 2011 Season

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It was just announced today that five college football players from The Ohio State University must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel and receiving improper benefits in 2009. Yes,the Buckeyes will indeed be without some of their key players for one game less than half the year.

A sixth football player must sit out the first game in 2011 for receiving discounted services in violation of NCAA rules.

In addition to missing OSU’s first contests of 2011, Mike Adams, Daniel “Boom” Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas must repay money and benefits ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,500. The repayments must be made to a charity.

The Draconian harshness of the ruling, when compared against the Cam Newton situation, which resulted in no infraction, will no doubt inspire of legions of Buckeye fans to cry foul and accuse the NCAA of hypocrisy.

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Ohio State at Iowa: The Perils

There’s much more than one peril that can eat up the Buckeyes and their five-straight Big Ten title rear end against the Iowa Hawkeyes today. First and foremost, they are playing the Iowa Hawkeyes, a physical, talented team that has let three football games slip through their fingers so far this year. Second peril, they’re pissed off. After losing those three games by only nine points, getting on a roll, locking in, and serving Ohio State a big plate of whupping would make the Hawkeyes feel a lot better about themselves this year.

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Daniel “Boom” Herron Becomes the Man

Over the past two weeks, Daniel “Boom” Herron has emerged as the go-to-guy for the Ohio State Buckeye offense. It all started after halftime in the Wisconsin game. Herron, after only four carries in the first half for 36 yards, anchored the Buckeyes’ first touchdown drive of the game with 6 carries for 32 yards, including an impressive 13 yard touchdown burst. After a Badger punt, the Bucks drove down the field again. Again, Herron served as the catalyst, punching the ball into the endzone with three straight tough runs from the Wisconsin 7 yard line.

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Ohio State Season Preview

By Anthony Zilis

Ohio State has won 33 games in the last three years, winning the conference championship each year. At any other Big Ten school this couldn’t possibly be considered a dry spell.

But after losing BCS bowls each season, many consider this period for the Buckeyes just that.

Still, Jim Tressel’s group is looking to extend a run of four straight Big Ten titles and make it back to the BCS Championship game for the third time in four years. A bout with USC in Columbus the second week of the season should give a major indication of how the Buckeyes’ season should go.

If they win, they’re as much of a national championship contender as anyone. If they lose, an undefeated finish to the season would be crucial for any hopes.

Tressel’s bunch seems well-equipped to accomplish the feat, even with an important group of players graduating.

Here’s a unit-by-unit preview of how they should line up.

Running back

The Buckeyes replace one of the top running backs in the nation in current Cardinal Chris “Beanie” Wells. Wells accumulated 30 touchdowns throughout his three-year college career and was a staple in the Buckeye backfield.

“It’s difficult to replace a Beanie Wells,” head coach Jim Tressel said. “Beanie was an outstanding player, and he was the kind of guy that as the season went on or as the game went on, he got stronger and stronger.”

They’ll look to sophomore Dan “Boom” Herron to take that spot. Herron was used primarily as a speed back last year, but will have to develop a more complete game in order to fulfill the all-important starting role.

Brandon “Zoom” Saine, another speedy back, should get some time, but probably isn’t equipped to be the starter.

Tressel thinks the combination of “Boom” and “Zoom” should be able to make up for the loss of Wells.

“Danny Herron is a tough kid, a good ball carrier, excellent pass protector, is solid in the passing game,” Tressel said. “Brandon had a very good spring, as did Danny.”

Quarterback

Terrelle Pryor was one of the most hyped freshmen in the country last year.

This year, he’s one of the most hyped sophomores.

After having a solid ’08 campaign, Pryor was named Big Ten preseason player of the year.

“I think the experiences Terrelle got this past fall were very, very valuable,” Tressel said. “He has a real passion to do well. He wants to make sure he can do all that the team needs, and I thought for a freshman he was pretty careful with the football and grew to learn from every experience he had.”

Pryor’s aerial game was conservative last season, but his touchdown to interception ratio was fantastic at 12 to four. Expect the passing game to be unleashed this year.

The impressive part of him game, though, came on the ground. Pryor rushed for 631 yards and five touchdowns, showing he was the athlete who some thought would fit nicely in Michigan’s spread offense.

But the part of Pryor’s makeup that Tressel wants his quarterback to improve is his leadership.

“He’s so young he hasn’t had a chance to … demonstrate that he’ll be there for them over time,” Tressel said. “Even when it’s going rough, he’s there for them. When it’s going good, he’s there for them.”

Offensive Line

The Buckeyes have three starters returning on a veteran line, and look to protect their preseason offensive player of the year quarterback. Center Michael Brewster leads the group. Jim Cordle started at both center and left guard last year, and will move to right tackle this season.

The interesting story, though, has been tackle Justin Boren, who transferred from arch rival Michigan. Boren has the chance to be one of the best run blockers in the Big Ten.

If he lives up to his potential, this offensive line could dominate their counterparts.

Receivers

The Buckeyes have very little production returning at receiver with Brian Robiskie’s graduation.

Devier Posey, a former five-star recruit, could have a breakout year and junior Dane Sanzenbacher should also get a good amount of receptions.

But Tressel thinks that a high percentage of receptions could come from tight end Jake Ballard.

“Over the years we’ve had very good wideouts,” Tressel said. “Sometimes they get a little more attention, and if you’re a tight end and you can beat the matchup, usually one person, and that quarterbacks confident you can go up and catch the ball, you might have a chance to.”

Secondary

The secondary lost its star, Malcolm Jenkins to the NFL, but should bounce back.

“It’s tough to replace a Malcolm,” safety Kurt Coleman said. “He did so many things for this team. He made it a lot easier. He could basically just shut down that side of the receiving field. But we have so many people to just, kind of fill the void. “

Senior Andre Amos, who has battled injury throughout his career, should be one of the players to fill the void left by Jenkins, and three returning starters should also soften the blow. Coleman returns along with fellow senior Anderson Russell and junior Chimdi Chekwa.

“Andre Amos has been here for five years,” Coleman said. “He knows the system, he’s 100 percent healthy and he’s able to play with the rest of us.”

Linebackers

Probably the most intriguing unit on the team, the linebacking corps was one of the best in the nation in ’08.

But this year they lose all three starters, including current pros James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman.

But Ross Homan and Austin Spitler are expected to step in seamlessly, while Tyler Moeller, Jr. Brian Rolle, Soph. Etienne Sabino, and true freshman Dorian Belle, one of the top linebacking recruits, are all expected to contend for the starting spot.

“Any of those guys can come in and play,” Coleman said. “We’re fast this year, they can move.”

Defensive line

The defensive line is a unique group that should be a major strength of this team.

Junior defensive ends Thaddeus Gibson and Cameron Heyward are the two most notable returners to this unit, but the tackles Dexter Larimore and Dough Worthington are also talented.

Worthington said the special thing about this line is its versatility, saying that each lineman can play each line position.

“With today’s offenses, you’ve got to give them a lot of different looks, make sure they’re not seeing the same thing every play,” Worthington said.