The good, the bad, and the ugly: Ohio State’s first half of the season

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The Good:

Believe it or not, there are good things coming out of this season for Ohio State. The problem is, most of the good is looking towards the future; and most of it concerns Braxton Miller. Though he struggled early, the highly touted freshman is beginning to come into his own. His arm is obviously not developed yet, but the athleticism is there in full. At Nebraska, Miller was 5-8 for 95 yards and a touchdown while running nine times for 91 yards. It’s likely that OSU would have won the game had Miller not sprained his ankle in the second half. [Read more…]

OSU Buckeyes WR Devier Posey Must Sit Another 5 Games

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As bad as things have been for the Ohio State Buckeyes offense this season, they’re probably not getting better any time soon. Possibly the most important on-the-field member of the Tattoo five, their best receiver by far, Devier Posey isn’t coming back until he serves another five game suspension.

This statement from Ohio St. AD Gene Smith says it all about what they’re feeling in Columbus.

“I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey. This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five game suspension already served by this student athlete.”

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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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Sugar Bowl Sweetness: Big Ten Redemption, Ohio State Finally Beats SEC

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U2 once told us “nothing changes on a New Year’s Day.” Not so this January one, as the Big Ten was absolutely slaughtered all around in the four college football bowl games they played that day. What hurt the most was the 0-3 “Big Ten/SEC Challenge” component of those four, as the face off between power conferences in one of the most crucial aspects of bowl season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes came in 0-9 all time vs. the SEC in bowl games, and it didn’t seem like they would help the Big Ten’s 2-5 record this bowl season.

But the tenth time was the charm as Ohio State improved 6-4 in BCS bowl games (more appearances than any other school) and 5-3 in BCS bowls under Jim Tressel.

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Terrelle Pryor – Championship Quarterback?

There’s a question that has hung over the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes like a yellow cloud since April. The question is still fraught with significance in late October as the team prepares for another back alley brawl with the Wisconsin Badgers. Reporters spring the question on every member of the Ohio State football program: Jim Tressel, Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Saine, Cameron Heyward, Devin Barclay. After the games or on media day, no one is spared the question, “How do feel about the development of Terrelle Pryor as a quarterback?”

By Hans Hetrick

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Buckeyes DeVier Posey: Terrelle Pryor’s Favorite Target

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Ohio State quarterback and Heisman candidate Terrelle Pryor has said he’s looking for junior wideout Devier Posey one-on-one, and every time he sees that matchup, he’s taking it.

“He’s grown a lot, he sees matchups, he sees coverages and he goes to his best options,” the 6-2, 213 pound receiver from Cincinnati said about his QB, and his targeting on him.

“So we talk about it: don’t have your mind made up in the huddle. And he’s taking that, absorbing that and becoming better at it and reading on the run,” Posey continued.

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Ohio State 2010: Preseason Jitters

This Thursday, at about 7:15 p.m. on September 2, the 2010 Ohio State Football Buckeyes will rush from the depths of Ohio Stadium and onto the Horseshoes’s FieldTurf for their opening game battle against the Marshall Thundering Herd. For the faithful, there will be goose bumps. For the rest of the college football community (and the Ohio faithful too), there will be a torrential downpour of expectations for the Buckeyes to play up to. And for many Ohio State fans, that’s a little scary.

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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.