Braxton Miller could have Antwaan Randle El type NFL career

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When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller switched positions, many media members portrayed the decision as a selfless act by an individual placing team needs above his own. That’s a half-truth. Miller has no NFL future as a QB. He does have a lot of pro potential as a wide receiver though. So the situation is actually a win-win for Braxton Miller, for both his individual, and his team goals.

Take the case of former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El? Like Miller, he wasn’t tall enough to play quarterback in the NFL, so Randle El moved to receiver where he had a very fine pro career. He especially excelled on special teams. Braxton Miller is dynamic like Randle El, but he has more size.

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Is Urban Meyer Good For The Big Ten?

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From the time  it was announced that Jim Tressel would be leaving Ohio State, one man had been on the minds of not just the Buckeye faithful, but all of the Big Ten:  Urban Meyer. Even as Luke Fickell took over the reins for Ohio State last season, the writing was on the wall that Fickell was there to serve as the buffer between the Tressel and Meyer eras.

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Urban Meyer’s Greatest Task at Ohio State: on the field or off of it?

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The past few months have been rocky for Ohio State and Urban Meyer. Around this time last year we learned that due to a lack to player control (players selling team memorabilia in exchange for tattoos), Ohio State was forced to vacate wins from the 2010 season. Also, beloved head coach Jim Tressel, one of the schools winningest coaches, was forced to resign after knowingly withholding information about his players’ violations.

Due to the abrupt departure of Tressel, Luke Fickell took over as the interim head coach for the Buckeyes until they could find a permanent replacement (Meyer). With Fickell as a quick fix for the troubled program, Ohio State went 6-7, the first losing season for the Buckeyes since 1988.

After taking control, Urban Meyer is expected to clean up the program off the field, and lead the team back to success on the field. Which task will be toughest?

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Will Urban Meyer make an immediate Impact at Ohio State?

Urban Meyer’s recent move to Ohio State has been the cause of much speculation over the last season in the college football world. Although there has been little question as to whether the high-profile coach will succeed at OSU, many have wondered how soon Meyer will make his mark on the program.

For a team that posted a 3-5 conference record last year and is starting a second season with a second head coach after Jim Tressel, the outlook appears good for Urban and the Buckeyes. Although Ohio State is coming off of a disappointing season, Meyer is inheriting an offense with a similar system to what he ran in Florida, along with a defense that is returning nine starters.

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Ohio State Keeps Fickell, Vrabel on Staff, Add Defensive Coordinator

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer added another staff member today: Everett Withers, the current interim head coach at the University of North Carolina.

Withers has been a collegiate coach for 17 years and has also worked seven seasons in the National Football League: six years (2001-06) as defensive backs coach with the Tennessee Titans under Jeff Fisher, and a year (1994) as a defensive quality control coach for the New Orleans Saints. In Columbus, he’ll serve as co-defensive coordinator with this year’s interim Head Coach Luke Fickell.

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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…]

#15 Wisconsin Looks to Bounce Back Against Ohio State (Game Preview)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The #15 Wisconsin Badgers national title hopes may be dead, but their Big Ten title hopes are well and alive. Their route to the inaugural Big Ten Championship and a BCS bowl hits another potential barricade this weekend when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

At 4-3 and 1-2 in the conference, this Ohio State team is not your typical Buckeye team. In fact, this will be the first time since 1963 that the Badgers enter the game as the only ranked team.

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Ohio State to Honor Eddie George, Make Stadium Scarlet

The Ohio State Buckeyes are off this week, but they are planning a “Scarlet Out” for their next game, Oct. 29, when the Buckeyes host the #4 Wisconsin Badgers in an 8 p.m. ET kickoff.

They’ll also honor Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George at halftime.

The Ohio State Department of Athletics is encouraging all fans to dress warm, but to dress in scarlet for Homecoming. When you factor in the Badger fans making the trip (and their red), Ohio Stadium will resemble a Communist Party rally.

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Buckeyes John Simon Bright Spot in Mediocre Ohio St. Season

The Ohio State Buckeyes are having a very mediocre season. Their win at Illinois Saturday saved their season. It put them back over .500 and in the discussion for at least a minor bowl. Their offense is still terrible, but their defense has been very strong.

John Simon’s aggressive, relentless pursuit of the opposition is a big reason why. The junior defensive tackle from Youngstown, Ohio, is climbing up NFL scouts draft boards as this week he took home the Defensive Player of the Week Award from the Big Ten Conference.

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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…]

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…]