#16 Ohio State Buckeyes: College Football 77 in 77

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2010 was the year that (technically) didn’t happen for Ohio State.  All 12 of the team’s wins from last season will never be recorded, including a win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl that would have ended their all-time 0-9 drought against the SEC.  The 2010-2011 offense was supposed to be one of Jim Tressel’s best.   Now there is no Tressel, and three members of the starting offense are gone for at-least five games, with one Terrelle Pryor taking a permanent vacation from college football.

Yet from the ashes of the biggest scandal in Columbus since Maurice Clarett rises a squad that will still compete this year.  The team will be younger and much less experienced than anyone ever believed it would be, starting with new Head Coach, Luke Fickell, down to a green receiving corps mostly made up of freshmen and sophomores, but the talent is there.  The question is, will talent in lieu of a lack of  game experience be enough to carry this team to another Big Ten crown?

Did you like the intro? It was guest written by my OSU guy Jeff Beck. Now I’ll take over for the rest of the 77 in 77.

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Buckeyes Mike Brewster Leads Way for new Ohio State Quarterback

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For the 2011 Ohio State Buckeyes, Center Mike Brewster is becoming a leader in the same mold as Alex Stepanovich, the Center on the 2002 national title team.

And leadership is an extremely valuable asset for a center to have, as they’re making all the calls in the trenches on offense, kind of like how a middle linebacker must make proper adjustments and calls on defense. It’s very key for a center to be calm and collected. NOT “calm and collective,” as you often hear athletes mispronounce the phrase. Unless they’re striving to be both mild-mannered and join a socialist, agrarian community with a Utopian vision of societal structure, then the phrase makes sense.

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Mike Brewster: Ohio State’s Leader Up Front

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With the multitude of megastar skill position players possessed by the Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s pretty easy to overlook the offensive line. And that’s the nature of football– OL is the most overlooked position group of all.

People like to talk about Terrelle Pryor first, then the tailbacks Brandon Saine and Dan “Boom” Herron, or the linebackers Brian Rolle and Ross Homan. With his highlight return last week, even Cam Heyward is getting some pub. And CB Chimdi Chekwa was national defensive player of the week.

But no one talks about Ohio State Center Mike Brewster, who is becoming a  leader in the same mold as Alex Stepanovich, the Center on the 2002 national title team.

By Paul M. Banks

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