Buckeyes Jermale Hines Gives Ohio St. a Coach on the Field

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Chicago may be nicknamed “the windy city,” but there’s another place in Illinois, about three hours south, reknown for powerful wind. (The “Windy City” moniker actually has nothing to do with wind. It actually originated with New York City politicians condescending to Chicago city officials who talked a big game about the 1893 World’s Fair).

Zuppke Field, at University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, is a place where gale force winds can affect the outcome of a game as much as player performances and coaching decisions. You might recall 2002 Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, when Lions Coach Marty Mohrniweg made the ill-fated, bone-headed decision to give up the ball in overtime, in order to have that infamous wind at his back.

Ohio State senior free safety Jermale Hines noticed. “It was big because the offense is so limited. When facing the wind, they tend not to throw the ball too deep, a lot of short passes and things like that. And with the wind, they tend to try to go deep,” the 6-1, 216 pound DB from Cleveland said.

By Paul M. Banks

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Ohio State’s Chimdi Chekwa National Defensive Player of the Week

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Ohio State Buckeye Chimdi Chekwa, a Jim Thorpe award candidate (best national defensive back)
and senior corner from Clermont, FL picked off a pair of passes and recorded two pass breakups, while adding six tackles and a tackle for loss to help hold the offense of #12 Miami (Fla.) to only 10 points. For his efforts, Chekwa was named Walter Camp national defensive player of the year and Big Ten defensive player of the week. Michigan QB Denard Robinson took the offensive award in both categories.

By Paul M. Banks

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Half of Ohio State Secondary named Thorpe Award Candidates

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Ohio State seniors Chimdi Chekwa and Jermale Hines were named to the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list. It lists the 35 of the nation’s best defensive backs.

Chekwa, a senior corner, recorded 43 tackles, one interception and seven pass break-ups last season and has three INT’s and 20 break-ups in his career. He’ll serve as veteran of the defensive backfield this season with 39 career games under his belt.

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