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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Terrelle Pryor and Oakland Raiders will soon likely be parting ways

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Terrelle Pryor is on his way out of Oakland. According to Fox Sports:

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: AFC West

With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, I will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the AFC West goes under the microscope.

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NFL postpones supplemental draft

Terrelle Pryor Leaving Ohio State: IT’S OFFICIAL

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Well, it’s now official- the college football career of Terrelle Pryor is now over. The most hyped recruit in quite some time, the consensus #1 national recruit of 2007 now ends his Ohio State Buckeyes career amidst scandal and with a resume that fell well short of expectations.

According to Pryor’s lawyer, Larry James, he “has decided to forego his senior season” for “the best interest of (his) teammates.”

His lawyer described “an emotional roller-coaster” surrounding the NCAA investigations pertaining to him and his many automobiles. The quarterback and face of the program, he isn’t exactly being the “captain who goes down with the ship.” But then again, the S.S. Buckeye seems to almost already 100% underwater already.

Pryor is considering staying in Columbus to complete his final year as a student, but will more than likely petition the league to enter the NFL’s Supplemental Draft. Now I don’t do Supplmental mock drafts, (I can’t think of anyone who does, or would) but I hear he’s projected in the 3rd-4th round.

Pryor posted a 31-4 record as a starter in three seasons and led the Buckeyes to two BCS bowl wins (2011 Sugar, 2010 Rose). However there was no point at which he ever truly resembled a Heisman candidate, or even the best QB in the Big Ten for that matter, during his career. he put solid numbers, but he’ll be forever be remembered as inter-twined with the darkest days of the Buckeye program.

Terrelle Pryor’s Sweet Ride, Chances He’ll Leave Ohio State

At least five sources close to college football and the NFL have told CBS’ Len Pasquarelli that the five Ohio State Buckeyes suspended for the first five games of the season are expected to at least reconsider their supplemental draft stock.

It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, but a lot more options are on the table. Everyone wants to talk about Terrelle Pryor, one of the most publicized (read: extremely overrated) players in Big Ten history when it comes to the “Buckeye Five” (aw what a cute name- they’re such persecuted and oppressed political prisoners), but it’s Devier Posey who really has the highest NFL draft stock of the group.

By Paul M. Banks

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More Jim Tressel Infractions Revealed; May miss Ohio State Spring Season

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As Bruce Pearl learned from the University of Tennessee last week, it’s not so much the NCAA infractions, it’s the lying that really matters. Things got worse for officially “embattled” Ohio State Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel; and things will likely continue to get worse for the leader of one of college football’s premier programs.

Multiple sources told the Columbus Dispatch that Tressel forwarded e-mails containing info about players selling merchandise to a local tattoo parlor owner who was under federal investigation– therefore rendering them ineligible for the 2010 season – to one of the player’s  mentors.

The fact that the player in question is the face of their program Terrelle Pryor,  and a player already suspended, is even more devastating.
By Paul M. Banks

Ohio State Calls Emergency Press Conference, Tressel’s Job in Jeopardy?

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E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, Gene Smith, vice president and director of athletics, and Jim Tressel, head football coach, will address the media at the Jack Nicklaus Museum tonight at 7 PM ET.

The availability will be streamed live on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

What is this about? Obviously, it’s about whether Tressel had any advance knowledge of the infractions (and possibly covered them up) before the NCAA suspended Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, and Devier Posey for five games in the 2011 season.

Things don’t look good in Columbus, and it all stems from a Yahoo report questioning what Tressel knew and when did he know it.ji

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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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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, 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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Limiting Terrelle Pryor’s Media Access: Certainly in Ohio State’s Best Interest

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When you’re named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year not once, but twice and yet still uninvited to Big Ten Media Day on both occasions, it really says something about your University’s interest in having you talk with the press.

Such is the case with Ohio State Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor.

And despite all the substantial efforts by Ohio State marketing and public relations professionals to limit Pryor’s access and/or augment his public persona, he’s still getting as much publicity from his verbal gaffes as he is from his play on the college football field.

By Paul M. Banks

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