Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TBT VIDEO: WR DEVIER POSEY

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of junior wide receiver DeVier Posey during Tuesday's media luncheon at the Fawcett Center in Columbus.

In the video below, Posey discusses the Buckeyes array of offensive weapons, as well as the differences between the 2009 and 2010 versions of the OSU offense ...

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In the video below, Posey talks about the team's mentality on the road, and the beginning of Big Ten play ... 

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In the video below, Posey speaks about his teammate and fellow wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher ...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

TBT VIDEO: DT JOHN SIMON

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of sophomore defensive tackle John Simon during Tuesday's media luncheon at the Fawcett Center in Columbus.


In the video below, Simon talks about if he's satisfied with where he and the Buckeyes are at this point of the season, on the demands of Coach Jim Heacock, and who his biggest football influence growing up was ...

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In the video below, Simon talks about playing different techniques, and what he knows about the Illinois offense ...

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TBT VIDEO: KICKER DEVIN BARCLAY

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of senior kicker Devin Barclay during Tuesday's media luncheon at the Fawcett Center in Columbus.

In the video below, Barclay talks about the start of the Big Ten season and the Buckeyes first road game of 2010 ...

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In the video below, Barclay speaks about the toughest place he has ever played (and it isn't hwere you think) , and eveything he knows about the Illibuck Trophy ...

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NOTES FROM TUESDAY'S LUNCHEON

Photo of Terrelle Pryor by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor put together an amazing performance against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, compiling 348 yards of total offense and six touchdowns (4 pass, 1 run, 1 receiving) in the 73-20 rout of the Eagles.

The fantastic outing garnered the Buckeye star Big Ten offensive player of the week honors, as well as a major boost in the Heisman Trophy race.

So ... the main question during Tuesday's media luncheon in Columbus: Was this the week that Pryor finally received a winning grade by the OSU coaching staff?

Monday, September 27, 2010

SANZENBACHER GETS NO RESPECT, PRYOR TAKES BIG TEN POTW HONOR

Photo of Dane Sanzenbacher by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher is the Rodney Dangerfield of college football — he gets "no respect."

The senior pass catcher has dazzled this season for the second-ranked Buckeyes, hauling in 20 receptions for 316 yards and a Big Ten-best five touchdowns, and yet, he isn't even considered an elite wideout in the conference. In fact, many people don't even consider him the best on his own team.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

PRYOR, OSU OFFENSE MAKE HUGE STATEMENT IN 73-20 ROUT OF EAGLES

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, left, escapes the grasp of Eastern Michigan's Brandon Slater during the Buckeyes 73-20 win on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
COLUMBUS — Terrelle Pryor was Mr. Everything for the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday evening at Ohio Stadium.

The junior quarterback did it all against the inferior Eastern Michigan Eagles, totaling 348 yards of offense and six touchdowns in the Buckeyes 73-20 blowout victory.

Friday, September 24, 2010

GAME PREVIEW — OBJECTIVE VS. WINLESS EMU: JUST GET BETTER

COLUMBUS — Eastern Michigan has not won a college football game since November 28, 2008.

The Eagles have lost 15 straight contests, and have been outscored in that span by a margin of three touchdowns per game. And this is by a team that resides in the Mid-American Conference — not exactly the SEC.

So how in the world can Ohio State — the No. 2 rated team in the nation — get up for such a miserable opponent this Saturday at The Horseshoe?

"Just like last week," OSU tight end Jake Stoneburner said.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MOELLER BACK TO HIS OLD SELF, SECONDARY IS BATTLING INJURY

Photo of Tyler Moeller by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — After sitting out a full year — following a major head injury prior to 2009 — Ohio State senior star Tyler Moeller had to find a way to get his feet under him, knock the rust off, and return to being the player that many envisioned him being coming into last season.

"When he left here the spring of '09, we assumed he'd be a starter," OSU head coach Jim Tressel said of Moeller. "We always say that a guy never loses his position in our minds with an injury ...

"But we weren't sure how it was going to play out."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TBT VIDEO: TE JAKE STONEBURNER

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times media luncheon video footage of Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner on Tuesday afternoon at the Fawcett Center in Columbus.

Stoneburner, in the video below, speaks about the OSU rushing offense, not looking past 0-3 Eastern Michigan and the stressful job college football coaches have ...

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Stoneburner, in the video below, speaks about the growth of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, OSU facing a blitzing defense, and how he is ready to face a team who doesn't wear green ...

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TBT VIDEO: SENIOR TYLER MOELLER

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times media luncheon video footage of Ohio State senior star Tyler Moeller on Tuesday afternoon at the Fawcett Center in Columbus.

Moeller, in the video below, speaks about being motivated to come back after suffering a head injury, if he felt rusty, and what the Buckeyes defense can do to improve even more ...

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Moeller, in the video below, talks about being hit for the first since the injury, getting prepared for 0-3 Eastern Michigan, and his thoughts on beginning classes this week ...

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TBT VIDEO: HEAD COACH JIM TRESSEL

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times media luncheon video footage of Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel at the Fawcett Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The Buckeyes mentor talked to the media about the Ohio Bobcat mascot episode, an updated injury report, and his thoughts on Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio ...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

HEYWARD IS THE BEST DAMN DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE LAND

Photo of Cameron Heyward by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — I have come to learn two incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and Cameron Heyward is the best defensive player in the country.

The 6-foot-5, 288 pound senior defensive end has been devastating for the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes this season, manhandling opposing offensive lineman as if they were a piece of tissue paper trying to hold back a tsunami.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

NO HANGOVER ON SATURDAY, BUCKEYES DOMINATE BOBCATS

Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward records a safety during the Buckeyes 43-7 win over Ohio on Saturday in Columbus. (AP photo/Terry Gilliam)
COLUMBUS — Perhaps the biggest concern entering Saturday's football game with Ohio University was whether or not the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes were going to have some sort of hangover following their big win last weekend against Miami.

Well, if there was any hangover to speak of, it was the Bobcats who suffered the nauseating symptoms, as the Buckeyes came out in attack mode on Saturday at Ohio Stadium and handed the visitors a 43-7 defeat, smothering them with a swarming defense and a deadly, yet methodical offense.

Friday, September 17, 2010

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKS NEED TO AVOID HANGOVER VS. BOBCATS

COLUMBUS — After Ohio State's convincing 12-point victory over the highly-ranked Miami Hurricanes last Saturday, the main concern this week going into their game against 1-1 Ohio University will be trying to avoid a pesky hangover.

Well, if you remember the last time these two teams faced one another in 2008, then you know that if it weren't for an OU muffed punt in the fourth quarter, and a Ray Small 69-yard touchdown return minutes later, the Bobcats could have easily handed the Buckeyes a defeat of Appalachian State proportions.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

PRYOR SHOULD GET A WINNING GRADE ON HIS DECISION MAKING

Photo of OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Coming into the 2010 season many people were keeping a close eye on the decision making of Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Yes, he was superb in the Rose Bowl victory over Oregon, and all through the preseason it appeared that Pryor's comfort level and decision-making process was at an all-time high. But as we all know, making good decisions in practice and making the right decision in games are two totally different things.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BARNETT OUT FOR SEASON; WILLIAMS STRONG; POSEY FAMILY SHOWDOWN

Ohio State strong safety C.J. Barnett will miss the remainder of the 2010 season with a knee injury. Photo by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore safety C.J. Barnett is out for the season, according to Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel.

Tressel stated Tuesday afternoon at the Fawcett Center in Columbus that his starting strong safety, who went down with a knee injury during last Saturday's win over Miami, is schedule to undergo surgery later today and will be unable to return for the rest of 2010.

"We unfortunately lost C.J. Barnett probably for the season ... " Tressel said. "I think today he'll be having surgery so we probably won't have him for the rest of the year."

TBT VIDEO: TUESDAY MEDIA LUNCHEON WITH J. BOREN, LARIMORE

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times interview footage from Tuesday's media luncheon with senior offensive guard Justin Boren and senior defensive tackle Dexter Larimore ...

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

OSU WANTED TO GET PRESSURE ON HARRIS ... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

OSU defensive end Nathan Williams celebrates after his interception Saturday against No. 12 Miami. Photo by The Buckeye Times/Joshua Stueve.
COLUMBUS — Going into Saturday's showdown with No. 12 Miami, the Ohio State defense knew that in order to obtain victory — and snap their early season big-game losing streak — they had to apply a ton of pressure on the Hurricanes star quarterback, Jacory Harris.

Mission accomplished.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

JUST PASSING THROUGH: NO. 2 BUCKEYES DOWN 'CANES, 36-24

Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward takes down Miami tailback Damien Berry, during the Buckeyes' 36-24 win on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. (Photo by The Buckeye Times/Joshua Stueve)
COLUMBUS —With the Miami Hurricanes in town, the Ohio State defense brought the thunder.

Led by captain Cameron Heyward and Chimdi Chekwa, the OSU defenders forced the Hurricanes into four turnovers in a 36-24 victory at Ohio Stadium. The No. 2 ranked Buckeyes held Miami to 104 yards of total offense in the first half and intercepted Canes quarterback Jacory Harris four times.

Friday, September 10, 2010

GAME PREVIEW: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE U

COLUMBUS — Who can blame the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes for focusing in on Saturday's showdown with the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes a little more than they usually would?

It is no secret that Ohio State hasn't fared very well in their marquee regular season (out-of-conference) showdowns the past two years. So, when the Buckeyes admit that they sort of looked past Marshall last week and ahead to Miami, it's pretty easy to understand why.

"There's definitely a few games you have circled on your schedule," Ohio State junior center Mike Brewster said.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

BREWSTER: WE DO OUR TALKING BETWEEN THE WHITE LINES

Photo of Michael Brewster, right, and Terrelle Pryor by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — When Ohio State center Michael Brewster takes the field on Saturday against the Miami Hurricanes, he'll have plenty of family and friends in Orlando that will be cheering for him, and only him, to do well.

"Even my friends that are Miami fans are like 'I'm going to be rooting for you, but I still hope you lose,' " Brewster said.

OSU NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES ...

Photo of Leonard Hankerson by InsideTheU.com
CHEKWA ON HANKERSON ... One of the notable match-ups for this Saturday's tilt between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 12 Miami will be out on the edge where Buckeyes senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa will showdown with Hurricanes star receiver Leonard Hankerson.

Hankerson is big (6-3, 205), fast, and can make catches anywhere on the field — sort of an Andre Johnson type — and has already made his presence felt this season, recording six receptions for 115 yards and two scores in Miami's opener against Florida A&M last Thursday night.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SABINO IS 'KIND OF' RED-SHIRTED

Photo of Etienne Sabino by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday that junior linebacker Etienne Sabino will red-shirt this season, if there are no unforeseen injuries.

"Right now day-by-day, we're kind of red-shirting him," Tressel said of Sabino. "His red-shirting is a day-by-day thing. He doesn't have any injury issues, nothing outside of football. For this moment he's red-shirting and if everyone's healthy going into the ball game, we'll probably hold him from the ball game."

Friday, September 3, 2010

MOELLER'S RETURN THURSDAY WAS INSPIRING, EVEN TO THIS WRITER

Photo of Tyler Moeller by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Sometimes it's difficult to separate being a reporter from being a fan of the game, but I must admit that on Thursday night when I watched Ohio State senior star/safety/kamikaze make play after play against visiting Marshall, it made me a little teary eyed.

This young man has come such a long, long way since July of 2009. That was when he was assaulted in a Florida pub while on vacation with his family. The attacker sucker punched Moeller — for no apparent reason — which sent the Buckeye star falling hard to the ground and causing him to hit his head on the bar floor below.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

BUCKS ROMP PAST HERD, 45-7

Photo of Ohio State defense by The Buckeye Times.Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t waste anytime getting its 2010 season underway on Thursday, Sept. 2 at Ohio Stadium.

In the 121st home opener in school history, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and tailback Brandon Saine lead the way as the Buckeyes dominated both sides of the ball in a 45-7 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd.

One of the biggest questions coming into opening night swirled around the workload of Pryor. With a huge game against the University of Miami one week away, many expected Head Coach Jim Tressel to pound the football with his boatload of talented tailbacks.

With Heisman-hype already surrounding Pryor, the junior went 17-for-25 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Saine, one of six senior captains, ran nine times for 103 yards and two scores.

Ohio State came out with force on the opening kickoff as linebacker Dorian Bell knocked the ball loose and safety Nate Oliver recovered the fumble. Four plays later, Pryor hit receiver DeVier Posey for a six-yard touchdown.

Tressel said he was a little worried of the team's fatigue after a brutal training camp over the summer, but the Buckeyes showed a ton of energy through four quarters.

"We were coming off of a hard training camp and I was a little worried about the fatigue factor on our legs," Tressel said. "It was good that we got a number of guys in."

Less than four minutes later in the first, Saine decided to get in on the action with a stellar 40-yard run. On the following snap, Saine walked into the endzone for a 4-yard touchdown.

Marshall jumped on the board with a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown. But, Pryor quickly stomped on the Herd’s momentum with a perfect 65-yard bomb to receiver Dane Sanzenbacher to push Ohio State's lead to 21-7.

"I think we knew coming into the drive that we were going to have to get the momentum back our way," Sanzenbacher said.

Another stop by the OSU defense then lead to an impressive seven play, 91-yard drive that saw Saine take a 45-yard run to the endzone.

"When (Saine) hits that gear, he can go," Tressel said.

One of the underlying tones of the game seemed to be the strength of the Ohio State defense. With Pryor and Saine lighting up the scoreboard, the defense wanted a little shine, as well. Senior linebacker Brian Rolle was more than happy to provide the highlight.

Rolle showed off his athleticism while intercepting Marshall quarterback Brian Anderson and sprinting 30 yards for the score with 2:46 left in the first half.

The Buckeyes entered the locker room with a comfortable 35-7 lead.

The second half proved to be no different as Ohio State continued to open up the playbook. On a drive that lasted nearly five minutes, the Buckeyes went 80 yards in nine plays that capped on a 11-yard toss from Pryor to Posey.

The defense handcuffed Marshall's offense throughout, holding the Herd to 199 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers. Defensive back Tyler Moeller led the unit with six tackles and a sack.

"I thought our kids played hard," Tressel said. "It was good to see guys like Tyler Moeller back in there. We see the fact that some of the kids have grown and are becoming better football players.

"The reality is we've got a tremendous challenge next weekend. If we're willing to learn from this weekend and get rested and get healthy, it'll be a lot of fun."

PRYOR'S HYPE IS ABOUT TO SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE; SAINE RUNS RAMPANT

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor relaxes on the sideline during Thursday night's win over Marshall. Photo by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — The Heisman Trophy hype has been burning strong this preseason for Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Thursday night's season opener against Marshall did absolutely nothing to calm the blaze.

The talented signal caller came out slinging the football early and often on Thursday night, hitting on his first touchdown pass of the season — a six-yard pitch-and-catch to junior wideout DeVier Posey — less than two minutes into the game.

Before Marshall even knew what happened, Pryor struck their secondary again, this time on a 65-yard touchdown strike deep down the middle of the field to senior Dane Sanzenbacher.

"Safeties stayed down, that's how it rolled and Terrelle put it on the money for me," Sanzenbacher said of the scoring toss."

Pryor was efficient, he was decisive, he was the player that Ohio State envisioned him being coming out of high school in 2008. He hit on seven of his 11 passes in the first quarter for 130 yards, two touchdowns, with completions to four different Buckeye receivers.

It didn't stop there.

Pryor continued his assault in the second half, driving the Buckeyes 80 yards on the opening series, connecting on passes of nine and 20, before hitting Posey in the right side of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown — his third of the game.

With the Buckeyes leading big in the second half, OSU head coach Jim Tressel decided to reel in his star quarterback after three quarters of action. He finished the game 17-of-25 for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

But more important than numbers was the way Pryor looked throwing the football. His passes were crisp and precise, and he delivered each without hesitation.

"I thought Terrelle had confidence in where he was going with the ball," Tressel said. I thought his anticipation was good. Sometimes when you're wearing a black jersey since April and you know you can hold the ball a little longer, you might not let it go as quickly as you need. I thought he did a pretty good job of that."

Tressel stated that his quarterback has a much better feel for the game now that he's in his third year as a starter.

"I think he has a greater handle on how the backs and guys up front are going about their protections," Tressel said. "He has a much better feel of where people are coming from ... just those experiences and growth that he's had."

Simply said, Pryor's just more comfortable now.

Comfortable enough to be holding the Heisman at season's end?

Well, it's still a little early, but one thing's for sure ... that fire is about to spread quickly.

SAINE GOES NUTS ... Pryor may have all the Heisman hype but senior tailback Brandon Saine certainly grabbed the attention of the voters on Thursday night.

Saine wasted little time making his presence felt against the Herd, gashing the Marshall defense for 49 yards on his first three carries, including a 40-yard jaunt which set up his four-yard TD run on the second offensive series of the game.

The senior captain was back at it again late in the first half when he took a first down handoff up the middle, bounced to the right and raced 45 yards untouched to the house for his second score of the day, giving the Buckeyes a 28-7 lead over the reeling Herd.

"Brandon Saine when he hits that gear, he can go," Tressel said. "The o-line picked up the blitz, found a crease and B. Saine was out of there."

Saine had 103 yards on eight carries and two scores in the first half. He only added one more carry for no gain, before Tressel lassoed him in midway through the second half.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

OSU, MICHIGAN ON DIFFERENT SIDES, BUT 'THE GAME' REMAINS THE SAME

Photo by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
CHICAGO — Ohio State and Michigan will compete in different divisions starting in 2011, the Big Ten announced on Wednesday evening. However, "The Game" will remain intact annually, and during the final weekend of the regular season.


"That game will occur on the last day of the regular season as it has since 1935," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said on Wednesday, about the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry game. "There's been a lot of speculation about this game and where it will be placed. I think it's candid to say that we looked at different places. We never did look at an October date, contrary to a lot of reports. We looked at a mid-November date and a final season date.

"Basically we decided to go with the final season date because we felt that in part that was the way to maintain the tradition."


Ohio State will be in a six-team division with Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois. The other division will consist of Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and conference newcomer Nebraska.

Annually, each team will play every school in their respective division (five games), as well as one rivalry game, and two rotating match-ups with the opposing division — making it an 8-game conference schedule beginning in 2011.

Many felt that with Ohio State and Michigan residing in separate divisions, their storied rivalry game would be moved from the final week of the regular season. Many thought that it would be unwise to have a possible back-to-back showdown between the two schools.

Delany said that all they had to do was look back at the 2006 season when Ohio State and Michigan faced each other undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

"We thought back to 2006 when Ohio State and Michigan played that classic game," Delany said. "Ohio State went on to play in the national championship game, and there was a lot of discussion about Michigan possibly maintaining their No. 2 position because they played so well.

"It didn't happen, but I can tell you that I think everyone in the country would've been excited to see that (rematch) game. So I think regardless of the teams involved, if two teams are divisional champions and they qualify even though they may have played the immediate week or two weeks or three weeks before, we'll still have great followship."

NIKE UNVEILS NEW OSU UNIFORM

Photo courtesy of Nike and The Ohio State University
Ohio State sent The Buckeye Times a news release on Wednesday morning about the new Nike Pro Combat uniforms they will wear against Michigan this November.

Below is the release ...


BEAVERTON, Ore. — Today, Nike unveiled high-performance Nike Pro Combat uniforms in new designs for 10 elite college programs that reflect the teams' traditions, character and culture.

Nike convened distinguished representatives associated with each university to deliver the uniforms' unique stories.

Charles Csuri delivered the story for Ohio State. Decorated WWII veteran and the father of digital art and animation, Csuri first made history as part of the 1942 Buckeyes National Championship team.

About the Buckeyes Uniform: Stylized script numbers, a replica U.S. flag on the jersey sleeve and the camouflage-print base layer honor the WWII-bound Buckeyes, National Champions of 1942.

The uniforms will be worn  during the Buckeyes home game against Michigan on November 27.

TBT PREVIEW RELEASED WEDNESDAY

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