Friday, December 31, 2010

OHIO STATE IS SLOW? NOT SO FAST SAYS ARKANSAS' GARRICK MCGEE

Ohio State defenders Brian Rolle (36), Cameron Heyward (97) and Jermale Hines (7) can run with any team in the nation. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
NEW ORLEANS — Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee — who coached at Northwestern from 2004-07 — knows firsthand what can happen to a team if they go into a game against Ohio State thinking the Buckeyes are too slow.

"I coached up in the Big Ten for four years," McGee said Friday, at the media hotel in New Orleans. "All of the talk about Ohio State not being fast, I don't buy into that at all. There's a game I coached (at Northwestern) where they had us 47-zip at half time.

"So, I don't buy into that stuff that Ohio State's not fast."

BUCKEYES PREPARED FOR TALENTED ARKANSAS DUO OF MALLETT, DAVIS

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
NEW ORLEANS — When asked his thoughts on Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, Ohio State senior linebacker Ross Homan — like he does on the football field — went head on with the answer.

"He is probably the best quarterback we have seen all year," Homan said Friday, inside the media hotel in New Orleans.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

ARKANSAS HEAD COACH BOBBY PETRINO PLEASED THAT SUSPENDED BUCKEYES WON'T MISS SUGAR BOWL

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
NEW ORLEANS — Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said on Thursday that he was happy the five Ohio State players — who were suspended by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits — were ruled eligible to play in next week's Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans.

Petrino, who has led the No. 8 Razorbacks (10-2) to their first BCS bowl game ever, said that he didn't want anything to tarnish this special moment in Arkansas football history.

TRESSEL TALKS SUSPENSIONS AND WHETHER PLAYERS WILL RETURN

Jim Tressel
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
NEW ORLEANS — Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel spoke to the media on Thursday morning for the first time since arriving in New Orleans, and of course the main agenda was on the five Buckeye football players who were suspended last week by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits.

Tressel talked about a number issues about the five suspended players — Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon — including whether or not they would play in Tuesday night's Sugar Bowl against No. 8 Arkansas.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

OHIO'S OWN URBAN MEYER WOULD FIT PRETTY NICELY IN A SWEATER VEST

Urban Meyer (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
There is a lot of football to be played between now and the beginning of the 2015 season, but who will be patrolling the Ohio State sideline is an important question to ask.

With former Assistant Head Coach Darrell Hazzel accepting the Kent State head coaching position this month, the question is an interesting one to dwell on now that a potential in-house candidate like Hazzel has moved on.

Who will fill the mammoth-sized tennis shoes of Head Coach Jim Tressel in 2015?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SUSPENDED OHIO STATE PLAYERS APOLOGIZE TO BUCKEYE FANS

Terrelle Pryor was among five players who apologized to Ohio State fans on Tuesday in Columbus (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Those Ohio State football players who were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 regular season — DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas — appeared in front of the media on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus to apologize to Buckeye fans.

"We wanted to apologize to you guys so that you guys heard it from us," Posey said. "We didn't want you guys to read about it or see it on TV, we wanted you guys to hear our apologies yourselves."

WITH ROD SMITH IN THE BACKFIELD BUCKEYES FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT

Rod Smith (The Buckeye Times/Joshua Stueve)
COLUMBUS — Whether Dan "Boom" Herron returns to Ohio State next season or not, it's going to be nearly impossible to keep one young runner from eating up his carries.

Rod Smith, who will be a red-shirt freshman next season, is receiving rave reviews from some of his teammates and coaches for the way he's been performing in practices and bowl season workouts.

He's even garnered some lofty comparisons to one of the best running backs in Buckeye history.

Monday, December 27, 2010

TBT VIDEO: SUGAR BOWL PREVIEW WITH SENIOR DANE SANZENBACHER

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of Sugar Bowl preview with Ohio State senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher ...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

RUMORS ABOUT COACH JIM TRESSEL STEPPING DOWN COMPLETELY FALSE

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle)
COLUMBUS — 'Tis the season to be ... spreading rumors.

Just days after the suspension of six Ohio State football players, the rumor mill was in overdrive on Christmas day with stories circulating that Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel would be stepping down as the OSU mentor following the Sugar Bowl.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

PRYOR, BUCKS PUNISHED PERHAPS BECAUSE NCAA DIDN'T GET A CUT?

Terrelle Pryor was one of six Ohio State players suspended by the NCAA on Thursday. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
Shockwaves were sent through the Ohio State football community when the NCAA announced six Buckeyes received suspensions for receiving improper benefits.

I want to make it clear that, according to the NCAA rulebook, players cannot receive preferential treatment as a student-athlete. I totally understand why the players received punishment for their actions because a rule was broken. But does that mean the rule is a viable one?

The real issue is the filthy greed that the NCAA possesses over its student-athletes.

IT COULD BE BRAXTON MILLER TIME SOONER RATHER THAN LATER

Braxton Miller
COLUMBUS — Before people start marking Ohio State for death in 2011, let's step back, take a deep breath and evaluate how the suspensions will affect next year's team.

First, which games will the suspended players — Terrelle Pryor, Dan "Boom" Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas — be missing? Well, if the suspensions hold up after appeal, they will miss games against Akron and Toledo at home, a road trip to Miami (Fla.) and home contests against Colorado and Michigan State.

Other than Miami and Michigan State, Ohio State's scout team would be able to roll over the rest of that competition.

SIX OHIO STATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUSPENDED, NOT FOR SUGAR BOWL

Terrelle Pryor is among six Ohio State players suspended next season for receiving improper benefits. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Five Ohio State players — Terrelle Pryor, Dan "Boom" Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas — will be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 regular season for receiving improper benefits, the NCAA announced on Thursday.

A sixth player, linebacker Jordan Whiting, will sit one game next season. The first five games of the 2011 regular season include home contests against Akron, Toledo, Colorado and Michigan State, with a road game at Miami (Fla.) in between.

All of the aforementioned players will be available to play in the Sugar Bowl next month.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

'NO INFO TO SHARE' ON ALLEGED NCAA VIOLATIONS BY OHIO STATE

(Updated 1:59 a.m.) COLUMBUS — There have been rumors running rampant in the past 24 hours about possible NCAA violations by some members of the Ohio State football team.

After numerous attempts to contact the OSU sports information office, Associate Athletics Director for Communications, Dan Wallenberg, contacted The Buckeye Times via text message on Wednesday night to state that there is "no information to share" at this time regarding the rumors.

TBT VIDEO: SUGAR BOWL TALK WITH OHIO STATE CB DEVON TORRENCE

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of Sugar Bowl preview with Ohio State senior cornerback Devon Torrence ...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MARCUS FREEMAN HIRED AS NEW LINEBACKERS COACH AT KENT STATE

Marcus Freeman, left, coaches up Ohio State linebacker Dorian Bell during a practice session at Ohio Stadium. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Former Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman will follow Darrell Hazell northeast next season to be a part of the new head coach's staff at Kent State University.

Freeman, who spent this season as a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes, was hired by Hazell today to be the Golden Flashes new linebackers coach.

Monday, December 20, 2010

DARRELL HAZELL OFFICIALLY NAMED HEAD COACH AT KENT STATE MONDAY

Darrell Hazell
KENT, Ohio — Ohio State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach, Darrell Hazell, has officially been named the new head football coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes, announced on Monday afternoon by KSU Director of Athletics, Joel Nielsen.

Hazell, who has coached the past seven seasons in Columbus, becomes the 20th head coach in school history and the first of man of color to hold the position as boss of the Flashes' football program.

BUCKEYES NEED A BALANCING ACT WHEN THEY ARRIVE IN NEW ORLEANS

Ohio State fans gather outside of Harrah's Casino in New Orleans prior to the BCS Championship game in New Orleans in January of 2008. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State's biggest obstacle going into the Sugar Bowl may not be trying to stop Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, or figuring out a way to slow down tailback Knile Davis. No, the Buckeyes have an even tougher opponent next month — the city of New Orleans.

Let's face it, if you're going on a business trip, New Orleans is the last place you want to go. When you combine the music, the great food and the pageantry of "The Big Easy," it's nearly impossible not to pop your collar, grab a drink and party down with the natives.

Friday, December 17, 2010

RYAN SHAZIER CHOOSES BUCKEYES

Ryan Shazier
PLANTATION, Fla. — Plantation (FL) High School linebacker Ryan Shazier will play his collegiate football for The Ohio State University, the class of 2011 star announced on Friday evening at a graduation dinner in his hometown.

He selected the Buckeyes over LSU and Florida.

Shazier, who was originally committed to Florida — until head coach Urban Meyer resigned last week — visited Ohio State on Wednesday and apparently liked what he saw in Columbus, as he decommitted from UF and selected the OSU in the same day.

CLASS OF 2011 STAR RYAN SHAZIER MAY CHOOSE BUCKEYES TONIGHT

Ryan Shazier
PLANTATION, Fla. — Plantation (FL) High School star linebacker Ryan Shazier, who committed to the University of Florida prior to the 2010 season, announced on Friday that he will not be playing his collegiate football next fall for the Gators.

The 6-2, 210-pound prospect visited both Ohio State and LSU in the past week and will decide between the two schools for his services, perhaps as early as tonight.

TBT VIDEO: SUGAR BOWL MEDIA DAY WITH OSU GUARD BRYANT BROWNING

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of Sugar Bowl Media Day with Ohio State senior guard Bryant Browning ...

TBT VIDEO: SUGAR BOWL MEDIA DAY WITH OSU DE CAMERON HEYWARD

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of Sugar Bowl Media Day with Ohio State senior defensive end Cameron Heyward ...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

CHIMDI CHEKWA IS A TEAM PLAYER, AN ALL-AMERICAN TEAM PLAYER

Ohio State senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is the definition of 'team player.' (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is one of the best football players on one of the best defenses in the country, and yet, he receives about as much fanfare for his greatness as a tambourine player in a rock band.

Chekwa, who performed at an NFL level this season for the No. 6 Buckeyes — recording a team-high in interceptions (three) and pass deflections (eight), as well as adding 42 tackles and a sack for the No. 2 ranked defense in the nation — usually takes a back seat to players like Nebraska's Prince Amukamara and LSU's Patrick Peterson, when the discussion of elite collegiate cornerbacks comes up.

TBT VIDEO: SUGAR BOWL MEDIA DAY WITH OHIO STATE CB CHIMDI CHEKWA

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of Sugar Bowl Media Day with Ohio State senior All-American cornerback Chimdi Chekwa ...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

BUCKEYES KNOW THAT ARKANSAS RUNNING GAME CANNOT BE IGNORED

Arkansas tailback Knile Davis (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
COLUMBUS — With an offense as explosive as the one owned by the Arkansas Razorbacks, Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle is fully aware of the amount of pressure that will be put on the defensive unit.

The one thing that has jumped out to Rolle through game film is the amount of physicalness in Arkansas’ offensive strategy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ARKANSAS FANS E-MAILS FIRING UP BUCKEYES; CHRISTIAN BRYANT BACK

Brian Rolle (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Apparently some Arkansas fans have been sending Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel some discouraging e-mails and letters about the prospects of his Buckeyes winning against a squad from the Southeastern Conference.

The No. 6 Buckeyes (11-1) — who will face No. 8 Arkansas (10-2) next month in the Sugar Bowl — are 0-9 all-time against the SEC in bowl games.

TBT VIDEO: SUGAR BOWL MEDIA DAY WITH OHIO STATE LB BRIAN ROLLE

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of Tuesday's Sugar Bowl Media Day with Ohio State senior linebacker Brian Rolle ...

Monday, December 13, 2010

NEW BIG TEN CONFERENCE LOGO, DIVISION NAMES RELEASED MONDAY

Below is a press release sent to The Buckeye Times by Big Ten Conference assistant commissioner, Scott Chipman ...

BIG TEN REVEALS NEW LOGO HONORS FOOTBALL HISTORY WITH DIVISION NAMES AND TROPHIES

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference today made several announcements that complete a series of decisions prompted by the upcoming addition of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as the conference’s 12th member school. The conference revealed a new logo to be used for all sports beginning with the 2011-12 academic year and also unveiled names for its two football divisions and a list of names for 18 trophies to honor coaches, teams and student-athletes starting with the 2011 football season.



Saturday, December 11, 2010

MIKE BREWSTER, CHIMDI CHEKWA NAMED TO FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Mike Brewster
NEW YORK — Ohio State junior center Mike Brewster and senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa were named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-American team on Saturday afternoon in New York.

Brewster — who was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy on Thursday night given to the nation's most outstanding center — was an integral part of a Buckeyes offense which totaled 5,386 yards this season — 2,636 of which coming on the ground.

RAZORBACKS ASSISTANTS KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT JIM TRESSEL

Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee (ArkansasSports360.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This may be the first time ever that Arkansas and Ohio State have faced one another in a college football game, but the Razorbacks have a couple of men roaming their sidelines who are quite familiar with the Buckeyes and their head coach Jim Tressel.

Arkansas offensive coordinator, Garrick McGee, spent four years at Northwestern (2004-2007) — the last two seasons being the Wildcats' offensive coordinator. McGee certainly knows first hand what a Tressel-led team looks like.

Friday, December 10, 2010

DENARD ROBINSON EDGES TERRELLE PRYOR FOR SILVER FOOTBALL AWARD

Denard Robinson (16) wins Tribune Silver Football. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
CHICAGO — Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was named the winner of the Tribune Silver Football on Friday, an award given annually to the Big Ten's most outstanding football player.

The sophomore Robinson, who amassed 3,959 total yards (third in FBS) and 37 touchdowns this season for the Wolverines, narrowly beat out Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor for the award. Each player received three first-place votes, but Robinson nabbed two second-place votes to Pryor's one.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

BUCKEYES NOT QUITE THROUGH WITH MALLETT; PETRINO LEAVING FOR UF?

Ryan Mallett (AP Photo/April L. Brown)
COLUMBUS — When Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez as head coach following the 2007 season, it seemed that the zone-read offense — which he was surely to employ in Ann Arbor — wasn't going to fit the skill set of the Wolverines' young star quarterback, Ryan Mallett.

Mallett, who was considered perhaps the top quarterback prospect coming out of Texarkana (TX) High School, knew that his pocket-passing style wouldn't be a good match with the Rodriguez run-first mentality.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TBT VIDEO: PART 2 OF THE 2011 SUGAR BOWL ANNOUNCEMENT WITH OHIO STATE COACH JIM TRESSEL

COLUMBUS — Below is Part 2 of The Buckeye Times video footage of Sunday's 2011 Sugar Bowl announcement presser with Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes coach talks more about the showdown with No. 8 Arkansas which will take place in New Orleans on January 4 ...

ARKANSAS HAS SEC HISTORY ON ITS SIDE, BUCKEYES HAVE EXPERIENCE

Ohio State's last bowl game against the Southeastern Conference was in the BCS Championship Game against LSU on Jan. 7, 2008 in New Orleans. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — You can’t spell Buckeyes without ‘BCS’.

If you haven’t heard, Ohio State is heading to New Orleans where it will face the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Sugar Bowl on Tuesday, January 4.

When compared to the Razorbacks, an obvious advantage of Ohio State’s is its massive amount of BCS experience. Arkansas hasn’t played in one of the four major bowl games since losing to Oklahoma in the 1987 Orange Bowl. All the while Ohio State is heading to its sixth straight BCS bowl game and an NCAA-record ninth overall appearance since the Bowl Championship Series was created in 1998.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

OHIO STATE CENTER MIKE BREWSTER IS A RIMINGTON TROPHY FINALIST

Mike Brewster
NEW YORK — Ohio State junior center Mike Brewster has been named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in college football.

Brewster is one of six players up for the award which will be announced during the ESPNU/Home Depot College Football Awards Show broadcast live from Orlando, Florida on ESPN on Thursday (Dec. 9).

SUGAR BOWL SHOWDOWN MEANS A LITTLE MORE TO TERRELLE PRYOR

Terrelle Pryor (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — For Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the Buckeyes' Sugar Bowl tilt against No. 8 Arkansas on January 4 is going to mean a lot more to him than just trying to give OSU their first postseason victory over a Southeastern Conference team.

No, this game to the Buckeyes' junior is about respect. It's about opening critic's eyes.

Monday, December 6, 2010

2011 SUGAR BOWL TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY DEC. 8 AT 9 A.M.

COLUMBUS — Tickets for the 2011 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 4 between No. 6 Ohio State and No. 8 Arkansas will go on sale Wednesday morning.

The Ohio State Department of Athletics will put blocks of tickets in the Ohio State sections on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 8 through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Ticket prices start at $120 and service charges will apply. You can find the link to the ticket window by clicking here.

DANE SANZENBACHER NAMED OHIO STATE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Ohio State senior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher was named team MVP. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher was voted as the Buckeyes Most Valuable Player by the members of the OSU football team on Sunday afternoon, at their annual banquet at the Ohio Union in Columbus.

Sanzenbacher also received the Paul Warfield Award for most outstanding receiver, as well as the Bo Rein Award for the Buckeyes' most inspirational player.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said it's the first time he can remember that one player took both the MVP and inspirational player honors.

TBT VIDEO: SUGAR BOWL PC WITH OHIO STATE COACH JIM TRESSEL

COLUMBUS — Below is The Buckeye Times video footage of Sunday's 2011 Sugar Bowl announcement presser with Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes mentor previews the showdown with No. 8 Arkansas which will take place in New Orleans on January 4 ...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

BUCKEYES TO FACE ARKANSAS, MALLETT IN THE SUGAR BOWL

Ohio State will play in the 2011 Sugar Bowl. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) will make its sixth straight appearance in a BCS bowl game early next month when they take on the eighth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Sugar Bowl on January 4 in New Orleans.

It will be a record ninth trip to a BCS bowl game and the Buckeyes fourth ever appearance in the Sugar Bowl, where they are 1-2 all-time. The Buckeyes last trip to the Sugar Bowl came in 1999, where they defeated Texas A&M, 24-14.

BIG TEN: CONFERENCE EXPANSION WILL NO LONGER BE EXPLORED

Below is a press release issued by the Big Ten Conference to The Buckeye Times about the possibility of further league expansion ...


PARK RIDGE, Ill. — The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) held its winter meetings today in Park Ridge, Illinois. The following statement is issued by the Big Ten office on behalf of the COP/C.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

TBT FINAL BCS BOWL PROJECTIONS; OHIO STATE TO THE SUGAR BOWL

Listed below is The Buckeye Times final BCS bowl game projections (official selections will come on Sunday night) ...

Tostitos BCS Championship Game
January 10, 2011 — Glendale, Ariz.
University of Phoenix Stadium
Auburn Tigers (SEC/BCS) vs. Oregon Ducks (PAC-10/BCS)

Friday, December 3, 2010

SORRY BOISE BUT OSU PRESIDENT E. GORDON GEE IS SPEAKING THE TRUTH

Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee, right. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
There have been a lot of people across the country giving Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee a hard time for his "we do not play the little sisters of the poor" comment about Boise State and other non-AQ schools, who feel they should get equal treatment in the Bowl Championship Series.

Gee recently backed off of his statement —and even poked fun at himself saying that he looks like Orville Redenbacher — but not before Boise State president Bob Kustra blasted the Buckeye prez, insinuating that BCS conference teams — most notably Ohio State — punk out when it comes to scheduling games.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

TWENTY-TWO BUCKEYES NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Ohio State senior long snapper Jake McQuaide was one of 22 Buckeye football players named Academic All-Conference. McQuaide will be graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Twenty-two Ohio State football players were named to the Big Ten Academic All-Conference Team, the league announced on Thursday.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

OHIO STATE QB RECRUIT BRAXTON MILLER NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Braxton Miller
Huber Heights (OH) Wayne and Ohio State recruit, quarterback Braxton Miller, has been named the Ohio high school offensive player of the year by the Associated Press.

Miller, who committed to Ohio State in June, has compiled 2,561 total yards and 30 touchdowns this season for the Warriors who will be playing in the Division I State Championship game on Saturday night in Canton against Lakewood St. Edward.

Miller wasn't the only future Buckeye that was honored on the All-Ohio squad, as four other OSU recruits landed on the Div. I first team: wide receiver Devin Smith of Massillon Washington; offensive lineman Micheal Bennett of Centerville; running back Bri'onte Dunn of Canton GlenOak and defensive lineman Chase Farris of Elyria.