Thursday, March 28, 2013

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL: BUCKEYES HOPING MILLER CAN BE AN '11' IN 2013

Braxton Miller, left, and Urban Meyer
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — For a player who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011, and the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller still garners more than his fair share of criticism from the Buckeyes' coaching staff.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

OSU DB COREY BROWN NEEDS TO BE 'PITTSBURGH,' NOT 'THE OTHER'

Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — When referring to Ohio State football player Corey Brown, you usually have to denote which one you are speaking of. 

There is wide receiver Corey Brown, who is known as "Philly." And there is the defensive back Corey Brown, known as "Pittsburgh."

Can you guess where they are from?

OHIO STATE POINT GUARD AARON CRAFT WAS A FOOTBALL STAR FIRST

Ohio State's Aaron Craft, middle, fights for the loose ball in the Buckeyes 78-75 win over Iowa State in the men's NCAA basketball tournament on Sunday in Dayton. (AP Photo)
Once upon a time, Ohio State basketball star Aaron Craft was known more for being a football player than a hoopster.

Sure, he was stellar since the first time he stepped on to the hardwood as a freshman at Liberty-Benton High School (outside of Findlay), leading the Eagles to a Div. III state runners-up finish in his freshman season (2006-07). He went on to lead L-B to an 88-5 record during his four-year career, and was selected as the Div. III Player of the Year as a senior in 2010.

However, being that football is more of a religion in the state of Ohio than it is a sport, Craft's prowess on the gridiron was what first made him a star.

AP: WITH FOUR TEAMS LEFT IN NCAA TOURNAMENT, BIG TEN LOOKS BEST

AP Photo
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Big Ten has a nation-high four teams still in the NCAA tournament, bolstering its season-long boast that its conference is the best in college basketball.

The Big Ten has combined to win 10 games so far, its best showing through the round of 32 — ever.

And, it could get even better.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

OSU VICTORY OVER IOWA STATE IS REMINISCENT OF 2003 WIN OVER MIAMI

Aaron Craft (4) hits game-winner Sunday
over Iowa State. (AP Photo)
All of the commotion revolving around the questionable charging call against Iowa State, during their third round tournament game against Ohio State on Sunday in Dayton, reminds me of when the Buckeyes defeated the University of Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

In overtime of the Buckeyes' 31-24 victory over the Hurricanes in Tempe (Ariz.), Miami was called for pass interference on fourth down, giving Ohio State the football on the one, as well as a first down. The highly questionable call allowed the Buckeyes to remain alive, and eventually win their seventh national championship in school-history.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL: CUPBOARD ON DEFENSIVE FRONT ISN'T BARE

Noah Spence
COLUMBUS — Ohio State football fans may be down in the dumps about the graduation of star defensive end John Simon. It's only normal that losing the Big Ten's defensive player of the year would leave some faithful a little melancholy.

Mix in the fact that the Buckeyes also lost fellow defensive end Nathan Williams, as well as both starting tackles, Garrett Goebel and Johnathan Hankins, and Buckeye Nation falls into a deep, deep depression.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL: DRAYTON SAYS OFFENSE '60-PERCENT' IN 2012

Jordan Hall (7) brings new dynamic to OSU offense.
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton said following the Buckeyes' third practice of the spring on Tuesday, that last year's offense "operated at about 60 percent (efficiency)."

So, essentially the coach is saying that the Buckeyes' offense — which averaged 37.2 points and 423.8 yards per game last season — has been given a 'D' on the report card? That compared to where they should be (at 100-percent efficiency), last year's version of the Buckeyes' offense performed at a rate and tempo reminiscent of the zombies from "The Walking Dead?"

NCAA TOURNEY PREDICTIONS: OHIO STATE MAKES IT TO ATLANTA

March Madness is here, and my picks are in ... enjoy!

Note: I know this is strictly a football blog, but it's un-American not to fill out a bracket!

MIDWEST
Round of 64
1. Louisville over 16 NC A&T

Sunday, March 17, 2013

MICHIGAN'S DENARD ROBINSON COULD BE IDEAL FOR BROWNS

Denard Robinson (16)
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
I know many of my Ohio State readers are going to scream "sacrilege!" with my following statement, but I believe the Cleveland Browns should draft Michigan quarterback/athlete Denard Robinson with their second pick (third round) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

With the Browns losing all-pro athlete Joshua Cribbs to free agency — as well as lacking a premier athlete with the speed to turn a five-yard hitch route or a reverse into a 60-yard dash to pay dirt — picking up a player with Robinson's abilities would be an ideal selection. Especially in the third round. Nobody in that round will have the abilities and talent Robinson possesses.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL: LB CURTIS GRANT FEELING LIKE OLD SELF AGAIN

Curtis Grant
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore Curtis Grant was considered the top rated high school linebacker in the nation coming out of Hermitage (Va.) High School in 2011, according to Scout.com.

Grant was the defensive prize of Jim Tressel's final recruiting class. He was expected to follow in the footsteps of a long line of OSU linebacker stalwarts like Chris Spielman, Tom Cousineau, A.J. Hawk and James Laurinaitis.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL: THE NEXT FRAGEL? HOW ABOUT DORAN GRANT?

Doran Grant
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is always pushing his players to perform at their highest levels.

He has said numerous times in his year and a half in Columbus that he despises average. That being just average is plain unacceptable. He will not be around average.

Sure, he has had his number of athletes who have left the program because they couldn't ascend above run-of-the-mill status.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

OSU SPRING PRACTICE: JORDAN HALL FINDS A NEW SPOT ... IN THE SLOT

Jordan Hall
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Jordan Hall has played tailback ever since he stepped on campus as a freshman at Ohio State in the fall of 2009.

In four seasons with the Buckeyes, Hall has toted the rock 224 times for 1,032 yards and six touchdowns. He has speed, toughness, wiggle, and although he possesses a smaller frame (5-9, 195), Hall can run with power and tenacity.

However, the 2012 college football season wasn't too kind to the dynamic runner out of Jeannette (Pa.), as he suffered a foot injury prior to fall camp which resulted in missing the opening two games of the year against Miami (OH) and Central Florida.

Monday, March 4, 2013

BUCKEYES SPRING PRACTICE PREVIEW: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Spring practice begins on Tuesday for the Ohio State football team, and the Buckeyes — who are no longer on a post-season ban — are regarded as contenders for a national title this season.

Of course, in order to have a championship season, you must first take command of March and April.

Here are five things to keep an eye on this spring for the Buckeyes ...