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  Ballard, Coleman and Worthington to Represent Buckeyes at Big Ten Media Days
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Ballard, Coleman and Worthington to Represent Buckeyes at Big Ten Media Days


With the upcoming Big Ten football media days scheduled for July 27 and July 28 in Chicago, tight end Jake Ballard, safety Kurt Coleman and defensive tackle Doug Worthington will be in attendance for the scarlet and gray. The three seniors are expected to be key contributors on a team that manyexpect to capture a fifth straight Big Ten championship.

By Mark Silverman

With just 20 receptions in his first three seasons, Ballard should have an opportunity for more production this season. The Ohio State offense is expected to rely on the tight ends to a greater extent than in recent years. Ballard could be the x-factor in what hopes to be an improved red zone offense.

Coleman has had a productive career at Ohio State, but it’s now time to crank it up a notch. We have seen flashes of his big-play potential, yet never on a consistent basis. The loss of linebacker James Laurinaitis to the NFL Draft opens the door for Coleman to assume leadership of the silver bullets.

Worthington, a fifth-year senior, will get a clean slate as the new season approaches. It was last July when he was arrested for driving under the influence and the 2008 campaign was never the same for Worthington. He has recovered well since the incident and will help anchor a defensive line that is capable of putting up big numbers.

Other Big Ten notables that are slated to appear include Illinois senior quarterback Juice Williams, Minnesota senior wideout Eric Decker and Penn State’s senior quarterback/linebacker duo of Darryl Clark and Sean Lee. The list of invitees includes 17 All-Big Ten selections from a year ago. Decker will represent all players when speaking at the kickoff luncheon on July 28.



Posted on Sun, 19 Jul 2009 05:00:38 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/LkTu7Aua8WE/Default.aspx

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  Transfer Boren to Provide Bruising Run Support
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Justin Boren Michigan

Transfer Boren to Provide Bruising Run Support

Justin Boren transferred from Michigan. By now we’ve all heard the story, fed up with a change in culture and attitude with the arrival of Rich Rodriguez in Ann Arbor, Boren did the unthinkable, he transferred to arch rival Ohio State, shunning years of history and rivalry.

By Eric Geier

Good for us? It’s hard to know how to take it in, had a Buckeye transferred to Michigan he wouldn’t be allowed to show his face in Columbus, he would have to go into Osama bin Laden-like hiding. But alas, Justin Boren is here and he is here to stay. The 6 foot 3, 315 pound lineman has gained a reputation among the coaching staff as a no-nonsense hard worker. He has to be to keep up with the rest of the o-line. At 6 foot 3, he is the smallest of Ohio State’s lineman, with a wide frame to match. Much like a bowling ball, Boren goes full steam ahead, crashing and toppling opponents to the ground, always in search of the next person to block. His approach to blocking is exactly what the Buckeye offensive line needs to push forward to that second level and open up holes for the backs.

As if Boren’s athleticism wasn’t enough to turn heads, the Pickerington native is bringing the swagger back to Columbus. Recently, ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg spoke with quarterback Terrelle Pryor. "He's nasty." Pryor said. "I like that. I don't know what it is. He's just going to fight for you all day and all game. I like that in Boren." Buckeye senior Jim Cordle added, “He's the strongest guy we've got on the team. You take a guy with the physical tools like that, and then he plays a little bit pissed off, which is kind of cool. It rubs off on everybody.”

The new attitude Justin Boren is bringing to the Buckeyes is a welcome change compared to the past couple of years, dealing with a sometimes-uninspired Alex Boone and a half-hearted offensive line. It’s possible that the Ohio State offensive line has found a new leader from one of the most unexpected places, Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Posted on Mon, 20 Jul 2009 03:18:46 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/0-vcKt6Oz98/Default.aspx

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  Tressel and Tradition
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Jim Tressel Spring Practice

Tressel and Tradition

Right now there are two different kinds of college football coaches, the first kind, the “innovators.” These are the coaches willing to create, try new things, and embrace innovation. Then the other side, the “traditionalists,” these are the coaches trying to ride out the fad while ignoring critics and fearing change. Guess which side coach Jim Tressel falls on?

By Eric Geier

Since Tressels introduction as Ohio State football coach more than eight years ago, he has stuck with the outline that helped make Big Ten football a powerhouse, a strong run game, big offensive line, and a strong, stealthy defense. However, since his inception, the game has evolved. Gone are the 7-foot, 400 lb. behemoth lineman and the stand-in-the-pocket quarterbacks. Now coaches don’t want a player that can just pass the ball, they want a player that can run, pass, kick, and even make a tackle if need be. Tressel seems to have turned a cold shoulder to the changing landscape of college football. It was only last year when we saw him spread out the offense, albeit ineffectively, which begs the question, can Tressel the traditionalist compete in the ever-changing world of college football?

The tradition that is Ohio State football is taken seriously around Columbus, but Tressel is taking it as a personal mission to keep the tradition of Ohio State football alive. Someone once said, “He who is resistant to change, is destined to perish.” Tressel may not perish at the end of this season, but his lack of innovation will continue to be in the spotlight if he, and the team, continue to lose the big games.

After two National Championship losses and a beating courtesy of California-cool Pete Carroll and USC last season, Tressel’s stone monument in Columbus could crumble if he doesn’t show improvement this season. The USC game has been circled on the calendar since last season and it’s an understatement to say it’s a make or break game for Jim Tressel. A loss in The Shoe to USC should provoke outrage, not just from fans, but from our local media. The “we can get ‘em next time” attitude should disappear, its time for progression, if that means dumping Tressel at the end of the season, than so be it.



Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:55:54 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/AXjfvKSKZiA/Default.aspx

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  Ohio State Buckeyes on BTN
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Buckeyes on BTN

The Big Ten Network has announced the ”Big Ten Football Tour” to kick off the college football season. BTN reporters Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will host the preview show that covers everything a football hungry fan wants. Ohio State kicks off the programming schedule on August 11 at 10pm.

By Pete Quint

Similarly to ESPN’s Gameday, the reporters will travel around the Big Ten in a decked out bus visiting each school giving a breakdown of the season’s schedule, players to watch and player and coach interviews. They will even have players and coaches wear a microphone during an “All-Access” practice. The tour will also be promoting the BTN’s new “Four Pack” of football shows including Breakdown (Tuesdays, 10 PM ET), Sites & Sounds (Wednesdays, 10 PM ET), Behind the Schemes (Thursdays, 10 PM ET) and Big Ten Football and Beyond (Fridays, 10 PM ET).

"As the new season approaches, Big Ten fans will love getting an all-access look at their team," Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said. "This will be a great opportunity to see how every football program is gearing up for the season."

The season is just around the corner and if programming like this doesn’t get your blood pumping you better go see your doctor. You might be dead.

Teams and dates:

OSU 8/11

Penn St 8/13

Michigan 8/14

(it will be an abbreviated show due to lack of material and interest)

Indiana 8/17

Purdue 8/18

Illini 8/19

Northwestern 8/20

Wisconsin 8/21

Minnesota 8/22

Iowa 8/25



Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 17:49:51 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/su3iqoiRmDg/Default.aspx

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  Buckeyes Picked to Win Big Ten
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Buckeyes Picked to Win Big Ten

Members of the media attending the annual Big Ten media day in Chicago have picked the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten title.

By Eric Geier

The media panel in attendance at the Hyatt in Chicago has named The Ohio State University Buckeyes the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten. The panel also named Terrelle Pryor the preseason offensive player of the year. Pryor has had an outstanding offseason, developing his throwing arm and working on his speed outside of the pocket. His 40-yard dash has been clocked at 4.3 or 4.4, making him the fastest guy on the team. Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was picked as preseason defensive player of the year.

Penn State was predicted to come in second, just a year after beating the Buckeyes in the Shoe and winning a share of the Big Ten title, followed by the always pesky Michigan State Spartans. Ohio State visits Happy Valley on November 2nd, but doesn’t have a date with the Spartans. However, Michigan State gets Penn State at home in the final game of the season.

The media panel only votes on the top three spots, so the rest of the Big Ten rankings are up for grabs, beware of a strong Iowa team that is looking to make a statement in Big Ten play this season.



Posted on Mon, 27 Jul 2009 19:50:18 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/Emm-3yWEOcs/Default.aspx

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  Ex-Buckeye Whitner will have to fight for his starting spot.
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Donte Whitner

Ex-Buckeye Whitner will have to fight for his starting spot.

In the 2006 NFL Draft, a titter went through the room when the Bills picked Donte Whitner with their first pick. Now, it looks like Whitner is going to have to fight off a challenge from 07 6th round pick John Wendling.

By Bill Smith

Whitner was not fast enough to be an NFL corner and very few safeties get drafted in the first round. But Whitner was their guy and he started most of the season at strong safety. He started 14 of the 15 games in which he played in 06 and all 15 games he played in 07. The problem was that he and the D Backfield in total did not produce.

The lack of production was not all the fault of the backfield. The Bills have not gotten anything close to enough pressure on the QB. A pass rush generates interceptions. Even so, in a total of 29 starts, Whitner got only 2 interceptions. During the 2008 season he lost his SS spot to 07 FA Bryan Scott. Whit moved to FS and started there the rest of the season.

Prior to training camp for the Bills, Scott seems entrenched at SS. However Wendling is coming on strong at the FS spot and Whit just has not developed into a player that could justify a first round selection. Wendling came out of Wyoming with a late 3rd or early 4th round grade. I really liked him not only because he had a high football IQ but also because he was a force against the run. The Bills had a great draft in 07 that included Wendling in the 6th round. Whitner is going to have to have an above average training camp to keep his job. Because he is paid a lot more than Wendling, Whit will lose all ties with the upstart.

If Whit loses his FS job, he will probably be traded or released to save salary cap space. His former OSU team mate Ashton Youboty (3rd round 06) came on so strong last season that if AY is healthy, he will be the nickel back.

The Bills pass rush will be better this year assuming DE Aaron Schobel comes back from his foot injury and pass rush LB Alvin Bowen recovers from ACL surgery. That should help the Bills pass defense. But Whitner has to really step up to keep his job let alone his starting spot.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.com and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com.



Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:59:53 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/Ny0GVyDVSuI/Default.aspx

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  Dolphin 4th round pick Hartline gets 4y/4 million Contract
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Brian Hartline - Kent State

Dolphin 4th round pick Hartline gets 4y/4 million Contract

Ex-Buckeye WR Brian Hartline is happy with his deal. As a 4th round pick, he hit the jackpot both because he is better than the average 4th round choice and because the Dolphins REALLY need WR depth. He reportedly got a signing bonus of $500,000 and a max deal of 4 years 4 mil.

By Bill Smith

Hartline joins the battle for the 3rd WR behind former OSU star Ted Ginn Jr. and Greg Camarillo. Hartline brings the one thing that the Dolphins really needs most in a WR—accurate crisp patterns.

I wrote a couple of years ago that starting QB Chad Pennington has the brain of a coach, the heart of lion but the arm of a chicken. His lack of arm strength forces the team to focus their passing attack in the short and middle zones. To get open in a small space, you have to run crisp routes. Completions depend on the ball being thrown before the player makes his final break. That means the patterns have to be run accurately. The WR has to be where the QB expects him to be and be there on time.

Hartline brings that. He is the perfect slot or underneath receiver and will challenge for a starting spot in the near future.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.com and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com.



Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:02:57 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/hEOqQ7fQFeY/Default.aspx

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  Cooper Enshrined in College Football’s Hall of Fame
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Cooper Enshrined in College Football’s Hall of Fame


John Cooper was a head coach in college football for 24 years and the former Ohio State coach was rewarded for his efforts after being inducted into the hall of fame at the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner & Show at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind. on July 18.

By Mark Silverman

Cooper coached the Buckeyes from 1988-2000 and compiled a 111-43-4 record in his 13 seasons. Even with minimal success against Michigan and in bowl games, Cooper had the Buckeyes consistently competing for national championships. In 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998, Cooper was a few plays away from achieving that illustrious national championship. Cooper led Ohio State to a victory in the Sugar Bowl against Texas A&M in the inaugural year of the BCS in 1998. Cooper also won the 1997 Rose Bowl in a victory over Arizona State. “The Game” ultimately cost Cooper his job, but his winning percentage ranks with some of the Ohio State coaching greats, including Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel.



Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 21:07:39 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/h9SpHcbMyro/Default.aspx

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  eScoutRoom.com Covering Ohio State Recruiting for 2010
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

James Louis Ohio State 2010

eScoutRoom.com Covering Ohio State Recruiting for 2010

The writers at the eScoutRoom.com, our parent portal, have been covering some recent events in the OSU 2010 recruiting world. News of James Louis committing to Ohio State, Jim Tressel discussing the running back situation at the Big 10 Media Day and Chad Hagan getting close to pulling the trigger for the Buckeyes.

James Louis Gives Verbal Commitment to Ohio State

James Louis out of Delray Beach, Florida has verbally committed to play football for Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. With interest from Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, and Georgia, he made his final choice to play in Columbus.

Coach Tressel at Big 10 Media Day

Coach Tressel made some comments on day one of the Big Ten media day, and some of those comments regarded members of the 2009 recruiting class.

Chad Hagan Close to Committing to Ohio State

Within the next two weeks, Chad Hagan, defensive back from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, may make an announcement of where he will play football in the Fall of 2010.

2009-10 OSU Position Preview: Running Back

It’s no secret that with the departure of bruiser Chris “Beanie” Wells to the NFL after last year will definitely be a big loss for the Bucks, but with Terrelle Pryor at QB, OSU will more likely run out of a shotgun anyway, which probably wouldn’t have suited Beanie’s smash mouth style.

Darryl Baldwin is a Buckeye

The day before his high school team starts practice for the upcoming season, Darryl Baldwin has announced that he will be part of the 2010 Buckeye football squad.



Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:31:17 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/0WVOsbGbKo0/Default.aspx

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  Analysis: Beanie Wells reports to the Cards at 224 lbs.
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Chris Wells Michigan State 2007

Analysis: Beanie Wells reports to the Cards at 224 lbs.

Ex-Buckeye Beanie Wells knows that he is expected to be the man in Phoenix this season. He signed his contract on Friday that was reported to be 4 years with the option of a 5th season.

At the draft Wells weighed in at around 240. But head coach Ken Whisenhunt wanted him to slim down to improve his speed and to reduce his chances of injury. The plan is to have Wells play on 1st and 2nd down and close to the end zone. He will also be the short yardage guy. Tim Hightower, the rookie surprise from the 08 draft, is expected to be the 3rd down guy because he is a fairly polished receiver and pass protector.

Wells was a little busy in the OSU offense to catch many passes. The system used Wells on a play action but seldom threw to him and almost never asked him to pass block. But Wells is an athlete that has been able to do whatever was necessary. If Wells gets a chance to prove his hands are not stone and shows the Cards that he is willing to pass block, he has a great chance to be a 3 down back.

Although Hightower had flashes of brilliance, his 2.8 yards per attempt was unacceptable. Wells has the ability to do anything he wants to do on a football field. Expect him to produce, even though he has lost the equivalent of a 4th grader since the draft.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.com and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com.



Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2009 01:48:10 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/yQOveQQQKus/Default.aspx

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