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  AJ Trapasso Shows his Versatility in the Hall of Fame Game
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

AJ Trapasso Titans Punter

AJ Trapasso Shows his Versatility in the Hall of Fame Game

Preseason is never all that interesting but the first quarter proved exciting last night for the Tennessee Titans with the help of some good play by Terry Collins and a trick play were OSU graduate AJ Trapasso ran a statue of liberty into the end zone from 30 yards out.

By Steve Patterson

Terrell Owens was to be the star last night and did catch two nice passes from Trent Edwards but the highlight of the game was Trapasso’s run into the end zone, something you rarely see from a punter in the NFL. Ohio State fans are used to his athleticism coming to Columbus from near by Pickerington where he played running back in addition to kicking. I thought there was a penalty on the play with a Buffalo Bill getting blocked in the back near the 10 yard line, but it’s pre season so we’ll let the play stand.

Trapasso was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Titans in late April after punting four years for the Buckeyes and handling kickoffs when their starting kickoff specialist Aaron Pettrey was unable to. He hopes to make it with the Titans which already have veteran Craig Hentrich on the roster.



Posted on Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:12:43 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/sE5fUorUVoY/Default.aspx

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  Open Practice Announced at Ohio Stadium
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Tressel The Winners Manual

Open Practice Announced at Ohio Stadium

Ohio State is hosting their annual Fall Open Practice on August 24th for fans to see the Buckeyes in action before they begin their season against Navy on September 5th. The event began some 3-4 years ago with autographs being offered underneath the stadium seating. That was quite a mess as 10,000 fans showed up and created a crowd that could not get the autographs they so desired. Every year since they have tweaked the format.

By Steve Patterson

This year features a 6:30 pm gate opening with a 7:30 pm practice. There is no admission and seating is first come first served. Unlike prior years, there will be no player autographs this year. But Head Coach Jim Tressel will be available in the newly renovated OSU library on campus to sign copies of his latest book “The Winners Manual”.

Coach Tressel has donated proceeds from his book to the library renovation and has raised over $325,000 so far. The library will be open for tours between 5 and 6 pm. While Coach Tressel will be signing his book from 6 to 7 pm.



Posted on Tue, 11 Aug 2009 02:21:15 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/IMZUyyPzFCA/Default.aspx

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  Tyler Moeller Done for the Year?
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Tyler Moeller

Tyler Moeller Done for the Year?

Tyler Moeller could miss the entire season according to reports around the Buckeye program and ESPN this morning. Moeller was set to start at outside linebacker with Ross Homan and Austin Spitler being the other linebackers on the first string in the 2009 Spring Game Depth Chart. Behind Moeller were Tony Jackson and Storm Klein with other possible replacements this year including strong safety Jermale Hines or Brian Rolle.

By Steve Patterson

Moeller was hospitalized recently at OSU Medical Center after experiencing swelling of the brain during a team activity. Surgery followed this past weekend and now he is back in Cincinnati with his family recovering. Rumors have the initial head trauma occurring from a fight in Florida while his family was vacationing.

The press is hoping for more information on the incident and Moeller’s status when Head Coach Jim Tressel discusses fall camp this afternoon with the media. Fans became aware of Moeller’s absence when the team reported to camp on Sunday and he was not present. Recovery from such an injury could take 3 months with football out of the question until much later.



Posted on Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:11:09 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/HQSj9FGXDvA/Default.aspx

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  Terrelle Pryor: Fastest Football Player for Ohio State
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Terrelle Pryor Fastest Quarterback

Terrelle Pryor: Fastest Football Player for Ohio State

Reported by Lamaar Thomas, a speed demon himself, Terrelle Pryor had the fastest 40 time in summer team activities for the Ohio State Football team. Pryor recorded a 4.33 with Thomas coming in close at 4.37 and everyone else somewhere above 4.4, Thomas told the media recently. Michael Brewster reported similar statistics in the spring after timed sprints.

By Steve Patterson

Ohio State is known for having a fast track but if he can keep that speed until he is ready for the NFL, he will be the fastest quarterback to to enter the draft in 4 years. And at 235lbs, he could be the fastest player at the combine that weights over 200lbs. Last year only Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had a faster time.

Others at the top of the speed list for Ohio State included Ray Small, DeVier Posey, and Brandon Saine. All in the low 4.4s. If speed is the factor that sets the best teams apart from the rest, Ohio State has enough speed at their offensive skill positions this year to compete with anyone in the country.



Posted on Wed, 12 Aug 2009 13:49:19 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/aFqI2jH5efY/Default.aspx

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  Off the Field Issues Won't Stop Buckeyes, Tressel
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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The sudden loss of veteran linebacker Tyler Moeller and the absence of Ray Small and Rob Rose have been a distraction at the start of summer camp, but those distractions won’t stop the Buckeyes as they enter the new season.

By Eric Geier

The start of camp has not gone quite as smoothly as Coach Tressel and the Buckeyes coaching staff had hoped. This offseason has been like a trip through Willy Wonka’s factory, right when you think everything is peachy, someone drinks from the chocolate river. Self-inflicted wounds are what this off-season has been about. Incoming freshman running back Jamaal Berry was busted for drug possession in Florida, Ray Small and Rob Rose are out with pending academic issues, and fourth-year junior Tyler Moeller was hospitalized after a freak accident in a bar during a family vacation. Not exactly the start every coach dreams of.

Off the field issues are nothing new for the Buckeyes. In the past five years there have been a number of players who have been in trouble with the University and with the law, including the most infamous of them all, Maurice Clarett. But through it all, Coach Tressel has kept the Buckeyes focused and determined on their goals, to win the Big Ten Championship and a National Title. It is at these moments that Tressel proves what a valuable coach he is. When other programs might get flustered or falter in the face of adversity, Tressel and the Buckeyes always seem to forge ahead.

While much of the media focus has been on Ohio State’s off the field issues, new players are stepping up to fill contributing roles on the team. Freshman running back Jamaal Berry, fresh off a dropped drug charge, has impressed players and coaches with his speed bursts and Coach Tressel has high hopes for receiver Dane Sanzenbacher who is coming off ankle surgery.

The long and short of it all? Buckeye fans need not worry. Though the beginning of summer practice has been anything but a stroll through a park with a pretty lady, the Buckeyes are far from the only team with issues. As long as coach Tressel keeps his players focused from here on out, they still have a chance to build this team into the powerhouse they can be.

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Posted on Wed, 12 Aug 2009 23:20:39 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/bik_rXvylhI/Default.aspx

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  Analysis: The new Green Bay 3-4 D should help A.J. Hawk.
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

AJ Hawk Packers

Analysis: The new Green Bay 3-4 D should help A.J. Hawk.

Ex Buckeye A.J. Hawk moves inside in the new 3-4 system being installed in GB. The move should emphasize his best traits and free him from some of the areas in which he struggled last year.

By Bill Smith

Last season Hawk struggled with chest and groin injuries most of the year. The groin problem robbed him of some of his speed. After getting 119 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 06 and 105 tackles in 07 he ended up with only 86 tackles in 08. He is healthy now and no longer has primary coverage responsibilities of an outside backer.

Moving inside will free him up to read run and attack faster as well as the freedom to blitz more often. His instincts for timing a blitz were underutilized in the 4-3. He should be able to make more plays and generate more game changing plays inside.

His running mate will be Nick Barnett who is trying to come back from a season ending torn ACL injury in week 9 last year and has yet to practice much this year. Often it takes 12 months to fully recover from that surgery.

The one potential problem to Hawk remaining inside is pro bowl DE Aaron Kampman's move to OB. Kampman has been totally silent on how the move has gone in his eyes. He has never played OB at the NFL level. While the transition for a college DE to OB is hard, the change is even harder for an NFL DE. If that move should fail, chances are that Hawk would be the second choice to move back to OB. Brady Poppinga, a former starter at OB, would be the first choice.

AJ has played well in previous years and fell off last season. He needs to pick up his production to fulfill the all pro potential everyone felt he had when he was drafted. He has the ability. If he can stay healthy and stay inside, he should be a pro bowler soon.

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 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 15:34:33 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/-46MgS_1MNI/Default.aspx

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  One of the best reasons to watch the Rose Bowl Parade
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

OSU Marching Band

One of the best reasons to watch the Rose Bowl Parade

By Pete Quint

Marching Bands

As a certified band geek, I love the Ohio State University Marching Band. Not just because I was in the band (’92-‘96), my father was in the band (’68-‘71) or that my sister was in the band (‘94-’98) but also because of what it means to so many people. The OSUMB is the embodiment of pride for The Ohio State University; it represents over 100 years of tradition and sets the frenzied, emotional tone for every home game. I’m not sure you are allowed to be a Buckeye if you don’t get a little teary eyed during the post game singing of Carmen Ohio. To my knowledge it is the only collegiate marching band funded by the athletic department. Script Ohio makes every “Greatest College Football Traditions” Top Ten list and is almost as recognizable as the football team itself, some would argue more so. The band can stir a thick chewy emotion when mentioned to many Buckeye fans as memories of gridiron glory rush to the forefront of their minds.

That said, reading a Dispatch article recently sent chills up and down my spine as inspiration and heartfelt joy overwhelmed me. Someone else was doing Script Ohio and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Many Ohio High Schools mimic Script Ohio and the bands that are still fortunate enough to have the student numbers can pull it off with great success. It’s always fun to watch youngsters march their hearts out trying to pull off the difficult maneuvers of their university marching counterparts. Now there have been countless High School bands march Script Ohio and you may be wondering why this particular band is making the news. Fact is; this band is made up of entirely blind students.

Say that again?

The Ohio State School for the Blind, under the direction of Mrs. Carol Alger organized a marching band in the fall of 2005 to perform halftime shows for The Ohio School for the Deaf’s football team. Their signature formation, “Script Braille”, is played to the tune of Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse, or Le Regiment, just as it is for the OSUMB and it’s signature “Script Ohio”. The band uses a computer program called FINALE to transcribe regular sheet music into a Braille score that the students can read. They also use another program called SmartMusic which helps the students hear their parts individually or with the entire band. Due to the nature of their disability, each band member is expected to memorize their music. They are the only entirely blind marching band in the country and the only one known in the world.

A Great Honor

This year the OSSBMB Marching Panthers has been invited to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California prior to the Rose Bowl. This will be their first Rose Bowl parade appearance and the members couldn’t be more excited. The entire band will make the trip, 68 members in all, 39 visually impaired student musicians and 29 sighted marching assistants. They intend to do a performance of “Script Braille”.

Make sure you tune in to the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1st and cheer on these amazing, hard working students. They deserve your support and respect for accepting their challenges, developing their talents, and embracing their opportunities. These kids are about to experience something very special that few of us will ever get to. I wish them the best in their travel, their encounters and their performance. Knock ‘em dead, Panthers!



Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2009 17:29:12 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/ZDxt1T8Y3sU/Default.aspx

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  Ohio State 2010 Basketball Recruiting Finished
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Jared Sullinger 2010

Ohio State 2010 Basketball Recruiting Finished

Thad Matta and the Ohio State Buckeyes have put together one of the best 2010 recruiting classes in the country. What started with the #1 recruit in the country committing, finished this week with his teammate JD Weatherspoon completing a class of 6 that should rival the Oden, Cook, and Conley class.

By Steve Patterson

At the top of the class are two five star recruits in Jared Sullinger and power forward DeShaun Thomas. Two shooting guards rated the 13th and the 17th best in the country at their position in Jordan Sibert and Lenzelle Smith. Aaron Craft out of Finlay Ohio plays AAU ball with Sullinger, Sibert, and Weatherspoon on All-Ohio Red and will be the next great point guard for the Buckeyes. Weatherspoon is a 6’7” power forward from Columbus who was once committed to Xavier but will now play along side his AAU teammates.

For more coverage on the members of the class take a look at these eScoutRoom articles:

Buckeye Basketball 2010 Recruiting Class Updates

Film: 2010 Guard Josh Selby at the Hoophall Classic

Summer Full of Events for #1 Center in the Country, Jared Sullinger

Northland’s J.D. Weatherspoon Commits to Coach Matta and Ohio State

Film:JD Weatherspoon 2009 Highlight Film



Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2009 22:48:01 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/i2B2UYTsmD4/Default.aspx

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  Ohio State Media Day Photo Gallery
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Group Picture

Ohio State Media Day Photo Gallery

A photo gallery from the media day earlier today at Ohio Stadium.

2008 WRs

Brewster

Cordle

Delande Rolle Sabino

Entrance

Mewhort and Stoneburner

Moeller

Sanzenbacher

Storm Klein

Tight Ends

Tressel

Wide Receivers



Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2009 04:15:28 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/M3gpR5xq1Wc/Default.aspx

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  Scouting Report: James Laurinaitis vs the Jets
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

James Laurinaitis Ohio State

Scouting Report: James Laurinaitis vs the Jets

In the 09 Draft, the Rams got lucky with their second round pick # 36. Make that VERY lucky. They picked ex-Buckeye James Laurinaitis who now has a death grip on the MLB starting spot for the team. He pushed last year starter Chris Draft to the outside and Draft was pretty solid in 08.

By Bill Smith

Laurinaitis wasn't handed the job—he earned it with his performance in the OTAs and in camp so far. But live action against another color jersey even in the preseason separates the men from the boys.

By the way, Laurinaitis proved to be a man. In PS week 1, the Rams played him only on 1st and 2nd downs or 3rd and short situations. He sparkled against the run. He attacks the run downhill with extreme prejudice. Despite his attacking style, he is usually under control at the time of the hit and makes the tackle. He showed his ability to read the play and utilize his football instincts. Often he ends up the bottom of the pile regularly on runs. He still has the tendency to over run the play by a step or two but has the quickness to get back to the play and make contact. The over run is most noticeable on misdirection plays because the pros are a lot better at the counter play and sharp cut backs against the grain than the Big 10 runners were. When the play goes to the outside, he flows well and avoids the blockers diving at his feet.

Another thing that popped out was his level of effort. Even on pass plays down field or runs around the end, Laurinaitis was not only closing in on the opponent but taking the precise angle to be able to make the stop. That is very rare for rookie defenders because they often under estimate the speed of the pros. He has caught on quickly and has adjusted his angles to compensate for the difference.

His effort is also shown in getting back on his feet quickly when he does get knocked down and getting in on the play. He is inconsistent in shedding the O lineman blocker. Part of that comes from playing a little high thus letting the blocker get under him. But that is technique and is something he will learn quickly.

When the Jets tried to pass with him on the field he took maximum advantage of his 5 yard bump zone by twice “bumping” the TE off his feet.

OVERALL: Laurinaitis gets a solid A for his first game. He brings everything the Rams saw at OSU to the team's D. He will only get better and has a great future ahead of him.

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, 16 Aug 2009 02:59:26 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/rB-NXlTgJxA/Default.aspx

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