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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.



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  Analysis: Ex-Buckeye Ryan Pickett will prosper in the Packers new 3-4 D.
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Ryan Pickett Packers

Analysis: Ex-Buckeye Ryan Pickett will prosper in the Packers new 3-4 D.

NT Ryan Pickett is disruptive. He has averaged 3 passed defended each of his 7 seasons as the starter for the Pack. No, at 340, he is not dropping into coverage. He gets credit for a pass defended by knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage.

In the 3-4, Pickett should lose about 300 pounds. That should mean only 2 300+ pound blockers will be responsible for keeping Pickett off the QB rather than the 3 that he has seen all too often in the 4-3. His job is not necessarily to sack the QB but he does that more often than most NTs gathering 2.5 sacks in the last 2 seasons. What they want him to do is push the O line back into the QB's face. He does that regularly.

When he signs his contract, rookie 1st round pick DT B.J. Raji (9th pick 337 lbs.) from Boston College will play DE in the Packers 3-4. Pickett will play next to him and the other end will be Cullen Jenkins. The Packers have some question marks moving all pro DE Aaron Kampman to LB but there is no doubt about Pickett. He will hold down the middle of the line.

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.



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  Chekwa’s Time has Arrived
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Chekwa’s Time Has Arrived



With two career interceptions
entering the 2009 season, fourth-year junior defensive back Chimdi
Chekwa will attempt to maintain the excellence of past OSU cornerbacks.
Chekwa will assume the duty of No. 1 cornerback for the Buckeyes,
filling a vacancy left by former All-American and 2008 Thorpe Award
winner Malcolm Jenkins.

By Mark Silverman

The return of safeties
Anderson Russell and Kurt Coleman will benefit Chekwa, at least in the
early going. However, when the lights are on September 12 against
Southern California, Chekwa must make his presence felt. The Trojans
will bring plenty of speed to Columbus and Chekwa has plenty of it.

In the spring, Chekwa ran a
10.69-second 100-meter dash for the OSU track team. Some critics say
that Chekwa could be a liability against the run, but the junior gained
approximately 15 pounds in the offseason and is now listed at 190.

Chekwa received significant
playing time in 2007 and was a full-time starter a year ago. In all, he
has appeared in 26 games and started 13.  There is a big difference
between a regular starter and the No. 1 cornerback on a traditionally
stifling defense, but Chekwa’s playing experience could go a long way.
If this group of Buckeyes are to contend for a national championship,
which wouldn’t be that surprising considering Big Ten competition is
even down from last year, Chekwa could be the x-factor.

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  Ray Smalls Future Uncertain, Jaamal Berrys Charges Dropped
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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By Eric Geier

Ray Small

According to various media reports, including ESPN.com and Bucknuts.com, Ray Small has had his scholarship revoked and is no longer with the team. But wait Buckeye fans, you still may get to see him play this fall.

Sources say that small is in summer school and is having an academic issue involving a history class. Reports have surfaced that he will not be with the team when they report to practice on August 10th, while an unnamed OSU source says there is still a chance he could report to practice if he gets the history class issue resolved. Despite reports, his father believes he will be at practice, saying, "He was just here (Columbus) last night and he was saying how he wants to go to camp, and that's a first," Ken Small said, adding, "Usually it's like, 'Man, we've got to go to camp.' Now, he was like, 'I can't wait until camp.'"

This is not Small’s first brush with controversy, just last September he was suspended two games for violating come back as a return man while getting a chance to compete for a receiver position. Unless reports on his status surface, when players arrive on Sunday, all eyes will be looking for Ray Small.

Jamaal Berry

In other news, Jaamal Berry’s felony marijuana charges have been dropped as long as he completes a six month diversion program. Berry and the prosecution agreed on the terms Friday, clearing the way for the talented freshman to enter camp on time.

Jaamal Berry was ranked third according to ESPN Scouts Inc. coming into the season. 

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Posted on Wed, 05 Aug 2009 02:50:43 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/M6IhpFBBJfg/Default.aspx

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  The Ohio State Buckeyes and their NCAA Preseason Ranking
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Season Kickoff Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes and their NCAA Preseason Ranking

One third of the BCS ranking is out as USA Today released its College Football Coaches Poll. No surprise to anyone that sitting on top of the polls is Florida followed by Texas, Oklahoma and Southern Cal. What comes as a bit of a surprise is that the Buckeyes are ranked #6.

By Pete Quint

Surprise, you ask? Well, yes as Ohio State loses all of its starting offensive skill positions, most of its veteran offensive line and almost the entire linebacking corps. On paper, those kind of losses take time to restock the talent pool but that’s not the way this poll sees it.

Always Considered One of the Best

That’s a deep respect that Ohio State has earned since Jim Tressel has taken over. The Buckeyes now command a “Notre Dame” like aura that affords then an opportunity to always be considered one of the best in the country no matter the loss of talent. Buckeye haters will stew about the fact that the Buckeyes are ranked so high but if you read through the rest of the polls, who’s better? You can make a decent case for Penn State, LSU and maybe even Mississippi but outside those teams there just isn’t anyone.

Season Breakdown

Now that the first poll that counts is out in the open we can now really start looking at OSU’s opponents. The first game to come to mind is obviously the showdown between #4 USC and #6 OSU. The hype surrounding this game will continue to steamroll the closer we get to Sept 12. Penn State will be another epic game also and will be at a fevered pitch the evening of Nov. 07. We will get to see young Terrell Pryor under the lights and under incredible pressure in a hostile environment. Iowa also becomes an interesting test just before the match-up with That Team Up North. Kirk Ferentz has a reputation of getting together are really tough team every four to five years and he’s due. Iowa has a relatively soft schedule and should meet the Buckeyes in Columbus with less than two losses.

Fall Camp Starts Sunday

We have only 29 days until Buckeye football kicks off for the 2009 season. Get ready because it’s going to be a heck of a ride.



Posted on Sat, 08 Aug 2009 03:25:16 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/Y1qtU42vZqU/Default.aspx

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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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