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Ohio State Buckeyes


Future Buckeye evokes one of the greats from past describing his game

Darius Bazley, the second Ohio State commit to take the floor Monday during the last day of Flyin’ to the Hoop, shook off a slow start to finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds as his Princeton team was crushed 77-48 by Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler. Bazley had just two point in the first half but contributed nine in the second.  He was making his season debut after having to sit out the first...
Buckeye-bound Justin Ahrens talks junior season, OSU win and more

Buckeye-bound Justin Ahrens talks junior season, OSU win and more

Justin Ahrens scored 26 points as Versailles beat Tri-Village 61-56 on Monday afternoon. The Ohio State-bound junior guard also grabbed nine rebounds as the Tigers outlasted the Patriots to improve to 12-1.  Wearing a Block ‘O’ sweater as he spoke with reporters after the game, Ahrens talked about what he is working on this season, seeing the Buckeyes pick up their first Big...
Modest proposal for shortening college football games: Sell fewer ads

Modest proposal for shortening college football games: Sell fewer ads

Are college football games too long? That might end up being one of the big talking points of the offseason after Clemson needed 2:48 minutes to dethrone Alabama in the national championship game. Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com touched off the latest discussion Friday on Twitter when he shared an apparently dated thought from Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith. After ElevenWarriors.com turned...
Recruiting: Ohio State, Cincinnati and Miami classes taking shape

Recruiting: Ohio State, Cincinnati and Miami classes taking shape

With 2017’s National Signing Day less than three weeks away, we thought it was a good time to check in on the football recruiting efforts of three squads with heavy local interest.  You can bet there will be changes between now and Feb. 1, but here is how things look right now for coaches Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell and Chuck Martin:  National rank (247Sports composite): 2  Conference...
Luke Fickell lures former Ohio State 4-star signee to Cincinnati

Luke Fickell lures former Ohio State 4-star signee to Cincinnati

Torrance Gibson announced Thursday he is leaving Ohio State and going to Cincinnati.  A four-star quarterback prospect from south Florida, Gibson signed with the Buckeyes two years ago, moved to wide receiver and redshirted in 2015. He was suspended by the university last year, a decision OSU coach Urban Meyer said he opposed at the time. Gibson told ESPN he plans to attend junior college in...
Football prospects could be able to sign early per new rule proposal

Football prospects could be able to sign early per new rule proposal

An early signing period for college football took a step toward reality Wednesday at the American Football Coaches Association convention. Per USA Today, AFCA members voted to recommend senior prospects be allowed to sign national letters of intent on the third Wednesday in December, when junior-college prospects are allowed to sign now. The new early signing date would be in addition to the current...
A third Ohio State DB is entering the 2017 NFL Draft early

A third Ohio State DB is entering the 2017 NFL Draft early

Ohio State suffered another early departure to the NFL on Wednesday with Marshon Lattimore declaring his intention to enter the draft. Lattimore is the third Buckeye defensive back to decide to leave school early, joining fellow cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Malik Hooker. Like Hooker, Lattimore was just a one-year starter for the Buckeyes, but he had a big impact in that time. 
Coveted quarterback reiterates plan to enroll early at Ohio State

Coveted quarterback reiterates plan to enroll early at Ohio State

Ohio State lost a talented receiver recruit this week, but that won’t affect the Buckeyes and their prize quarterback of this recruiting cycle. Tate Martell, a four-star quarterback from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman whose playing style reminds some of Johnny Manziel, confirmed via Twitter he still plans to enroll at Ohio State this semester.  That followed the surprise decommitment of his high...
What are the Buckeyes’ early 2017 national championship odds?

What are the Buckeyes’ early 2017 national championship odds?

Too early for 2017 college national championship odds? Of course not! Bovada posted its numbers Tuesday, less than 12 hours after Clemson finished off a stunning comeback against Alabama in the championship game for 2016. The site has the Crimson Tide leading the way at 4/1 with Florida State next at 7/1. Then comes Ohio State at 15/2 with Michigan, Oklahoma and USC all checking in at 9/1. LSU is...
Early mock draft has Bengals, Browns making similar early picks

Early mock draft has Bengals, Browns making similar early picks

After an epic finish to the national championship game, college football season is over. So naturally it’s time to talk more football. RELATED: 7 can’t-miss moments from Clemson’s win over Alabama Although mock drafts — particularly early January mock drafts — should all be taken with a grain of salt, it’s still fun to speculate how things might shake out, right?...
Ohio State makes hire of Kevin Wilson official

Ohio State makes hire of Kevin Wilson official

Ohio State’s 2017 football staff continued taking shape Tuesday with the hiring of a new offensive coordinator and the reported exit of another.  Sports Illustrated reported Ed Warinner, the offensive coordinator the last two seasons and an assistant for the Buckeyes since Urban Meyer became head coach, is headed to Minnesota to join new coach P.J. Fleck.  There was much speculation...
Tyquan Lewis returning to Ohio State Buckeyes for senior season

Tyquan Lewis returning to Ohio State Buckeyes for senior season

Tyquan Lewis stemmed the tide of Ohio State Buckeyes declaring their intentions to enter the NFL Draft, announcing Monday he’s been proud to be a part of four Ohio State teams but that he’s hungry for more. Lewis, of Tarboro, N.C. led the Buckeyes with 10.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks. The return of Lewis, who will be a fifth-year senior, means the Buckeyes will return their entire...
Miamisburg’s Josh Myers among early enrollees at Ohio State

Miamisburg’s Josh Myers among early enrollees at Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes announced the arrival of Miamisburg High School graduate Josh Myers on campus Monday. He’s one of a number of early enrollees in the class of 2017. Myers is a 6-foot-6, 306-pound offensive tackle who ranked 13th overall in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports.com. He was the top-ranked player in Ohio. Ohio State has the second-ranked class in the country, according...
Ohio State losing another key player early to NFL draft

Ohio State losing another key player early to NFL draft

Curtis Samuel is leaving Ohio State early for the NFL.  LandOf10.com confirmed the versatile receiver and running back won’t be back with the Buckeyes after a breakout 2016 campaign, and he posted a farewell message on Twitter on Monday.  Samuel led Ohio State with 1,655 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. Easily the Buckeyes’ most reliable playmaker throughout the season...
Ohio State WR Noah Brown declaring for NFL draft

Ohio State WR Noah Brown declaring for NFL draft

The biggest surprise of the Buckeyes postseason, Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown declared for the 2017 NFL draft on his personal Twitter account Saturday night. “I have decided it is time for me to move on to the next level,” Brown wrote. “I have decided to forgo my remaining years of eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL draft.” Ohio State had three early departures...
See where Dayton, OSU, Xavier are in newest NCAA championship odds

See where Dayton, OSU, Xavier are in newest NCAA championship odds

A bet on Dayton to win the national championship will pay off more now than it would have at the beginning of the season. Odds released Friday by Bovada gave the Flyers a 300/1 shot to be the last team dancing in March, down from 200/1 on Nov. 10. Joining Dayton at 300/1 are BYU, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas State, Marquette, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pitt, San Diego State, SMU and fellow member VCU. Ohio...
NFL draft 2017: Ohio State Buckeyes, notable others entering early or coming back to school

NFL draft 2017: Ohio State Buckeyes, notable others entering early or coming back to school

NFL draft early entry season is in full swing across the country, and Ohio State has already seen multiple players put their names in the 2017 draft.  It can be hard to keep track of them all, so we’re here to help  Malik Hooker (story) Raekwon McMillan (story) Gareon Conley (story) Noah Brown (story) Curtis Samuel (story) Marshon Lattimore (story) J.T. Barrett (story) Tyquan Lewis...
Ohio State’s weird recent history with SR QBs goes back a long way

Ohio State’s weird recent history with SR QBs goes back a long way

J.T. Barrett’s first challenge upon announcing his intention to return to Ohio State for his senior season? Actually making it to the end of the 2017 season as the starting quarterback of the Buckeyes. That is not a knock on Barrett but a nod at a strange streak going for the Scarlet and Gray at the game’s most important position. RELATED: The captain makes his future plans official Three...
J.T. Barrett set to return to Ohio State for fifth season as Buckeye

J.T. Barrett set to return to Ohio State for fifth season as Buckeye

J.T. Barrett will have a fifth year in scarlet and gray. The Ohio State quarterback announced Wednesday his intention to return in 2017 after a redshirt junior season that was somewhat star-crossed. Barrett shared the Chicago Tribune Big Ten Silver Football Award as the league MVP with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, but he also struggled with bouts of inconsistency that mirrored the up-and-down...
Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan makes NFL draft intentions known

Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan makes NFL draft intentions known

Raekwon McMillan joined the potential parade of Ohio State Buckeyes headed to the NFL draft early, making his declaration Wednesday.  A junior linebacker from Georgia, McMillan came to Ohio as a five-star prospect and lived up to the hype.He split time in the middle as a freshman when the Buckeyes won the national championship and held down a starting spot the last two years. McMillan made the...
Clemson LB Ben Boulware annoyed by questions about teammate fondling OSU player in Fiesta Bowl

Clemson LB Ben Boulware annoyed by questions about teammate fondling OSU player in Fiesta Bowl

Clemson’s 31-0 demolition of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl last weekend wasn’t all positive for the Tigers.   CU defender Christian Watkins was caught on camera reaching into a rather private area of Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel was tackled on one play, an act that not surprisingly led some to wonder just what was going on.  Watkins admitted after the game he was...
Buckeyes losing another defensive back with eligibility to NFL draft

Buckeyes losing another defensive back with eligibility to NFL draft

Gareon Conley is the second Ohio State football player to announce he is leaving early for the NFL. A cornerback from Massillon, Conley has been a starter the past two years after serving as a reserve for the 2014 national champion Buckeyes. He redshirted as a freshman in 2013.  This season he had 26 tackles and four interceptions en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten recognition from the...
Ohio State hires QBs coach; more to come?

Ohio State hires QBs coach; more to come?

The future of Ohio State football appears to be taking shape amid reports of multiple staff changes for the Buckeye offense. Crimson Quarry, an SBNation blog that covers Indiana sports, reported former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson will become offensive coordinator at Ohio State.  Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports Urban Meyer has or will hire Ryan Day as a coordinator and quarterbacks...
Report: Tim Beck leaving Ohio State Buckeyes for Texas

Report: Tim Beck leaving Ohio State Buckeyes for Texas

Tim Beck will leave the Ohio State Buckeyes to become the offensive coordinator at Texas, according to a report Tuesday from HornsDigest.com. Beck served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last two seasons under Urban Meyer. He joined the staff in January 2015 after Tom Herman left to become the head coach at Houston. Herman is now the head coach at Texas. Beck talked to reporters...
Malik Hooker leaving Ohio State Buckeyes to enter NFL Draft

Malik Hooker leaving Ohio State Buckeyes to enter NFL Draft

Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker announced Monday he will forego his last two seasons of eligibility to declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Hooker, a redshirt sophomore, from New Castle, Pa., who set an Ohio State record by returning three interceptions for touchdowns in 2016, made his announcement on Twitter. Hooker played in all 13 games in 2015 as a redshirt freshman and earned a...
Urban Meyer: Ohio State Buckeyes will move on quickly after 31-0 loss

Urban Meyer: Ohio State Buckeyes will move on quickly after 31-0 loss

A group of Clemson fans traveling on the rental car shuttle to Sky Harbor International Airport on Sunday marveled at the ease of their trip back to their hotel Saturday night. There was no traffic, they said, because fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes left University of Phoenix Stadium early, maybe to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and family but probably to escape the scene of one of the...
Fans of Ohio State Buckeyes lash out at kicker Tyler Durbin

Fans of Ohio State Buckeyes lash out at kicker Tyler Durbin

Members of Ohio State’s special teams unit shared two pieces of hate mail kicker Tyler Durbin received after the team’s 31-0 loss to Clemson on Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl. The BuckSpecialists Twitter account posted screen grabs of both expletive-laden emails (warning: graphic language) with a two-word title over the images: “Stay classy.” The first...
Urban Meyer: ‘Ohio State is not used to this’

Urban Meyer: ‘Ohio State is not used to this’

Blue, purple and white confetti shot into the sky and then fell to the turf at University of Phoenix Stadium. Most of the Ohio State Buckeyes split as fast as they could for the locker room after a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. A few Buckeyes, notably cornerback Marshon Lattimore, signed autographs for fans before heading to the tunnel. Even on one of the disappointing days in Ohio State...
Billy Price will return to Ohio State Buckeyes

Billy Price will return to Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes right guard Billy Price will return to school for his fifth and final season of eligibility, he announced Saturday after a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. “I’m coming back,” Price said. “I’m going to love playing center. I’m going to lead the team. Myself and Jamarco (Jones), we’re going to do some...
Buckeyes Blitzed: Clemson dominates Ohio State in Fiesta Bowl

Buckeyes Blitzed: Clemson dominates Ohio State in Fiesta Bowl

Signs all over University of Phoenix Stadium read, “Greatness awaits,” and for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the wait continues. The No. 2 Clemson Tigers handed No. 3 Ohio State the most lopsided defeat of the Urban Meyer era. Clemson blanked Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl, advancing to the College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama for the second straight season. Meyer...
Fiesta Bowl: Scenes from the end of Ohio State's lss

Fiesta Bowl: Scenes from the end of Ohio State's lss

The Buckeyes lost 31-0 to Clemson on Dec. 31, 2016.
Robert Landers’ mom gave her son early lessons in giving interviews

Robert Landers’ mom gave her son early lessons in giving interviews

Tracy Matthews, the mother of Ohio State defensive tackle and Wayne grad Robert Landers, arrived in Arizona on Friday and attended the Buckeye Bash, a gathering of thousands of fans at Westworld in Scottsdale. Earlier in the week, Landers said it meant a lot to him that his mom would get to see him play in his first bowl game Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium against Clemson. She didn&rsquo...
Ohio State Buckeyes arrive at Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes arrive at Fiesta Bowl

The Buckeyes arrived at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday.
Robert Landers’ mom Tracy is a nervous wreck at Ohio State games

Robert Landers’ mom Tracy is a nervous wreck at Ohio State games

WHIO’s Mike Hartsock talked to Tracy Matthews, the mother of Ohio State defensive tackle and Wayne grad Robert Landers, on Friday at the Buckeye Bash. One day before the Fiesta Bowl at 7 p.m. Saturday, Matthews said, “This is a big experience. I didn’t get to come last year. Thank goodness, my brother Jay here made sure I made the trip. It’s been good so far.” Landers...
Urban Meyer to Ohio State fans: Wear scarlet and be loud

Urban Meyer to Ohio State fans: Wear scarlet and be loud

Thousands of Ohio State Buckeyes fans flooded Westworld, an events facility northeast of Phoenix, for a Buckeye Bash on Friday, one day before the Fiesta Bowl. The event took place in a giant field. Fans congregated in front of a stage to watch Brutus Buckeye dance, the Ohio State band and cheerleaders perform and Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and Buckeye legend Archie Griffin speak. The...
Malik Hooker playing for late family members

Malik Hooker playing for late family members

Malik Hooker has emerged as one of the many breakout stars for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2016 — and probably the biggest — and the redshirt sophomore safety is playing for more than the opportunity to improve his NFL draft stock. Hooker revealed Thursday on Fiesta Bowl Media Day tragedy has inspired him to lift his play. His cousin Victor Ward, 26, was shot and killed May 2 in New Castle...
Ohio State vs. Clemson: An advanced-stats Fiesta Bowl preview

Ohio State vs. Clemson: An advanced-stats Fiesta Bowl preview

By now players and coaches from both sides have had plenty to say about Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl matchup with Clemson. What do the advanced stats from Football Outsiders say about the matchup? Here are five things to know before the Buckeyes take on the Tigers: 1. On offense, the biggest difference is Clemson better on passing downs. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson keys a strong aerial attack...
Seven keys for Ohio State Buckeyes in Fiesta Bowl

Seven keys for Ohio State Buckeyes in Fiesta Bowl

Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers learned a lot about their teams in the last month. Thousands of stories and millions of words from dozens of reporters painted a portrait of two teams trying to reach the mountaintop of college football. On Friday, one day before the Fiesta Bowl, fans learned Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney have a sense of humor. They...
Scenes from the Buckeye Bash

Scenes from the Buckeye Bash

Ohio State Buckeye fans gathered in Scottsdale on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Buckeyes, Flyers, Raiders, Votto and more: 2016 things that didn’t suck

Buckeyes, Flyers, Raiders, Votto and more: 2016 things that didn’t suck

The year 2016 provided plenty of reasons to feel bad. Forget those for now, though. We’re here to accentuate the positive. Here are nine things from 2016 that definitely didn’t suck: The Flyers outlasted VCU for a 68-67 overtime victory at UD Arena to claim a share of the conference title and the top seed in the league tournament. The Knights made it back-to-back Division II state...
Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney hold final press conference before Fiesta Bowl

Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney hold final press conference before Fiesta Bowl

The talking ended Friday morning for Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer and Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney. Twenty six days after they learned their teams would play in the Fiesta Bowl, four days after their teams arrived in Arizona and one day before their College Football Playoff semifinal, they spoke at the last pregame press conference before the game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The site of the...
Robert Landers happy his mom will get to see him play in Fiesta Bowl

Robert Landers happy his mom will get to see him play in Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle and Wayne grad Robert Landers won’t have two of his biggest fans supporting him Saturday at the Fiesta Bowl — not in person anyway. He knows his younger brothers will be hanging on every play back in Ohio. Trey Landers has a game Friday night with the Dayton Flyers at UD Arena. His youngest brother Tallice is playing in a basketball showcase in Cincinnati...
Walk-ons from Dayton area doing their part for Ohio State Buckeyes

Walk-ons from Dayton area doing their part for Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes brought an army of players to the Camelback Inn for Fiesta Bowl Media Day on Thursday. They filled a giant ballroom and spent an hour playing on their phones, talking to reporters or sitting on couches in front of the two TVs that had PlayStations hooked up to them — this is the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, after all. Among the players who did not attend was Chaminade Julienne...
J.T. Barrett not mad at Clemson safety for critical comments

J.T. Barrett not mad at Clemson safety for critical comments

As expected, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett faced questions Thursday about Clemson safety Jadar Johnson’s comments regarding his arm strength. As expected, Barrett tried to squash the controversy, which started two days earlier when Johnson met with reporters. “There wasn’t a lot to it,” Barrett said. “He has his own opinion, which I’m not mad at....
Clemson's Johnson right: at this point, Miller was better than OSU’s Barrett

Clemson's Johnson right: at this point, Miller was better than OSU’s Barrett

J.T. Barrett sounded like he wasn’t bothered by a Clemson defensive back saying Braxton Miller was a better Ohio State quarterback than he is. The reigning Big Ten MVP has at least two reasons to let Jadar Johnson’s comments slide off his back: He’s a confident competitor who believes in himself and Johnson’s comments are probably true.  Although some will...
Meadowdale grad says Ohio State Buckeyes are ‘locked in’ for Fiesta Bowl

Meadowdale grad says Ohio State Buckeyes are ‘locked in’ for Fiesta Bowl

Ke’Von Huguely remembers watching the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2014 playoffs when he was a senior at Meadowdale High School and admitted Thursday during Fiesta Bowl Media Day he didn’t think they would win it all. “I didn’t think they were going to go that far,” said Huguely, a walk-on sophomore running back. “I’m glad I’m a part of it now. Being...
Thurgood Marshall grad enjoying ‘great experience’ with Ohio State Buckeyes

Thurgood Marshall grad enjoying ‘great experience’ with Ohio State Buckeyes

Derrick Malone stood in the middle of the chaos of Fiesta Bowl Media Day on Thursday at the Camelback Inn, marveling at how he came to be a part of it. Malone, a Thurgood Marshall graduate, is a sophomore walk-on tight end for the Ohio State Buckeyes. “It’s truly a blessing how I came about doing it,” Malone said. “I started playing football my senior of high school. I was...
Evan Lisle: ‘My role is to do anything’ to help Ohio State Buckeyes

Evan Lisle: ‘My role is to do anything’ to help Ohio State Buckeyes

Centerville grad Evan Lisle has been in the center of some of the biggest plays of the season for the Ohio State Buckeyes. As a redshirt junior offensive lineman on the field-goal unit, he has experienced the best and worst of the season: the game-tying field goal in the final seconds against Michigan and the field goal blocked by Penn State and returned for one touchdown in Ohio State’s only...
CJ grad Haney tells story behind viral Twitter video

CJ grad Haney tells story behind viral Twitter video

Cin’Quan Haney is a physics major. He’s a walk-on senior cornerback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also happens to be fluent in sign language. In short, the Chaminade Julienne graduate can do it all. He put his three semesters of study in American Sign Language classes at Ohio State to good use on Nov. 26 after Ohio State’s overtime victory against Michigan. A video of him communicating...
WATCH: Catching up with Centerville native Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN

WATCH: Catching up with Centerville native Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN

Kirk Herbstreit has come a long way since his days as the quarterback for the Centerville Elks. After a solid career as a captain at Ohio State, Herbstreit went from answering media questions to asking them. Now in his 21st year with ESPN, Herbstreit, 47, has become a household name as a game analyst and college football expert. Herbstreit will call the Ohio State-Clemson game in the College Football...
Ohio State/Alter grad/NFL star Nick Mangold looks to the future

Ohio State/Alter grad/NFL star Nick Mangold looks to the future

Nick Mangold might be ready for the NFL season to be over but not his time with the New York Jets. The stalwart center from Ohio State who was also a standout at Alter told reporters this week he hasn’t contemplated retirement or the possibility he could be released by the Jets to save money in the offseason. “Shoot, I love football. I miss it dearly,” Mangold said (via the New York...
Ohio State's Cin'Quan Haney converses with deaf fans after beating Michigan

Ohio State's Cin'Quan Haney converses with deaf fans after beating Michigan

Cin'Quan Haney, a Chaminade-Julienne graduate who is a walk-on cornerback for the Buckeyes, is fluent in sign language. He talked to two fans with sign language on Nov. 26, 2016, at Ohio Stadium.
Meadowdale grad Ke'Von Huguely competes in push-up contest at Fiesta Bowl

Meadowdale grad Ke'Von Huguely competes in push-up contest at Fiesta Bowl

Huguely, a walk-on running back fro Ohio State, goes 1-on-1 with the Fiesta Bowl mascot Spirit at media day on Dec. 29, 2016.
Tyquan Lewis looks back on Joey Bosa’s last game with Buckeyes

Tyquan Lewis looks back on Joey Bosa’s last game with Buckeyes

Members of Ohio State’s defensive line ended the Fiesta Bowl a year ago with a giant group hug on the turf at University of Phoenix Stadium. They surrounded teammate Joey Bosa, whose last game in college ended with an ejection because of a targeting penalty in the first quarter. That’s a moment that sticks with defensive end Tyquan Lewis as the No. 3 Buckeyes (11-1) approach a return to...
Clemson Tigers quarterback Watson faces NFL decision after season

Clemson Tigers quarterback Watson faces NFL decision after season

Amid the red and white jerseys at practice this week at Notre Dame Prep High School are a number of players wearing orange jerseys for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Those players are running Clemson plays and getting the Buckeyes ready for the Fiesta Bowl. Freshman Dwayne Haskins has worn No. 4. He is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, or the closest version of Watson the Buckeyes will see until 7 p.m...
Clemson’s balance on offense is a concern for Ohio State Buckeyes

Clemson’s balance on offense is a concern for Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes strength coach Mickey Marotti bellowed the same two words over and over again Wednesday at Notre Dame Prep High School. “Three days!” he chanted. The countdown to the Fiesta Bowl and the College Football Playoff semifinals continued as Ohio State held its second practice since arriving in Arizona on Monday. Twelve miles away, the Clemson Tigers practiced at Scottsdale...
Ohio State was Clemson QB Deshaun Watson’s second choice

Ohio State was Clemson QB Deshaun Watson’s second choice

As two of the top teams in college football year after year, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers pursue many of the same recruits. Deshaun Watson was one of those players in 2013. “Ohio State, they were actually my second choice,” Watson said Wednesday in a Fiesta Bowl press conference at the Camelback Inn. “I grew up an Urban Meyer fan. I loved the way he coached, loved the...
Ohio State holds second practice in Arizona

Ohio State holds second practice in Arizona

The Buckeyes continued preparation for the Fiesta Bowl at Notre Dame Prep High School on Dec. 28, 2016.
Ohio State band member nails 55-yard field goal try

Ohio State band member nails 55-yard field goal try

Ohio State University’s band calls itself “The Best Damn Band in the Land,” but it also has some brass when it comes to football ability. After the band practiced at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on campus Tuesday, second-year trumpet player Austin Brizee decided to try a field goal. He connected solidly on a 55-yard attempt in the indoor facility, WCMH reported.  
Ohio State Buckeyes talk about facing Clemson's offense

Ohio State Buckeyes talk about facing Clemson's offense

Fiesta Bowl interviews from Dec. 28, 2016, at Camelback Inn.
Chris Worley: Ohio State linebacker proud of 2013 recruiting class

Chris Worley: Ohio State linebacker proud of 2013 recruiting class

Chris Worley part of recruiting classes that includes J.T. Barrett, Gareon Conley and numerous important players for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State Buckeyes hold first practice in Arizona

Ohio State Buckeyes hold first practice in Arizona

The Buckeyes practiced for the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Notre Dame Prep Academy in Scottsdale.
Curtis Samuel: Joy and excitement overtook his body after winning TD

Curtis Samuel: Joy and excitement overtook his body after winning TD

Ohio State Buckeyes hybrid back Curtis Samuel will find himself answering questions about his game-winning touchdown run against Michigan as long as he lives. He answered more than a few Tuesday in a Fiesta Bowl press conference at the Camelback Inn. Samuel’s 15-yard run in the second overtime lifted the Buckeyes (11-1) to a 30-27 victory on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. Asked if he had ever celebrated...
Clemson linebacker Boulware still stung by national title game loss

Clemson linebacker Boulware still stung by national title game loss

Clemson Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware doesn’t have a playoff beard. He calls it a lifestyle beard, meaning it’s not going away anytime soon. “You’ve got to go through a lot of ugly phases,” Boulware said Tuesday in a press conference at the Camelback Inn. “You’ve got to be a man. But to fight it off and resist the razor. That’s about it. It’s...
Billy Price sees positives, negatives in college stars skipping bowl games

Billy Price sees positives, negatives in college stars skipping bowl games

Ohio State Buckeyes right guard Billy Price didn’t want to speculate about what coach Urban Meyer might say if one of his players decided to skip a bowl game instead of risking injury. “I don’t think he’d be 100 percent for it,” said Price on Tuesday, four days before the Fiesta Bowl, in a press conference at the Camelback Inn. “That’s as far as I’ll...
Ohio State arrives in style in Phoenix

Ohio State arrives in style in Phoenix

Running back Mike Weber slept all the way from Columbus to Phoenix on Monday. It wasn’t hard to do because the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, most of whom wouldn’t fit comfortably on your average commercial jet, rode in style all the way to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State chartered a double-decker United plane. The players had seats that let them put their feet up and relax. &ldquo...
Curtis Samuel: Opportunity to get scholarship sparked him in high school

Curtis Samuel: Opportunity to get scholarship sparked him in high school

Ohio State Buckeyes' H-back talks about what made him great.
Mike Weber: Buckeyes had sweet ride to Phoenix

Mike Weber: Buckeyes had sweet ride to Phoenix

Ohio State running back said he slept all the way to the Fiesta Bowl on double-decker jet.
Ohio State Buckeyes arrive in Phoenix for Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes arrive in Phoenix for Fiesta Bowl

The Ohio State Buckeyes stepped off the plane Monday just after sunset at Sky Harbor International Airport. They left the uncommon warmth that hit Ohio earlier in the day for the very common sunshine of Arizona. Five days before the No. 3 Buckeyes (11-1) play No. 2 Clemson (12-1) in the Fiesta Bowl at 7 p.m. Saturday, they took their first steps in the desert since they left Phoenix a year ago after...
Dabo Swinney looking for any edge he can get for Clemson Tigers

Dabo Swinney looking for any edge he can get for Clemson Tigers

Dabo Swinney’s wife Kathleen stole the show — and the last question — at a press conference Monday moments after the Clemson Tigers stepped off a double-decker jet at Sky Harbor International Airport. Swinney saw his wife grab the microphone and encouraged her to ask her question to running back Wayne Gallman, who sat on the podium next to Swinney. “How about the cute brunette...
Ohio State Buckeyes land in Phoenix for Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes land in Phoenix for Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State's plane touched down Monday evening. The team continues preparation Tuesday for Saturday's game.
Clemson arrives in Phoenix for Fiesta Bowl

Clemson arrives in Phoenix for Fiesta Bowl

The Tigers landed at Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday afternoon.
Success in 2014 influences Ohio State Buckeyes in 2016 playoffs

Success in 2014 influences Ohio State Buckeyes in 2016 playoffs

Two years ago this week — Dec. 27, 2014, to be exact — the Ohio State Buckeyes flew to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, starting their journey in the first College Football Playoffs. On Monday afternoon, five days before a Fiesta Bowl matchup against Clemson, they will fly to Phoenix, touching down around 7:30 p.m. (ET). There are many parallels to the 2014 season, and the Buckeyes will...
Ohio State Buckeye kicker puts Michigan misses behind him

Ohio State Buckeye kicker puts Michigan misses behind him

Urban Meyer didn’t console kicker Tyler Durbin with a big hug after the Ohio State Buckeyes beat Michigan 30-27 in overtime on Nov. 26. That’s not his style. “I’m not the best `lifting up’ guy there is,” Meyer said. “I do love him. He will be our kicker in the playoff game, and he’s got all the talent in the world. He did miss two of them (against Michigan)...
Ohio State kicker Tyler Durbin looks back on Michigan game

Ohio State kicker Tyler Durbin looks back on Michigan game

Durbin overcame two misses to make tying kick in fourth quarter.
Mike Weber tries to tune out comparisons to Ezekiel Elliott

Mike Weber tries to tune out comparisons to Ezekiel Elliott

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Mike Weber saw Ezekiel Elliott take off in the postseason two years ago with eight touchdowns and 696 rushing yards in three games and pictured himself doing the same thing. “I did most definitely,” Weber said. “I just sat back and watched and saw how they took on the expectations and a lot of people doubted them and they came out on top, so it was...
Curtis Samuel looks back on his fun run against Michigan

Curtis Samuel looks back on his fun run against Michigan

Curtis Samuel has watched the play only a couple of times — or probably 100 times less than the average Ohio State Buckeyes fan. It was the play before The Play that he’ll remember as much as anything. Samuel’s 8-yard gain on a screen pass on 3rd-and-9 saw him run backward before cutting back across the field. That set up Ohio State with a 4th-and-1 in the second overtime. Two even...
Ohio State’s Malik Hooker drawing comparisons to former NFL great

Ohio State’s Malik Hooker drawing comparisons to former NFL great

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano coached one of the greatest defensive players in recent history, safety Ed Reed, when he was with the Miami Hurricanes in 1999 and 2000. He sees a lot of Reed in redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker, the breakout star for the 2016 Buckeyes. “I said that early last spring when I saw some of the things (Hooker) could do in our winter conditioning...
Ohio State’s Malik Hooker drawing comparisons to former NFL great

Ohio State’s Malik Hooker drawing comparisons to former NFL great

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano coached one of the greatest defensive players in recent history, safety Ed Reed, when he was with the Miami Hurricanes in 1999 and 2000. He sees a lot of Reed in redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker, the breakout star for the 2016 Buckeyes. “I said that early last spring when I saw some of the things (Hooker) could do in our winter conditioning...
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