Ohio State’s offensive guard Marcus Hall didn’t do himself any favors against the Michigan Wolverines at the Big House Saturday. No. 3 Ohio State managed to escape with a 42-41 victory, but the real story was a massive brawl in the second quarter after a kickoff.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby thought long and hard last winter about whether he wanted to jump into the NFL draft or come back for his fourth season with the Buckeyes. He decided to return. Then a skirmish in an Indiana bar led to a one-game suspension. Now the All-Big Ten performer is back with the Buckeyes as they prepare for Saturday’s game against San Diego State.
Another player with NFL bloodlines will be making his way to Ohio State soon. Chris Warren, whose famous father played for the Seattle Seahawks and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, will be on campus sometime within the next 12 days on an unofficial visit and is coming with a checklist. “I want to see the facilities and would also like to see the coaching staff,” Warren said. “I also want to see the campus and where it sits in relation to the field and facilities.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will host a safety clinic next month for about 600 mothers of youth football players. The free event will be held Aug. 1 at the Buckeyes’ Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Participants will receive classroom instruction from health experts and on-field training from Ohio State coaches and former players. The NFL has promoted several programs that work to improve safety in football at various levels. The league faces a federal lawsuit over concussion-related injuries by thousands of former players. In an invitation to the OSU-NFL Moms Football Safety Clinic sent to female NFL fans in Ohio, Goodell says: ”We want to give you a chance to see firsthand what we are doing to make youth football safer and better.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The workout itself is relatively simple, and Mike Vrabel isn’t opposed to sharing it with anybody driven enough, or perhaps crazy enough, to try it. So in a high school science lab in Detroit, the Ohio State defensive line coach stands in front of a room full of campers to demonstrate how they can build their strength, improve their ability to fight off blockers and maybe get a vice-grip handshake just like that of a 14-year NFL veteran.
Some college coaches have told Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh/Baldwin) he already looks like an NFL lineman. The Ohio State coaches think he could be the next great NFL lineman. Jenkins, a 2015 offensive tackle, visited the Buckeyes on Wednesday, and offensive line coach Ed Warinner told Jenkins he reminds him of former No. 1 pick and future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace. Pace was a new name to Jenkins, but he appreciated the Buckeyes’ belief in him.
The Big Ten endured arguably the worst NFL draft in its history last month, and its struggles to produce high first-round talent are well documented. The league hasn’t had a top-10 pick since Michigan’s Jake Long and Ohio State’s Vernon Gholston went No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, in the 2008 draft. The Big Ten narrowly avoided being shut out of the first round for the first time since the NFL-AFL merger when Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick went at No.
One thing is becoming abundantly clear in the Urban Meyer era. The two-time national champion coach likes players with NFL bloodlines. In the Class of 2014, Ohio State has offered Christian McCaffrey the son of three-time Super Bowl winner Ed McCaffrey. Jonathan Haden, the brother of NFL superstar Joe Haden, and Austin Roberts, the son of Super Bowl champion Alfredo Roberts. Tennessee offensive line commit Orlando Brown Jr., the son of late Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Orlando Brown, was also offered by the Buckeyes.
It was a Thursday night in late April and Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh/Mount Lebanon) was watching the NFL draft. A 6-foot-6, 295-pound prospect, Bookser is being recruited as a lineman on both sides of the ball. Bookser was an offensive lineman by the end of the night Thursday. “Ever since I saw the draft I decided to go O-line,” said Bookser, referring to the run on tackles in the first round, including three among the first five picks.
Quips go to Pitt. That is the expression in Western Pennsylvania. The elite prospects from talent-rich Aliquippa (Pa.) High almost exclusively go to nearby Pittsburgh to star for the Panthers. Jonathan Baldwin, Tommie Campbell and Darrelle Revis are all NFL players who came through Aliquippa and then Pitt. So four-star athlete and ESPN 150 member Dravon Henry feels the pressure to stay close to home. In fact, Henry is related to Revis and former NFL lineman Sean Gilbert, who also went the route of Aliquippa to Pitt.