As we inch closer to the end of the college football regular season, when teams find out their fate, Ohio State isn’t shying away from the spotlight and is hoping it can talk its way into the BCS National Championship Game. Forget Alabama or Florida State, Buckeyes junior wide receiver Evan Spencer thinks that his team would destroy either team in a potential matchup, according to Ryan Ginn of Buckeye Sports Bulletin: Wipe the floor, huh? The same Alabama team that has won back-to-back national titles and has already beaten top-tier competition in both Texas A&M and LSU? A Florida State team that has a Heisman candidate at quarterback in Jameis Winston and the fourth-best defense in the country? Those are big words from a receiver who is fourth on his own team in receiving yards. If Ohio State did get a chance to play in the big game and managed to pull off the upset, it’d seem like it would be his teammates backing up that strong statement. But never mind what Spencer believes, Ohio State’s own head coach doesn’t even think it should be the top team in the country. Per Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Urban Meyer ranked the Buckeyes No. 2 in the latest USA Today coaches poll, but not even he was foolish enough to consider them better than Alabama. If you’re truly head and shoulders better than everybody else, why settle for second best? This comment is pure nonsense. It’s cool to have confidence in yourself and set the bar high. But if you are…
The 76-0 Ohio State victory over Florida A&M wasn’t carefree after all, as freshman wide receiver James Clark injured his ankle in the blowout win and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors broke the news: Clark was likely playing in garbage minutes with the Buckeyes having such a commanding lead. With the injury taking place within the first month of the season, Clark will be eligible to receive a medical redshirt if he is unable to return to the field. Clark was a 4-star recruit out of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He had offers from Clemson, Nebraska, Florida and Miami, among others. He was one of many talented recruits that made up one of the best 2013 recruiting classes in the country. How will this impact Ohio State moving forward? While it’s never good to see a promising player injured, Ohio State shouldn’t miss a beat with this injury. Clark hasn’t produced a single catch this season, and the Buckeyes offense is already firing on all cylinders. Whether it’s quarterback Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton, the offense is averaging a scary 52 points per game. The running game has drastically improved, as a quality stable of runners are averaging an impressive 6.7 yards per carry. The wide receiving corps has also stepped up in the first month of the season with Devin Smith and Corey Brown combining for 32 receptions and seven touchdowns. Clark is a talented player and a key piece to the Buckeyes future, but he wasn’t going to…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The role of unlikely hero certainly has its perks. There’s the lasting memory of a play that won’t be forgotten, along with the outpouring of admiration from a fan base that makes sure to show its appreciation and the simple fact that few people will ever know the rush of grabbing a game-winning touchdown.
Ohio State’s freshman class this year may be one of the best in all of college football. Few of its freshman shine as brightly as Scout.com’s 5-star wide receiver Jalin Marshall from in-state Middletown. Marshall, a quarterback in high school, possesses incredible speed and quickness in the open field, making him one of the most intriguing players on the Buckeyes’ roster. But can a converted quarterback have an immediate impact at wide receiver right away? Here’s our in-depth preview on the Buckeyes’ electrifying freshman.Begin Slideshow
Back by semi-popular demand (my editor and a guy down the street said they liked it), we have the second annual Most Intriguing Series previewing the 2013 college football season. This week the series wraps up with the 25 most intriguing non-quarterbacks.
The road to fall rolls on for the Ohio State Buckeyes as they are about two weeks away from the start of the 2013 season. Fall camp is in its second week as the depth chart starts to shake out ever so slowly. Different names continue to emerge as others suffer difficult setbacks. It’s all part of the nature of college football and something every program goes through, no matter how big or small. Two weeks into fall camp, here is the latest stock report for the Buckeyes.
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Four-star wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) has always had Miami and Florida near the top of his list of schools, but after a recent visit to Ohio State, the Buckeyes and Canes are now his top two schools. Dixon cited his experience with the coaches at Ohio State as a reason he enjoyed his visit to Columbus so much. “I went to Ohio State last week,” Dixon said. “It was great. I knew it would be good, but it was really good.
Wide receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is one of only five 2015 prospects invited to The Opening. The standout prospect is honored by the accomplishment and is looking forward to experiencing the event firsthand. “It’s definitely super special. I remember watching it on TV and now knowing it’s a big-time deal. It’s the top seniors in the country, so to be invited as a junior is an honor,” he said. “All week I was posting it on Facebook and Twitter, like check me out on ESPNU.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Most wide receivers coming out of high school look at who is going to be throwing them the ball and use it as part of the decision-making process. Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) isn’t one of them. He sees how good Ohio State’s wide receivers are going to be in the upcoming years and can’t help but think scarlet and grey all the time. The Buckeyes landed the No. 1 WR class in the nation in 2013 with Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College), respectively.