Jody Victor : Buckeye Named to 2007 Thorpe Award Watch List

Jody Victor: Malcolm Jenkins, a junior defensive back on the Ohio State football team, has been named to the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. The list, determined by compiling preseason All-American teams from various football publications, was announced July 25 by the Jim Thorpe Association. The award honors the top defensive back in the nation.

Jenkins, from Piscataway, NJ, enters his third season as a starter for the Buckeyes. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media in 2006. A starter in all 13 games last season, Jenkins ranked second for Ohio State with four interceptions and 40 solo tackles (55 total). He had 4.5 tackles for loss and returned an interception 61 yards for a game-sealing touchdown in the home win over Penn State last season.

Jenkins, who also was a member of the Ohio State track and field team in the spring, has the opportunity to become the Buckeyes' first Thorpe Award recipient since Antoine Winfield (1995-98) claimed the honor in 1998.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : 8 Buckeyes Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Teams

Jody Victor: Eight Buckeyes, including five on the first-team, were among those selected to the College Football News preseason All-Big Ten teams. Both of Ohio State's offensive tackles, senior Kirk Barton and junior Alex Boone, were first-team offensive selections, while three Buckeyes were first-team picks on the defensive side, including junior defensive end Vernon Gholston, junior linebacker James Laurinaitis and junior defensive back Malcolm Jenkins.

Named to the second-team were junior offensive tackle Steve Rehring, junior linebacker Marcus Freeman and junior punter A.J. Trapasso.

Six of the preseason honorees were also named to the College Football News Top 30 Players list, including two in the Top 10 – Laurinaitis checked in at No. 3 and Jenkins was ranked No. 6. Other Buckeyes in the Top 30 include Boone at No. 13, Barton at No. 18, Gholston at No. 19 and Freeman at No. 28.

Laurinaitis and Jenkins were first-team All-Big Ten selections last season, while Barton , Freeman and Trapasso were honorable mention picks by the league's coaches.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : 2007 Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

Jody Victor: The Ohio State Varsity “O” Association will induct nine members into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of September 7-8. The class will be officially inducted in two separate ceremonies September 7th and introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State-Akron football game in Ohio Stadium the following day.

In all, 74 women have been inducted since 1993 and 227 men have been honored since 1977.

The 2007 class includes : Men – Andy Dumpis (volleyball), Ivan Gilbert (fencing), Marv Homan (administration) and Pete Johnson (football); Women – Kristy Dascoli (tennis), Yelena Kalkina (fencing). Conny Kirsch (rowing), Susan Mallery (cross country/track and field) and Anna Smith (softball).

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor : Looking Forward to Football

Jody Victor: If you hven't seen the Buckeyes' football shedule yet, here it is.

Sat, Sep 01  Youngstown State (Alumni Band) – Col, OH – 12:00pm – Big Ten Network

Sat, Sep 08  Akron (Hall of Fame) – Col, OH – 12:00pm – Big Ten Network

Sat, Sep 15  Washinton – at Seatle, WA – 3:30pm – ESPN

Sat, Sep 22  Northwestern – Col, OH – TBA

Sat, Sep 29  Minnesota – at Minneapolis, MN – 8:00pm – ABC, ESPN

Sat, Oct 06  Purdue – at West Lafayette, IN – 8:00pm – TBA

Sat, Oct 13  Kent State – Col, OH – TBA – ABC, ESPN

Sat, Oct 20  Michigan State (Homecoming) – Col, OH – 3:30pm – ABC

Sat, Oct 27  Penn State – at State College, PA – 8:00pm – ABC, ESPN

Sat, Nov 03 Wisconsin – Col, OH – TBA

Sat, Nov 10  Illinois – Col, OH – TBA

Sat, Nov 17  Michigan – at Ann Arbor, MI – TBA

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Jody Victor


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Jody Victor : 2007 OSU Athletes of the Year

Jody Victor: It should come as no surprise that Jessica Davenport and Troy Smith were named 2007 Ohio State Athletes of the Year by the Ohio State Department of Athletics last week. Davenport finished her woman's basketball career in 2007 as the program's first three-time All-American. Also in his senior campaign, Smith quarterbacked the Buckeyes to the 2007 Bowl Championship Series National Title game and was named Ohio State's seventh Heisman Trophy winner.

Davenport, who graduated March 19 with a degree in family resource management/consumer affairs, became the first student-athlete to be named Big Ten player of the year three times in a career. The product of Columbus Independence High School led the Buckeyes to a 28-4 overall mark in 2006-07 and Ohio State's third-consecutive league crown. She topped the conference in scoring at 20 points per game and ranked second in the league in rebounds per contest (9.6) and field goal percentage (.597/ 222-372).

The only player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career, Devenport posted a four-year total of 384 blocks and ended her Buckeye run as the league's all-time leader. Davenport finished with 2,303 career points, which rates fifth all-time in Big Ten history and second at Ohio State. The Buckeyes went a combined 108-22 (.831) during her career, the best four-year span in team history.

Smith, a graduate in 2006 with a degree in communications, finished his career with a 25-3 record as the Buckeyes' starting signal-caller. He passed for four touchdowns in four games last season and his total of 2,542 yards through the air in 2006 ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State.

A native of Cleveland, Smith captained the 2006 football team to a 12-0 regular season and a successful defense of its 2005 Big Ten Championship. The 2007 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year established a Buckeye record with 30 touchdown passes last season. Smith capped his home career by becoming the first Ohio State quarterback to throw four TD passes vs. Michigan Nov. 18. The victory over the No. 2-ranked Wolverines (42-39), Smith's third in a row vs. U-M, secured Ohio State's 31st Big Ten title.

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Jody Victor

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