Jody Victor@ Forcast – A Big Year In Columbus

Jody Victor: Are you looking forward to football as much as I am? The Buckeyes are my favorite football team – bar none – and they are starting off on the right foot with preseason predictions.

Ohio State was tabbed as the Big Ten preseason favorite, and sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor earned the nod as the league's preseason Offensive Player of the Year. It marks the second consecutive year and the third time in the past four years that Ohio State enters the fall as the league's preseason favorite.

Penn State, which shared the league title with Ohio State last year but won the head-to-head matchup in Columbus, was picked to finish second. Michigan State was picked third in the league, while Spartans junior linebacker Greg Jones was tabbed as preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

It's no surprise that the Buckeyes got the nod as preseason favorites. Ohio State has dominated the Big Ten this decade, winning or sharing five league titles, including each of the last four. Though Penn State returns a lot of big names and boasts a favorable schedule, Ohio State’s depth and ability to reload has been unmatched for some time.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Help With “Best Fans” Campaign

Jody Victor: Four seniors on the Ohio State football team – Jake Ballard, Kurt Coleman, Jim Cordle and Anderson Russell – contributed time, effort and, most importantly, encouraging words to Buckeye Nation recently by taking part in a “Best Fans in the Land” video shoot at the office of University Marketing and Communications on Kinnear Road.

The efforts of the Buckeyes will assist the work of the Ohio State Sportsmanship Council, an on-campus organization that promotes good sportsmanship and camaraderie at Ohio State athletic events and city-wide.

The players took turns articulating key messages such as “welcome our visitors,” “cheer loud and be proud,” “respect our opponent” and let us give our opponent on the field “the hard time.”

There were certainly a few bloopers which only served to help refine the delivery and the finished video, which is expected to be used across a range of electronic mediums this fall by the Sportsmanship Council, will be dynamic. So stay tuned.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes In The News

Jody Victor: Ohio State alumni have selected a 26-member All-Alumni Football Team. The team was selected after more than 1,400 members of the Alumni Association submitted votes between Nov. 2008 and Feb. 2009. Those members selected starting offensive and defensive players, a kicker, punter, and coach.

Former linebacker Chris Spielman was the leading overall vote recipient and captured 1,240 out of 1,439 possible votes. Other vote leaders included: offensive tackle Orlando Pace (1,192); running back Archie Griffin (1,181); defensive back Jack Tatum (1,201); and kicker Mike Nugent (1,229). The team's coach is Woody Hayes (1,055 votes).

Enshrinement July 18 – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that widely-respected ESPN commentators Rece Davis and Mark May will co-emcee the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner & Show at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind. on Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. Former Ohio State coach John Cooper will be among the enshrinees.

The Ohio State University Buckeyes will be represented by three senior leaders at the 2009 Big Ten Conference Football Media Days and 38th annual Kickoff Luncheon, set for July 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago : tight end Jake Ballard, defensive back Kurt Coleman and defensive lineman Doug Worthington. The Ohio State trio will be among 29 senior players out of 33 players attending the media days. The other four attendees are juniors.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Team USA Wins IFAF

Jody Victor: A collection of 45 American teenagers gathered in Canton in the middle of June to complete a mission on the football field.

The mission was to win the 2009 International federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship, an inaugural tournament being contested at Fawcett Stadium which consisted of players aged 19 and younger from eight countries, spanning four continents.

For USA Football's Junior National Team that mission was accomplished Sunday July5, 2009. The second-seeded United States defeated top seed Canada 41-3 in the Gold Medal Game before a crowd of 15,473 fans at Fawcett Stadium.

USA Football quarterback Bryce Petty, a Baylor recruit, completed all of his pass attempts (14-for-14) and threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

David Wilson, a Virginia Tech recruit, who was named tournament MVP, led USA's rushing attack with 10 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Left tackle Jack Mewhort (Ohio State), Brian Winters (Kent State), Evan Swindall (Mississippi), Aaron Price (Indiana) and Oday Aboushi (Virginia) formed USA's starting offensive line, which keyed the Americans to 408 total yards.

The 12-game tournament drew a total attendance of 40,043, a tournament record for 12-year-old IFAF.

The 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship All-Tournament first and second teams have been announced following the Gold Medal game that was played at Fawcett Stadium adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The selections were made based on a combination of votes cast by the head coaches of the eight competing teams and the tournament statistics.

Japan head coach Takao Yamazaki was named the All Tournament Team head coach having guided his team to a Bronze Medal and a 2-1 finish and Japan was also honored with the Fair Play Team award.

USA running back David Wilson, who rushed for a combined 425 yards and 8 touchdowns during the course of three games was named the tournament MVP as he helped the United States win the Gold Medal game.

The United States led the way with 14 first team all-tournament selections, followed by Germany with five, Canada with three and Japan with two, including quarterback Yuichiro Arakai, who threw for 686 yards and nine touchdowns and only one interception during the course of three games.

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Jody Victor

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