Jody Victor®: No. 2/2 Ohio State Welcomes Marshall for 2010 Opener

Jody Victor: The Buckeyes will be playing their first Thursday night regular season game since the 1997 opener against Wyoming. Did the Buckeyes win? Read on to find out. Here some interesting stats, records and info from osu.edu.

The Big Ten Network will televise the game – Marshall (0-0) at #2/2 Ohio State (0-0) this Thursday evening, Sept, 2, 2010 – 7:30 pm ET in Ohio Stadium (102,329).

* Thursday kicks off the 121st season of football at Ohio State

* Jim Tressel is 18-5-1 all-time in season openers and 9-0 at Ohio State

* Jim Tressel has won 14 straight season openers and 18 of his last 20 overall

* The Buckeyes will be going for their sixth consecutive Big Ten championship in 2010

* Ohio State has 34 Big Ten championships all time, trailing only Michigan with 42

* Ohio State is 52-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season

* Ohio State is one of only three FBS teams to record at least 10 wins in each of the past five seasons (Virginia Tech, Texas)

* Ohio State has played in 8 BCS bowls, the most all-time ahead of USC and Oklahoma (7)

* Ohio State has won 54 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25

* Ohio State has had 55 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium

* Ohio State has not lost a home opener in 32 years – Sept 16, 1978 to be exact when No. 6 Ohio State suffered a 19-0 loss to No. 5 Penn State in Woody Hayes final season as head coach

* Ohio State has a all-time opening day record of 104-12-4. The Buckeyes' last opening day loss away from Columbus was to Miami in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.

* All-time, the Buckeyes are 108-8-4 in home openers since 1890. The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

* Thursday's opener will be the first time the Buckeyes play a home game on a non-Saturday since beating Wyoming, 24-10, Aug, 28, 1997, in a Thursday night season opener – the season following the 1997 Rose Bowl victory under John Cooper.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Ranked No. 2 in Preseason AP Top 25

Jody Victor: Here's some football news from the Buckeyes' website, osu.edu.

“Ohio State, already ranked No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, earned the same preseason ranking this morning from the Associated Press, its 22nd-consecutive preseason ranking. The Buckeyes received three first-place votes.

Ohio State returns 16 starters, including 10 on offense, from a team that went 11-2 last season and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes will play four teams (highlighted in bold) this season ranked in the preseason poll.

Associated Press Preseason Top 25

1. Alabama (54)
2. OHIO STATE (3)
3. Boise State (1)
4. Florida
5. Texas (1)
6. TCU
7. Oklahoma (1)
8. Nebraska
9. Iowa
10. Virginia Tech
11. Oregon
12. Wisconsin
13. Miami
14. Southern Cal
15. Pittsburgh
16. Georgia Tech
17. Arkansas
18. North Carolina
19. Penn State
20. Florida State
21. LSU
22. Auburn
23. Georgia
24. Oregon State
25. West Virginia

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 108, Stanford 81, Utah 80, South Carolina 71, Houston 66, Connecticut 32, Notre Dame 31, Missouri 27, BYU 19, Arizona 15, Clemson 15, Texas Tech 14, Navy 12, Washington 8, Texas A&M 7, Mississippi 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Central Michigan 2, Middle Tennessee 2, Temple 2, Boston College 1, SMU 1, UCF 1.”

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Special Teams in Ohio Stadium

Jody Victor: Ohio State's one football practice Saturday was a mid-afternoon kick scrimmage in Ohio Stadium. The Gray team prevailed over the Scarlet 33-30. Here's some of the details straight from Football News at osu.edu.

“While the punt and kickoff special units – coverage and return games – were also a big part of the day, all eyes were focused on the place kicking competition between senior Devin Barclay, a 27-year-old fifth-year senior from Annapolis, Md., and true freshman Drew Basil, from Chilicothe, Ohio. The two are competing – and have been since spring drills as Basil enrolled at Ohio State for the 2010 spring quarter – for the kickoff and place kicking assignments that were shared last year by Aaron Pettrey, now in NFL preseason camp with the Detroit Lions, and Barclay.

Both kickers were on their game Saturday as the two combined to convert – unofficially as there were no official statistics kept – 21 of 23 field goal attempts including an impressive 9-for-10 showing from 40 yards and beyond.

Barclay: 10-for-11  Barclay, who hit 7 0f 10 field goals for the Buckeyes last year including an overtime game winner from 39 yards vs. Iowa and three more in the Rose Bowl, made 10 of 11 kicks with his only miss from 37 yards after a Gray timeout that would have tied the score at 33-apiece. He made all four of his 40-plus attempts: three 42-yarders and one from 44 yards.

Basil: 11-for-12  Basil, who hit five from beyond 40 yards with a long of 47 (twice), made good on 11 of his 12 attempts with his only miss a middle-of-the-competition miss from 45 yards that hit the right upright.

No. 9 for Jake  Long snapper Jake McQuaide participated in his ninth kick scrimmage Saturday. The senior, who will be handling all special teams snaps for a third year, knows a thing or two about flying objects: he is an aeronautical engineering major from Cincinnati.

Nice Day, Derek  Derek Erwin, a third-year sophomore from Tiro, Ohio, had a nice day handling placements for Drew Basil. He had to reach high for one high snap, but he secured it and made the placement a heartbeat ahead of Basil's powerful right leg. The kick was good from 45 yards. While Erwin handled placements for Basil, No. 2 quarterback Joe Bauserman held for Barclay. Dane Sanzenbacker, another of the team's holders, had the day off.

Roar Inducers  Big plays on the field that elicited nice roars of approval were made by: senior Taurian Washington, who caught about an 80-yard bomb from Terrelle Pryor prior to the kick scrimmage; sophomore FB Zach Boren, who had about a 50-yard run at one point during one play; hard hits by freshman DB Christian Bryant and freshman RB Carlos Hyde; and about a 46-yard punt return by freshman Corey Brown.

The Coaches  The winning Gray team was coached by third-year cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson. The Scarlet team was coached by offensive graduate assistant Wes Satterfield. In his first season with the Buckeyes, Satterfield was a four-year starter at quarterback, kicker and punter for Sewanee: The University of the South. He is from Hartsville, Tenn.”

For the full story and player comments go to osu.edu.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Pryor Named to Watch List

Jody Victor: Here's some football info from Ohio State Football News.

“Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor is among 30 'players to watch' for the 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

Last season Pryor passed for 2,094 yards with 18 touchdowns and led the Buckeyes with 779 yards and seven TDs on the ground. The Rose Bowl MVP passed for a season-high 266 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 72 more, setting an Ohio State bowl game record with 338 yards of total offense as the Buckeyes upset the Oregon Ducks on New Year's Day, 26-17.

Pryor is 19-3 as Ohio State's starting quarterback, which includes an 8-1 mark in 2008 and an 11-2 record in 2009. The dual-threat quarterback has rushed for 1,410 yards during the last two seasons, the sixth-most by an FBS quarterback during that span. He enters his junior year with more than 4,800 yards of total offense and is the fifth Buckeye quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 career yards with two years of eligibility remaining.

Pryor also was recently named to the Davey O'Brien and Manning award watch lists for the 2010 season and was selected as the pre-season Big Ten offensive player of the year for the second-consecutive year last week in Chicago.” For the full story go to osu.org.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Two Buckeyes Named to Jim Thorpe Watch List

Jody Victor: Every year the Buckeyes have their share of athletes named to college football watch lists. Here's an excerpt from the OSU Football News. For more info go to osu.edu.

“Ohio State seniors Chimdi Chekwa and Jermale Hines were named to the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award pre-season watch list Monday, a list that includes 35 of the nation's best defensive backs.

Chekwa, a senior corner, recorded 43 tackles, one interception and seven pass break-ups last season and has three INTs and 20 break-ups in his career. He'll serve as veteran of the defensive backfield this season with 39 career games under his belt.

Senior safety Hines was fourth on the team with 57 tackles last season, 3.5 for loss, while recording one sack and two interceptions – one of which he returned for a touchdown against Wisconsin. Hines played all 13 games in 2009 and has played in 30 career games going into his senior year.

The Thorpe Award is one of college football's most sought after and prestigious awards. It is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as “The Legend”, Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The Jim thorpe Award “watch list” is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-American teams listed in at least six pre-season college football annual magazines. Four points are awarded for first team, three points for second team, two points for third and one point for honorable mentions. This procedure determines approximately 30-40 players on the pre-season watch list. This list is not final and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses……..

………Formal presentation of the Jim Thorpe Award takes place at ceremonies in Oklahoma City on the first Tuesday in February following the national signing date for college football recruits.”

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Jody Victor

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