Five seniors named captains for 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five seniors were announced as team captains today by coach Urban Meyer. The five, chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Miller, who will have surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right shoulder, will not be able to accompany the team to its game in Baltimore against Navy this weekend, and coach Urban Meyer said Miller would have to count on the 70-man travel roster when he is able to travel with the team.

Heuerman, called one of the best tight ends in the country by Meyer during his press conference today, is also not 100 percent but Meyer anticipated he will be able to play Saturday. Heuerman is a veteran of 36 games with 22 starts and he has 35 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns.

Joining Miller and Heuerman as captains are three defensive standouts, all in their fourth seasons with the Scarlet and Gray:
•Doran Grant has played in all 39 games over the past three seasons and has started 15 times. The only returning starter in the secondary, he has recorded 83 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and four interceptions.
•Curtis Grant is a 13-game starter who is coming off his best season as a Buckeye when he played in 12 games last season, started 10 times and had 52 tackles, four TFLs and two pass break-ups. He is a veteran of 30 games.
•Bennett started 13 games at defensive tackles last season and was among the team leaders in TFLs (11.5 for minus-62 yards) and quarterback sacks (seven). He also contributed 42 tackles and he enters his senior campaign with 34 games played, 17.5 TFLs, 11 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The team will have one final practice – Tuesday – before the fall semester starts on Wednesday.


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Ohio State fall camp update

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes worked through practice No. 15 of the 2014 fall camp season Saturday morning – part of it an intrasquad scrimmage – in lovely conditions at the Ackerman Road fields. Afterward, head coach Urban Meyer met with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Meyer first addressed the status of quarterback Braxton Miller, who participated in the scrimmage on a limited basis. He said he should be ready to go in two weeks, that his shoulder was structurally fine, but that soreness was holding him back.

Chase for No. 2 QB: Meyer said redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has moved slightly ahead of third-year sophomore Cardale Jones in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Miller. Meyer’s reasons for Barrett’s rise: “Functionality, completing passes, growing up a bit, understanding things.

RBs Smith & Dunn praised: Fifth-year senior Rod Smith and third-year sophomore Bri’onte Dunn each drew compliments from Meyer on Saturday and both are in the mix at running back.
Three offensive line positions now filled: Meyer said that Baldwin has earned the starting position at right tackle, joining left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elflein as starters along an offensive line that must replace four graduated seniors who are all in NFL training camps right now.


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125th season of Ohio State football commences

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 125th season of Ohio State football kicked off today with the first practices of the 2014 fall camp season. Third-year head coach Urban Meyer (24-2 at Ohio State and with the highest winning percentage – .837; 128-25 – of any active major college coach with at least 10 years of experience) put his 13th team through a morning practice for the newcomers and a late afternoon practice with the veterans.

There were 38 players – scholarship and invited walk-ons – in the morning practice that included a number of collegiate veterans, namely offensive lineman Chad Lindsay, who came to Ohio State this summer after graduating from Alabama, and Jeff Greene, a wide receiver who arrived last season from Georgia Tech but had to sit out the season. All 23 of the scholarship true freshman also practiced in the morning except for January enrollees Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon.

Braxton’s back: As Mayer said, Braxton Miller was back at quarterback for the Buckeyes after missing all of spring drills after having shoulder surgery. Miller enters his senior season as a contender and possibly a leading contender for all of the major national awards, be it most outstanding performer, most valuable player and/or outstanding quarterback. Miller currently holds nine school records and he could break no less than eight more in 2014.


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Ohio State and No. 19 Louisville Square Off Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team takes on No. 19 Louisville at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium.Live stats and a link to a live audio stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at or fans can follow for updates.

Ohio State bounced back from a 4-3 loss in 13 innings in the opener at Purdue to take the series with a 2-0 Saturday win and an 11-2 victory in the rubber game Sunday.

Ryan Riga pitched 7.2 scoreless innings, striking out nine to pick up the win Saturday while Josh Dezse went 4-for-9 with two doubles, three walks, four RBI and three runs scored in the series.


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Buckeyes Arrive in Florida for Discover Orange Bowl

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After holding its final two practices of the year Friday and Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the Ohio State Buckeyes departed early Sunday morning for Miami, Fla., and the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.

Two charters filled with team members, support staff and administrators arrived at Miami/Fort Lauderdale Airport about 10:30 a.m. in overcast but warm – mid-to-high 70s – weather. The planes taxied under a water cannon salute and then media and Discover Orange Bowl representatives met the players as they exited the plane.

Head coach Urban Meyer, quarterback Braxton Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier each spent time with the media upon arrival. Some of their thoughts:
•”It’s [the game] really big for us right now because it is a championship series bowl game. We’re going to come in here and try to do what we can do for the Big Ten and for Ohio State and try to get this W.” – Shazier
•”My main focus is really on the team right now, especially on the game plan. I’ve been watching a lot of film.” – Miller
•”It’s really cool because I know I’ll have family here. Just being back in this atmosphere really means a lot.” – Shazier; who is from Pompano Beach and is one of five Buckeyes from Florida with the others being starting RB Carlos Hyde (Naples), starting TE Jeff Heuerman (Naples), starting DE Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale) and freshman WR James Clarke (New Smyrna Beach).


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