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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Buckeyes host BTN at Wednesday’s practice

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day 3 at Ohio State’s fall camp included another acclimation practice in the afternoon in front of close to 100 media members and support staff as the Big Ten Network was on campus for its annual preseason look at Ohio State football.

BTN studio hosts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Dave Revsine enjoyed practice on an overcast, albeit lovely day at the country club of college practice facilities, the Harmon Family Football Park at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Herbstreit also on campus: Lead ABC/ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit stopped by the facility to check out the Buckeyes. After practice, while coach Urban Meyer, Tom Herman, Braxton Miller and Chris Ash stopped by the BTN set, coaches Luke Fickell and Ed Warinner met with the writers and reporters on the indoor practice field.

Ball sidelined: Sophomore running back Warren Ball missed practice and was wearing a protective boot after he injured a foot during Monday’s practice. Ball’s absence leaves coach Stan Drayton with three running backs who have lettered: senior Rod Smith and sophomores Ezekiel Elliott and Bri’onte Dunn. Talented freshman Curtis Samuel does have a spring drills in his rearview after he enrolled into classes at Ohio State in January.

New on the roster: There are some new names on the Buckeyes’ 105-man roster: running back Jeffie Johnson, from Hilliard; former Ohio State wrestler Kosta Karageorge, a defensive lineman from Columbus; offensive lineman R.J. Morris, from Naperville, Ill.; offensive lineman Michael Pruni, from Dover, Ohio; and receiver Isiah Williams, from Dayton.

Up next: The Buckeyes have a single practice Thursday afternoon. The team moves into its fall camp home midmorning: the Hyatt Place Columbus.

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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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Tanner Tully Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tanner Tully, a left-hander on the Ohio State baseball team, has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the first for Tully and the fourth Big Ten weekly award for a Buckeye this season.

Tully pitched 12.0 scoreless innings, striking out six to pick up victories over Xavier and Michigan State in his first two career starts this past week. After tossing 5.0 scoreless innings in a 10-3 win over the Musketeers Wednesday evening, the freshman left-hander threw 7.0 shutout frames in the Buckeyes’ 1-0 rubber game victory over Michigan State Sunday afternoon. Tully sits at 3-0 on the season with a 0.96 ERA.

The Buckeyes, 15-7 on the season and 2-1 in Big Ten play, take on Indiana in a three-game series starting Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

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Hyde, Roby and Bosa claim Big Ten Honors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Determined and exceptional efforts by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 40-30 comeback victory over No. 15/16 Northwestern on the road Saturday night earned three individuals Big Ten Conference weekly honors this week: Carlos Hyde shared the conference’s offensive player of the week award with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah; All-American cornerback Bradley Roby was the special teams player of the week; and defensive lineman Joey Bosa earned the Big Ten’s freshman of the week award.

Hyde, from Naples, Fla., rushed for a career-high 168 yards with three second-half touchdowns to power Ohio State back from a 23-13 third-quarter deficit. He also caught four passes for 38 yards for a total of 206 all-purpose yards.

Hyde’s fine game included amassing 15 first downs; 12 rushing and three receiving. He scored on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter to close a 10-point Northwestern lead to three, 23-20. He added a 2- yard TD run early in the fourth to give Ohio State its first lead in over 32 minutes, 27-23. And after Northwestern regained the lead, Hyde capped an 81-yard drive with a 7-yard run for a 34-30 Buckeye lead with 5:22 left to play.

Roby, a fourth-year junior from Suwanee, Ga., blocked a Northwestern punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for Ohio State’s only touchdown of the first half. He also had two special team’s tackles among his seven tackles for the game.

Roby now has four career touchdowns; he has scored off a fumbled punt vs. Miami in 2012; he recovered a blocked punt vs. Indiana in 2012; he had a “pick-six” vs. Nebraska in 2012; and his recovery of his own blocked punt in the end zone vs. Northwestern Saturday.

Bosa, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had five tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and he recovered a fumble in the end zone on the final play of the game. He tied his personal best with four solo tackles and with his two tackles-for-loss.

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