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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No sweat! Buckeyes chill out at water park

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The members of the Ohio State football team spent Wednesday afternoon chilling out at Columbus’ local waterpark: Zoombezi Bay. On a splendid 75-degree day in Ohio, the entire team took part in activities that included:
•Individual and multi-person water slides;
•Side-by-side, or perhaps slide-by-slide, water races;
•Floating on inner-tubes down a lazy river; and
•Splashing around in the wave pool.

After enjoying this watery-world – and judging by the smiles, everyone absolutely enjoyed the day – the players headed over to coach Urban Meyer’s residence for a barbecue dinner featuring ribs, hamburgers, cheesy potatoes, pasta salad and chips.

Now that all of the scholarship players on the team are in Columbus attending classes and training with strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, the activities represented one of the first full-team building opportunities outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The student-athletes have had numerous bonding activities within their position groups already, including some visiting a ropes course, some battling at paint ball and some water skiing. In addition, all the position groups are involved in community service projects this summer.

The Buckeyes are down to their final two weeks of conditioning work with Marotti and his staff before the start of fall camp on August 4.

Today, however, was just for fun.


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Arlin, Ratcliff Shine Bright Thursday in Omaha

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball program was well-represented Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 induction and the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. Buckeye legend Steve Arlin, a member of Ohio State’s 1965 and 1966 baseball teams, was inducted into the second class in the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame while Ratcliff, a rising junior at Ohio State, finished fourth in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

Arlin Inducted Into Omaha College Baseball Hall of Famer
Arlin was joined by Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Will Clark (Mississippi State) and Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton) in the 2014 class, the second in the history of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame. He was recognized in front of the fans during the Home Run Derby and was featured during ESPN’s telecast of the event.

“The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame is great and this is a really special honor to me because I played here almost a half-century ago,” Arlin said. “It’s an honor to represent The Ohio State University and the Big Ten Conference.”

Ohio State’s first two-time All-American, Arlin posted a 24-3 record in his two years with the Buckeyes. A two-time member of the College World Series All-Tournament team, Arlin fanned 57 hitters while tallying a 0.96 earned-run average in 47.0 innings in his College World Series career. In the 1965 College World Series, Arlin set two College World Series records against Washington State by striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched. In 1966, Arlin posted an 11-1 overall record, earning College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. The right-hander pitched in five of the six days of the 1966 College World Series, striking out 12 while allowing just two hits in a 1-0 shutout of top-ranked Southern California to make the championship game, where he tossed a perfect ninth inning to close out the Buckeyes’ 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State.


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Greve, Niggemeyer Selected in 2014 Major League Baseball Draft

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior right-hander Greg Greve was selected in the 29th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Saturday by the Miami Marlins. In addition, Jacob Niggemeyer, a member of the Buckeyes’ 2014-15 recruiting class, was taken in the 28th round by the Chicago Cubs.

Greve, who was drafted in the 45th round out of high school by the San Francisco Giants, was named third team All-Big Ten in 2014 after going 7-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 85.2 innings pitched over 14 starts. The senior co-captain finished tied for fourth in the conference with seven wins. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, Greve went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched over eight Big Ten starts as a senior and totaled 229.1 innings pitched in his career, ranking 24th on the Ohio State all-time list.

After being named OCC-Central Player of the Year and first team All-Ohio as a junior, Niggemeyer earned the same honors as a senior at Olentangy Liberty, going 9-2 with a 0.53 ERA. The right-hander struck out 88 and also excelled offensively, hitting .350 with 10 doubles and 30 RBI.


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