Eight Will Serve as Ohio State Game Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced Tuesday after practice that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains.

“It’s the first time I’ve done something like this,” Meyer told the team before calling up, one-by-one, the young men who will lead the Buckeyes into each game this year, beginning Saturday at noon against Buffalo. “We had eight individuals receive a lot of votes, and all were within 12 votes of each other. So they’ll lead us into each game as captains and at the end of the year a decision will be made as to who will be the season’s captains.”

And then he proceeded to call to the front of the team seven of the eight, with one absent because of class. Ohio State’s eight game captains are:

Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;

Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;

Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;

Fifth-year senior quarterback * Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;

Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and

Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Go Bucks Go Bucks Go Bucks

Jody Victor

Ohio State Starts Fall Camp Practices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes opened their 2013 fall camp season with a pair of practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center’s first-class practice facility: the Harmon Family Football Park. Second-year head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff worked with 35 freshmen (and a few inexperienced upperclassmen) at an 8:45 a.m. practice and then returned to the fields for a 3:05 p.m. practice with the veterans.

It was a glorious day for practice. At 2 p.m. it was a San Diego-like 74 degrees under hazy sunshine, some whispers of clouds and at times, Lake Superior-blue skies.

Some numbers: the 105-man roster at fall camp includes 17 offensive linemen, 16 defensive linemen, 14 receivers and 12 linebackers within the four largest position groups.

Nice treats
When the players arrived at the Woody this morning they had breakfast in the player’s lounge and then on the way to their locker room they walked by their new Gatorade Fuel Bar, which wasn’t completed when they left for their short break on Wednesday. The fuel bar features all stainless steel cabinets and appliances, an eight-stool seating area, five leather recliners, two rather large HD flat screen televisions and ample display and storage space for nutrition/energy bars and sports fuel drinks, shakes and thirst quenchers.

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Jody Victor

Five Buckeyes watched by Maxwell FB Club

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Maxwell Football Club, presenters of the prestigious Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, announced its initial 2013 watch lists for each award today and five Ohio State Buckeyes are under consideration:

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (Maxwell Award watch list);
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (Maxwell Award);
Senior safety C.J. Barnett (Bednarik Award watch list);
Junior cornerback Bradley Roby (Bednarik Award); and
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (Bednarik Award).

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 18. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 5. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club’s selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.

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Jody Victor

Sights, Sounds & Stories from the Women’s Clinic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anything goes when about 750 Ohio State football fans – all of them women – have the full attention of the Ohio State coaching staff, as was the case Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the second annual Ohio State Football Women’s Clinic, presented by Kroger.

Running backs coach Stan Drayton kept the clinic flowing smoothly as a coach-in-charge. He wisely took advantage of the power of the microphone by complimenting his wife’s hair – multiple times – and by opening up a Q&A session with six Buckeyes by alerting them as to who was boss.

“This is a room full of women,” Drayton said to Warren Ball, Drew Basil, Chase Farris, Curtis Grant, Bradley Roby and Jamie Wood, “and they can ask you guys whatever they want. Anything goes.”

Moments later, Farris was doing the “Dougie,” Roby was showing them his “abs” and Basil was explaining that he is 21 and “happily taken.”

An hour later on that same stage, Coach Urban Meyer was meeting every one of the attendees individually, some from as far away as San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Antonio, and having an individual photo taken with each one.

Literally hundreds of other photos were taken throughout the day with the other coaches and the players, who graciously stayed through lunch and signed autographs.

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Jody Victor

Buckeyes earn AP All-American honors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State University football standouts – junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby and senior defensive end John Simon – were named Associated Press All-Americans today. Hankins and Roby were each honored with second-team recognition while Simon was a third-team selection for the second consecutive year.

Each was a major contributor this season for the Buckeyes, who are ranked No. 3 by the Associated Press after completing a 12-0 campaign that included an 8-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference and a championship of the league’s Leaders Division.

Hankins, who announced Dec. 10 he would forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, ranked fifth on the team this season with 55 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs (minus-22 yards). He had a career-high 10 tackles against both California and UAB.

Roby ranks second in the nation in passes defended with 1.73 per game and 19 total (17 pass break-ups and two interceptions). He scored three touchdowns – via interception, recovered fumble and recovered bobbled snap – this season, and he had two interceptions vs. Nebraska and a career-high four PBUs vs. Penn State.

Simon, the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year and its defensive lineman of the year, led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked second with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling minus-87 yards – both Top 25 marks nationally.
All three players were first-team all-Big Ten performers this year for Coach Urban Meyer. Simon, a three-year starter, had started 37 consecutive games for the Buckeyes until a knee injury forced him to miss the teams undefeated-season-capping 26-21 win over Michigan. Hankins and Roby have each started 25 consecutive games.

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Jody Victor