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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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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Seven Named First-Team All-Big Ten

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2012 award winners and all-conference teams this evening and Ohio State Buckeyes, off a 12-0 regular season, are well represented among the honorees. Senior defensive end John Simon was named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was named the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year. Those two were among seven Buckeyes who were named first-team all-Big Ten with another eight players being named either second-team or honorable mention all-Big Ten.

In addition to Miller and Simon, those picked by either the coaches or the media on the first teams were sophomore defensive back Bradley Roby, junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins, junior guard Andrew Norwell, sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier and senior defensive back Travis Howard.

A quartet of juniors were named to the all-Big Ten second teams: running back Carlos Hyde, left tackle Jack Mewhort, safety Christian Bryant and receiver Corey Brown.

Named honorable mention all-Big Ten were junior safety C.J. Barnett, junior center Corey Linsley, senior tackle Reid Fragel and senior linebacker Etienne Sabino.

And senior linebacker Zach Boren, who selflessly switched positions just past midseason, from starting fullback to starting linebacker, was honored with a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

“I am happy for all of the members of this team who are being honored, and also for their teammates, whose hard work helped these guys earn this Big Ten recognition,” coach Urban Meyer said. “It is a tribute to the work ethic of both John Simon and Braxton Miller, coupled with the fact that they are both excellent football players, that they were named players of the year at their positions.”

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Football Announces 2012 Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five senior leaders have been chosen by their peers on the Ohio State University football team to be team captains in 2012. Coach Urban Meyer announced the captains at a team meeting Sunday night.

“Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Meyer said. “We had a number of guys get votes. This is a really good group of seniors who I am very proud to have leading this team.”

Representing four different states, they are:

  • Defensive lineman John Simon, from Youngstown, Ohio, and Cardinal Mooney High School;
  • Fullback Zach Boren, from Pickerington, Ohio, and Pickerington Central High School;
  • Linebacker Etienne Sabino, from North Miami Beach, Fla., and Dr. Krop High School;
  • Defensive linemen Garrett Goebel, from Villa Park, Ill., and Montini High School; and
  • Running back Jordan Hall, from Jeannette, Pa., and Jeannette High School.

The five have combined for 185 games played and 74 starts, with four having played in 39 career games apiece, respectively, and a fifth – Jordan Hall – a veteran of 29 games. Boren leads the group with 27 starts with Simon at 26 and Goebel (13), Sabino and Hall (five each) following.

Some thoughts from each:

Boren: “It is a dream come true and a huge honor to be named a captain at The Ohio State University. I am appreciative and thankful, and I look forward to being a leader on this team this season.”

Goebel: “I’m excited. It is an honor that your teammates think that highly of you to name you a captain. I’m going to put everything I have into this responsibility.”

Hall: “This is a dream come true. I was hoping to be named a captain but I was also a little surprised when it happened. I can’t thank my teammates enough for selecting me for this honor.”

Sabino: “I’m really excited. This is such an honor…to get voted by your teammates to be their captain. I am just really honored to be named a captain.”

Simon: “Being named captain means a lot. I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys. We’ll have a really good season if we all lead well.”

Simon becomes just the seventh two-time captain in school history and the first since James Laurinaitis was named captain in 2007 and again in 2008.

Ohio State is ranked 18th in the initial Associated Press Top 25 poll, marking the 24th consecutive season and the longest current streak in the country, to be ranked in the AP preseason poll. The team opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 vs. Miami (Ohio).

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Jody Victor

Meyer, Buckeyes start 2012 practices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – At 6 a.m. Friday morning Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, his coaching staff and about 60 or so veterans in the football program hit the practice fields at the Harmon Family Football Park. The 2012 football season is upon us.

The practice activities, with players in shorts, spikes, mesh jerseys and helmets, consisted of stretching, running and spirited drill work. The two FieldTurf fields were in use. Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, a longtime mentor to Meyer, sat in a chair at the base of a huge tower in the north end zone of field No. 3 and watched.

It was a good day.

“Everybody was executing plays, on defense and offense,” said sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. “Everything was crisp.”

“When we came out here in the spring we had no clue,” junior running back Carlos Hyde said, commenting on the first days learning a new offensive scheme. “Today, we were pretty sharp.”

“Everyone was energized,” sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller said. “Everything was good.”

No freshmen took part in this first practice. They, along with some walk-on upper classmen to boost the numbers, will take the field for the first time in 2012 at 5:30 Friday evening. Afterward, the players will enjoy a 48-hour break before a team dinner Sunday evening and practice No. 2 of the season: Monday at 4 p.m.

New Numbers
Three players sported or will sport new numbers today: sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby is now wearing jersey No. 1; freshman defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman will be in No. 95; and senior linebacker Ross Oltorik is wearing No. 20.

New Numbers II
Roby said the summer conditioning program run by head strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti was “high intensity” every day and that the team grew closer through the workouts. He also said the workouts helped him gain five pounds of muscle while at the same time lowering his 4.40 40-yard dash speed to a really quick 4.39.

“…And I ran the 4.39 twice,” Roby said, “so it wasn’t a fluke.”

And a few more notes…
Sophomore Chase Farris practiced in a scarlet jersey with the offensive linemen today. … Braxton Miller set his alarm for 4:30 a.m. And then 10 minutes later he got a call from his position coach Tom Herman, who was just making sure his quarterback was up and about. He was. … Bradley Roby said enthusiasm on the team is high and that the team is “a hungry team and an ambitious team.” … Miller called senior running back Jordan Hall’s cut foot injury a freak accident and said he hopes he’s back for the first game. Carlos Hyde said it was unfortunate and “bad that Jordan is out,” but that he was looking forward to the opportunity to play…”similar to last year.” Hyde started the first three games last season and rushed for 223 of his 549 yards on the season in the three games.

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Jody Victor