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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Jody Victor

A fine spring quarter in the classroom

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In addition to the good news last week that the Ohio State football program received a public recognition award from the NCAA for having an Academic Progress Rate among the Top 10 percent of all FBS programs, the team had a fine spring quarter in the classroom with a combined team grade point average (GPA) of 2.88. This figure represents the highest GPA for the football team in the past 10 quarters. The last time the team’s quarterly GPA was higher was after the 2009 autumn quarter when it was 2.90.

The football team’s grade point average is even higher when considering only those student-athletes who will be members of the 2012 team. The 2.88 average is the total for everyone in the program – medical redshirts, 2011 seniors still completing course work, etc. The players on the current roster who will be on the field this fall had a combined grade point average of 2.95 this spring. The last Ohio State team to top that average heading into a fall camp was the 2007 team that posted a 3.02 GPA after the summer quarter.

Spring marked the second consecutive quarter for Coach Urban Meyer’s program to increase its team GPA.

“Our players and staff really attacked the spring quarter academically, especially the second half of it, like we would the second half of a game,” Meyer said. “I was impressed with everyone’s effort to finish strong. Overall, the team performed very well in the classroom.”

Here’s more good news about this spring’s good grades:

  • Four student-athletes had perfect, 4.0 GPAs;
  • 20 players had at least a 3.50 GPA or above; and
  • There were 48 student-athletes with at least a 3.00 grade point average. This total is the second highest in the last 10 quarters dating to autumn 2009 and is topped only by the 55 with 3.00-or-above GPAs after the 2011 summer quarter.There are presently 36 football student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above. And there have been 23 football players who have graduated during the 2011-12 academic calendar, including 2011 seniors, former players and current players Ben Buchanan and Zach Domicone.
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  • Jody Victor