Mewhort & Shazier 1st-Team ESPN.com All-Americans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier were each named Monday to the 2013 ESPN.com All-American team.

Mewhort is the foundation of an offensive line that paved the way for Ohio State to shatter a plethora of school records this season, including points scored (602), total offense yards (6,740), first downs (334), passing touchdowns (36) and touchdowns (82).

Ohio State’s offense is also poised to set school single season records this in a number of additional key categories, including rushing yards gained (the team needs 72 to top the 4,199 yards by the 1974 team) and total yards per game (the 1998 team’s record is 497.5; the 2013 team is averaging 518.5).

A first-team all-Big Ten Conference selection by the media, Mewhort was named last week to the Walter Camp All-American second team.

Shazier, named last week a first-team All-American by USA Today, was also selected to the Walter Camp All-American second team. Shazier’s fine 2013 campaign includes Big Ten-leading totals of 134 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 94 solo tackles. He ranks third nationally in TFLs and solo tackles and 13th in total tackles.

Shazier’s 22.5 tackles-for-loss leaves him just 3.5 TFLs from tying the school record held by defensive line coach Mike Vrabel (26 in 1995). He tied two school records in his 20-tackle game vs. Indiana: most solo tackles in one game (16) and most tackles-for-loss (5.0).

Shazier was named all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.

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Ohio State to the Discover Orange Bowl

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12-1 Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 7 BCS) will take on the 10-2 Clemson Tigers (No. 12), from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Jan. 3 in Miami in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Game time is 8:30 p.m. with ESPN carrying the broadcast from Sun Life Stadium (72,230).

This will be only the second appearance for Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl; the last coming 37 years ago and following the 1976 season when Woody Hayes’ Big Ten champion Buckeyes defeated the Big Eight champion Colorado Buffalos, 27-10, after falling behind early, 10-0. Ron Springs (98 rushing yards), Rod Gerald (81) and Jeff Logan (79) keyed the offense, which netted 271 rushing yards.

Second Meeting Against Clemson
Ohio State and Clemson have met just once: on Dec. 29, 1978, in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Clemson prevailed, 17-15, when Charlie Bauman intercepted an Art Schlichter pass in the final seconds of a game that would be the final for Woody Hayes after 28 years as Ohio State head coach, 205 wins, five national championships and 13 Big Ten titles.

Team Leaders
Ohio State is led offensively by Big Ten offensive player of the year and quarterback of the Year Braxton Miller (1,860 passing yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions; 1,033 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns) and Big Ten running back of the year Carlos Hyde (1,408 yards, 7.7 per carry average and 14 touchdowns). Clemson will counter with quarterback Taj Boyd (3,473 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions), receiver Sammy Watkins (85 receptions, 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns) and running back Roderick McDowell (956 rushing yards).

DE Vic Beasley leads the Tigers with 19.0 TFLs, including 12.5 sacks while LB Spencer Shuey leads with 89 tackles. Ryan Shazier leads Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference with 134 tackles and 22.5 TFLs. Noah Spence and Michael Bennett have 8.0 and 7.0 sacks, respectively, while Bradley Roby leads the secondary with 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions.

Ohio State’s BCS History
Ohio State is officially 5-3 in BCS bowl games and, with this ninth official appearance, the program will go down in BCS history as having the most BCS wins and the most BCS appearances. (Note: Ohio State’s 31-26 win over Arkansas in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl was vacated.).

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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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Dunn Named Freshman of the Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bri’onte Dunn, from Canton, Ohio and GlenOak High School, was named the Big Ten Conference freshman of the week after his career-best day in Ohio State’s 52-22 win over Illinois this past weekend.

Dunn set career high totals in his most extended playing time of the season with 13 rushes, 73 yards and a 5.6 yards per carry average. He had a long gain of 11 yards and he capped Ohio State’s scoring with a three-yard touchdown run with 1:26 left to play.

The Buckeyes recorded their third 300-yard rushing game of the season with 330 yards against the Illini. The team’s five rushing touchdowns marked the third time this season with five-or-more rushing scores in a game.

Dunn is averaging 5.3 yards per carry off 25 rushes this season. He has 133 net yards, two touchdowns and he has not lost a yard from scrimmage to date.

The 10-0 and No. 5-ranked Buckeyes (Associated Press) are off this week. They play at Wisconsin Nov. 17 in a 3:30 p.m. EST game that will be televised locally and regionally by ABC and with a reverse mirror in other parts of the country on ESPN2.

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Eddie George enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2011 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame class, including Ohio State’s Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Eddie George, was honored at the hall’s Enshrinement Festival last weekend in South Bend, Ind.

George, who holds the single season and single game rushing records for Ohio State and ranks second only to the great Archie Griffin in career yards, becomes the 23rd Ohio State player to enter college football’s Hall of Fame. He is one of only six Ohio State individuals with his name honored in lights in the north end zone of Ohio Stadium. The University recognized George’s pending induction into the Hall of Fame at halftime of Ohio State’s Oct. 28, 2011 Homecoming game against Wisconsin.

The weekend in South Bend kicked off with a Ribs Cook-Off and Block Party. Friday evening concluded with the annual Blazer Presentation, where the Hall of Famers were formally introduced and presented with their official blazers amidst the fans and spectators. Both events were hosted at the Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza in downtown South Bend.

The events culminated Saturday night with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Show, hosted by FOX and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis.

George, Ohio State’s sixth Heisman Trophy winner, rushed for a school-record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 1995. Included in that total were three 200-yard games highlighted by a still-standing school-record 314-yard performance against Illinois. 

George rushed for 1,442 yards as a junior after a combined 399 yards rushing his first two seasons (giving him 3,768 career yards). He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He was named the 1996 NFL Rookie of the Year and played nine years in the league, earning four Pro Bowl berths.

He received his degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State in 2001 through the school’s degree completion program. Later that year his No. 27 jersey was retired by the Athletics Department. In 2006 he was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Eddie, and his wife Taj, live in Tennessee with their two sons, Eriq and Jaire.

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Jody Victor