Originally written September 24, 2012 on Buckeye Empire:
  Week Four of the college football season, and the entire non-conference portion of the schedule, is now behind us and once again your Empire team is here to pass out a few helmet stickers to deserving Buckeyes. The Bucks had one hell of a time with Alabama-Birmingham, yet somehow moved up two spots in the latest AP Poll in spite of putting only eight second-half points on the board after a 21-point second quarter. The defense wasn’t exactly stellar on Saturday, with missed tackles quickly becoming the theme of the afternoon. The Buckeyes ultimately gave up 403 total yards while UAB held the ball for thirty-three of the sixty minutes of game play. Those kind of numbers a week from in East Lansing would likely result in Ohio State’s first loss of the Urban Meyer Era, but first things first – Helmet Stickers. Doin’ work. He’s done it once again. Braxton Miller spent another weekend in the Shoe carrying the Ohio State offense to enough points to record a win. With a real play maker yet to establish himself at the wideout position (Devin Smith is trying to), Jordan Hall just getting into the swing of things after seven weeks of rehab from foot surgery and Carlos Hyde still on the shelf with an ailing knee, Miller once again led the offense on Saturday. That’s not a theme that’s likely going to end soon if Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes intend to indeed run the table and close out year-one with an unblemished record. Jordan Hall did record his first 100-yard rushing performance of 2012, and received two helmet stickers from the Empire team this week for his efforts, but Braxton was the focal point of an offense that still can’t get on a roll regardless of opponent. All told, Miller racked up 207 total yards and two rushing touchdowns – modest by his standards – but it was enough to close out the Blazers 29-15 and finish the non-conference portion of the schedule at 4-0. It’s going to take a much better performance out of Miller (12-20 in the air) and the entire Ohio State offense to put up enough points against a stout Michigan State defense this Saturday to come back to Columbus with a win. In the meantime, Miller earned seven more helmet stickers from the Empire crew this week, bringing his four game total to twenty-six. Two Buckeyes on the defensive side of ball get kudos from the Empire this week, splitting eight helmet stickers between them. In spite of missed tackle after missed tackle by the Silver Bullets, both Johnathan Hankins and Doran Grant spent the better part of Saturday afternoon playing disciplined football, wrapping up ball carriers, and smothering everyone who came into their zone. Hankins ended with 10 total tackles, four of which were solo, while the sophomore Grant recorded the first interception of his young career and added a sack and seven tackles (five solo) playing most of the game in Bradley Roby‘s absence. The 317-pound junior Hankins will continue chasing All-American status as the Bucks enter the B1G portion of the schedule while Grant will likely take a back seat once again on Saturday to cornerback stand-out Roby. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Others receiving helmet stickers this week: Jordan Hall (2) 2012 Season Totals:
  • Braxton Miller (26)
  • Travis Howard (9)
  • John Simon (7)
  • Devin Smith (6)
  • Doran Grant (6)
  • Johnathan Hankins (5)
  • Orhian Johnson (4)
  • Ryan Shazier (2)
  • Jordan Hall (2)
  • Jake Stoneburner (1)
  • Carlos Hyde (1)
  • Etienne Sabino (1)
  • Nathan Williams (1)
  • Zach Boren (1)
  • Christian Bryant (1)
PREVIOUS WEEKS  |  Miami (OH)  |  Central Florida  |  California Question our decisions as equipment managers? Have a few Helmet Stickers of your own to pass out? Leave your thoughts in the Comment section below. Keep in mind that we only pass out one offensive and one defensive helmet sticker per staffer, but will up that to five per staffer – any position – once the conference schedule begins this Saturday.
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