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Beware Nittany Lions! He’s back!!! Over the summer, Buckeye Empire will be bringing you an in-depth position by position breakdown and highlight the young men that will be pursuing perfection and the hopes and dreams of hoisting the crystal ball in Pasadena this coming January. We continue our series with Special Teams and the starting long snapper Bryce Haynes. With all the hype building before the 2012 season, and with the arrival of the almost mythical aura of one Urban Frank Meyer, the expectations for that team reached impossible levels. The anticipation of greatness was so high that the mere allusion of a possible weakness in Meyer’s crew sent most of us scrambling for our smart phones to check the Twitter reaction. One of the early worries for all of us turned out to be a surprising source, the punting unit. Missed blocking assignments seemed to mount early in the year as the team was still learning their new system. However, there was one constant along the line that proved to be efficient and ever-important, long snapper Bryce Haynes. Haynes, a former #1 recruit in the nation at his position out of Georgia,  played in ten games for Ohio State last season, recording three tackles along the way. That statistic may not impress too many readers, but his consistency in placement of snaps back to the punter was extraordinary. Add to that his aggression in getting down the field to impede either the path of the returner or take out a blocker as the snapper? You’ve got a dynamic and reliable athlete on the special team unit. Not convinced of his importance? Just ask any punter/kicker how much they value their snapper. People like Bryce Haynes keep punters off the obituary page. Oh I forgot to mention, he’s only a redshirt Sophomore next year. That should temper our worries about the kicking unit for next year and beyond. Haynes’ athletic ability was on full display at a certain turning point in the season last year. The undefeated Buckeyes rolled into Happy Valley with Penn State’s calendars circled and waiting. After punting six times in the first half, and with a giant goose egg on the board, the scarlet sideline was feeling tense. The first punt was successful with, you guessed it, Bryce Haynes making the tackle on the return. The sixth punt was blocked and returned for a Nittany Lion touchdown. Throughout the game, Haynes went from uncovered by the Lion defense, to continually blocked as a primary tackler on the OSU side. As the rule states, the defense is not allowed to hit the snapper until at least one second after the snap to allow said snapper to raise his head. After Haynes had shown his athleticism in getting down the field, it was obviously noticed by the PSU sideline. Immediately after he snapped to the punter for the seventh time in the half, he was pancaked and pulled down by his jersey by a Lion defensive lineman. The flag was thrown immediately, and many reality-challenged PSU fans blamed the referee on blowing the game for them. Unusual call? Yes. Unfortunate timing for them? Yes. Right call? Absolutely. This changed the fortune for the Buckeye offense, and they promptly marched down the field to score and tie the game at 7-7 going into the half. Obviously the momentum and the game was ours after that. I’m not sure if that won the game for Meyer and his players, but it sure helped. Haynes is a true unsung hero for the Buckeye football team. He brings a certain stability to a group that needs it desperately. The coaches have indicated that they want the snap faster, the kick off quicker, and the blocking to improve, but his efficiency and hard work will never be brought into question. Most teams would kill to have a snapper with his kind of tenacity and dedication to his role, and we should not overlook his importance. I know Coach Meyer hasn’t.  

Ohio State Player Profile: George Makridis

  Alright Buckeye Empire it’s time to peel back the layers on some of the Special Teams players on the upcoming 2013 Buckeyes Football team, just giving you guys a little bit of a tease until August31st. These guys on Special Teams don’t get the recognition that they deserve but their role is just as important as that of the offensive and defensive teams. Without a quality Special...

Ohio State Player Profile – Jake Russell

As the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team enters summer workouts, many positions are being filled. Head Coach Urban Meyer filled out most of his two-deep depth chart shortly after the Buckeyes completed their 2013 spring game in front of 30,000 plus in Paul Brown Stadium. So how exactly does sophomore punter Jake Russell fit in to the championship equation? Russell played just...

College Football Preseason Composite Rankings Top 126

The College Football Universe composite rankings takes into account three important factors in college football: recruiting, returning starters, and end of last season's polls. The composite rankings consist of the recruiting and returning starters rankings for 2013 and the final human polls for the 2012-13 season (AP & Coaches); 41 teams received votes in the final polls...

Tressel and Meyer speak at NFF Banquet

WESTLAKE, Ohio - The new Ohio State coach picked up an award from the old Ohio State coach on Tuesday night. Though Urban Meyer accepting the Lee Tressel Award from Lee's son, Jim, grabs attention, theirs was a quick transaction made between smiling parties at the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet. Afterwards, Jim...

Ohio State Player Profile – Kyle Clinton

If he’s kicking in 2013 we’re winning big or in deep trouble Over the summer, Buckeye Empire will be bringing you an in-depth position by position breakdown and highlight the young men that will be pursuing perfection and the hopes and dreams of hoisting the crystal ball in Pasadena this coming January. We continue our series with Special Teams and Kyle Clinton.   Kyle Clinton...

2013 – The Chase for Special Teams Supremacy

The Ultimate Prize We’ve spent the last week getting your knowledge of the 2013 Ohio State Football Special Teams Unit up to snuff. We have reviewed the 2012 season and taken a look at each of the major players on the unit. So where do we go from here? With any amount of luck and a good amount of preparation, we’re headed right into Pasadena, CA to play for all the marbles. The...

The (Ohio State) Freak Show

  If there is something Ohio State Buckeye fans are used to, it’s the head coach of their football team having a special interest in special teams.  Urban Meyer is no different than Jim Tressel in the way that he sees just how important the punting unit is to a football team.  Even under Meyer the offense cannot always achieve that ten yards needed, and this isn’t NCAA on...

CBSSports Post-spring Top 25: Ohio State And The SEC Rule; OU Comes In At #15

Another week and another Post-Spring Top 25 poll from a major sports site.  This time it is Dennis Dodd at turn to prognosticate the CFB Top 25 after the Spring practices.  Other than his choice of Ohio State as the top team, it is the usual SEC love spell that so many of the press folks seem to be under. The other conferences must step up and make a difference this...

Terps at Ohio State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland will play at Ohio State on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, the ACC Office announced Wednesday.

OSU Draws Maryland In Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Ohio State will soon often encounter Maryland when the two become conference foes in 2014, but the Buckeyes drew the Terrapins in this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge, an annual two-day event set to begin on Dec. 3. Get the full story inside.

Ohio State to face Maryland in Big TenACC Challenge

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Michigan visits Duke and North Carolina travels to Michigan State in this year's Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The conferences announced the matchups Wednesday for the 12-game schedule to be played Dec. 3-4. Fourteen of the teams played in the NCAA tournament last season. This marks the first Challenge for the three new ACC schools -- Pittsburgh, Syracuse and...

Bucks Offer 2014 Safety

Ohio State continues to target the state of Georgia in their effort to put together an outstanding 2014 recruiting class. Safety Kirk Tucker recently landed an Ohio State offer.

Boren In Familiar Territory

Though Zach Boren enjoyed an immensely successful career at Ohio State, the former Buckeyes captain only has to go back to his senior year of high school to remember being doubted. After going undrafted in April's NFL Draft, Boren will use that same motivation to make the Houston Texans' roster.

How You Like Me Now T-Shirts Available!

  If you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple days and haven’t seen the Ohio State Nike video yet, I recommend you do.  Obviously the soundtrack inspired these tees, which were created by a great graphic designed named Donny.  Be sure to support him, and his charity calendar he is working on right here. Needless to day, that video is a pure adrenaline rush, I know...
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