Found May 16, 2013 on Buckeye Empire:
  As we have discussed in detail over the past few weeks, the kicking game at Ohio State has been emphasized throughout spring practice and likely will continue into summer and fall. While Drew Basil has a firm grasp on the kicking job, Buckeye fans won’t soon forget the 2009-2010 season in which then starting kicker Aaron Pettrey suffered a knee injury that forced walk-on Devin Barclay into immediate action. Buckeye fans will also never forget Barclay’s name, as he hit the game winning field goal in overtime against Iowa to clinch the Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance that same year. So while Basil is our starter, who might be the next unsung hero? Russell Doup.   As a senior in high school Russell Doup was a two sport athlete, excelling at both basketball and baseball for the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets. He had aspirations of continuing in soccer; however a rib injury earlier in his high school career had prevented him from doing so. After the Yellow Jackets starting kicker suffered a season ending injury, Doup was approached by friends to step in as the kicker for the remainder of his senior season. Doup shined as the Yellow Jackets starting kicker and while basketball and baseball were possible college sport destinations, Doup and his family decided football was the way to go. Doup and his family made a brief training video of Russell kicking and sent in out to MAC schools as well as Ashland. Shortly after sending the video out, the Doup’s decided to take a chance and go for it all. They proceeded to send the video to Penn State, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and yes, Ohio State. Doup accepted a walk-on spot at THE Ohio State University in the fall of 2010 and red-shirted that same year. Now entering his junior season at Ohio State, Doup is listed at 6-2 195. For reasons unknown, Doup is listed in the 2013 Ohio State Spring Media Guide as a safety. This has not been and does not appear to be the case. Doup has yet to appear in a game for the Buckeyes, however he did make a brief appearance in the 2011 Spring Game in which he attempted and converted an extra point. According to his official player profile on the Ohio State athletics website found here, his last name is pronounced “like “wow” with a “d” and a “p” and not like soup…” If put into a Barclay-like situation, Buckeye fans might just be saying ‘wow’ watching Doup.   (HS bio info attained from 2010 article by Fred Main. Article can be found here.)

2013 – The Chase for Safety Solidarity

Coach Withers is having none of your shenanigans All this week, we at Buckeye Empire have profiled and broken down the men who will serve as the last line of defense for the Ohio State Buckeyes. From Christian Bryant to C.J. Barnett and all the young Bucks who will come into old Columbus town this fall, the safeties unit is quite possibly the second most important defensive unit...

Ohio State Basketball Offers High School Freshman V.J. King

Since it’s the offseason, the Ohio State basketball coaching staff is working hard on the recruiting trail. Today, the Buckeyes offered (unofficially) a kid who is not only drawing comparisons to LeBron James, but also attends his alma mater: St. Vincent – St. Mary’s in Akron, Ohio. The player is freshman phenom V.J. King.  St. Vincent-St. Mary’s VJ King nabs #OhioState...

Buckeyes a tennis powerhouse in a Northern climate

Those who follow college men's tennis closely know that Ohio State has a powerhouse program. Almost no one else does, however - even on the Buckeyes' own campus. ''The college tennis public knows we're a good, solid squad,'' said hard-nosed coach Ty Tucker, a former player for the Buckeyes. ''But I think to be considered the real deal, you'...

Ohio State Player Profile: Christian Bryant

  The Ohio State Buckeyes had a dominating defensive unit it 2012, helping the Buckeyes to a 12-0 season. This season the Buckeyes will be looking to replace all that was lost to graduation and to the NFL Draft. The Bucks lost 2 members of their defensive back field in Orhian Johnson and Travis Howard. So the remaining members of that backfield are going to have to use their experience...

Ohio State Player Profile: Kevin Niehoff

Redshirt Freshman P/S – Kevin Niehoff     Hailing from Mason, Ohio, Kevin Niehoff walked on to Ohio State’s football program in 2012, as a punter. Despite Niehoff’s ability to punt the ball, he was moved to safety upon his arrival at The Ohio State University. Kevin failed to see the field in 2012 and was given a redshirt by the Buckeyes’ coaching staff. Niehoff will have...

Ohio State Football Now Has Its Full 2014 Schedule

College Spun/Antonio Venegas Ohio State football’s entire 2014 schedule is now complete. The Big Ten released its 2014 schedule this morning. The 2014 season will be the first that includes the two newcomers of the Big Ten: Maryland and Rutgers. Because the conference will now have 14 teams, Ohio State will have eight conferences games (six divisional games and two cross-divisional...

The Last Line of Defense

  The safety position is historically one of the most athletically demanding positions in the game of football, and surely one of the most important.  Whether strong or free, a safety is required to make touchdown saving, sometimes game saving plays.  They have to have quick instincts and reactions, as well as a fearlessness to go up and make a big play.  They can be asked to...

Ohio State Offers Florida RB

The Buckeyes have offered a scholarship to one of the top running backs from central Florida.

Former Ohio State Player Refuses to Give Teams His Phone Number

Deshaun Thomas is preparing for NBA Draft and meeting with teams at the combine, however if a teams wants to get in contact with him they won’t be able to call his cell phone. Thomas explained that if teams informed him they would be drafting him he would release his [...]

Young's Buckeye Board: Safety

Ohio State currently has eight commits for the 2014 recruiting class, and the assistant coaches have hit the road during the spring evaluation period checking out top prospects. Who is on the Buckeye recruiting board? Derek Young takes a look at the safety position.

Young's Buckeye Board: Cornerback

Ohio State currently has eight commits to the 2014 recruiting class, and the assistant coaches have hit the road during the spring evaluation period checking out top prospects. Who is on the Buckeye recruiting board? Derek Young takes a look at the cornerback position.

Lee Ready To Find Niche At OSU

Though Darron Lee earned a scholarship offer to Ohio State by performing well in the program's camps last summer, the two-way star from New Albany accepted it knowing that he doesn't have a set collegiate position. That doesn't bother Lee, who hopes that his versatility will help him find a role on the field early in his OSU career.

New offers for Peete

Devante Peete is up to three offers after picking up offers from Ohio State and West Virginia this week. The 2015 wide receiver transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) a few months ago and has been attracting attention this spring. Here’s the latest on the 6-foot-5, 198-pound sophomore.
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