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First Ohio State depth chart leaves some questions

After some delay, Ohio State released its first official depth chart of the season Wednesday, three days ahead of the Buckeyes' season opener against Navy in Baltimore.  While these often must be taken with a grain of salt because playing time remains up to the whim of the coaching staff, nearly one third of the positions on offense and defense had more than one player listed...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten Breakdown: Ohio State Buckeyes Full Preview

Urban Meyer has been the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes for two years, during which he's compiled a 24-2 record, had two undefeated regular seasons, not to mention two wins over Michigan. However, he has yet to win a Big Ten title, a national championship or a BCS Bowl. It is true that 2012 was limited by sanctions, including a bowl ban, but that doesn't change the...
Via Football Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Buckeyes continue preseason with lineup in flux

Ohio State preseason football practice rolled on this weekend with a scrimmage at the Ackerman Road fields. It was closed to the media, but head coach Urban Meyer said afterward standouts included running backs Rod Smith and Bri'onte Dunn. Meyer also had good things to say about offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who has moved from right tackle to left tackle this year, and Darryl...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State Football Preview: Running Back

The 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes set out this season with their sights on redemption. The Buckeyes are looking to pick up the pieces from two consecutive losses to end the 2013-14 season. After going 24-2 in two seasons, the pressure for success at Ohio State is turning up. Can the 2014 Buckeyes get over the top and reach the pinnacle of college football? We aim to find out in our 2014...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State spring football reactions: Offense

Evaluating the offense the same way as the defense is hardly fair considering all of the injuries that beset the Ohio State scoring unit, but there were some lessons to take away from the spring nonetheless. For one thing, the depth the Buckeyes were thought to have at running back is real. Ezekiel Elliott showed he brings a very enticing package of size and skill to the position...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Arm Chair Quarterback Week 2: The Good The Bad And The Ugly of San Diego State

The Ohio State Buckeyes landed a series of haymakers in the first quarter leading 35-0 and then waddled through a 7-7 second half, to win 42-7. I’m sitting in my recliner at about 6:00pm Saturday, enjoying the after effects of Buckeye victory, yet I must admit that I’m troubled. The Buckeyes for the second week in a row, came out of the gates against fast against a lesser opponent...
Via Buckeye Empire
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Running Back Rotation In Flux

Ohio State couldn't find enough carries for its running backs on Saturday -- and another upperclassman is being added to the mix this weekend against San Diego State. BuckeyeSports.com tries to sort everything out with the return of Rod Smith and more on tap.
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Roles of Roby, Smith still uncertain at Ohio State

After being suspended for the opening game, Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby and backup running back Rod Smith return to the lineup this week. Whether they start and play a lot or are eased back into the depth chart will be determined in the days leading up to the Buckeyes' game Saturday against San Diego State. Coaches and teammates say both Roby and Smith were active and...
Via Fox Sports
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Meyer wary of SDSU despite stunning upset loss

Even though San Diego State was beaten by a lower-division team in its opener, Urban Meyer believes it is dangerous to take the Aztecs lightly. The Ohio State coach made the case that the Aztecs were on the wrong end of a 40-19 score at home on Saturday night because they lost Adam Muema to an ankle injury - ''arguably the best tailback we'll face all year''...
Via Fox Sports
September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Ohio State Football: Game-By-Game Predictions For 2013

As the 2013 season rapidly approaches, expectations for Urban Meyer's Ohio State football squad are even higher than they were last year. Fresh off a 12-0 performance and now bowl eligible, anything less than an appearance in the BCS title game would be a disappoinment in the eyes of the Buckeye Nation.There is, of course good reason for optimism in Columbus, Ohio this year,...
Via Football Nation
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Pre-Season Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

2012 Record: 12-0 (8-0 in Big Ten) Head Coach: Urban Meyer (second year at Ohio St, 116-23 all-time) Last Bowl Game: 2012 Gator Bowl lost to Florida 24-17 Stadium: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH (capacity = 102,329) Home Field Advantage: ranked 3rd out of 69 BCS teams Schedule Glimpse: 2013 Schedule Link Out of Conference: 8/3 vs Buffalo, 9/7 vs...
Via College Football Zealots
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Ohio State Game Preview: Illinois

  As we continue previewing the upcoming college football season, I will examine Ohio State’s game versus Illinois. 2012 REVIEW Ohio State 12-0 (8-0 B1G) Illinois 2-10 (0-8 B1G)   Urban Meyer and Tim Beckman both became head coaches of Big Ten programs last season but the starts to their new positions couldn’t have been more different. Urban Meyer came into Columbus and wasted...
Via Buckeye Empire
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

No Roby, no Hyde, no Smith means Buckeyes adapt

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- While Armani Reeves spoke to a semicircle of reporters after a recent Ohio State practice, the person he was discussing was about 50 feet behind him seated in an ice bath cooling off after another hot day of work. The distance was more than a little symbolic. Bradley Roby, the Buckeyes' standout cornerback, isn't doing any talking these days, at least...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

No Roby, no Hyde, no Smith means Buckeyes adapt

While Armani Reeves spoke to a semicircle of reporters after a recent Ohio State practice, the person he was discussing was about 50 feet behind him seated in an ice bath cooling off after another hot day of work. The distance was more than a little symbolic. Bradley Roby, the Buckeyes' standout cornerback, isn't doing any talking these days, at least not publicly. He also...
Via Fox Sports
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, Ohio State, Auburn, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday Edition.  This is the song that doesn't end. Yes, it goes on and on my friend... In an e-mail to boosters regarding the Johnny Manziel autographs-for-cash controversy, Texas A&M athletic director said that "There simply is no blueprint for handling what Johnny and his family have gone through since December." (ESPN) Buckeyes...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Ohio State football notebook: Personnel updates abound

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The suspensions of Rod Smith and Bradley Roby weren't the only items Ohio State coach Urban Meyer discussed Saturday afternoon after what he called an important intra-squad scrimmage. Meyer said the scrimmage was "good" and admitted "if it wasn't, I probably wouldn't tell you guys." Two weeks from the season opener vs. Buffalo, Meyer...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

OSU suspends CB Roby, RB Smith one game each for separate incidents

Speaking after an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, head coach Urban Meyer announced that cornerback Bradley Roby will be suspended for the Buckeyes opener vs. Buffalo for his role in an early morning incident in Bloomington, Ind., in July, and that junior running back Rod Smith will also serve a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules last winter.
Via FOXSports.com
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Meyer announces two suspensions, including CB Roby

COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 2 Ohio State will open the season on Aug. 31 with three key players serving suspensions. Speaking after an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, head coach Urban Meyer announced that cornerback Bradley Roby will be suspended for the Buckeyes opener vs. Buffalo for his role in an early morning incident in Bloomington, Ind., in July, and that junior running back Rod...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Ohio State Player Profile: Rod Smith

Few positions have been talked about more in the recent weeks at Ohio State than the running back position.  Given the turmoil created by the Carlos Hyde situation, this is to be expected.  The biggest question during the time in which no one was sure of the future of Hyde at Ohio State was that of who would fill the role of the #1 running back in Urban Meyer’s offense.  Many...
Via Buckeye Empire
August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

The Chase 2013: Running Backs

The 2013 is rapidly approaching, with only 4 weeks left until kick off. We’ve been breaking down each position week by week here at Buckeye Empire, this week we took a look at the running backs.  With running back being one of the most important positions on the field, because they are the one who is responsible for gaining big yards on 1st down and the one who gets the ball in...
Via Buckeye Empire
August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Ohio State Player Profile – Bri’onte Dunn

The running back position at Ohio State has been a question mark at the beginning of the season for three straight openers now in Columbus. Before the 2011 football season began, the Buckeyes were already without their projected starting running back in Dan Herron, who had been suspended due to “tattoo gate” and backup Jordan Hall had also been suspended in an unrelated incident...
Via Buckeye Empire
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

A Season in Review – 2012 Running Backs

Urban Meyer’s first year in Columbus was a rousing success by almost every metric. No other coach in Ohio State history had gone undefeated in his inaugural season. But there was one thing that Meyer had never done. He had never before had a player gain 1000 yards rushing in a single season. Of the many things that changed with Meyer coming to Columbus, so did that stigma. Sure...
Via Buckeye Empire
July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Ohio State Coach Profile – Tim Hinton

  A native of Amanda, Ohio, Tim Hinton is in his 32nd year of coaching and/or recruiting in the State of Ohio and is entering his second at Ohio State as the Tight Ends and Fullbacks coach. Prior to Ohio State, Hinton was the running backs coach at Notre Dame under Brian Kelly, whom he worked with at the University of Cincinnati. This is Hinton’s second stint on the Ohio State...
Via Buckeye Empire
July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

An Extra Option: Tight End and Fullback

  The evolution of the tight end and fullback has been changed drastically over the years, especially at Ohio State. We are used to seeing traditional offenses that showcase a tight end as a down lineman, and a fullback as a lead blocker. The most commonly used version of this offense is the “I-formation”. This formation has six down linemen, with one being a tight end who...
Via Buckeye Empire
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Players Who Could Replace Carlos Hyde’s Production At Running Back In 2013

Earlier today, Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch reported that starting running back Carlos Hyde was dismissed from the team for an alleged assault of a woman at a bar over the weekend. In the police report obtained by Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors, Hyde is considered a “person of interest” in the case. With Hyde gone, the next question (from a football perspective) concerns...
Via College Spun
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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