It was the former defensive stars of the Buckeyes who took the headlines in week 4 of the NFL.
James Laurinaitis had his best game of the season registering 12 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 passes deflected against San Francisco. In that same game, Donte Whitner recorded 3 tackles, a tackle for a loss, and 2 passes deflected in the 9ers win.
Continuing the defensive theme, CB, Malcolm Jenkins of the Saints had seven tackles in their win over the Dolphins on MNF. Former Buckeye Brian Hartline hauled in 3 passes for 34 yards in the loss.
In Cleveland, former Buckeyes Mike Nugent and Dane Sanzenbacher contributed but it was too little too late for the Bengals. Nugent registered 2 field goals for the only points for the Bengals and Dane recorded his first catch of the season for 6 yards in front of many family and friends.
Other Buckeyes of note for week 4 of the NFL season:
John Simon – Ravens – 1 tackle
Cam Heyward – Steelers – 1 pass deflection
Santonio Holmes – Jets – 1 catch for 25 yards
Will Allen – Cowboys – 1 tackle
Jake McQuaide once again was spot on with his snaps during the Rams 35-11 loss on Thursday Night Football.
Week 2 of the NFL season began with a barnburner in New England and a few Buckeyes had a hand in both the Jets loss and Patriots win. Santonio Holmes improved off his week 1 numbers with 3 catches for 51 yards. Nate Ebner saw some time in the Pats defensive backfield as well on special teams. And Nick Mangold had a “moment”. Yup.
Week 2 former Bucks were led by Ted Ginn (Panthers) and followed close by Terrelle Pryor (Raiders) and Brian Hartline (Dolphins). Ginn hauled in 3 catches for 62 yards and his first touchdown of the season in the Panthers 24-23 loss.
Pryor led the Raiders to their first win of the season with 126 passing yards and another 50 yards on the ground.
Hartline had 5 catche4s for 68 yards as the Dolphins edged the Colts 24-20 and moved to 2-0.
On the defensive side of the ball, last year’s B1G defensive player of the year, John Simon, recorded his first tackle in his first action as a Raven as they defeated the Browns 14-6. James Laurinatis registered 5 tackles in the Rams loss to the Falcons. Donte Whitner recorded 5 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the 49ers 29-3 defeat on SNF.
Will Allen continued his good season in Dallas with 4 tackles and 1 pass deflection in the 17-16 loss to the Chiefs. Malcolm Jenkins sealed the win for the Saints over the Bucs with an INT late in the game and returned it 31 yards. Jenkins also recorded 2 tackles and 1 pass deflection.
The Packers AJ Hawk shone with 5 tackles and Ryan Pickett had 1 pass deflection in the 38-20 drubbing of the Redskins. Former Buckeyes raised their games on MNF as the Bengals Mike Nugent was 2-2 on FG’s and Cam Heyward recorded 2 pass deflections as the Steelers lost a close one to the Bengals, 20-10.
Last but not least, long snapper Jake McQuaide was perfect on all snaps in the 31-24 Rams loss to the Falcons.
In today’s edition of Kickoff Countdown we celebrate the number 29, the combined score of Ohio State’s win over Iowa 19-10 on October 18th, 2003..
The B’eyes hosted the H’eyes in probably one one the oddest games I’ve seen. Iowa had 219 yards total offense on 67 plays while OSU had 185 yards on 64 plays. Each team committed two turnovers. So how did any points get scored?
Ohio State’s scoring consisted of a Mike Nugent FG, a Michael Jenkins punt return, a Donte Whitner blocked punt return and a safety. Between the 16 total punts and OSU scoring on 2 punt plays, I imagine there were good times in the Tressel household that evening.
To put an exclamation point on the weirdness, Iowa kicker Nate Kaeding scored all of Iowa’s points; a FG, a TD on a fake FG and the ensuing PAT.
This was good, though.
It’s that time of year again! Time for the Super Bowl! The Cleveland Browns are once again spectators and luckily for all of us here in Ohio so are the Pittsburgh Steelers. If we can’t go at least they aren’t either. How about the Buckeyes that are going to the big game? We’ll dig into it… Let’s rumble!
Four former Ohio State Buckeyes will be on the field on Super Sunday and they all will see significant action. Ironically, they all will be on the same sideline and wearing red.
Ted Ginn Jr, Donte Whitner, Alex Boone and Larry Grant will represent THE Ohio State University in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans, Louisiana as members of the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl 47. Read More
If you think the “Final Verdict” segments of College Gameday are amazing places for rhetoric and logic, you’re probably excited for the beginning of the Presidential Debates tonight. Me? I’d rather argue about college sports… compared to politics, the BCS makes sense.
The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer. Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player. Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th. Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins. To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.
As a strong safety for the Buckeyes, Donte Whitner was a heat seeking missile locked on to any apposing player who was unfortunate enough to be holding the ball. His ability to “bring the wood” was a joy to watch and what every Buckeye fan hopes to see from the Silver Bullet defense.
The only potential knock on Whitner was that his time as a starter was artificially shortened by his entry into the draft, but oh what a time it was.
Whitner showed flashes of greatness in 2004, a year in which he recorded 69 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Despite these numbers, good enough to be the 4th leading tackler on the team, 2004 as a whole was a disappointing year for the Buckeyes, overshadowing any individual achievements.
If 2004 was a the year that Whitner showed flashes, 2005 was certainly the pinnacle of his Buckeye career. To top things off, 2005 was an excellent year overall for the Buckeyes, culminating in the highly enjoyable beat down of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
The 2005 team that went to the Fiesta Bowl was one of the best teams that Ohio State has fielded in the past decade, and the defense that shut down the vaunted Notre Dame offense, with Whitner as one of its leaders and stars, was one of the best ever. Read More