Week 7 has come and gone in the NFL and 3 former Buckeyes continued their stellar seasons.
For the second week in a row, former All American kicker Mike Nugent kicked the game winning FG as the Benglas beat the Lions 27-24.
AJ Hawk showed another strong week as the Pack destroyed the Browns 31-13. Hawk has shined with most of the starting LB’s hurt for Green Bay. Hawk registered 12 tackles in the win.
Joining this trio of former stars was James Laurinatis. The Rams haven’t found the team success as the aformentioned, but James is turning in a great season. Laurinatis had 11 tackles in the Rams 30-15 loss to the Panthers. Laurinatis’s former teammate, Ted Ginn had 2 catches for 34 yards in the win.
Other Buckeyes that shone in week 7 were:
Be sure to stop back next week to catch up on all the former Buckeyes in the NFL. We’ll take a look at all the Bucks and their stats at the mid way point of the NFL season.
Lots of things to catch up on… Some of this has been around for a bit, but we’re not all edgy and trendy and stuff.
The Story Of The Week
Although it’s not really sports related, the capture/death of Osama Bin Laden did have some ripples throughout Buckeye nation and the sports world, particularly on the twitterverse:
Yes, you read that right!
The new edition of the Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour includes Ohio State Football Longsnapper Jake McQuaid who joins me to discuss being a part of the Ohio State Football family, his thoughts on the Sugar Bowl, and his plans for the future. I’m also joined by Mark Titus, former walk-on for the Ohio State Basketball team and current blogger at Club Trillion. Titus and I discuss his thoughts on the current OSU Men’s basketball team, how they compare with the 2006-2007 version, along with several other topics.
Enjoy the show!
As usual, the show occurs after the break. If you’re interested in downloading the show instead, visit our Podomatic site.
And now we need to go on the road and play better than we’ve played on the road. We head to Minnesota and it will be the first time for any of us on our team to ever have seen the stadium let alone play in it, so that will be exciting for us. And it’s an evening primetime game, and our guys will get excited about that. So now we’ve got to go back to work and understand that we’re facing a veteran quarterback in Adam Weber. We had him in youth camp. I thought he was outstanding then, and 10,000 yards later I think he’s still outstanding. And I think the school career passing record for us is a little over 7,000 and he’s got 10,000, just to put it in perspective what he’s been able to accomplish and he’s a heck of a player. He’s a competitor. He’s a senior. You can just hear in his comments that he doesn’t want to hear about coaching transition or this or that, this is still the 2010 Minnesota Golden Gophers and still the same team it was at the beginning of the year who has a passion to get some good things done, and through his leadership, you can be sure that they’ll never stop, and that’s the kind of leader that you want to have. And he leads a young group of receivers who I think are getting better and better and they’ve done a good job of giving you a lot of different formation looks, a lot of different personnel groupings.
Over on their defensive side, they were very young when they began, now they’re eight or nine games into it and they’re no longer — you no longer talk when you talk about a team of so and so had this many starters returning because that’s irrelevant now because they’re going into this point in the season.
And they seem to have dialed up a little bit more of their pressure package in this last game or so than they did earlier in the year. They did a similar amount against us a year ago, so it’s not like we haven’t seen it. It’s not like it’s anything brand new, but they are bringing good pressure. I think they’re playing a little bit loose and getting just excited to go out and hit somebody and see if they can create turnovers and so forth, so it will be a great challenge for us.
Special teams, we always say, is the key when we go on the road and I think if anyone has an interest in Big Ten football and doesn’t think that the special teams had maybe the biggest impact on last weekend, Wisconsin’s fake punt was probably the turning point in that game. Michigan State’s fake punt was probably the turning point in that game. I think Iowa missed a field goal, which was big, and an extra point, perhaps. The Cleveland Browns, I didn’t see it, but the little reverse pass or whatever they did was huge in their game, and on and on and on. Missouri, I think, didn’t they bring the opening kickoff back?
So special teams is something that we’ll never stop talking about and you’ll never be able to convince me of its relative impact on the emotion of the game, and football is an emotional game. And so we’ve got to make sure that despite the fact that we’ve had to go with a lot of different lineups due to injuries in the linebacker and DB areas, we’ve got to get better at special teams, especially on the road. It’s a huge impact. Purdue found that. Go full circle, Purdue found that out, coming over here, you can’t make two big special teams mistakes and think you’re going to win in someone else’s stadium.
I apologize. It was disguised as a pooch.