It was a rather quiet week for our former Buckeyes in the NFL.
Mike Nugent continued his great season as the Bengals lost a tough one in OT to the Ravens. Nugent connected on both of his extra points and nailed a 32 yard FG.
Cam Heyward led all former Bucks with 6 tackles and 1 sack as the Steelers defeated the Bills at home.
Boom Herron saw his first action with his new team, the Colts. Boom recorded 1 catch, good for 57 yards in the Colts loss to the Rams. Also in the Rams’ victory over the Colts, James Laurinaitis recorded 8 tackles and 1 INT.
Terrelle Pryor threw for 122 yards and rushed for 19 more with a touchdown as the Raiders fell to the Giants.
AJ Hawk continued what is his best season of his career with 7 tackles in a loss to the Eagles.
Other former Bucks from week 10:
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.
As the 2013 football Buckeyes headed into their bye week, they Bucks of the past did their best to make the scarlet and gray proud on Sunday.
That group of former Bucks was no doubt led once again by Terrelle Pryor: Pryor once again was impressive in the 27-17 Raiders win. Pryor was 18-23 for 221 yards and 2 TD’s. He also carried the ball 11 times for 31 yards. It’s only week 5 but the Raiders seem to have settled on Pryor for the rest of the season by releasing qb Matt Flynn on Monday.
Other Buckeye standouts on Sunday pretty much stayed on the defensive side of the ball. AJ Hawk continued his solid season with 9 tackles in the Packers win over the Lions. Joining his former teammate with a solid performance from the LB position was James Laurinatis. Laurinatis recorded 8 tackles as the Rams rolled over the Jags.
Armed with a new name, Donte Hitner (formally Whitner) had 3 tackles and a forced fumble as the 9ers took care of the Texans. Kurt Coleman and Will Allen both recorded one tackle each as the Eagles beat the Giants and Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Broncos. Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles and a forced fumble as the Saints remained perfect against the Bears.
On the offensive side of the ball, Brian Hartline continued his solid season with 4 catches for 60 yards as the Dolphins lost to the Ravens. Devier Posey got in on the action for the Texans with 1 catch for 5 yards. Ted Ginn shined in the Panthers loss to the Cardinals with 4 catches for 78 yards.
The special team stars for week 5 included Mike Nugent who was 2-2 on FG’s, including a 50 yarder and was 1-1 on XP’s in the Bengals 13-6 win over the Patriots. Long snapper Jake McQuaide was dead on with his pin point accuracy on all his snaps for the Rams over the Jags.
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.
Next to last set of sights from Nebraska- mostly focusing on the events pre-game. This may read like a letter from your aunt on vacation… remember, sometimes she has good things to say. Oh, and yes, I’ll talk about the game itself a bit later… once my therapist says it’s OK.
I arrived at the stadium around 11:00, which seems early for a 7:00 game but seems ludicrous given that it was 9:00 AM Los Angeles time. Even though the Buckeyes won’t be back for several years, I’ve got to take this moment to strongly encourage Ohio State fans to travel to a game here at some point in their lifetime… seriously, they take “Husker Hospitality” as a challenge.
Upon arriving, I had the opportunity to survey the wonder of the ESPN truck… and all I did, for the record, is survey. The suggestions I received via text and email would have surely landed me in jail for the game, although I’m confident even there someone would have asked me if I was having a nice visit to Lincoln.
Moving onward I decided to connect with some folks I’d met via Buckeye Planet, and was welcomed into my first Nebraska tailgate to talk football and watch the OU/UT game. The consensus- this is the “asteroid strike” game for Husker fans, similar to our TTUN/ND wishes. In talking conference expansion, the overall vote is “anyone but Texas”.
After bidding these folks adieu, I connected with some other Buckeye fans from Columbus for a “tour of Lincoln’s finest watering holes”. Even there, Scarlet and Gray was proudly represented (with the exception of a couple of Michigan fans), and I actually met people who were familiar with my ridiculously small corner of Ohio. Read More
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.
One of the most decorated Buckeyes ever, James Laurinaits was the heart and soul of the Silver Bullet defense for three seasons. A tenacious defender and ferocious hitter, Laurinaitis was a player that Ohio State fans will remember with fondness for years.
Despite being by far the most decorated Buckeye defender in the last ten years, I personally don’t think that Laurinaitis was the best linebacker at Ohio State during that time span. In fact, I would argue that he might not even be in the top three, which is why he finds himself at #9 on our countdown instead of in the top 5.
I am sure that some of you will argue with us over this ranking, but remember, we are factoring in more than just post-season awards for this countdown.
So now that we have covered why Laurinaitis isn’t higher on the list, let’s start talking about why he is in the top 10. The previously mentioned post-season decorations are the obvious place to start. Read More
And now it is time for the much anticipated return of my look at the various position groups this season.
[crowd cheers loudly]
I wasn’t sure which group I should go back and look at first, or when I should go back and re-evaluate each position, but I figure after three games we are starting to get a pretty solid idea of what we have at most positions this year, so what better time than now? As for what position to start with, what the heck, I might as well go back and look at my favorite position, the linebackers.
Ah, linebackers, how nice is it to always be awesome at something. Seriously, when was the last time Ohio State has not had a bad ass linebacker?
I will answer my own question.
There was three time All-American James Laurinaitis from ’05 to ’08, two time All-American A.J. Hawk from ’02 to ’05, All-American Matt Wilhelm from ’99 to ’02, All-American Na’il Diggs from ’96 to ’99, All-American Andy Katzenmoyer from ’96 to ’98, two time All-American Steve Tovar from ’89 to ’92, two time All-American Chris Spielman from ’84 to ’87, All-American Pepper Johnson from ’82 to ’85, All-American Marcus Marek from ’79 to ’82, two-time All-American Tom Cousineau from ’75 to ’78 and two time All-American Randy Gradishar from ’71 to ’73.
So I guess technically the last time Ohio State has not had an All-American caliber bad ass at LB was in ’95. Still, Ohio State has had a (future or current) All-American linebacker on the roster in thirty of the last thirty-eight seasons. Not too shabby.
I know I sound like a broken record on this one, but Ohio State’s linebacker tradition is as good or better than any other school in the country.
I will probably be taking a look at Ohio State’s linebackers through the years versus a certain other school that thinks they have had some good linebackers as well. It should be interesting at the very least, so you can look forward to that.
Back to this year, while I am not sure that any Ohio State linebackers will be All-Americans in 2009, I am sure that two players are emerging as All-American caliber players. They are #51 Ross Homan and #36 Brian Rolle and so far they have both been looking very capable of continuing the tradition of Ohio State linebacking badassness.
First I want to look at the middle linebacker spot, where Brian Rolle has emerged beyond my wildest expectations. The “somewhat surprising” and “experimental” move to put Rolle in the middle that I discussed in my first look at the linebackers appears to be permanent and can be described as nothing short of a huge success.
Through three games Rolle is the leading tackler on the team with 25 stops and he has made the play of the year (so far) with his game saving interception and return against Navy.
Rolle’s quickness in the middle has allowed him to avoid blockers with ease and to get to the ball in a hurry with bad intentions.
My prediction that Rolle would see the field a lot and be a fan favorite is working out beyond anything I had envisioned and if Rolle continues to play at the level he is currently at (and he might even improve!!) I can definitely see him getting some serious consideration for post season Big Ten accolades and he could even be a legit All-American candidate heading into 2010.
Good stuff, Mr. Rolle, keep it up.
Also worth noting is that true freshman #32 Storm Klein has moved into the two-deep at middle linebacker on the depth chart released for the Illinois game. I mentioned previously that Klein had impressed during spring ball and had been running with the second team in fall camp. Given his recent move up the depth chart, it looks like Klein continues to impress and it should be fun to track his progress throughout the year and into the future. Klein definitely looks to be a future stud at LB for the Buckeyes.
Next up is the weakside linebacker position and the second player that is on the verge of reaching bad ass status; Ross Homan. Homan was the only returning starter on the linebacking corp, so I was expecting quite a bit from him this year and up to this point I would say that he has exceeded my expectations.
Homan has always had a nose for the ball, so the fact that he is tied for second on the team with 20 tackles is not that surprising. What is surprising is the quickness and playmaking ability that Homan has shown so far this season.
Homan has shown a knack for making plays with an interception and two fumble recoveries through three games, but the biggest surprise from Homan (at least to me) is the speed and quickness he has shown moving sideline to sideline, particularly this past weekend against Toledo and the spread offense that they employed.
[While it is true that Homan got burnt on a crucial third and long play against USC, you show me a linebacker that can cover McKnight one on one and I will show you a #1 overall draft pick.]
If Homan continues to play this well for the entire season he will also be a strong candidate for post season Big Ten accolades and a possible All-American candidate for 2010.
One thing that could hold Homan and Rolle back from the spotlight and national accolades is each other. It will be interesting to see if the pair is given the Laurinaitis/Freeman treatment, with one recieving a majority of the media attention and the other being largely ignored. Another possibility is the Hawk/Carpenter/Schlegel treatment, with the group of linebackers largely recieving accolades as a whole (even though Hawk still received all of the individual awards).
I am getting ahead of myself (as usual) by speculating about post season awards, but the point is that Homan and Rolle are emerging as a helluva linebacking pair and it looks like they are both going to have big years. Awesome.
Backing up Homan on the weakside going into the Illinois game is sophomore #42 Andrew Sweat. Sweat is a highly regarded young prospect and has managed to record four tackles so far this year. He is another young linebacker to keep an eye on going into the future.
Next up is the strong side linebacker position being manned by #38 Austin Spitler. While Homan and Rolle have been great so far, I would have to describe Spitler as a slight disapointment, at least up to this point.
Many expected Spitler to lose the starting position to Etienne Sabino (who is second on the depth chart on the strong side behind Spitler right now, many thought the two would fight it out to start in the middle, funny how that worked out, but anyways…) so the fact that he is still the starter going into week four has probably exceeded some people’s expectations.
I am inclined to give Spitler a pass for his lackluster play thus far, however, as he was obviously still recovering from a calf strain in the Navy game and he may only now be returning to 100%. Still, Spitler’s lack of production so far (9 tackles in three games) is a bit concerning.
I wrote before the year started that I expected Spitler to be a starter for the entire season and that he would pleasantly surprise some people. I still think that Spitler will be the starter for the entire season, especially given the fact that Sabino has failed to make a splash thus far despite his obvious physical talents.
However, if Spitler is going to pleasantly surprise some people like I predicted he will have to step his game up for the Big Ten schedule. I think games against some power Big Ten teams like Wisconsin or Iowa are games where he could really shine with his tough physical play.
So there is my review of the two deep at linebacker going into week four. Other than Rolle staying in the middle instead of moving back outside (I also really thought that Dorian Bell had a shot to make significant contributions this year, which it appears he won’t), I would have to say that things have panned out pretty much as I expected them to.
[that's me patting myself on the back]
I really like how the linebackers have been playing so far, and as Rolle becomes more and more experienced in the middle, the linebackers become more experienced playing together in general, and the defensive line continues to dominate and keep blockers from touching the backers, I expect this group to be really, really good sooner rather than later.
It should be fun to watch.