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.
I know that is a very loaded title, but I feel it best suits my current thoughts.
I understand the Mark May’s and Desmond Howard’s of the world taking every chance they get to smear the Ohio State University and our transgressions- they have been waiting for this day for so long. We have been a top program for the last decade and America likes to see the giant fall.
If it was Michigan, Florida, Texas, Oregon, Auburn we would probably jump on that train as well; unless you are of the opinion those that live in glass houses don’t throw stones. Those are the haters that you brush off though, because they always do so out of spite and dislike and they never go away. It hurts sometimes to be the brunt of jokes, but get back to doing what we should be and everything will be fine.
What is hard to fathom is how we handle our own. How many ex-Buckeye players, media, or fans have you heard badmouth Coach Tressel and Terrelle Pryor, for example? Or what about “snitching” or calling for the heads of your own president to be turned over on a silver platter? I completely understand some constructive criticism, but comments like “fake buckeye”, “I hate so and so”, “This player should be kicked off the team”, etc. coming from our own fans hurt.
Following up our excellent conversation with Jonathan Wells and The Wiz of Odds, we continue our return with another great interview. New Orleans Saints Free Safety Malcolm Jenkins (OSU DB ’05-’08) joins me on the podcast! In addition to being a Buckeye Legend and Super Bowl champion, Malcolm’s work in the community is making a difference in New Orleans and is worth checking out.
Jenkins discusses his feelings about the current situation surrounding his Alma mater, along with his feelings about OSU compliance in particular. He also talks Coach Tressel, the NFL Lockout, and what he thinks of Nebraska joining the Big Ten.
You don’t want to miss his thoughts on Ray Small’s recent comments, so make certain to stop by and listen to the latest Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour!
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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.
Malcolm Jenkins was everything you could hope for in a corner back and then some. He was a lock down defender in man coverage that could (and did) take away half of the field for the opponents passing game. He was also an extremely physical defender who was not afraid to come up and hit someone in run defense. Against the run or pass, as an offense you did not want to attack Jenkins’ side of the field.
By Jenkins’ senior season, he was so proficient at locking down half of the field that at times it seemed like he would deliberately let his man get by him, tempting the QB to throw his way, only to make up the distance at the last second to disrupt or intercept the pass. The coaches must have noticed this as well, and during his senior campaign Jenkins was utilized at safety at times, further tempting QBs to throw in his direction. Read More
Two days before kickoff. 48 hours. Are you ready?
In keeping with the tradition of our countdown format, we bring you a player who has worn #2 for the Buckeyes. But Jeebus, who to pick???? Oh, the hell with it…..let’s just do a series of our #2 legends!
Next up, Malcolm Jenkins!
It’s going to be hard to imagine a defense without Jenkins on the field. He’s been with us as a strength since the 2006 season, and he has saved many a game for the Buckeyes.
We salute Jenkins with one of his biggest highlights of the 2008 season (although bodyslamming that Michigan player in the first quarter last year ranks high on the list).
At Wisconsin last year, the Buckeyes trailed the Badgers 17-13 late in the game. Another #2, Terrelle Pryor led the offense the field to take the lead 20-13 with 1 minute left, but there was still time left on the clock for Wisky to make a final drive to tie it or win it. there was time for about 7 or 8 plays if they played their hurry-up offense right.
Or, if they throw it to Jenkins’ side of the field, there was time for just one play and then go into the locker room on the losing side.
The first play of Wisconsin’s final drive…..
Here’s to you, Malcolm!
2 days left!
photo credit – Me
I’m finally home from an amazing 48 hours in Columbus. Yes, I had a laptop, but no I didn’t have the energy to write. By the time I got to the hotel last night, I was way too tired to post my post-game thoughts.
I’ve gotta say, Michigan may be the dumbest team I have seen in a LONG time. They did things that intentionally pissed off the Buckeyes, and it woke us up in a vicious mood.
Seriously, you decided to start a turf war during pre-game? You can’t do that without the talent to back it up…and watching that turf war live was VERY telling. Michigan started to taunt the Bucks players, and within 30-40 seconds, the Bucks were literally intimidating Michigan to retreat to their locker room. And if you’re going to start shit at midfield, do it when you AREN’T on your way to the locker room…because when it ends, it won’t look like you’re running away.
Then, the cheap shot on Pryor after the interception….come on, guys, there were 108,000 people who saw that, even if the refs didn’t. It fired us (the crowd and the team) up, it got the defense juiced, and it got you three plays for negative-5 yards and a crushed spirit after a missed FG.
UPDATE – I’m watching the game on DVR right now, and Bob Griese was talking early about Ohio State players getting dirty in the first UM series after the INT…he singled out Malcolm Jenkins in particular. What he failed to mention, and what ABC didn’t show is that after Pryor knocked the Michigan player out of bounds on the interception, another UM player came in and gave a cheap shot to Pryor a good 5 or 6 seconds after the play, and nothing was called. Jenkins, and the rest of the Buckeyes, were fired up over the no-call. Griese, being the not-so-closeted UM fan that he is, completely neglected to mention that.
Fact is, there wasn’t a single facet of the game that wasn’t dominated by Ohio State. Even the Michigan MVP, Zoltan Mesko (yes, their punter is their MVP) got outplayed. Ray Small made sure of that by taking one of his low line-drives back 80 yards.
I’ll have a full day review up later, but first I have to go watch the film and see just how badly the refs blew that safety non-call…..
Oh, and by the way…it’s been 1,828 days since Michigan beat us.
OK, I’ll admit it. It was scary for a while there. Not seeing our beloved Buckeyes score for the first two quarters scared the hell out of me. At halftime, I thought “Damn, I wonder when the last time we went back-to-back quarters without scoring”.
The answer to that question was the third and fourth quarters of last year’s game against…..Penn State. I gulped a little harder when I thought about what that meant.
But then the Buckeyes turned it on. Both offensively and defensively. No, Smith didn’t have Heisman-esque stats for the game. But he did have one play that will go on his Heisman reel, and that was enough to seal the deal for the Scarlet and Gray.
You can read all the game recaps and stat sheets you want, but here’s the one stat that stands out in LARGE fashion to me….
Ohio State’s defense has allowed three touchdowns this year.
Ohio State’s defense has scored two touchdowns this year.
When you’ve got that going for you, you’re on the road to greatness. Nobody can deny that this defense has outplayed EVERYONE expectations.
- Surrendering 8 points per game.
- Allowing only 167 yards passing per game
- Allowing only 115 yards rushing per game
Did ANYBODY expect this defense to be this strong so early??? I know I didn’t.
One final thought. We can make all the references to the 2002 winning the close ones and keeping us on the edge of our seats, and they do translate well to 2006. But I swore I saw the ghost of Chris Gamble when Jenkins took that ball through traffic down the sideline.