When I first mentioned doing this article and having it every week on game eve, I was truly worried whether or not I would have enough material. The truth is, there’s plenty from around the sporting world to fill the good, the bad, and the ugly up to the rim. Let’s get started with the first easy part.
Everybody is talking about Jordan Hall’s game and in our first effort to get the fan’s involved with tBBC Fans Interact:Buffalo he was the Unanimous choice for #BufOMVP 11-1 over QB Braxton Miller. His first long TD run was ton’s of fans favorites as well for #BufTopPlay. Hall was rumblin to the tune of 21 carries for 159 yards and two TD’s.
What I am surprised nobody is mentioning, unless I have missed it this past week, is what that performance really means to the career of Jordan Hall at Ohio State. In one game, and bear in mind he has been snake bit the entire time he has been here, he almost topped his totals in three of his other seasons.
Look closely and you will see that in one fell swoop he set his new career longest run from scrimmage(49); scored as many TD’s(2) as he had in any previous season total, and set the tone for how valuable he will be this season catching the football(3/14 in tough spots). Granted, he will need alot more carries to surpass 99 in a season, which he will do regardless of Hydes return. He will also keep the YPC average up high, he’s proven to gain well on each carry.
I for one am very pleased with his first game performance considering he also had one of the best LB’s in the college game tracking him down every play. Jordan Hall will have one of those kinds of seasons that only come around every once in a while in Columbus and he may very well be the one to give Coach Meyer his first 1,000 yard rusher that’s not a QB.
We’re less than two weeks away from the kickoff to the 2013 season, but things are heating up with Ohio State’s basketball programs.
Thad Matta and his staff, not to be outdone by Kevin McGuff and staff, have added a highly ranked recruit to their basketball program, Mickey Mitchell, a highly rated (4* / 5*) 6’8″ forward, from Plano TX.
If the name and home town are vaguely familiar, they should be, read below. Mitchell is part of the Class of 2015.
From The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Mitchell family, based in Texas, may have to look for an apartment in Columbus.
After son Mike committed to Urban Meyer and the football program last year and is now working as a freshman linebacker with the Buckeyes, younger son Mickey gave his pledge on Thursday to the OSU basketball team. Mickey is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound junior who will be part of Ohio State’s 2015 class.
The eyes of Texas are upon Columbus, OH.
Asked what his younger son’s best position is, Ken Mitchell, a former NFL player, said, “Quarterback.” The two-sport star will stick with basketball for the Buckeyes though.
Yes, much to Thad’s relief.
“Mike was not the deciding factor,” Ken Mitchell said of Mickey’s decision. “But it’s that extra gift. He got up there and realized the legend of Ohio State and what the basketball program has done, and the educational system and how much Mike loves it up there while he’s working his tail off.
I’ll be honest; Ken Mitchell’s father’s statement is about as good as endorsement that any university can receive. Hats off to the University. Mickey additionally held offers from Baylor, Kansas, Texas, aTm and USC, so his high recruitment rankings are justified.
After the jump, you can see what we’re talking about… Read More
We’re a few days shy of two weeks until the Buckeyes kick off 2013 in Ohio Stadium against the Buffalo Bulls. I’ve got some thoughts on the news coming out of camp and we’ll continue looking ahead at 2013’s slate of games around the country and take a focused look at the month of October. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
I mentioned last week that it is tough to report on camp when you’re not there watching it firsthand. I scour the Buckeye Nation blog sites (especially this one!) along with the major Ohio newspapers for stories on what is happening at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Here’s what has jumped out at me.
It came to light on Sunday that five freshman had already had their black stripes removed from their helmet: Walk-on wide receiver Joe Ramstetter along with Dontre Wilson, Ezekial Elliot, Mike Mitchell and Joey Bosa.
I think we all expected Wilson and Elliot to lose the stripes early in camp. Jalin Marshall and Vonn Bell shouldn’t be far behind. Bosa and Mitchell make me the happiest, especially Mitchell. The Buckeyes are thin at linebacker and even thinner at quality linebackers. Hearing that a highly regarded freshman is already making a name for himself is exactly what the Silver Bullets need.
Defensive depth chart
Joel Hale and Michael Bennett are the current starters on the interior of the defensive line with Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence on the outside. Tommy Schutt, per Urban Meyer’s depth chart press conference, is pushing Bennett and Hale for all their worth. I realize guys like John Simon, Jonathan Hankins and Nathan Williams are hard to replace. Putting it simply, this is not a bad start. Not bad at all! Read More
Lots of news and notes to catch you up on before Walter White gets back to work.
Absent- Donovan Munger has missed most of camp thus far with some academic issues, and now has a medical (blood clot?) that will see him redshirting for this season. Najee Murray was also not present today, having been suspended for the team for at least the duration of training camp for a violation of team rules. Lots of speculation on this one, but at this point it’s only speculation.
After a momentous day for Buckeye football, and after a few frosty beverages, here’s the staff’s reflections on the epic 2013 recruiting class!
Who’s the player on offense/defense who will make the biggest impact during his career at OSU?
Ken: Mike Mitchell. I think he has potential to have a Spielman/Katzenmoyer type career at OSU
WVa: Offense: I am going to go with one that has been in the fold for a good bit. Jalin Marshall is the guy I see coming in right away and contributing and will have a great career in Scarlet and Gray.
Defense: Tracy Sprinkle is my guy here. He looks to me to be the perfect fit to take over where Nathan Williams left off and really reminds me of my favorite Buckeye to come out of WV Darrion Scott. Good size and plays low and will show early what he has in that motor that never quits.
Tim: For me, the player who will make the biggest impact will be Cam Burrows. There is a question of whether he will play safety or corner at OSU, but wherever he finds himself playing, he will be an impact player on defense. His combination of size and speed could enable him to be a great one.
Jason: Jalin Marshall. All these kids have tremendous talent and endless possibilities, so I’ll put my eggs in the basket of the one who’s the best player in Ohio
Eric: The biggest impact defensively is likely going to be on the Defensive Line, where the Buckeyes are going to be making up the most ground. A good freshman, like Joey Bosa, could step in and really make life easier for the defense.
Offensively, that’s a little trickier. The answer is going to be whoever manages to fill the playmaker role for Urban Meyer the best. It could be Ezekiel Elliott, James Clark, or Jalin Marshall. It could also be any one of a dozen others who may prove to be extremely effective as a fast, shifty, playmaker.
Mali: I think that we’re going to see some amazing things from Dontre Wilson… I watch what DeAnthony Thomas does in Eugene, and what Harvin did with Meyer at Florida, and I can’t help but envision some fireworks from the moment he steps on campus.
I’m also excited to see what Chris Worley will bring to the table- a safety that hits like a linebacker, or a linebacker that can run with receivers… as the game gets faster, it’ll be great to have a counterpunch.
What new recruit will most likely see early playing time? Who redshirts? Read More
The National Championship has been awarded. Recruits are making commitments. Excitement for the 2013 Buckeye football season is already full throttle. Let’s rumble!
Notre Lame and the championship debacle
Let me be the first to say it, I was wrong, just completely and utterly wrong. I thought that the Irish would have learned from the mistakes of the 06 Buckeyes and some of the other programs to challenge the SEC in the years since. I was wrong. They had to learn for themselves, stubborn to the end.
So to you, the great people of Buckeye Nation, I am sorry. I allowed my disdain and overall loathing for the Southeastern Conference to put my faith in one of the most heinous college football villains of all time, the Fighting Irish. This is a mistake I shall not repeat. Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me.
Heading into the game, the Irish brought one of the country’s best defensive units, at least statistically. They were led by Manti Te’o, a player that I still feel deserved to win the Heisman Trophy, but more on that later. While Te’o was their heart and soul, their defensive line was their backbone. Against Alabama, that backbone was broken in half. Read More
Today, Mike Mitchell made official what we’ve expected since this summer, and became the latest verbal commitment to Ohio State at the Army All American game.
In fact, here’s the article that we’ve had loaded up in the on deck circle from early July of 2012-
Well, that escalated in a hurry. (ha… if only we knew)
Earlier this week, whispers started to fly regarding Plano Texas linebacker Mike Mitchell’s interest in Ohio State, although the Buckeyes were said to be in the mix with Florida State and Texas A&M.
Friday, though, things got serious. First, Mike excelled at
Oregon’sNike’s “The Opening” competition, and set a new national record in total SPARQ score with a 154.47 score, including a 4.39 laser timed 40 yard dash. While in Eugene, he began to connect with other Buckeye commits and word began spreading that he was Ohio State’s to lose.
And today, it became official as he gave his verbal as the fourteenth member (whoops!) of the 2013 recruiting class.
At 6′ 3″ and about 220 pounds, he also had interest from Oregon, TCU, Southern Cal, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Old Miss in addition to the schools mentioned earlier.
Mike has a history of hoops excellence as well; here’s video of him dunking over opponants during a game his sophomore year. For basketball junkies, you’ve got to wonder if this might also help Mickey, Mike’s younger brother and a top recruit for 2015, consider joining the scarlet and grey… the younger Mitchell is a pretty decent football player as well.
Since that time, Mike has been identified as a 5 star linebacker and the number two player at his position by Scout, and has had offers from every school in the country. His “hat choices” included Texas A&M and Oregon.
Mike’s official was the weekend of the 2012 Celebration, and confirmed what he’d believed to be true all along- that Ohio State was the place for him to spend the next four years or so.
After the jump, check out his highlight video- he plays with good speed and a lot of aggression. Oh, and his nickname seems to be “The Abusement Park”. I kid you not.
We’ve got an overlapping double header for you today!
The liveblog will start at 12:45 PM EST this afternoon. At 1 PM, the Army All-American Bowl will kick-off. There are three recruiting targets of interest in this one – WR Shelton Gibson, WR James Quick, LB Mike Mitchell. We’ll also be watching the following Ohio State commits throughout:
At 2:15 PM EST on the Big Ten Network, the Buckeyes Shooty Hoops team will take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. This same liveblog will cover both events.