And so, we draw closer to another season in Ohio Stadium. Senior Day is always special, but this one even more so… and there’s more work yet to be done. Aw, heck… I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it. Here, listen to the soundtrack and enjoy your Thursday.
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.
Tony Gerdeman started things off wondering why the narrative against Ohio State’s strength of schedule had started so early, particularly when that wasn’t the case for other schools in the past. Hell, ESPN created the “Let Boise State Play!” narrative to counter the BCS “bad guys”, and now they seem to be denigrating a team on an 18 game winning streak.
Gerd points out something that Ramzy Nasrallah highlights as well- the Buckeyes are damned if they do and damned if they don’t- Beating Wisconsin/Northwestern soundly makes the conference look bad, winning close games makes Ohio State look bad. Nice of our old friend confirmation bias to show up before the holiday season.
Ramzy goes on to point out that paying attention to things outside of Ohio State’s ability to control is pointless, and that fans should enjoy every moment as they follow their team. What people outside of the program think is not only beyond your ability to adapt, it also shouldn’t matter.
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.
As the Buckeyes had finished up taking care of business on Saturday vs San Diego St, many former Bucks were getting ready for their week 1 opponents in the NFL. On Wednesdays of each week, we’ll take a look at how the former Buckeyes in the league are doing.
Sunday’s Buckeyes were no doubt led by two guys, Terrelle Pryor and Brian Hartline. Hartline returned home to burn his hometown team, the Browns with a 23-10 win. In the win, Hartline hauled in 9 catches for 114 yards and a TD. Hartline seemed to be go to guy when the Dolphins needed to move the chains.
As for Pryor, all he did was lead the league in rushing and almost lead his Raiders to an upset of the Colts. Pryor was19/29 passing for 217 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. His most impressive stat may have been his 112 yards on 13 carries, which led all NFL rushers for week 1.
Ted Ginn (Panthers) and Santonio Holmes (Jets) each recorded 1 catch in their teams win. Read More
An insider’s look at yesterday’s clinic at the WHAC- Thanks, Clair!
In conjunction with Heads Up Football and USA Football the clinic was designed to inform mothers about proper tackling techniques, hydration awareness, concussion awareness, proper fitting equipment and how to be more involved in a child’s football experience.
The Woody Hayes athletic center once again rolled out the red carpet for what Roger Goodell deemed, “the real decision makers”, Moms from every walk of life. A quick breakfast was served before the mothers were ushered to their seats to anxiously await their hosts.
Urban Meyer welcomed the mothers with an anecdote from his own football parent experience and introduced his close friend NFL commission Roger Goodell. Goodell seemed gracious and quite serious about the subject of keeping young athletes safe and parents informed before the mothers were yet again whisked away.
Split into groups, and feeling very much like freshman orientation we were sent to various stations within the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. My group of over achievers just happened to meet first in the newly refurbished meeting room where we were met by Head Athletic Trainer Doug Calland, a representative from the Korey Stringer Institute and one of Ohio States top Neurologists. Covering everything from hydration to heat exhaustion to concussion symptoms, all three experts left the mothers hopeful for the future of football and the safety of the game. Read More