5-Star OSU Defensive End Target Micah Parsons Decommits from Penn State

Five-star weakside defensive end Micah Parsons announced his decommitment from Penn State Sunday evening, and now it looks like the Buckeyes could be in the driver’s seat to land one of the nation’s most sought-after players. He tweeted the news. From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Parsons committed to Penn State two months ago, but has always remained in touch with Ohio State. He visited the Buckeyes for the spring game, and this…
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Ohio State Defensive Line Looking for More Quarterback Sacks in 2017

Almost isn’t good enough, especially when it comes to the pass rush. Much was made about Ohio State’s defensive line last season, and for good reason. The Buckeyes rotated four future NFL defensive ends, as well as four talented defensive tackles, giving them an eight-man rotation that most teams would kill for. That front four was a large part of the reason why the Buckeyes finished in the Top 10…
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Buckeye Football Notebook: ‘If you can’t do that, it’s hard to lead’

When Ohio State receivers Austin Mack and Terry McLaurin were in high school, they were rated as two of the top prospects in the state of Indiana in their respective recruiting classes. Mack was the No. 2 prospect in-state in 2016 and McLaurin was the No. 3 prospect in 2014. Given their location, then-Hoosier head coach and now-OSU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson recruited both of them. Now that Wilson is…
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Ohio State Spring Recap: The Defensive Ends are Just the Beginning

The Buckeyes returned every one of their defensive ends from last season, which obviously includes all four “starters” in Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, and Nick Bosa. More names are looking to be added to that rotation, which made this spring a very important one for guys like Jonathon Cooper and Rashod Berry. Depth Chart 6 Sam Hubbard, rJr (6-5 266) OR 11 Jalyn Holmes, Sr (6-5 274) 13…

Five for Friday: 2017 Ohio State Predictions Based on Spring Performances

Predictions are always fun because if you make them far enough in advance, nobody will remember when you turn out to be wrong. Personally, I like long-range predictions best. My preference is at least three years out because who is going to even care two years from now about what I thought two years ago? The positives of such an arrangement are obvious, but included in those perks is the…
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Want the Perfect Quarterback? Get a Competitor First

Ohio State has four quarterbacks who are all a bit different from each other. J.T. Barrett is the do-it-all dual-threat game manager who knows every last secret this Ohio State offense has to tell. Joe Burrow might be a taller version of Barrett, looking for that same kind of inner knowledge. Dwayne Haskins, meanwhile, is young, but has an arm that makes you forget about his legs. Then there’s Tate…
Buckeye receivers like Terry McLaurin have plenty to prove

No Separation Anxiety for Buckeye Receivers This Spring

“J.T. Barrett doesn’t have the arm!” “The guys can’t get open!” “And when they do get open, they can’t catch!” “J.T. can’t see ’em!” “The line can’t block long enough to even look deep!” “It’s too windy!” Last year, all of these words were spoken by many thousands of people when it came to explaining away Ohio State’s struggles with the deep ball. The Buckeyes completed just four passes of…
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Buckeye Football Notebook: ‘If it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach, you’re not going to be able to play here’

Ohio State has new coaches on offense because of how poorly the Buckeyes threw the ball a year ago. Every spring sees a renewed focus on the passing game, but this year it was a bit different with new offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day on hand. Urban Meyer spoke all spring long about the need to improve the deep ball, but that was just one of the areas…
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Finalizing Ohio State’s Post-Spring Depth Chart on Defense

We have already looked at the best guess at the post-spring offensive depth chart for the Buckeyes, which means that it’s time to give the same treatment to the Silver Bullets. There is a lot of talent returning for the Buckeye defense despite some heavy losses to the NFL. There only real concern at this point is in the secondary, where the Buckeyes must replace three starters. Over the 15…