scUM Wolverines Preview 2006 "When you go 7-5 at Michigan, you're going to be on a hot seat. When you go 7-5 at Michigan and lose to Ohio State in four of the last five seasons..."
Buckeyes, Sooners lead post-spring Top 25 ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel writes: Can Texas repeat without Vince Young? Will Ohio State find the answers on defense? Is West Virginia really a contender? Are Notre Dame and Oklahoma among the challengers? Spring practices provided some answers to those questions, so it's time to take an early look at the Top 25 for 2006.
Fall Practice Under Way - Jim Tressel Note and Quotebook August 8, 2006 Source: The Ozone "The first day of practice went into the books yesterday, and according to Jim Tressel, one of the big items on the agenda was the first-day physical testing that took place. That involved a lot of running, and Tressel said that he even got into the act..."
Starting tight end suspended for season August 09, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch
Starting tight end Marcel Frost has been suspended for the season for a violation of team rules, a source close to the program said last night on condition of anonymity. The source did not detail what team rule was violated, and coach Jim Tressel would not comment. Frost is a fourth-year junior from South Euclid. Sophomore Rory Nicol likely will step into the starting spot. OSU also has sophomore Brandon Smith and two true freshmen at the position: Andy Miller and Jake Ballard.
Update: Frost has transferred to Jackson St., the same school Eric Haw transferred to.
ONE LAST SHOT August 12, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch "OSUís roster has 16 fifth-year players who are determined to go out with bang..."
Bollman too feisty to coast in recovery August 14, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch: "Considering Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman is less than three months removed undergoing heart bypass surgery, itís easy to be impressed by his vim and vigor on the practice field..."
Tressel Tackles Questions As Camp Opens August 8, 2006 Source: BuckNuts "Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel met with reporters prior to the Buckeyes' first practice of preseason camp on Monday and addressed a number of topics. Tressel discussed the status of linebacker Mike D'Andrea, Troy Smith's leadership, how good the offensive line can be, how concerned he is about replacing nine defensive starters, and more..."
The-Ozone Note and Quotebook August 3, 2006 Source The Ozone: "The Buckeyes report to camp on Sunday and commence practices on Monday, but according to OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel, the early going in fall camp will not quite be full speed ahead..."
Quotables from Big Ten Media Day August 3, 2006 Source WNUR: "As always, the 11 generals from the Big Ten Conference made their way to the Hyatt Regency to meet with media members from all corners of the country..."
Who's Hot? The top five schools among elite high school players From SI.com: "With the 2006 high school football season right around the corner, we take a look at which schools are hot among the nation's top recruits. When picking our top five schools, we used a combination of signing classes from the Class of 2006 and commitments from the Class of 2007..."
Bucks Land PA Lineman Offensive guard Evan Blankenship of Monaca (PA) Center Area has committed to Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman notified Jim Tressel today that he intends to wear the scarlet and gray in 2007.
Both Pitt and Temple had offered Blankenship, and Notre Dame and Michigan were in hot pursuit. Blankenship's family has strong Ohio roots and he made it clear last week that Ohio State would be tough for any school to beat.
Five-star defensive end Luther Davis continues to express interest in Ohio State From Bucknuts: "It won't be easy plucking five-star defensive end Luther Davis from the South, but he says he is interested in Ohio State. Davis, ranked as the No. 5 DE prospect in the country by Scout.com, is considering an impressive list of schools and could make his announcment on national television on Aug. 19." Davis, from West Monroe (LA) and 6-4 255lbs with a 4.78 in the 40, has offers from Ohio State, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Tennessee & USC.
He's indicated that he and fellow teammate Ahmad Paige, a five star receiver, would like to go to the same school. And yes, OSU has offered Paige, according to Davis.
2006 CFN Redshirt Freshman All-America Team For the past year, they have watched and waited, listened and learned. They've added muscle, committed the playbook to memory and practiced without fanfare on the scout team. They are redshirt freshmen and their time to break free from a season's worth of anonymity and down time has finally arrived. CollegeFootballNews.com mentions one player from Ohio State. Do you know who it is?
Captain's Corner: D-Line Play Will Be The Key From Bucknuts: "In a year of inexperience on the Buckeye defense, it will be up to the defensive line to step up and take pressure off the back seven. How would that be instrumental in the defense's success? Jerry Rudzinski discusses it in this week's Captain's Corner..."
Changes affect clock management, shorten games August 9, 2006 Source: ESPN.com "Although the NCAA's standardization of instant replay grabbed many offseason headlines, there are other changes to the rule book in 2006 that might have just as large an impact on the game..."
No clear favorite in 2006 title chase August 8, 2006 Source: ESPN.com "USC entered the 2005 season as the clear favorite to win the national championship. The Trojans were the easy choice in 2004 too. Oklahoma and Ohio State were the top picks in 2003. But this season is different. No team stands out as a title favorite..."
BuckeyeGameWatch August 6, 2006 Source: Buckeye Commentary "If you are a Buckeye fan who lives outside Ohio, you may find it difficult to find locations where you can catch the game with other Buckeyes. BuckeyeGameWatch is a newly created site by a transplanted Buckeye fan who now lives in a city far, far away. It lists all the 'Buckeye-friendly' locations by state, by city. Highly recommended. See a location not listed that should be, let 'em know."
Buckeyes draft plan on O-line August 8, 2006 Source: The Plain Dealer "Columbus -- Ohio State offensive line coach Jim Bollman, wearing a straw hat and looking fit after starting a hard-core workout program following heart bypass surgery two months ago, stood behind his line on the first day of practice Monday afternoon and listened to the "whap, whap, whap," of hands striking blocking pads...
Preseason Consensus Poll: Aug. 8 Update August 8, 2006 Source: Bucknuts "We are back once again with the latest update of our world renowned Preseason Consensus Poll. This is where we take the various published preseason polls from national magazines and Internet sites and mold them into one poll. We take that data and also plug teams into the various BCS bowls. Ohio State, led by QB Troy Smith, is the early No. 1 pick..."
Playboy 2006 All-America Team Are there any Buckeyes? Note: Woody would not allow his players to participate. He once said, "You can't play football with a hard-on."
More: "Beginning in 1957, the magazine assembled the best college players in the nation for the Playboy All America College Football Weekend, a unique awards event that included a dream team photo session. Check out your favorite players and schools to see who was included and take a look at superstars in the making." Check out all the teams from 1960 through 2006
Bucks picked to win Big Ten "The polls say Ohio State could make a run at the national championship this football season. But coach Jim Tressel looks at the polls and figures the Buckeyes face 13 recounts before the results are certified.
2006 Big 10 Preview Top 5s August 4, 2006 Source CollegeFootballNews.com: "The five games that will shape the Big Ten race..." and more.
Oddsmakers adjust to new rules in college football Here's something that may help the Buckeyes: "You may want to handicap college football games a little differently this year, especially with respect to totals. There are several new rule changes designed to speed up the game that could affect over/unders and teams with dangerous kick returners."
July 30, 2006 Troy & Ted "They greet each other with a quick hug and one of those secret handshakes, a complex combination of slaps and snaps..."
Hughes 'Highly Interested' In OSU From Bucknuts: "With Daniel Herron and Brandon Saine already in the fold, it is unclear if Ohio State will take another running back in its 2007 class. But since Saine is versatile enough to play wideout, there could be room for one more running back, especially one as talented as Robert Hughes." The Chicago Hubbard star, 5'11 and 226 lbs, rushed for 1892 yards and 19 touchdowns during his junior season. He says he will officially visit the Buckeyes.
Mr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets From Bucknuts: "You may follow football recruiting every day of the year, know who all the recruiting targets are, and know everything about all the OSU commitments, but do you really know anything about what recruits the Ohio State football program really want? The answer to that question, Mr. Bucknuts says, is probably not. That and more in the latest version of the Bucket of Bullets..."
Walter Dublin: Counting The Days From Buckeye Sports: "During the recruiting process, Sarasota, Fla. defensive end Walter Dublin was struck by the atmosphere and family feel of Ohio State -- so much so that he ended up leaving the confines of the only home he's known and headed North to Columbus..."
July 31, 2006 CFN 2006 Big 10 Preview "GAME OF THE YEAR Sept. 30 Ohio State at Iowa An Iowa win in Kinnick Stadium over the Buckeyes would likely mean it's a one game season (October 21st at Michigan) for the Big Ten title. Ohio State will be coming off a tough battle with Penn State and could be walking into a bear trap...."
Quartermasters August 3, 2006 Source Columbus Dispatch: "Skilled set of QBs proves how Big Ten has evolved from run-oriented league"
Four-star WR Taurian Washington Commits To Ohio State Confirmed August 17, 2006 & first reported by BuckeyeSports.com July 25, 2006: "Last year, Ohio State secured a verbal from defensive back Aaron Gant of Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary high school, and now they have grabbed another. The latest to select the Buckeyes from Orchard Lake is wide receiver Taurian Washington." Orchard Lake St. Mary's, is No. 24 overall team in the country for 2006."
July 28, 2006 The MidWest Hot 100 Gets a New Look Scout.com, via Superprep.com, releases it newest Midwest rankings, and there have been numerous changes from top to bottom including the top spot. In the first edition of the Midwest 100 Racine Park, Wisc., running back John Clay held the top spot. The top spot is still held by a Wisconsin native but is it Clay?