"Spence shows terrific snap-count anticipation and first-step quickness, but is still unpolished as a rusher off the edge."
We've heard all offseason how the Ohio State defensive line stands to be one of the best in the country next season, and this weekend NFL Network's Bucky Brooks piled another superlative onto one member of the unit. Brooks ranked junior Noah Spence his eighth best NFL pass rushing prospect.
Brooks goes on to suggest that should Spence refine some of his rush moves and sequences, that, combined with his outstanding athleticism could vault him even higher up the list. USC's Leonard Williams topped the rankings, and Nebraska's Randy Gregory (2) and Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun (4) rounded out the Big Ten's presence on the list.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, should Spence refine his moves as Brooks suggests, it will be week four before he has the opportunity to showcase them, as he will be sitting out the first two games thanks to his three game suspension.
"I'm happy to make another World Team and represent the United States again. Obviously, I wish I could've competed a little better. I'm looking forward to having an opportunity to win another gold medal."
The USA Wrestling Junior and Senior World Team Trials were held this weekend in Madison, WI and incoming Ohio State freshman Kyle Snyder dominated his only competitor en route to earning his second consecutive spot on the junior (age 17-20) world team. Though he wishes he had wrestled better, Snyder was still dominant. He defeated Nathan Rotert of San Diego State 13-2 and 5-0 in the best two-of-three final.The 2014 World Championships will take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 8-14.
Last year as a member of the world team, Snyder won gold at the Fila Junior World Championships, winning three of his four matches (including the championship final) by technical fall. This fall Snyder is expected to compete at 197 pounds for the Buckeyes.
Also competing at the junior level this weekend was Nathan Tomasello. Tomasello, who redshirted last season for the Buckeyes, took second place, losing a close match to Thomas Gilman of Iowa. Former Buckeyes Reece Humphrey and J.D. Bergman competed at the senior level, but both fell short of making the world team.
"Many grads remain proud of their alma mater, which is why they join the alumni association or paint their chest with the school colors before dressing for work. "
Becoming a Michigan Man has never been more affordable. Sure, you could go the traditional route and spend four years and tens of thousands of dollars earning a degree, but who want's to do that? Especially when Groupon is offering a two-year membership to the University of Michigan Alumni Association for the low, low price of $69 ($79 will get you and your spouse into the club).
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"We asked a panel of nearly 100 ESPN writers, editors, broadcasters and researchers to rate college basketball coaches on all aspects of running a program, on a scale of 1-10."
ESPN released numbers 25-50 on its list of the top 50 coaches in college basketball. Several Big Ten coaches made the cut including Minnesota's Richard Petino (49, Iowa's Fran McCaffery (33) and Nebraska's Tim Miles (32). Other big names like Thad Matta and Tom Izzo figure to appear a little bit higher on the countdown.
There is, however, one notable name that will not be showing up anywhere on the countdown. Indiana's Tom Crean, who leads the Big Ten conference in nets cut down after a loss, was filed under the "just missed the cut" column.