"No, the current Seahawk end did not regain his college eligibility. Bennett is a pass rusher in the mold of a Jurrell Casey at the tackle position."
It may have been nearly three months for the 2014 NFL Draft, but that doesn't mean it isn't too busy to start getting ready for the 2015 NFL Draft. Over at MusicCityMiracles.com, SBNation's Tennessee Titans site, they have put out a list of the Top 50 prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. Two Buckeyes made the list, both from the defensive side of the football, with Michael Bennett checking in at 17th, while Noah Spence makes the list in the 36th position. Ohio State fans should be ecstatic if Bennett can have a season like Casey did last for the Tennessee Titans, as he registered a career-high 10.5 sacks in his third season in Tennessee.
There were plenty of other names from the Big Ten that made the list, with Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun being the highest of the bunch, as he made the list in the seventh position. The only other Big Ten player to make the list before Bennett was Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who was slotted just one spot ahead as the 16th ranked prospect. In total 11 players from the Big Ten made the Top 50 list. The early number one ranked prospect was defensive end Leonard Williams of USC.
"Tennessee is my leader, but I'm headed to Ohio State tomorrow for the Friday Night Lights camp; I don't know what'll happen after that as far as who will be in the lead. Just gotta see what happens when I get there. I don't know if there's anything that they can do really; I already really like Ohio State."
On the eve of Friday Night Lights at Ohio Stadium, the top quarterback prospect in the nation released a blog post to let fans know what is in store for him the next couple months. After recently being invited to "The Opening" out in Oregon and getting to work with Trent Dilfer and Jordan Palmer, tomorrow night Gibson will be one of the prospects that will be in Columbus for the annual camp. Right now Tennessee sounds like they are at the top of Gibson's list, but Ohio State is in the mix of schools that seem to contenders to gain his commitment.
The Plantation, Florida native starts his senior year of high school on August 25th, and has set a date of October 20th of when he plans to announce his decision on what school that he intends to commit to. While on campus, Gibson is also hoping to visit the business school, as he hopes to study in that area while attending college.
"If young players come through here, Ohio State's defensive backfield could make a huge leap forward."
While Ohio State last year won 12 straight games before losing their final two, the unit that had fans exasperated most of the year was the defensive backfield. After giving up big games to Wisconsin's Jared Abbredaris and Clemson's Sammy Watkins and a number of others, with the addition of Chris Ash to the defensive staff, fans are hoping to not encounter the same issues this year. The loss of Bradley Roby and Christian Bryant hurts, but players such as Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell are expected to step up and make an impact. Still it's not enough to ease some of the concerns that this unit will perform at the high level as some of the secondaries in the past.
At the top of the Big Ten defensive back rankings is Michigan State, and with good reason. With Trae Waynes and Kurtis Drummond returning, the secondary of the Spartans will be a hard unit to top. The next best defensive backs unit named was Penn State, and Minnesota was mentioned as a possible sleeper unit.
"We're just normal. We're so normal. We're like disappointingly normal, I think. And that's just what I want to be. That's what I want to be seen as."
Just a few weeks after Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer celebrated his 50th birthday, and he and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, Dave Biddle of Bucknuts.com gave readers a look at Urban's wife, Shelley Meyer. From being named the Ross County Fair queen in 1983 and meeting Urban at the University of Cincinnati, to now being a licensed psychiatric nurse and also spinning instructor, the interview covers many of the obstacles and successes that the couple has gone through.
Some of the highlights from the interview include Shelley describing Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi as "awful and a hater" for his criticism of Urban over the years. Also years ago Urban told Shelley that Ohio State was his "ultimate dream job" and Notre Dame and Michigan were numbers two and three on the list, but Buckeye fans shouldn't worry because his interest in the Michigan job was quite some time ago. While Shelley wasn't able to let fans know just how long that Urban would be at the helm of Ohio State, we are quite lucky to have the couple representing the university.
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