"I’ve been lucky to coach Alex Smith, who was the No. 1 pick, Tebow, Zeke...the Pounceys, all these great players. It’s hard for me not to say Joey is not the best I’ve ever coached or been around."
-Urban Meyer, via Steward Mandel, FOX Sports
Despite falling to the No. 3 spot in the most recent mock drafts, Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa still might be the best player Urban Meyer has ever coached on a list that includes a No. 1-overall pick quarterback in Alex Smith; the unquestioned anchor of the first-ever College Football Playoff in Ezekiel Elliot; and a medley of other first-round draft choices, all-Americans and MVPs.
Beyond Meyer’s sentiments, however, is the undeniable fact that having a dominant pass rusher in today’s NFL is extremely helpful in winning championships, as we saw last night with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller’s performance. Unlike Miller, however, Bosa has filled the traditional defensive end role with his 6-foot-5, 278-pound frame, but has, in Meyer’s words, "the unique combination of just incredible power and strength and speed," as well as the ability to get "skinny" and be unblockable by opposing lines.
Despite only having five sacks last season (compared to 13.5 in 2014), Bosa is widely recognized as the best pass rusher in this year’s draft class. A unanimous all-American in 2014, Bosa spent most of this season being double-teamed by offensive lineman, but still managed to lead his team to a top-10 defensive ranking.
Ohio State Buckeye first to make some Super Bowl history https://t.co/6SkunlUzoE— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) February 8, 2016
Despite being sidelined with a torn ACL, former Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman made history at Super Bowl 50, becoming the first football player to win both a College Football Playoff national championship and a Super Bowl. Even more impressive is the fact that he managed the feat in back-to-back seasons.
Heuerman was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, but suffered a torn ACL just a week after being drafted during rookie mini-camp, ultimately being ruled out for his entire rookie season.
With the Broncos Super Bowl win, Heuerman became the 12th Buckeye to win both a national championship(including pre-College Football Playoff) and a Super Bowl ring. Chief among this group are Paul Warfield, who was a member of the 1961 championship team before he went on to win two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins, and Morris Bradshaw, who was part of the 1970 championship squad and also managed two championships with the Oakland Raiders. Including those Buckeyes who did not win national championships, 32 players have won a collective 38 Super Bowls, including three by linebacker Mike Vrabel.
"Ohio State will tell you that he’s [Orlando Pace] the 11th Buckeye to make it to Canton."
-Bill Landis, Cleveland.com
With former Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, Ohio State now officially has 10 individuals enshrined in Canton--second most of any school behind USC and Notre Dame, who each have 12 in the hall. Unofficially, the Buckeyes boast 11 players, coaches and others, claiming former head coach Paul Brown as their own, despite Brown being listed from Miami (Ohio). Here is the complete list of Buckeyes in the hall:
- Paul Brown (Class of 1967): Ohio State coach, 1941-43
- Jim Parker (1973): Offensive lineman, 1954-56
- Lou Groza (1974): Kicker, 1943
- Dante Lavelli (1975): End, 1942
- Bill Willis (1977): Defensive tackle, 1943-45
- Sid Gillman (1983): Ohio State assistant coach 1934, 1938-40
- Paul Warfield (1993): Wide receiver, 1961-63
- Dick LeBeau (2010): Halfback/cornerback, 1956-58
- Ed Sabol (2011): Swimmer (1937-38)
- Cris Carter (2013): Wide receiver (1984-86)
- Orlando Pace (2016): Offensive tackle (1994-96)
Buckeyes stay perfect on the year. Good way to head into ITAs next weekend. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/ivNIZk0FEV— Ohio State M Tennis (@OhioState_MTEN) February 7, 2016
In yet another huge weekend for Ohio State tennis, both the men and women recorded victories over ranked opponents. The No. 8-ranked men defeated No. 19 Virginia Tech 4-0 in Columbus in their eighth-straight sweep on the year. The squad has yet to drop even a single point on the season in their current 8-0 run--the only Power-5 conference team to do so this year. Junior Ralf Steinbach, leading Ohio State with both singles and doubles wins on the day, is 6-0 this spring, and has not lost a single set in singles match play. The Buckeyes will play next in the men’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. later this week.
The women, meanwhile, advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships this weekend, having defeated No. 1 Vanderbilt, the defending national champions of 2015. In a closely-contested, 4-3 win, the No. 16 Buckeyes won four singles points after dropping the initial doubles match. With the win, the No.8-seeded Ohio State moved to 7-0 on the season before falling to Cal 4-3 in the semi-finals yesterday. Freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo and sophomore Olivia Sneed remained undefeated in doubles on the year, and Di Lorenzo, who was named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week last week, also notched a win at singles against Cal, going 2-0 in both singles and doubles on the weekend. The women will face Vanderbilt again in Columbus Saturday.
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