"It's aggravating not playing because of an injury when I know I'm ready. I don't let it break me. I'm keeping my head high ... Right now, I feel the best I've felt since I've been here so I'm not really concerned."
With as much talent as Ohio State had on their defense last season, it's easy to forget about the talent they have waiting for their chance to play. One of those players with a tremendous amount of talent is cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who was a four-star prospect in the 2014 recruiting class. During his first few years in Columbus, Lattimore hasn't seen much of the field, but a lot of that has to due with a chronic hamstring injury. Not only was Lattimore bothered by the injury while at Glenville High School, but he has also dealt with it while at Ohio State, which eventually led to surgery to try and help rid him of the injury.
The Ohio State coaching staff is bringing Lattimore along slowly as he recovers from the surgery, not wanting him to reaggravate the injury. Bringing Lattimore along slowly in trying to build up tolerance in his body is not only frustrating for Lattimore, but also for the coaching staff.Lattimore is doing everything he can to get ready for the fall, even enrolling in a yoga class at Ohio State to try and increase the flexibility in his hamstring. As much as it pains both to be so cautious, big things could be on the horizon this year for Lattimore if he is healthy, as he is projected to be in the mix to earn the starting cornerback job opposite of Gareon Conley.
"Straightline speed, he's as fast as anybody we've had. Roby was the fastest guy we had in the back end and he's close to that."
If you ask cornerback Denzel Ward, he'll probably tell you he is faster than former Buckeye cornerback Bradley Roby. While Roby ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Combine, Ward says he thinks he runs a 4.2 40-yard dash. Regardless of the exact 40 times, everybody can agree that Ward is really fast. The speed Ward possesses helped him to be one of just four true freshmen last year to play in 2015, as he saw time on the special teams unit. Now Ward is hoping he can see even more time on the field in 2016, this time with the defense.
With so many players in the defensive backfield heading to the NFL following last season, it's not a stretch to think Ohio State fans could see Ward at cornerback this year. The sophomore will battle with Marshon Lattimore and Damon Webb for the starting cornerback job opposite of Gareon Conley. Webb has also been working at safety during the spring, so Ward might not have quite as much competition for the starting job. Even though Ward might not quite have the size and strength that his competition has at cornerback, he certainly makes up for it with his incredible speed. Whether it be on special teams or on defense, Ward will likely be making plays for the Buckeyes this year. Just don't blink, because you might miss him.
"Honestly, we haven't gotten any negative feedback. If anything, it has been positive from the standpoint we're making the necessary improvements, especially with the B deck and the concrete repairs that people understand are needed to keep it the iconic Ohio Stadium."
- Ohio State executive associate athletic director Martin Jarmond via Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch
With any renovation project, especially when it is estimated to cost $42 million dollars, there are going to be detractors. So far though, Ohio State says the feedback they have received after announcing the renovation project to Ohio Stadium has been positive. What helps fuel the positive feedback in this case is the project won't be funded by tax money, since the Ohio State athletic department is self-supporting and able to cover the costs. Because the project is dealing mostly with luxury seating, over time the project will pay for itself.
After adding 2,600 seats just a couple years ago, it might seem odd that Ohio State is planning a project that will cut capacity by nearly 2,100 seats. A lot of the seats that will be eliminated in B deck will be sacrificed to accommodate nearly 50 new suites and luxury boxes. Of course there will be some upset that those lower-priced seats will make way for the luxury seats, which will also come with a higher price tag. The project hasn't yet been approved by the board of trustees, but it is likely to be put before the board at its regular meeting at the end of next week.
"Dr. Fauci has played a critical role in the battle against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases for more than three decades, and will share with our graduates and families some of the principles that have guided him through these global health challenges."
Ohio State will hold their spring commencement ceremony on May 8th at Ohio Stadium, with about 11,000 students set to graduate. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been tabbed to give the graduation address. Dr. Fauci joins Barack Obama, Archie Griffin, and Bill Clinton as just a few of the recent speakers at the spring commencement ceremony.
Dr. Fauci has not only been director of the NIAID since 1984, but he has also advised five presidents during that time. In 2008, Dr. Fauci was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. According to a 2016 analysis of Google Scholar citations, Dr. Fauci was the 18th most highly cited researcher of all time. While Dr. Fauci is most noted for his work in the prevention of HIV/AIDS, he also supervises research that helps in the prevention and treatment of other diseases such as Ebola and the Zika virus. This will be Dr. Fauci's first visit to Ohio State.
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