"Shoot, two ball hogs on the same side of the ball? Two playmakers? It’s going to be hard for the defenses [to] draw something up for us. It would be one of the best duos to have me and him on the same team."
-Braxton Miller, via Mike Fisher, CBS DFW
Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller is feeling optimistic about his chances of being drafted relatively high in his newfound position. He recently discussed his vision for what he sees as his role on the Dallas Cowboys, should they be the landing spot for Miller come April’s NFL Draft. In Miller’s eyes, with a player like wide receiver Dez Bryant on the squad, it would be a tall order for defenses to be able to defend both Miller and Bryant (we’ll also throw tight end Jason Witten into the mix).
Despite only playing at his new position for a year, Miller has impressed many NFL scouts throughout the spring at the Senior Bowl -- where he was overseen by Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett -- and the NFL Combine, and is projected widely as a second-round pick. In terms of size, Miller is slighter than Bryant, but has him beat in the 40-yard dash. Still, there is a lot that a veteran receiver like Bryant can teach Miller about the position -- something that Miller has recognized over the past few months. Miller had previously stated at the Senior Bowl that he would love to play alongside receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons.
Dallas is sitting on the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft. They may have a shot at taking former Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, or even running back Ezekiel Elliott. Many analysts are predicting that Bosa will be taken at the spot, especially given owner Jerry Jones’s recent comments that the Cowboys will not be selecting a quarterback with their first pick.
"Ohio State announced the first major reorganization of its athletic department in a decade today, with Martin Jarmond ascending to second in command under Gene Smith."
-Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch
For the first time since Gene Smith took over the helm at the department of athletics in 2005, the department is conducting a major reorganization, spurred by retirements of key officials within athletics. Chief financial officer Pete Hagan, who retired last July, will be followed by Miechelle Willis, the deputy director of athletics who announced her impending retirement in June 2017.
In the biggest shift, Martin Jarmond, who has been serving as associate athletic director for development since 2009, will be promoted to deputy director of athletics and chief of staff under Gene Smith starting in July. Jarmond’s new duties will include oversight of external relations, finance, HR, and operations. Other changes include:
- Janine Owens, current associate athletic director for sports administration and performance, will be promoted to senior woman administrator.
- Diana Sabau, current senior associate athletic director for external relations and strategic communications, will be promoted to oversee athletic communications.
- Doug Calland, current head athletic trainer, will be promoted to associate athletic director for sport performance.
"He was big and strong, a good competitor, wrestled hard. His leg as pretty heavy, but it was fun wrestling against somebody that big and seeing what happens."
-Ohio State heavyweight Kyle Snyder, via BTN.com
The seventh-ranked Ohio State wrestling team once again stepped up on a national stage, winning two individual Big Ten titles and earning a third-place finish in the conference as a team after the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Iowa City over the weekend. While the squad was not able to defend its Big Ten title from last year, it was a strong showing for the Buckeyes, who are coming off of their first national championship in school history last year.
Penn State won the conference tournament with a score of 150.5 points as a team. The Nittany Lions came into the tournament ranked No. 1 nationally. Iowa, ranked No. 4 in the NCAA, finished second with 127 points, with Ohio State falling just behind at 126 points.
Redshirt sophomore Kyle Snyder, an Olympic hopeful after the season, earned his first Big Ten title at heavyweight with a 7-4 decision over Michigan’s Adam Coon, the top-seed in the division.
In the 125-pound weight class, fellow redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello earned his second-straight Big Ten title after defeating Nico Megaludis of Penn State in a closely-fought, 3-1 decision.
Bo Jordan, another redshirt sophomore, lost in the finals of the 165-pound weight class to Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan. Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan (141-pounds) and freshman Myles Martin (174-pounds) both earned third-place finishes in their respective weight classes in the consolation round of the tournament. In all, seven Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Championships, including Johnni DiJulius (133-pounds), Bo Jordan, Micah Jordan, Martin, Jake Ryan (157-pound), Snyder and Tomassello. The championships are scheduled for later this month in New York City.
Buckeyes won their 6th in a row and are 13-1 this spring after 4-0 W at Baylor. https://t.co/MmQDE2QOa2 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/oMwM5SisKH— Ohio State W Tennis (@OhioState_WTEN) March 6, 2016
After earning their first No. 1 ranking in program history last week by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Ohio State women’s tennis team did not disappoint as it faced Baylor on the road Saturday, posting a 4-0 sweep of the Bears. After clinching the doubles point in three matches, the Buckeyes swept the three singles points with wins by Francesca Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis and Olivia Sneed.
This season was the first that the Buckeyes moved into the top-ten nationally, highlighted by two wins against then-No. 1 Vanderbilt and an individual championship by freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo in the fall National Indoor Championships. The women are now 13-1 on the season, and are scheduled to host a doubleheader against Dayton and Cincinnati in Columbus Wednesday.
The No. 4-ranked men’s squad was also victorious this weekend, posting a 4-1 win over No. 13 Oklahoma in Norman Sunday for the team’s sixth-straight victory. The win is the team’s seventh against ranked opponents this season. The men got off to a quick start, earning the doubles point in three matches. They then went on to win three of four finished singles matches to clinch the day, headlined by Mikael Torpegaard’s 11th win of the season. The team is now 15-1 overall, and has a short break before facing USF in Tampa later this month.
STICK TO SPORTS
- That had to hurt ... best not to try to flip over a line of mascots.
- Watch D’Angelo Russell embarrass Kobe Bryant.
- It’s National Cereal Day! Check out these fun treats you can make with breakfast cereal.
- Zootopia is top at the box office this weekend.