“Named after one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and established in 1987, this prestigious award is presented annually at the end of each season to the nation’s top college quarterback based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments.”
–Press Release (Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.)
Another week, another Buckeye finding his name on a preseason watchlist. Since the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is a quarterback accolade, that must mean one thing: we are talking about J.T. Barrett.
This isn’t the first (nor second) preseason watchlist Barrett finds himself on. Last month, it was announced that Barrett was an early candidate for the Walter Camp and Davey O’Brien awards.
Barrett capped off last season with Fiesta Bowl offensive MVP honors, so expect him to show up as a finalist for a few of the awards that bestowed him as a preseason favorite.
The Unitas list includes some stiff competition, though. Clemson’s DeShaun Watson, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire are part of the list that only includes senior class student-athletes.
Whoever eventually claims the award will be in good company. Previous winners of Golden Arm include Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota.
“It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks’ aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football’s premier defensive end is presented.”
– Press Release (Ted Hendricks Foundations)
But wait! There’s more watchlist nominations.
Defensive end Tyquan Lewis got the preseason nomination yesterday for the Ted Hendrick Award. Like Barrett, Lewis has seen his name on numerous lists, too. Back in July, the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy committees selected the Buckeye tackle to their lists.
With roughly 30 talented DEs on the list right now, the watchlist will be adjusted as the season goes on, before the Hendricks’ Award voting committee comes up with their final 4-6 candidates in late November.
There is still four weeks left before the season begins, so expect another Buckeye to find their name on some sort of preseason favorite list.
“That mental game that you’re having for long periods of time. How you can drive through that, if that’s how you define toughness, which I think a lot of people would if they’ve been in that situation, I’d say rugby is pretty darn tough too, then.”
– USA rugby player, and former Buckeye, Nate Ebner
It’s been highlighted before on Land-Grant Holy Land about Nate Ebner being selected to the USA rugby team. Even though he is still with the New England Patriots, an Olympic dream like this doesn’t come around too often.
Now, with the Rio Olympics getting ready to kick off, the USA rugby team talked to the press about a number of topics, including playing with guys that’ve you been rivals with, toughness and imagining the chance of winning a gold medal.
If you want to see what the rugby squad had to say, watch the video below that was uploaded to the team’s Facebook page. Danny Barrett and Ebner are the two representatives that spoke to the media.
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"I've never won an Olympic medal...I could only imagine it would be a great experience" - Nate Ebner (USA Rugby)由 Team USA 貼上了 2016年8月4日
The men’s seven rugby team plays their first contest on Aug. 9 at noon ET.
“When 7,000-plus cyclists line up in their chutes on Aug. 6, they will feel a certain brand of energy that has come to define Pelotonia. Coursing through those throngs will be the electric feeling of pure optimism — the belief that we are closer than ever to ending cancer.”
– Ohio State University on the upcoming Pelotonia bike event
For bike riders in Columbus, it’s Pelotonia weekend. Pelotonia, a fundraising event geared toward finding a cure for cancer, has helped raise close to $110 million dollars for cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The excerpt from the quote above goes in depth how the funds generated from Pelotonia helped an Ohio State cancer researcher do work surrounding colorectal cancer prevention. It is definitely worth the read.
The Pelotonia event itself is of varied distances. Some riders will take the 25 mile course, while others will go 50 to 100 miles. For those going on the 130 and 180-mile rides, the event will be broken up into two days (Saturday and Sunday).
While it’s too late to begin training and fundraising for the event this year – unless you have some Barney Stinson level of athletic endurance – there is always next year. It’s a worth while cause, in the quest to end a dreaded disease.
For fundraising minimums and general questions, here is the Pelotonia webpage.
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