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Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel shows up on an early All-America list

A few games in, and Samuel has made a positive impression.

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“The top playmaker for the Ohio State offense, [Curtis] Samuel has been productive out of the backfield and in the slot,”

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

As conference play is heating up on the gridiron, we are starting to see who the true playmakers are for each squad. Pro Football Focus took the liberty in creating their early-season All-American list – and a Buckeye was mentioned.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that Curtis Samuel made PFF’s All-America report as the running back, however, it is a little surprising that only one Ohio State member cracked the list.

PFF has Louisville’s Lamar Jackson as their All-America quarterback – which makes sense. On the wide receiving end, Chad Hansen (from Cal) and Amba Etta-Tawo (Syracuse) were chosen as the pass catchers in addition to Ryan Switzer (North Carolina) at slot receiver.

Going to the defensive side of the ball, there is a slew of SEC talent. Alabama has two members of their squad listed in the interior defenseman and defensive back categories. Myles Garrett, from Texas A&M, and Arden Key, from LSU, are penciled in at the defensive edge positions.

There’s nothing to worry about, though, as there is plenty of football left for the likes of J.T. Barrett, Noah Brown and Raekwon McMillan to find themselves in an All-America list somewhere.

“Zeke is like a little brother to me,” Hyde said during a recent sit-down interview with 49ers Studios. “I’m definitely going to swap jerseys with him. That’s my guy right there.”

– Carlos Hyde to Joe Fann, the San Francisco 49ers team reporter, 49ers.com

Ohio State has been a running back factory since the days of Woody Hayes. Since the arrival of Urban Meyer, carrying the rock successfully at OSU has led to a couple of Buckeyes having a successful time in the NFL.

Recently, former Buckeye bulldozer Carlos Hyde spoke to Joe Fann, a reporter for the San Francisco 49ers, about his one-year with Ezekiel Elliott in their scarlet and gray days.

Hyde says that he knew Zeke was going to be the “next man up” at Ohio State after Hyde went to the NFL. The article notes that Elliott watched Hyde’s game film while a Buckeye, and tried to mimic what he saw Hyde do on the field. So far, so good, as both former Buckeyes are stars in the professional football circuit.

So far this season, Hyde has scored four touchdowns – tied for most in the NFL – and rushed for 225 yards, according to the article. For Elliott, he’s gotten into the endzone twice, while rushing for 274 yards.

In Week 4, we’ll have a chance to witness Hyde v. Elliott, as the 49ers take on the Dallas Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday.

Former Buckeye basketballer to sign with Lebanon club

Asia-Basket.com

Moving to the hardwood, a former baller from Thad Matta’s 2009 season is about to find a new home to play hoops, according to asia-basket.com.

Byron Mullens was the 2009 Big Ten Conference sixth-man of the year and the 24th overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, going to the Dallas Mavericks. However, he was dealt from the Mavs to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and journeyed across a few other NBA teams before going overseas to play basketball in 2014.

Recently, Mullens was playing in the Turkish league – a place where he averaged about 10 points per game and 2 rebounds per game. Combined with Mullen’s accolades throughout his career and a pretty good scouting report, he looks to keep doing work on the hardwood in Lebanon. The article notes that Mullens can be described as having a “good sense at where he is on the floor” and being labeled as an “excellent finisher”.

Hoops Club (Lebanon) is the team reportedly trying to get Mullens.

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