“Now Ohio State needs to find another [Curtis] Samuel.”
Curtis Samuel was arguably Ohio State’s most explosive player on offense during the 2016 season. It frustrated many when they felt he deserved more touches, because he was that fun to watch, and felt like a sure thing when he got the ball in his hands. Now, Ohio State is tasked with finding the next Curtis Samuel. Landis feels that Parris Campbell makes the most sense. He’s also shown to be explosive when he gets the football in his hands as well.
Landis names others as possible options, like K.J. Hill and Eric Glover-Williams. He mentions Demario McCall, but adds that it looks like he will exclusively be at running back this season behind Mike Weber. Hill wouldn’t be a surprise, as he showed flashes just as Parris Campbell has. Hopefully the receiving talent will better aid J.T. Barrett this season, although it wouldn’t be entirely fair to assume that was the problem in 2016.
4. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Athlon Sports ranked the starting quarterbacks in college football, and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett came in at No. 4. Ahead of him were Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, and Baker Mayfield at 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Barrett has been a Heisman contender since his freshman season in which he came in for Braxton Miller and surprisingly led the Buckeyes through the regular season, before Cardale Jones finished the season off in style with a national championship.
In 2016, Barrett threw for 3,400 yards and 33 touchdowns overall. At times, the offense would look poor in comparison to its 2014 form, as it has struggled at times during the past few seasons. AS Lassan points out, everyone in Columbus is optimistic that new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will be able to help Barrett make one last final Heisman push.
“As a result of his All-Pro success, Spielman made for a natural fit at WrestleMania XI in 1995.”
The former Ohio State linebacker had the opportunity to participate in WrestleMania. In 1995 at WrestleMania XI, he stood in Lawrence Taylor’s corner for the main event, which featured Bam Bam Bigelow. He joined Reggie White, Ken Norton Jr., Carl Banks, Rickey Jackson and Steve McMichael along with Taylor. Spielman took an unfortunate spill during, after mistiming his cue.
“(Tatanka) was standing up on the ring and I ran across the ring and gave him a shot,” Spielman told Axelrod. “The problem is I was supposed to give him a forearm and I jumped for some reason — I guess the excitement overtook me and I went over the top rope.” Luckily for Spielman, he just bruised his knee as opposed to something more serious. “All the guys were great. You could tell it was their big night,” Spielman said.