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Ohio State’s Austin Mack has impressive goals for junior season

Mack wants to be what Michael Thomas became before him, and he’ll have to start this season to do it.

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“That’s been Austin [Mack]’s deal from the instant he signed here. Whatever Mike Thomas did, tell me, I want to do it. If he ate chicken wings on Wednesday, I want to do it. And he’s been obsessed with reaching that level of success.”

- Zach Smith via Doug Lesmerises,

Ohio State wide receiver Austin Mack has big plans for his junior year with the Buckeyes. The third-year receiver has always been obsessed with replicating his time at Ohio State with what wideout Michael Thomas did in his time with the school. Now, with Mack entering a season in which he’ll be looked upon as a legitimate go-to receiver for a new quarterback, it’s time for him to shine.

Thomas’ career in his first two seasons with Ohio State were pretty quiet, much like Mack’s were. But in his third year, Thomas exploded and became a favorite target of both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. Now, Thomas is having success at the next level and Mack wants to go through the same process.

Whether it’s Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, or Tate Martell taking the snaps as the starter next season, Mack will have to prove why he’s capable of being a top target. He’s already got some chemistry with Haskins after the two connected on a crucial third down conversion against arch rival Michigan in 2017. If he can continue to improve his game, there’s no reason why Mack can’t have a breakout year in 2018.

Everyone can breathe easy again. Rising senior Joey Lane has announced he will return to the Ohio State basketball team for the 2018-19 season. Chris Holtmann can now sit back and relax as they start preparing for next season. But, in all seriousness, it’s good to see Lane being able to finish out his career with the Buckeyes after walking on in 2015. Lane was also a 2017 Academic All-Big Ten.

Of course, Lane’s announcement comes as we near the time that star forward Keita Bates-Diop will have to decide whether or not to enter the upcoming NBA draft. Bates-Diop had his breakout season in 2017, winning the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and leading the Buckeyes to a second round appearance in the NCAA tournament. Chris Holtmann is surely hoping that Bates-Diop decides to come back, but being that he’s projected to go in the first round, it might not be likely that he dons the scarlet and gray again.

“Certainly I am very thankful for the good friends I have, and for my health and the fact we came to the finish in good shape, but I never forget the amazing friends I have in the form of these canines. These dogs are phenomenal, and when you are around them all of the time, they can teach you a lot about life.”

- Matt Failor via Matt Markey, The Toledo Blade

You may not know much about dog-sledding, but here’s an important note: At the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a Buckeye came in 13th place. That race included all 1,000 miles - yes, miles - fought with harsh, cold winds and plenty of snow. Blizzards were all over the journey, but Matt Failor, a Mansfield native, and his dogs were ready for the challenge. This is Failor’s seventh time competing in the race, and the Buckeye was more than pleased with the end result of the run, considering he started the campaign thinking it was going to just be more training for his young squad.

In all, it took Failor 10 days, five hours, 53 minutes, and 52 seconds to complete the race in its entirety. Failor’s team has finished each race that he’s run for the Iditarod.