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Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell has some added motivation ahead of his senior season

After not being included on a list of the fastest players in college football, Campbell has something to prove

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“But I definitely have a lot of potential that I haven’t even touched yet, and I feel like Ohio State is the best place to develop and push for that. I feel like once this season is over, all of those goals will be met.”

- Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell via Austin Ward, Letterman Row

Wide receiver Parris Campbell surprised a lot of Ohio State fans when he announced that he would forego the NFL Draft and return to Columbus for his senior season. Campbell caught 39 passes last year and averaged 15.1 yards per reception, and turned plenty of heads with three touchdowns of at least 50 yards.

Apparently Campbell didn’t get the attention of everybody though, as he was recently left off an NFL.com countdown of the 18 fastest players in college football. The omission could cause big trouble for Ohio State’s opponents this year, as Campbell now has some extra motivation to showcase his speed.

While Campbell now has plenty of motivation to prove the doubters wrong, he returned to Ohio State because he knows that there are still some goals that have yet to be accomplished. The biggest of those goals is to win a national title, and he wouldn’t have returned if he didn’t think that he and his teammates had a shot to do so this year.

“The coaches sent me to be a leader for this team.”

- Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson via Adam Jardy, The Columbus Dispatch

With the losses of Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State knows they are going to need somebody to step up and lead the basketball team. Chris Holtmann and his staff are banking on guard C.J. Jackson being the next leader for the Buckeyes. Jackson recently attended the Athletes In Action leadership retreat, with hopes that it would help Jackson to grow as a leader much in the same way that it did for Tate and Bates-Diop, who attended the event prior to last season.

The junior-college transfer has appeared in 66 games for Ohio State, starting 40 of them. Jackson finished last year with a couple of his best games as a Buckeye, averaging 19 points and six rebounds in two games of the NCAA Tournament. Holtmann and the coaching staff are hoping the performances against South Dakota State and Gonzaga are a sign of things to come in the 2018-19 season.

Aside from Jackson, there isn’t a lot of experience on the Ohio State roster, which made it an easy choice to send the guard to the Athletes In Action retreat. While Jackson knows some of the reason that he was sent is because he is the most experienced Buckeye, he also knows it is his time to lead, and he is embracing the challenge. If Ohio State can get some strong leadership and production from Jackson, it will help the Buckeyes to recover quicker than some are expect from the losses of Tate and Bates-Diop.

It isn’t taking former Ohio State basketball star Kelsey Mitchell much time to make a name for herself in the WNBA. After finishing her Ohio State career with the second-most points in NCAA history, Mitchell was taken with the second pick by the Indiana Fever in the 2018 WNBA Draft. Through nine games, Mitchell is averaging 17.4 points per game for the winless Fever.

One of the few bright spots in a tough start to the season for the Fever has been the play of Mitchell. The Buckeye legend has already claimed some ankles with a couple of highlight-reel crossovers; including on Tuesday night, Mitchell crossed over the only women’s college basketball to score more points than her, Kelsey Plum. The crossover gave Mitchell the space needed to hit a three-pointer, but Plum’s Las Vegas Aces had the last laugh, winning 101-92 in overtime.The other highlight-reel crossover came on Friday, when a move from Mitchell sent Dallas’ Kaela Davis to the floor and allowed Mitchell to hit a three-pointer.

Even though Indiana is still searching for their first win this year, at least Ohio State fans can not only watch Mitchell take the WNBA by storm, but the Fever roster also includes Mitchell’s Ohio State teammate Stephanie Mavunga, who is averaging 3.4 points per game in limited minutes in her rookie season.

The 2018 World Cup kicked off today in Russia, and while it isn’t quite the same without the United States being a part of it, there still are plenty of ways to enjoy the tournament. If you are having a tough time choosing a team to support, there is a pretty good comparison when it comes to college football to help you sway your rooting interests.

Four years ago “La Albiceleste” made it to the World Cup Final, and it doesn’t hurt they have one of the best players to ever play the game in Lionel Messi. Along with Messi, Argentina has a couple other talented strikers in Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, who is the brother of Columbus Crew SC star Federico Higuain.

With their storied history and immense talent, it’s hard not to root for Argentina if you are an Ohio State fan. Messi’s squad will play their first game in Russia against Iceland on Saturday, and while “La Albiceleste” should make it out of their group, they’ll see the competition ramp up in the knockout stage with possible matches against Spain and Germany. Maybe Argentina can put together a magical run much like the Buckeyes did in the 2015 College Football Playoff.

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