“Bosa and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones may have something to say about Clemson’s claim to having the nation’s best defensive line by season’s end. The younger brother of Chargers centerpiece Joey Bosa led the Buckeyes with 8.5 sacks last season.”
The expectations for what Nick Bosa can achieve during his third (and almost certainly final) season in Columbus are through the roof. However, in being selected as OSU’s only Sports Illustrated Preseason first-team All-American, it just reconfirms the fact that defenses will be focusing a lot of attention on the “smaller bear,” meaning that other players, including Dre’Mont Jones, will have opportunities to succeed.
Despite eventually being the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft, Joey Bosa was not the leader in either tackles nor sacks by an OSU defensive lineman during his final season as a Buckeye in 2015. Those honors both went to the other starting defensive end, Tyquan Lewis. While the numbers were close (54 tackles, 8 sacks for Lewis; 51 tackles, and 5 sacks for Bosa), all of the hype was on Bosa’s shrugging shoulders, allowing Lewis to thrive without the double (or triple) teams that Bosa regularly received.
The same could end up being true for Jones this season. In 2017, Nick Bosa accounted for 34 tackles, 16 for loss, and 8.5 sacks, while Jones went for just 20, 5, and 1 after missing three games due to a still unexplained nail to the leg injury that resulted in stitches. Despite being a potential first-round pick, Jones returned for his redshirt junior season, and along with Bosa could prove to be the most dominant bookends in college football this year.
Buckeye cornerback Damon Arnette was named to SI’s second team.
The BTN crew talked East takeaways, and @OhioStateFB's talent was, not surprisingly, discussed.— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) August 15, 2018
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Griffith alluded to one of the biggest on-field unknowns concerning the investigation of Urban Meyer’s handling of allegations of domestic abuse against former assistant Zach Smith. While we should have an announced resolution to the independent working group’s investigation some time in the next week, it will likely take longer to determine if, and how, the head coach’s absence (either temporary or permanent) will impact the team’s performance on the field.
With the incredible recruiting success that Meyer and his staff have had in recent years, it’s no surprise that the Buckeyes have the best talent in the Big Ten East. The team is projected to not only be one of the best teams in the country, but are a favorite to make the College Football Playoff.
However, many of those predictions are predicated on the fact that Meyer, one of the greatest coaches of the modern era, would be calling the shots. He has already missed nearly two weeks of fall camp, and should the university allow him to return immediately, that time away from his team likely won’t have a tremendous impact on the season.
But, should the administration decide to part ways with Meyer, that will obviously have a monstrous effect on the team, as losing one of the greatest coaching minds of a generation will obviously be a net negative.
However, what is most interesting to me— on an intellectual level— is how would the team and remaining coaches adjust to Meyer receiving a suspension of three or more games? That would mean that he would be unavailable to communicate with players and coaches until after the Buckeyes play TCU in Week 3. Obviously they would then welcome him back with open arms, but what type of readjustment period would there need to be? Especially when breaking in a new starting QB?
These are obviously questions that we can’t— and might not ever need— to answer, but as the university begins to answer the most important questions while wrapping up its investigation, others lay just around the corner.
Meanwhile, LSU’s QB situation is now all but set in stone. Joe Burrow will start, backed up by Brennan, with walk-ons Andre Sale and Jordan Loving behind them.
-Billy Gomila, And the Valley Shook!
When Joe Burrow announced that he would be leaving Ohio State earlier this year and would be continuing his college career at LSU, the expectation was that he would have a legitimate shot to compete for the starting quarterback position, despite being new to the program.
Well, consider that competition over, as within the past day, two Tiger QBs have announced their intentions to leave the program. Apparently seeing the writing on the wall, both Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan have decided to look for playing time elsewhere. Congrats to Burrow for apparently winning the job, and we wish him the best of luck... unless he squares off against the Buckeyes, of course.
Free-agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins will work out for the Browns on Wednesday.
Back in April, our own Alexis Chassen asked “Why is Johnathan Hankins still a free agent?” Unfortunately for the former Ohio State star, no one’s really been able to answer that question, nor remedy the situation either. However, it looks like Big Bank Hank might be getting an opportunity to come back to the Buckeye state.
The Browns defensive line has been beat up a bit with Trevon Coley and Caleb Brantley suffering ankle injuries in recent weeks, so they could use an interior defensive lineman ready to compete at the NFL level.
Indiana University was unanimously selected to pace the nine conference teams in the 2018 season, announced by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, it was announced that 2017 national runners-up, the Indiana Hoosiers were the unanimous pick to win the Big Ten men’s soccer championship this season. The Buckeyes were picked to tie for sixth with Penn State.
Three Ohio State athletes were selected to the pre-season honors list; midfielder Brady Blackwel, defenseman Will Hirschman, and goalkeeper Parker Siegfried.
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