“The younger Bosa’s first two seasons have been a step ahead of the trajectory his All-American brother, Joey, took before getting drafted in the first round after three years at Ohio State.”
With just a few weeks left until the start of the college football season, individuals are already emerging as potential impact players on their respective squads. As the consensus top two teams in the country, Alabama and Clemson naturally have a lot of firepower, but Ohio State is not too far behind, with three players from three position groups making the list of the 50 best players in the sport this year, according to ESPN.
Leading the group is defensive end Nick Bosa, who has already put together a storied career in two seasons at Ohio State. His junior season, when he will finally be the leader on a still-stacked defensive line, ie expected to outstrip even his previous performances. Ranked No. 6 on ESPN’s list, Bosa is the fourth defensive lineman on the list in a season where the position group is loaded nationally. Ed Oliver, a tackle from Houston, is listed as the top player in the country. Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, both of Clemson, are the No. 4 and 5 players on the list, respectively.
Coming in at No. 23, running back J.K. Dobbins has solidified himself as one of the top backs in the nation. Having averaged more than 100 yards per game as a true freshman, expectations are high for the young back as he prepares for his sophomore campaign. He will still be splitting time with redshirt junior Mike Weber, but the pairing should support both players as they will be able to split plays and avoid fatigue in a given game.
Perhaps the most surprising Ohio State player on the list is quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who came in at No. 32 in the rankings. Credited for his role in achieving a comeback win over Michigan last season, Haskins looks to take control of an offense that had been run by J.T. Barrett for seemingly forever. Also surprisingly, Michigan’s Shea Patterson, formerly of Ole Miss fame, was listed at No. 25. Both Haskins and Patterson will have a lot to prove in the Big Ten this season.
Congratulations to the 29 student-athletes who received their college degrees Sunday at the Ohio State University summer commencement!
Alan C. Michaels, dean of the Moritz College of Law, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, in which roughly 1,500 students received their degrees. Despite being the school’s smallest graduation ceremony, a number of the most prominent student athletes in recent school history were among the graduates.
Heavyweight wrestler Kyle Snyder graduated Sunday with a degree in Sports Industry. Snyder has build a laundry list of accomplishments while at Ohio State, including three NCAA championships and two Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year honors. On the way, he has risen to become one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation on the world stage, earning Olympic gold medals and world championships on the international circuit.
On the football side, Sean Nuernberger, who still has a season of eligibility remaining despite being Ohio State’s kicker for approximately a century, graduated with a Computer and Information Science degree. Nuernberger, who has never missed an extra point attempt in his college career, finished last season with his personal best field goal percentage, connecting on 81 percent of attempts.
Tennis star Chase Buchanan also took home his Communication degree Sunday, having returned to Columbus to finish school through the Degree Completion Program. Buchanan played for Ohio State from 2009-12 before leaving to play professionally. Like Snyder, Buchanan was also a two-time Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year while at Ohio State (2010, 2011).
In total, 267 student athletes earned their degrees this year at the three university commencement programs. The Buckeyes had 489 Academic All-Big Ten selections this year, a school record, along with 129 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. On a wider level, 34 of 26 varsity sports teams had a collective GPA above 3.0.
“White, 70, will lead the independent team investigating Meyer. She’s the former chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.”
With the announcement that the investigation into Urban Meyer will be completed within two weeks, the seven-person committee appointed by the Ohio State Board of Trustees to lead the investigation is set to get to work swiftly. The committee, which met for the first time last week, is made up mainly of high-profile lawyers, but also draws on business professionals with national experience. Only one of the committee members holds a degree from Ohio State, though three are current members of the university’s Board of Trustees and two have held faculty roles at the school.
Mary Jo White, who is leading the investigative team, brings significant experience in major, high-profile sports investigations. Some of her work includes several of the most relevant NFL cases in recent years, sitting on the expert advisory panels to investigate Jerry Richardson, Ezekiel Elliott and the New Orleans Saints in the last decade.
Leading the working group itself is former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Jo Ann Davidson. A former member of the Ohio State Board of Trustees, Davidson spent two decades in the Ohio House of Representatives. Davidson is joined by Craig Morford, former acting Deputy U.S. Attorney General from 2007-08 and current chief legal and compliance officer for Cardinal Health, and Carter Stewart, adjunct professor at Ohio State’s law school and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
On the trustee side, only Janet Porter, PhD, holds a degree from Ohio State. Porter, who has also served on the faculty at Ohio State, is the former COO of Nationwide Children’s. Alex Shumate, two-time chairman of the board, is the managing partner in Columbus for Squire Patton Boggs. Last up, Alex Fischer, a member of the board for the past four years, is president of the Columbus Partnership.