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Former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa is making a big impact in the NFL

The San Francisco 49ers defensive end is the first player since Julius Peppers in 2002 to record seven sacks and an interception in their first seven games.

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“He is just now tapping into his ability. A lot of people don’t realize that Nick is a fierce competitor. He wants to be the best. That’s what drives him.”

Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson on Nick Bosa via Nick Wagoner, ESPN

Just seven games into his NFL career, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa is already looking like one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. Heading into tonight’s game with the Arizona Cardinals, Bosa already has 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and an interception. As good as Bosa’s starts are so far, he has been even better than the numbers show. Bosa has a 23.2% disruption rate, which is best among defensive ends to play at least 100 snaps.

While Bosa is a physically gifted athlete, he also did have an advantage that most defensive linemen don’t have. Nick’s older brother Joey is also one of the most disruptive defensive ends in the NFL. Not only was Nick able to watch and learn from Joey, but the younger Bosa was able to pick Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s brain whenever the family would visit Joey in Columbus. Nick Bosa was able to work on his game as a junior and senior in high school, and once he arrived at Ohio State he expanded his game even more.

After establishing himself as a dominant force at Ohio State, Bosa was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Where Bosa was drafted couldn’t have worked out any better. Not only does Bosa have defensive linemen like Dee Ford and DeForest Buckner to work with, but he is truly happy with who he was drafted by. The scary thing is Bosa will only get better, which should terrify the rest of the NFL.


Former Ohio State safety Isaiah Pryor is in South Bend this weekend for a three-day visit at Notre Dame. The graduate transfer has taken a liking to the Fighting Irish, as this will be his second visit to the school in the last month. Pryor already was on campus for an official visit October 11th-13th. Pryor’s first visit at Notre Dame was with his father, while this trip will include both his parents.

Once he commits to a school, Pryor will have two years of eligibility left. If Pryor does join the Fighting Irish, he would be a perfect fit at safety in defensive coordinator Clark Lea’s defense. Pryor does have some versatility though, because he can also play at hybrid star, in the box, and at the nickel position, according to his father. There is no set date on when Pryor might announce where he is transferring to, but with the way things are heating up with Notre Dame, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear something soon.


“It’s everything. It’s why you come to Ohio State. This game. This is a big game. This is probably the biggest game of the year for us. We get to play them four times and we have to beat them four times.”

Ohio State men’s ice hockey defenseman Wyatt Ege on facing Michigan via Kyle Martin, The Lantern

While the most anticipated Ohio State-Michigan matchup in November won’t happen until the end of the month, a little taste of the rivalry will take place this weekend when the Buckeyes and Wolverines square off on the ice. Michigan has a 83-44-14 all-time record in the series, but Ohio State has gotten the better of Michigan lately, going 6-3-1 in the last 10 meetings.

Ohio State has opened the season with a 4-1-1 record. The Buckeyes are coming into this weekend’s games against Michigan on the heels of a sweep against Mercyhurst last weekend. Redshirt senior Wyatt Ege was named the Big Ten Third Star of the Week after recording a hat trick against Mercyhurst, which was the first recorded by a Buckeye since Davis Gust in 2016.

Michigan enters this weekend’s meeting with Ohio State with a 3-2-1 record. The Wolverines have certainly been tested so far this season, splitting two games against Western Michigan, who is ranked 18th in the country, last weekend. Prior to last weekend’s meeting, the Wolverines took on 11th ranked Clarkson. Ohio State will mark the third straight ranked team the Wolverines are facing off against. No matter the rankings and records, you can always expect spirited contests between the two schools.


Ohio State’s women’s soccer team saw three players honored earlier today by the Big Ten. Izzy Rodriguez earned Big Ten honors for the third time in her career, as she was named third team All-Big Ten. After being named third team All-Big Ten as a freshman, Rodriguez was named first team All-Big Ten last season. The left back started all but one game this year for the Buckeyes, and was one of Ohio State’s co-captains this season.

After redshirting last season as a true freshman, goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Silkowitz played in all of Ohio State’s 18 games this season, starting four of those games. The Virginia native posted a 1.32 goals against average, and didn’t allow a goal in eight of her performances.

Another Ohio State goalie was also honored today by the Big Ten. Bailey Kolinski was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. Kolinski started 13 matches for Ohio State this season, recording a 1.00 goals against average. The junior made nine scoreless apperances for the Buckeyes.


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