“I’ve been hearing about those records, but I just have to focus on getting better right now to break those records. That would be a big accomplishment. I just have to work on everything to be able to do that.”
Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill is gearing up for his senior season in Columbus with a number of objectives to complete. While helping Ohio State earn another Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff, as well as improving his NFL Draft stock are at the top of the list, Hill is also within range of setting a few school receiving records.
Hill enters his senior season with 144 career receptions, 1,696 career receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns. The wide receiver from Arkansas has a real shot at breaking David Boston’s school record of 191 receptions. Michael Jenkins’ school record of 2,898 career receiving yards isn’t nearly attainable as the career receptions record, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities if Hill is targeted early and often.
Hill was very close to declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft after the Rose Bowl, but decided that returning to Ohio State was the best move for his future. It would have been understandable if Hill had left for the NFL after head coach Urban Meyer announced his retirement and last year’s quarterback Dwayne Haskins decided to declare for the NFL Draft, but the lure of returning to Ohio State and finishing out his career was too much for Hill to pass up. With wide receivers Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, and Johnnie Dixon all having graduated, Hill be looked at to take on more a leadership role this season.
Even though Haskins moved on to the NFL following a phenomenal season in 2018, Hill will have a talented quarterback looking for him in 2019. Georgia transfer Justin Fields will start for Ohio State this year, and he’ll be looking to expand on Hill’s streak of 34 straight games with a reception. The duo have already started to develop chemistry in spring practices, and will work even harder during the summer to make the most of Hill’s senior season in Columbus.
Adolphus Washington signs with Dolphins https://t.co/T3Rchjlhq6— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 23, 2019
Adolphus Washington will try and jump start his NFL career this year in Miami, as the former Ohio State defensive tackle has agreed to a one-year contract with the Dolphins. Miami will be the fourth stop for Washington, who was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
After recording 13.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss in his four years at Ohio State, Washington has struggled to find his footing in the NFL. Washington recorded 56 tackles and 3.5 sacks over 31 games with the Bills before being waived after the first game of the 2018 season. Washington had a very brief stint on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys before the Cincinnati Bengals added Washington to their roster. The Cincinnati native made little impact with his hometown team, recording six tackles and a sack in four games before being placed on IR in late November. The Bengals waived Washington prior to the NFL Draft last month.
Washington becomes the fourth Buckeye currently on Miami’s roster. Not only do the Dolphins have Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker at linebacker, but they drafted offensive tackle Isaiah Prince in the sixth round of last month’s NFL Draft. Even though he is new to the team, Washington now has the second-most experience amongst Miami defensive tackles, only being topped by Akeem Spence’s seven years of NFL experience. With the youth on Miami’s roster, the situation is definitely right for Washington to try and get his career back on track.
“I’ve been to 13 countries. I hadn’t ever been out of the States 10 months ago.”
Former Ohio State basketball forward Jae’Sean Tate just finished up his first professional season, and what a wild journey it was. Tate played for the Antwerp Giants in Belgium and finished the year averaging 17.3 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. Antwerp reached the 2019 Basketball Champions League Final Four and ended up finishing third.
Even though Tate found success in his first season in the professional ranks, it went nothing like he was expecting. After finishing his senior season with second team All-Big Ten honors, Tate wasn’t invited to the NBA Draft Combine, which was a bit of a surprise to him. Tate regrouped and earned a few tryouts with NBA teams, eventually landing on Milwaukee’s summer league squad. The excitement wouldn’t last long though, as Tate broke his finger before he could appear in any summer league games.
Things looked pretty bleak for Tate as a number of overseas teams didn’t want to take the risk on bring Tate over to play basketball. One team that showed a little faith in Tate was Antwerp, who brought him in for a tryout from September to December, as the team was trying to qualify for Champions League play. Tate impressed enough during that time to earn a contract for the rest of the season.
Not only has Tate been able to begin his professional career over in Belgium, but he is earning some new life experience. After spending pretty much all his life in Ohio, Tate has now been to 13 countries in just under a year. After heading to Belgium with plenty of uncertainty, Tate is adjusting to life in a different country and hoping it is only the beginning of a long professional career.
It’s official! I’m excited to announce that I will be representing Jamaica in their first ever Women’s World Cup! One thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that our toughest challenges become our greatest… https://t.co/mYXJx3ioP9— Tiffany Cameron (@T_Cameron11) May 22, 2019
The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in just a few weeks in France, and it was announced yesterday that a former member of Ohio State’s women’s soccer team has been named to Jamaica’s roster. Tiffany Cameron not only played at Ohio State from 2009-12, but is still the Buckeyes’ all-time leading goal scorer.
After being born in Toronto, Ontario to Jamaican parents, Cameron finished her Ohio State career with 40 goals. Cameron saved her best year in Columbus for her senior season, when she netted 21 goals, besting the previous record of 13 goals. Of her 21 goals, nine of them were game-winning goals, which were the most in the country in 2012. Cameron finished her career with 19 career game-winning goals, and was twice a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
After starting her international career by appearing in six games for the Canadian national team, Cameron switched her affiliation to Jamaica and made her debut in a February friendly against Chile. Cameron and the “Reggae Girlz” will open up their World Cup group stage play against Brazil on June 9
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- Ohio State’s EcoCAR team earned first place in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year One Competition and has now won the national Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition for the sixth straight year.
- New York based Perry’s Ice Cream will be expanding into Ohio this summer.
- Chicago’s Sono Wood Fired is slated to open at Easton Town Center in the fall.
- Attention fans of The Office: The “That’s What She Said Trivia Bar Crawl” will take place in the Arena District next Saturday.
- With the addition of Guy Fieri’s star, The Hollywood Walk of Fame is now a part of Flavortown.