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Three more Buckeyes named to preseason award watch lists

Chase Young, Jordan Fuller and Thayer Munford are the latest members of Ohio State to get the early praise.

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Thayer Munford to Outland Trophy watch list
Jordan Fuller, Chase Young named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

Tuesday was another big day for watch lists. Both the Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy unveiled their preseason hype list. And in both lists, Buckeyes appeared.

For the Outland, awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman, Thayer Munford was the lone representative for OSU. Munford is coming off a season where he started at left tackle for all 13 games, and is expected to be back at the position this season in a starting role.

On the Nagurski list were two Buckeyes, Jordan Fuller and Chase Young. Fuller already made it on the Jim Thorpe watch list, while Young appeared on the Bednarik watch list last week.

The Nagurski Trophy is awarded to the best defensive college football player.

There’s still a few more days of lists to watch out for. Below are the dates for when they’ll be released.

July 24 Lou Groza Award & Ray Guy Award
July 25 Paul Hornung Award & Wuerffel Trophy
July 26 Walter Camp Award

Missed the latest edition of the Outside the Shoe podcast?

Last friday, another episode of our podcast Outside the Shoe dropped. Meredith Hein and I reviewed and previewed the Ohio State men’s hockey team, who are the reigning Big Ten regular season title holders.

Points leader Mason Jobst is gone, as are a couple other pieces from the Buckeyes’ NCAA Tournament team from a year ago. Meredith and I look ahead at what head coach Steve Rohlik has to work with, and who could pose problems on the schedule.

To listen to the podcast, you can click here to open it in a new window. If you want to listen while you still read this piece, you can click the play button on the embed below.

A new episode of Outside the Shoe will drop at 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, and will focus on the wrestling team.

Wi-Fi at The Shoe?!

Long awaited Wi-Fi at Ohio Stadium is coming. Gene Smith tweeted out a picture of the installation process, with what appears to be one of the routers encased in the railings.

If you’ve been to an OSU football game recently, getting any sort of cell phone data service is next to impossible. With 100,000 people packed into a confined area, there’s only so much bandwidth to go around. Hopefully the Wi-Fi will alleviate the pressure, and enable everyone to fire off their Twitter takes in real time.

“So, BTN’s cable-authenticated streaming (BTN2Go) is going to migrate over to the Fox Sports app, which is part of the larger changes going on there.”

— Andrew Bucholtz | Awful Announcing

This may have gotten lost in the shuffle last week, but it’s worth mentioning as the football season approaches: BTN2Go is moving over into the Fox Sports App.

Andrew Bucholtz at Awful Announcing wrote up what the migration means, and, on the surface, things appear to be more simplified. Instead of having to juggle logins with Fox Sports and BTN2Go, they will all be under one app (Fox Sports).

If you have the BTN2Go App, that’s gonna get rebranded in the coming weeks. In a tweet by Michael Calderon, SVP of programming and digital media for The Big Ten Network, BTN2Go will be rebranded into BTN+.

BTN+ is a subscription based program, and gives broadcasts to more team specific sports. For example, if you’re looking at catching Ohio State baseball and softball games, then BTN+ is the way to go. If you’re looking to watch football and basketball games, for the most part, the combination of Fox Sports and BTN will have you covered.

Michael Bennett Update

Yesterday, we briefly mentioned Michael Bennett, who was a captain on the OSU championship team when they defeated Oregon, getting injured in camp. It was reported as a broken ankle—which is a long term, potentially season-ending injury in the world of football.

There is an update, and it’s good. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution tweeted out that Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that Bennett will undergo surgery, and could make a return to the field before season’s end.

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