It's about us. With purpose and passion, all focus on Saturday.#GoBucks #ToughLove pic.twitter.com/whaMACGRK1— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 26, 2019
Ohio State released their game trailer earlier today for Saturday night’s battle with Nebraska in Lincoln. For this week’s trailer, the Buckeyes keep things simple. Audio of co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, running back J.K. Dobbins, and others are featured with some of their pregame speeches.
Ohio State will be giving all they can for 60 minutes on Saturday night for the brotherhood. If this video doesn’t have you ready for the Buckeyes to smash some Cornhuskers on Saturday night, nothing will.
“All he told me is just to put your head down and work. You can’t control everything. Control what you can control.”
Ohio State wide receiver Binjimen Victor on advice from former Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin via Stephen Means, Cleveland.com
One of the biggest stories of the first three weeks of the 2019 NFL season has been former Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The rookie has caught at least five passes and a touchdown in each of his first three games for the Washington Redskins, becoming the first player in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
While McLaurin worked hard during his whole Ohio State career, most of the attention he received was for what he did during his senior year, when he caught 35 passes for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns. McLaurin had to fight for targets from quarterback Dwayne Haskins, since the Buckeyes also had wide receivers like Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, and Johnnie Dixon on the roster.
A couple of Ohio State wide receivers who got to play with McLaurin are Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack, both of whom are seniors this year. There are plenty of similarities between Victor, Mack, and McLaurin. Much like McLaurin, Victor and Mack are hoping to save their best seasons at Ohio State for their senior seasons, while also playing with a number of other talented wide receivers.
Victor has already started off his senior season strong, catching 14 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Mack has been a little slower out of the gates with just seven catches for 72 yards. Mack’s numbers should be a little better, as a touchdown he scored against Miami (OH) was called back due to a penalty.
Both receivers know they have the potential to make it at the next level, and are following the blueprint that McLaurin has left them. Wide receivers coach Brian Hartline is helping to ready them for the next level because of his experience he has playing in the NFL. Even though both Victor and Mack might be “late bloomers” there’s nothing wrong with that. Just ask Terry McLaurin.
“This is a guy who has practiced really, really hard. There’s a couple clips of film where he’s just throwing his body around. And that was really impressive to all of us. His work ethic’s really good.”
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day on wide receiver Jameson Williams via Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
Ohio State is loaded at wide receiver, but freshman Jameson Williams is finding ways to make noise. While Garrett Wilson gets most of the hype amongst the new Buckeyes, Williams is making people notice him whenever he is able to get on the field.
Even though the result was well in hand for Ohio State on Saturday against Miami (OH), that didn’t stop Williams from showing out when his number was called. The freshman caught a short pass from Gunnar Hoak and showed off his speed, turning upfield and running away from the RedHawks for the touchdown. The 61-yard touchdown was the longest so far this season by any Buckeye.
Williams is already drawing comparisons to Ted Ginn Jr. because of his explosive speed. With Ohio State’s depth at wide receiver this year, it’s hard to see Williams getting consistent playing time, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Buckeyes try and find some creative ways to get Williams on the field and the football into his hands.
Where Williams could make the biggest impact for Ohio State this year is on the special teams unit. Williams has already been seeing some time on the kick and punt units, but he could see his role expand to a returner if he continues to exhibit the blazing speed he possesses. No matter what the rest of his freshman year has in store for him, Williams will be an electric player to watch during his Ohio State career.
▪️ No stripe‼️ @tommyike41 got his black stripe off today‼️#GoBucks #ToughLove pic.twitter.com/1ZsYwPJaH2— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 25, 2019
▪️STRIPE ALERT‼️ Congratulations @JPAndrade12 on getting your stripe off‼️#GoBucks #ToughLove pic.twitter.com/V1JUtdQfr8— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 25, 2019
A couple more Buckeyes officially became members of the team yesterday when they had the black stripes removed from their helmets. Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and quarterback J.P. Andrade are the latest of the 16 Buckeyes who have seen their black stripes removed from their helmets.
Even though Eichenberg just had his black stripe removed yesterday from his helmet, he has already seen a little bit of game action already. Eichenberg has seen action on the scout team so far this fall, but he did get into last week’s game against Miami (OH) in the fourth quarter of the blowout over the RedHawks. Eichenberg originally committed to Boston College, but the four-star linebacker from St. Ignatius decided in early December that Ohio State was the right place for him.
Andrade didn’t come to Ohio State until late April when he joined the Buckeyes as a walk-on. The quarterback had a scholarship offer from South Alabama, but Andrade decided the opportunity to come to Ohio State was just too good to pass up. What is impressive about Andrade is he wasn’t able to start practicing with the team until midway through fall camp because of NCAA rules that limit the amount of players that can practice before classes begin, meaning he was able to have his black stripe removed in just over a month with the the Buckeyes.
STICK TO SPORTS
- Franklin County Public Health is offering free flu shots on Wednesday to anyone six months and older.
- Land-Grant Brewing (no affiliation to LGHL, but they still make some mighty fine beer) will be celebrating their fifth anniversary on Saturday.
- Jack’s Diner, which has been operating downtown since 1942, is closing.
- Krispy Kreme is releasing coffee filled doughnuts for a limited time.
- Amazon will offer a premium Samuel L. Jackson voice for Alexa later this year.