It’s going to be a pretty hectic couple of weeks on the Ohio State beat. The football team is trying to work back from a COVID-19 outbreak and continue their CFP dreams, the basketball season is now in full swing, and the recruiting game is firing on all cylinders with the early signing period in just over two weeks. Luckily, we here at Land-Grant Holy Land are here to keep you up to date on all things Buckeyes.
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We got some really good news from out of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday, as Ohio State announced it has returned to organized team activities this afternoon. While it is way too soon to consider the Buckeyes a lock to play Michigan State this upcoming weekend, it is clearly a good sign that the team feels comfortable enough from what it has seen in its testing numbers to return to practice.
The @OhioStateFB team will resume organized team activities this afternoon in preparation for its game Saturday against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) December 1, 2020
Worth noting, every team in the Big Ten that has had to cancel a game thus far has had to do so for two-straight weeks. As things currently stand, Ohio State is on track to travel to East Lansing this weekend after just one week off, but obviously things can change in a moment’s notice with this unpredictable virus.
Meanwhile, more good news from across the street involving the Buckeyes’ only other remaining regular season matchup — one they also need to qualify for the B1G title game.
Was told only one of the handful of presumptive positive tests returned positive (UM football) after PCR testing. Michigan paused Monday as Harbaugh said: "out of an abundance of caution" Awaiting word on when/if team resumes team activities.— angelique (@chengelis) December 1, 2020
In a bit of a surprise to some, Tuf Borland has accepted an invitation to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl. The event, which is mainly to provide an additional showcase for seniors looking to enter the NFL Draft, is scheduled to take place on Jan. 30. Despite getting a free year of eligibility this year and having the chance to return to Columbus for another season, it appears as though Borland will instead elect to test the NFL waters after what has been his most productive season in scarlet and gray.
Its OFFICIAL! Welcome @OhioStateFB LB Tuf Borland (@Tuf_Borland) to the 2021 @Reeses Senior Bowl! #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE #BestOfTheBest #GoBuckeyes @JimNagy_SB @PaniniAmerica #RatedRookie pic.twitter.com/IyfJ9VYRQx— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) December 1, 2020
Joining Borland in Mobile, AL will be Ohio State RB Trey Sermon. After rushing for over 2,000 yards over three seasons at Oklahoma, the senior has accumulated 232 yards on the ground working in tandem with Master Teague while averaging 5.2 yards per carry for the Buckeyes through four games.
Welcome RB @treyera from @OhioStateFB to the @Reeses Senior Bowl! Let’s get to work!— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) December 1, 2020
#GoBuckeyes#TheDraftStartsInMOBILE #BestOfTheBest@JimNagy_SB @PaniniAmerica #RatedRookie pic.twitter.com/Ur8hwBJz5R
Ohio State’s defensive line may not be putting up the stats we’ve grown accustomed to, but they are still having an impact on the game and have been graded the best unit in P5.
Highest-graded power five defensive lines— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 1, 2020
1. Ohio State - 89.7
2. Oklahoma - 84.8
3. Pittsburgh - 83.6
4. Texas - 82.7
5. Georgia - 82.2 pic.twitter.com/qZJGRUj5Vj
From around the hardwood...
Head coach Chris Holtmann stepped up to the virtual podium on Tuesday to preview his team’s upcoming game against Morehead State and to give some injury updates on guys like Seth Towns and Musa Jallow.
In regards to Towns, who is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him for the last two years, Holtmann says he is still working to get back to game speed. He is progressing and getting closer to a return, but they don't want to rush anything and cause unnecessary added stress on the forward’s body.
Jallow, on the other hand, is nursing a lower-leg injury, and he will miss the team’s game on Wednesday night. He did not play in Sunday’s matchup against UMass-Lowell, and was seen walking around on the sideline in a boot.
Chris Holtmann said guard Musa Jallow will be out for Ohio State against Morehead State on Wednesday. He is dealing with a lower-leg injury.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) December 1, 2020
Get to know Ohio State’s rising star Justice Sueing. As a fan of both sushi and chicken, that Hawaiian dish does sound pretty good.
From around the rink...
Ohio State mens hockey goalie Tommy Napier earned the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week. Napier led the NCAA with 84 saves in the team’s two-game bout with Michigan State, finishing the series with a .944 save percentage including a 20-for-21 effort in the Buckeyes’ first win of the season on Sunday.
He wasn’t the only Ohio State player to earn Big Ten honors this week, as freshman forward Travis Treloar picked up the Third Star. Treloar posted a team-high three points this past weekend, scoring his first career goal to force overtime against MSU on Saturday and assisting on the game winner on Sunday.
From everywhere else...
The Army-Navy matchup is usually cool on its own, but the jerseys are pretty sick too.
The Maui Invitational looks just a tad bit different this season...
Ohio State’s campus is especially enticing this time of year.