Another amazing trip!! #GoBucks #BeatCancerhttps://t.co/fqePrQNmqA— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) February 21, 2020
The 13th annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer raised over $4 million for cancer research, beating last year’s record breaking total of $3.25 million.
Those who attended the cruise got to meet and hear from many Buckeye greats, including Urban Meyer, J.T. Barrett, Kirk Herbstreit, Ezekial Elliott, Terry McLaurin, and Raekwon McMillan.
All proceeds from the cruise benefit the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
The cruise’s anti-cancer efforts get bigger and better each year, considering the record-total in 2014 was just $1.5 million. It seems as though the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer’s future is bright.
“Marcus Hooker said he believes he has more quickness than his brother, and even though he doesn’t yet have a collegiate interception while his brother was one of the best ballhawking safeties in Ohio State history, he believes he has the upper hand in one key area of making plays on the ball.”
If you’re a college football safety, getting compared to Malik Hooker is a pretty high compliment, no? Well, Marcus Hooker, Malik’s younger brother and current Ohio State safety, would disagree.
That’s not to say he doesn’t respect his brother. He lets Malik guide him. He want’s the same success as his brother. But, as Marcus Hooker approaches what should be his breakout season now that Jordan Fuller is gone, he wants everyone to know he is not his brother.
“I kind of try not to steer myself into his world,” Marcus Hooker told Eleven Warriors. “We have two different paths. We did choose the same place and the same school, but we’re not the same.”
Their paths may be different, but they’re also similar in that both brothers—assuming Marcus starts at safety this season—didn’t really make a name for themselves until their third season as a Buckeye.
Last season, Marcus played in all 14 games on special teams and seven games on defense for a total of 82 defensive snaps. He finished with seven total tackles and one pass breakup. While we don’t know much yet, Hooker is expected to be the team’s top safety along with Josh Proctor this season.
Hooker said that Malik has inspired him throughout his life. Ever since he was young, his big brother taught him new things and new ways to approach things.
But when it comes to football, he’s established his own game.
Marcus Hooker said he believes he has more quickness than his brother, and even though he doesn’t yet have a collegiate interception while his brother was one of the best ballhawking safeties in Ohio State history, he believes he has the upper hand in one key area of making plays on the ball.
“I got better hands than him,” Marcus said. “I catch way better than him. He’s not much faster than me, but I’m more of a quicker version of him.”
It’s like the safety version of the Bosa brothers and, well, I’m here for it.
“With its toughest non-conference and conference games both coming on the road, the Buckeyes are more vulnerable to an in-season slip-up than a year ago. Yet the balance of the schedule provides enough quality opponents to potentially absorb one competitive loss.”
It’s no secret that Ohio State’s upcoming schedule is a heck of a lot more challenging than last season’s. Despite everyone’s efforts to make Cincinnati, Nebraska, Indiana, etc., sound like doomsday, Ohio State’s opponents last season were lucky if they scored more than a field goal or two before the fourth quarter.
So, worry-warts (including myself), what games should we worry about this season? Baird from Cleveland.com says Michigan, Oregon, and Penn State should give Ohio State a run for their money—Penn State being the No. 1 most worrisome considering its at the dreaded Beaver Stadium.
Here’s why we should worry about all three:
Michigan— The only big question mark for the Wolverines is at quarterback, otherwise Michigan is returning quite a bit of talent and should put up points in Ohio Stadium, according to Baird. However, can their defense stop Ohio State from doing the same?
Oregon— Again, big question mark at quarterback with Justin Herbert gone. The Ducks, however, are also replacing four offensive linemen. Not ideal.
However, ESPN’s SP+ predicts Oregon to have the nation’s second-best defense in 2020. According to Baird, Kayvon Thibodeaux may be the best defensive end in college football, and four other starters passed up the NFL to stay in school.
The good news? The loser of this game should still be in the talk for the college football playoff.
Penn State— Well, their returning talent includes Micah Parsons, who was a consensus All-American linebacker, defensive back Tariq Castro-Fields and defensive end Shaka Toney who were All-Big Ten caliber players, five offensive linemen with starting experience, and Pat Freiermuth who might be CFB’s best tight end.
And Ohio State will face all of the above in the country’s loudest, most intense stadium.
Can we start panicking now or.....?
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