“But time will tell. I think the worst thing you can do, and for years I’ve said, when someone says it’s a six-month injury, what happens if some guys just heal slower? And then all of a sudden, that kid or that family thinks he’s behind. It’s a two-week ankle injury and all of a sudden it takes four. Some guys just heal faster. Their bodies recover faster.”
It was a bit of doom and gloom among Buckeye Nation on Tuesday when the news broke that running back Master Teague would be unavailable for the remainder of spring after suffering an injury. While the nature and severity of that injury has been kept under wraps by Ohio State, sources have told Eleven Warriors that it was an achilles issue sustained during Monday’s practice. There have not been any more specifics into the nature of the injury itself, but we did receive a bit more info on Wednesday.
In talking to the media today, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson revealed somewhat of a timetable for Teague’s return. When asked if he thought the redshirt sophomore would be available by the summertime, Wilson responded, “I would think so,” while acknowledging that there are many variables that could factor in between now and then. “Some guys just heal faster. Their bodies recover faster.”
The Ohio State running back room is incredibly thin without Teague in the mix. With Marcus Crowley already dealing with an injury of his own, expected to be on the shelf until the summer as well, that leaves redshirt freshman Steele Chambers as the only healthy scholarship RB on the roster. This likely means we will see Demario McCall make a return to the backfield, as the dynamic athlete began the spring competing for the slot receiver job.
Wilson was optimistic that the Buckeyes will be in fine shape at the position come September, with Teague and Crowley both hopefully returning from injury as well as signee Miyan Williams. With a good offensive line in front of them, as well as a Heisman favorite quarterback and elite wide receivers all over the place, there doesn’t seem to be all that much reason to worry about the Ohio State offense at this point in time.
Chris Holtmann says Kyle Young remains day to day from what he called a "significant sprain" to his ankle. Says his progress has been "incremental."— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) March 4, 2020
Moving from the gridiron to the hardwood, Ohio State fans received another speculative update on one of its important injured players in forward Kyle Young. The junior went down with what the team is calling a high ankle sprain in the first period of the Buckeyes’ big win over Maryland a week and a half ago. He has missed the two games since, sitting out in both of OSU’s wins over Nebraska and Michigan.
Despite being able to win without their high-energy big man, the Buckeyes depth is severely lacking without Young on the court. In the team’s last time out, Chris Holtmann was only able to use seven guys as the team knocked off the rival Wolverines — and really only rotated six if you take away the eight minutes played by Justin Ahrens. So when can Ohio State expect to get one of its most important players back on the floor?
Well, much like Teague, that answer is a vague one. Holtmann told the media on Wednesday that Young remains day-to-day, also including that the forward’s progress has been “incremental.” It certainly doesn’t sound like a convincing enough answer to believe that Young will be back in the lineup for Thursday’s game against Illinois, but it doesn’t look like they’ve rule it out either.
Holtmann did note that the junior is anxious to get back on the court, and that the team is also anxious to get him back. Hopefully Young is able to return in time for the Big Ten Tournament, and at worst be back by the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State will need all that he brings to the team if they want to make a run in the postseason.
Ohio State women’s ice hockey defenseman Jincy Dunne has been named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row — the first ever Buckeye to win the award in consecutive years. Overall, she is just the fourth ever player in WCHA history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons.
After leading all WCHA defensemen in points and assists en route to a First Team All-American selection — the second Buckeye ever to do so — the redshirt senior tied her season-high in points with 28 this season. Leading all Ohio State defenders with 21 assists on the year, Dunne has also surpassed her previous season-high in goals with seven. The Missouri native also set a new season-high with 76 blocks on the year.
In addition to Dunne, Ohio State’s head coach Nadine Muzerall has been named the WCHA Coach of the Year for the second time in her four-year stint with the Buckeyes. Muzerall has led OSU to three-straight WCHA Final Faceoff appearances, as well as the team’s first-ever Frozen Four trip in 2018. This year, Muzerall led the Bucks to a 20-8-6 record overall — just the fourth time in program history the team recorded a 20-win season.
The women’s puck team will be in action again this Saturday, March 7, where they are set to take on Minnesota in Minneapolis at the WCHA Final Faceoff. Puck drop is set for 5:07 p.m. ET.
Congrats to Gabby and Kylie for being selected to the US Women’s Collegiate National Team. They will train side-by-side with the US Olympic Women’s Team in July in Anaheim #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/JMTo2a5Urb— Ohio State Women's Volleyball (@OhioStateWVB) March 4, 2020
Two members of the Ohio State women's volleyball team have earned spots on the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team. Gabby Gonzales and Kylie Murr are two of 28 total players that will train with the team in California in July. The Gold roster will compete alongside the US Women's National Team as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Gonzales, an outside hitter, put up a team-high 309 points to go along with 282 kills and five double-doubles. The freshman also tallied 27 blocks, 22 assists and 11 service aces, and had 14 matches in which she totaled double-digit kills. Murr earned second team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Team honors for her play this season while being named the AVCA Northeast Region Freshman of the Year. The Indiana native owns the single-season Ohio State record for total digs and digs per set.
Gonzales and Murr are the first Buckeyes to be selected to the US Collegiate National Team since Taylor Hughes made the CNT Europe and Tailand rosters in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
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