Happy Memorial Day, friends! In between grilling out, playing corn hole, sitting around the bonfire, taking the boat out, or whatever else you’re doing on this lovely holiday, please take a moment to honor what this day is really about.
Today on Memorial Day, we honor all who gave their lives for our freedom. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/5uXmwVbZSU— Ohio State (@OhioState) May 25, 2020
In other news (literally), let’s take a look at what our friends around the Ohio State beat have been up to over this holiday weekend.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Connor Lemons, LGHL
Just when you’re finally starting to get over the heartbreak from the 2020 NCAA Tournament getting cancelled, Connor goes and writes about what could have been.
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
To cap off last week’s underdog theme, Matt wrote about why he misses the excitement and satisfaction that being an underdog brings. Sorry, Matt. I don’t think you’re going to be feeling any of that excitement anytime soon.
Jim Baird, LGHL
In the second episode of Jim’s podcast series I Want to Go Back, he walks us through the time Ohio State turned to a new head coach to guide them in their first season of play in the Western Conference.
Gene Ross, LGHL
Spoiler: Pretty important. Gene writes about the Buckeyes’ running back room, what Oklahoma transfer Trey Sermon brings to said room, and whether or not he has the potential to replace the infamous J.K. Dobbins.
From around the gridiron...
Birm, Lettermen Row
In case ya missed it, Denzel Burke—a four-star athlete from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High School and one of the country’s top-ranked 2021 prospects— committed to Ohio State on Sunday despite never making an in-person visit.
Birm of Lettermen Row writes about what Burke brings to the table and how his commitment impacts Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class.
Bill Kurelic, Bucknuts
Speaking of the 2021 class, Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts predicts the seven prospects who may be next to announce their commitment to Ohio State.
With Burke’s commitment, Ohio State now has 19 commits in its class, nine of which are top 2021 recruits. Now, Ohio State running back commitment TreVeyon Henderson wants to know...
Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
Similar to the article our Gene Ross wrote last week in honor of Underdog Week, Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors took a look at one Buckeye from five position groups on both offense and defense who have the potential to make a name for themselves this year.
This is one of those times where, if you read this article and then one of the players listed has a breakout game, you can be like “oh yeah, I totally knew he was good, like, way before everyone else.”
Phil Harrison, Buckeyes Wire
After a week filled with nothing but hopeful news, leave it to Michigan to put a damper on everyone else’s fun. This obviously brought about some good tweets, as you can imagine:
Can’t lose to Ohio State if you don’t play them. pic.twitter.com/H3tzgLpaY0— Klondike (@baconballs3) May 24, 2020
Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch
Now that the first steps have been taken by the NCAA, various conferences and schools toward a possible football season this fall, the question remains: How will it work?
Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch asked several medical experts how football can return safely, considering the entire sport is based on contact.
The most valuable guard returning to college football in 2020:— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 23, 2020
Ohio State's Wyatt Davis pic.twitter.com/gNdKSr9lOb
Pro Football Focus named Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis its most valuable returning guard in college football for the 2020 season.
After a dominant season as a redshirt sophomore in 2019, with 459 pass-blocking snaps and zero sacks allowed, this should come as no surprise.
I’d argue Harry Miller is also a valuable returning guard...for many reasons.
My favorite is the extra screen he filled with him just snacking on watermelon.
From around the hardwood...
Steve Helwagen, Bucknuts
Since the NCAA extended their former June 3 deadline for basketball players who have declared for the draft to announce a return to their college program, some college programs’ rosters are a little unpredictable at the moment.
So, if we have to eat, drink and sleep roster projections until we know what the heck is happening, then so be it. Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts rounded up some of the recent projections of Ohio State’s roster from national websites, along with schedule updates.
A little pick-me-up from Carmen’s Crew.
If you need a pick-me-up today, here’s the exact moment we won TBT 2019! pic.twitter.com/P4q3k5P34Q— Car❌en’s Crew (@CarmensCrew) May 25, 2020
Anyone else pumped for this season of TBT?!
From everywhere else...
Cannon Kingsley is an amazing name for a tennis player.
After his first season as a Buckeye, Ohio State freshman Cannon Kingsley was given the nation’s top award for a rookie as he was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Ohio State freshman to be named national rookie of the year and the fourth freshman to earn All-American honors.
Check out all of Kingsley’s 2019-20 accomplishments via the link in the tweet above, because it is literally too long to list here.
Top 10 College Football Towns (2020)— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) May 25, 2020
1 Ohio State (Columbus)
2 Arizona State (Tempe)
3 Tennessee (Knoxville)
4 UCF (Orlando)
5 Nebraska (Lincoln)
6 Georgia (Athens)
7 Penn State (State College)
8 LSU (Baton Rouge)
9 West Virginia (Morgantown)
10 Texas A&M (College Station)
Not sure how valid or official this rankings list is, but hey, we’ll take it.
My goosebumps’ goosebumps have goosebumps.
Wow, I miss sports.