Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful (hopefully air-conditioned) weekend. Today’s Buckeye Bits is jam-packed with news, updates and questionable accolades, but before we get into it...
Okay, let’s get into it.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Gene Ross, LGHL
It’s Rivalry Week at SB Nation, and Gene is kicking things off by discussing the current state of every aspect of The Greatest Rivalry In All Of Sports, from the coaching to the talent to the preparation.
Jim Baird, LGHL
The next Ohio State coach in Jim’s 24 Club series is Sam Willaman, who led the Buckeyes to five straight winning seasons— which was a really big feat at the time— but was run out of town for his inability to win the conference title.
Charles Doss, LGHL
Chris Holtmann is in touch with a 2022 power forward who already holds eight offers. Charles caught up with him to find out what he thinks of the Buckeyes.
Jim Baird, LGHL
More Buckeye history for ya! Next up on our I Want to Go Back podcast series, Jim takes us through the time head coach John Wilce’s Buckeyes played Michigan in the Ohio Stadium dedication game.
From around the gridiron...
Interesting choice to not name the best running back of the decade as your All-Decade running back.
Zeke: 592 rush attempts, 3,961 yards, 6.7-yard average per attempt, 43 touchdowns, quite literally led team to a National Championship Win
Barkley: 671 rush attempts, 3,843 yards, 5.7-yard average per attempt, 43 touchdowns
Taylor: 320 rush attempts, 2,003 yards, 6.3-yard average per attempt, 21 touchdowns
J.K. Dobbins: 725 rush attempts, 4,459 yards, 6.2 yard average per attempt, 38 touchdowns
All great running backs, but one of them stands out a bit more than the other three, no?
I seriously love Saquon Barkley's game. Huge fan.— Jason Priestas (@priestas) June 29, 2020
But Zeke did in two seasons (3,699 yards, 6.6 per, 41 TDs) what Barkley did in three (3,843 yards, 5.7 per, 43 TDs).
Zeke's '14 postseason… 220 (UW), 230 (Bama), and 246 (UO) is better than any three games of Barkley's career.
Some people (mainly Penn State fans) are saying “well, you can’t just look at the stats.” To which I ask: what else should we be looking at???
At least they gave him second team accolades...
Zeke is joined by former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was also named to BTN’s All-Decade 2nd team.
Shazier was beat out by Iowa’s Josey Jewell, Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and Michigan’s Devin Bush.
Aloyia Earl, Eleven Warriors
As much as I like to think I’m an expert when it comes to whether or not there will be college football this fall... I am, in fact, not. However, Dr. Aloiya Earl, a sports medicine physician in Dayton, is an expert and she has rejoined Eleven Warriors as a medical columnist. Earl writes about what the upcoming college football season will likely look like, and says to expect the situation and rules to change constantly, as it has for all of society over the last few months. That being said, second and third-strings will need to be more prepared to play than ever before.
Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com
Jumping off of Earl’s point about expecting fluidity over the coming months, what are the chances Ohio State will actually play its full 12-game schedule? The guys over at Cleveland.com discuss the factors that might make an impact on the full season, proposed solutions, and more in their Buckeye Talk podcast.
Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row
Not only do Ohio State’s tight ends show promise this year, but, as Holbrook writes, they are arguably the most complete group on the Buckeyes’ roster. Senior Luke Farrell is expected to land on an NFL roster next year, and right behind him is former No. 1 tight end prospect in the country, Jeremy Ruckert. Holbrook explains why this could finally be THE year for the Ohio State tight end room.
Dave Biddle, Bucknuts
The season is approaching, which means projected depth charts will be flowing across the college football world over the next couple of months. First up is Biddle’s, where he gives you a position-by-position analysis on what he thinks the Buckeyes’ offensive depth chart will look like come September 5.
From everywhere else...
Former Ohio State point guard Keyshawn Woods will no longer play in TBT.
Keyshawn is currently healthy by all traditional measures and we are hopeful he will beat the virus from the safety of his home! #BigX— Big X (@BigX_tbt) June 29, 2020
Big X announced on Monday that Woods—one of their best players— has been exposed to the coronavirus and will therefore be unable to participate in TBT, which kicks off in Columbus this weekend. Woods was set to join former Buckeyes Andrew Dakich, C.J. Jackson and Jae’Sean Tate on Big X.
The “best prospect since Lebron James” is headed to the Big Ten.
Emoni Bates — the reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year and No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2022 — announced he will be attending Michigan State.— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) June 29, 2020
Do you believe Bates will ever play for the Spartans, or will he eventually decide to turn pro after high school? pic.twitter.com/gX2xMFO4Wc
Emoni Bates, who is expected to become the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA draft, told ESPN that he was committing to Michigan State. Spartans fans, revel in this news because the odds of him actually stepping foot on a college campus are slim to none.
Cam Newton to New England
Cam Newton signed a “bare-minimum” contract with the New England Patriots, filling the vacant QB spot that Tom Brady left. Newton has been injury prone in recent years and was released from the Carolina Panthers on March 24. He signed a one-year contract with the Patriots that could earn him up to $7.5 million, depending on performance and incentives.
Hamilton signs with the Jaguars.
Former Ohio State defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, who was picked by the Jags in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, signed a four-year rookie contract with the team on Monday.