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Buckeye Bits: Malik Hooker named to BTN All-Decade team, Kyle McCord wins Elite 11 Pro Day competition, more

All of the latest Ohio State news from around the beat and beyond.

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Happy July 1 and welcome to the middle of the year! Its officially halftime of 2020 and we’re down by about 300 points.

If there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to be a second half team, its Ohio State fans, but friends, I don’t think a Coach Mick halftime speech can get us out of this one.

Still, there’s no reason why we can’t hang onto a little bit of hope for the rest of this year. Football could still happen, and maybe if U.S. citizens would cooperate, we might see an end to this pandemic before the clock hits zero (Ya never know!)

With that, let’s dive into the latest Ohio State news.


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Rivalry Week: Rehashing the feud between Ohio State and Mark May

Gene Ross, LGHL

Ah yes, Mark May. Anyone else kind of miss his anti-Ohio State commentary? I felt like our collective hate for May drew us Buckeye fans closer together. To reminisce on old times, Gene writes about how the former ESPN analyst became the Buckeyes’ mortal enemy, and how he used that to his advantage.

Leaders of the Room: If Justin Fields goes down, who’s taking over?

Tia Johnston, LGHL

Every position on the roster has a leader, and while its hard to tell without in-person practices, we here at LGHL are taking a wild guess on who those leaders are. Obviously, Justin Fields is, without question, the leader of the QB room, but I took it one step further— if Fields goes down, who’s taking the wheel?

Ohio State offers five-star combo guard

Gene Ross, LGHL

Ohio State Hoops have extended an offer to the No. 5 shooting guard and the No. 20 overall prospect in the class of 2022.


From around the gridiron...

Malik Hooker named to BTN’s All-Decade team

Ohio State safety Malik Hooker became the third Buckeye to join the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade team, joining offensive linemen Wyatt Davis and Billy Price.

And because the Big Ten is obviously trying to spread the wealth across the conference, Iowa’s Desmond King and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard somehow beat out Jeff Okudah, Marshon Lattimore, Denzel Ward, and about six other Ohio State backs that come to mind.

The conference’s All-Decade wide receivers and defensive line will be announced tomorrow, and if the graphic isn’t at least half scarlet and gray, I’m no longer entertaining this thing.


Jeff Okudah and Vonn Bell named to the Big Ten All-Decade 2nd Team.

Genuinely curious how the Big Ten is making these decisions.


Ohio State quarterback commit Kyle McCord wins Elite 11 Pro Day competition

Zack Carpenter, Eleven Warriors

Five-star Ohio State commit Kyle McCord won day two of the three-day Elite 11 Pro Day competition in Nashville with a score of 45 points— just shy of Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud’s record-setting 50 points last year.

We shouldn’t have to worry about Ohio State’s quarterback situation for quite sometime.


The top 10 players in each Power 5 conference

Brandon Marcello, 247Sports

To no one’s surprise, four of the top ten players in the Big Ten are Buckeyes.


Ohio State football can let freshman wide receivers ease into the spotlight: Buckeye Take

Nathan Baird, Lettermen Row

Ohio State’s four freshmen receivers are incredibly talented, however that doesn’t mean the lack of spring practices/workouts with the team won’t affect them. They’ll still need a game or two to really adapt to the collegiate level. Luckily, the Buckeyes have a plethora of experienced receivers in Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Jaylen Harris and Jameson Williams who can take over until the youngsters are ready to ease into their roles.


College football entering a pivotal month as decisions about 2020 season must start to be made in July

Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors

During a teleconference in May, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told reporters that decisions about the college football schedule would need to be made in early July.

And friends, it is officially early July.


Fun stats!

How do UM fans do it?

It’s almost poetic, isn’t it?


From everywhere else...

During a Senate hearing on name, image and likeness, former OSU president Michael Drake, when asked how many football starters would really benefit from their name, image and likeness, said “three to four.”

This has to be a misunderstanding, right? Like maybe Drake thought he asked “how many of Ohio State’s quarterbacks would benefit from NIL?” or “how many athletes would not benefit from NIL?”


In that same hearing, Drake said he “believes it’s proper for schools to report” the number of positive coronavirus tests.

A fairly innocent comment, except that Ohio State is literally not disclosing its number of positive coronavirus tests soooo....


A friendly reminder to wear your mask from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and a very enthusiastic tight ends coach Kevin Wilson.

But seriously, wear them.