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Buckeye Bits: Four Buckeyes named to preseason watch lists, DeWine hoping masks save the football season, more

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Normally the endless parade of watch lists is tedious because after seeing enough of them, it feels like anyone in college football with a pulse gets put on one before the season begins.

This year it’s a little different since there is negative news coming out almost daily that is pointing towards college football not happening in the fall. As long as watch lists are still coming out, it gives us hope that the game that we love so much will still be played this fall, even if it doesn’t look anywhere close to what we have come to know the game as in terms of the atmosphere.

Today saw the announcement of an Ohio State cornerback being included on the Thorpe Award watch list. Wade wasn’t the only Buckeye to be named to a watch list (this is what in the business they call a “tease” to get you to keep reading) but he surely does have the most hype behind him of today’s quartet.

Wade has plenty of unfinished business after being ejected for a questionable targeting call in the first half of the College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson. The DB flirted with the idea of declaring for the NFL Draft, but decided he wasn’t quite ready to leave Columbus behind just yet.

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Leaders of the Room: Who’s Justin Fields throwing to in 2020?
(Meredith Hein, LGHL)

Even though K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, and Austin Mack have all graduated, there will still be plenty of options at wide receiver for Justin Fields to find this year. Junior Chris Olave and sophomore Garrett Wilson will be the elder statesmen of a group that is young but extremely talented.

24 Club: Carroll Widdoes, a quiet winner
(Jim Baird, LGHL)

Jim continues his journey through the 24 head coaches in Ohio State football history, this week taking a look at Carroll Widdoes, who went 16-2 in two seasons with the Buckeyes. Widdoes took over for Paul Brown during World War II, and coached Ohio State’s first Heisman Trophy winner, Les Horvath. After his two seasons in charge in Columbus, Widdoes moved back into a role as assistant coach, preferring to work with players behind the scenes, and not have the spotlight on him as head coach.

Ohio State recruiting: Ohio State coaches, commits excited over new pledge
(Charles Doss, LGHL)

Recruiting news from the weekend was dominated by Jordan Hancock, who committed to Ohio State on Sunday, just days after decommitting from Clemson. Ohio State players, coaches, and commits were all excited about the news that the four-star cornerback from Georgia was joining DBU.

From around the gridiron...

Tuf Borland, Baron Browning, and Pete Werner all named to the Butkus Award watch list

Three Ohio State senior linebackers were including in the Butkus Award watch list this morning, which features 48 other linebackers from around the country. The trio of seniors will be vying for the award that is given annually to the nation’s best linebacker by the Butkus Foundation. The only other Buckeyes to win the Butkus Award were Andy Katzenmoyer in 1997 and James Laurinaitis in 2007.

Doug Lesmerises of talked with Ohio governor Mike DeWine about how wearing masks could save Ohio State’s football season. Is it too little, too late though? DeWine doesn’t seem to think so, even though he hasn’t yet mandated masks through the state of Ohio. No matter which side of the debate you find yourself on, if trends continue in the Buckeye State as they have been over the past few weeks, it’s going to be hard to give all the student-athletes the season they are working so hard for.

The wide receiver from Arizona hasn’t even made it to campus for classes yet and he is already styling like no other. Denzel Burke posted a picture on Sunday of some sick Ohio State-themed Air Force 1s. If these ever go on sale to the public, I’m going to buy a pallet of them and never have to worry about my shoe choices ever again.

From around the hardwood...

Chris Holtmann and Ohio State will hope to hear some good news on Wednesday afternoon when Malaki Branham announces his college decision. The 6-4 combo guard from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s in Akron is not only the top-rated player in Ohio, but he is one of the highest-ranked shooting guards in the country. The Buckeyes are considered a favorite to earn the commitment of Branham, but they’ll face competition from Xavier, Louisville, and a number of other schools.

From everywhere else...

There is a sport going on that has a team from Columbus just making fools of the competition. The Columbus Crew have already clinched a spot in the knockout stage of the MLS is Back Tournament, but Caleb Porter’s squad still have a match left in the group stage. Tomorrow night the Crew take on Atlanta United FC, and there will be a watch party in Gahanna as Columbus looks to deny Atlanta a spot in the round of 16.

I saw this story on Friday and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. One time Alex Trebek, host of JEOPARDY!, unknowingly ate five hash brownies and woke up three days later at a friend’s house.

If the experimental treatment Trebek is currently going through as he battles pancreatic cancer works, I’ll make the legendary host all the special brownies he could ever dream of.

You are going to be shocked to hear that an “Eye for an Eye” match on WWE’s Extreme Rules card last night was hilariously bad. Then again, pretty much everything WWE is doing these days leaves a lot to be desired.