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  06/25/22 - Kamryn BabbrSr/2023, Ohio State, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  When Kamryn Babb felt the pain in his right knee, he had more reason than anyone on the planet to think, "Oh, no. Not again." The Ohio State wide receiver was blocking during a spring practice when it happened. But he was instantly reassured when the pain didn't feel the same as it did the four times - yes, four - he has torn his ACL since 2017. Babb has become an unwanted expert on such pain, and his hunch was correct. The injury was to his meniscus, and after arthroscopic surgery he has declared himself fully healthy. "It was maybe three or four weeks that I was out, but it wasn't crazy compared to what I've experienced in the past, so I'm thankful for that," Babb said Tuesday before speaking to kids at a Greater Columbus Sports Commission youth camp at KIPP Columbus.

His message to the kids, ages 6-12, was a natural one for Babb: Never give up. Babb first tore his ACL before his senior season of high school in St. Louis. Then came three more at Ohio State, including last season. His only action as a Buckeye has been on special teams in 2020. Still, his perseverance and leadership impressed his teammates so much that he was voted a captain last year. Babb credits his religious faith for helping him cope with the injuries and provide the motivation to return to the field. "I'm not strong enough within myself to be standing here and saying I'll persevere through four," he said, "because there have definitely been days where I've wanted to give up." - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2023 WR Kamryn BabbOhio State
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  06/22/22 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud will be at the Manning Passing Academy later this week. Stroud is one of 46 college passers who were selected to serve as counselors for the prestigious camp hosted by one of football's first families, according to its brochure. The counselors tutor more than a thousand high school and middle school quarterbacks who are registered to attend, and they include Alabama's Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner who edged Stroud for the player of the year award last season, as well as fellow Big Ten signal callers Connor Bazelak of Indiana, Penn State's Sean Clifford and Purdue's Aidan O'Connell.

In addition to working with the younger passers, the counselors go through a skills competition over the four days. The camp, which has been run by Archie Manning and his three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli, for more than two decades, is being held at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, Louisiana, starting Thursday. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  06/17/22 - Jaxon Smith-NjigbaJr/2024, Ohio State, 6-0, 198 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Ohio State football standout Jaxon Smith-Njigba is expected to be among the top NFL draft prospects next season. Some even have Ohio State's record-breaking receiver as the first receiver taken in the 2023 NFL draft. But he won't beat his brother to the big leagues. Smith-Njigba's older brother Canaan Smith-Njigba is likely to make his Major League Baseball debut this week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to reports, the Pirates, who entered the week in third place in the National League Central standings with a 24-34 record, are calling up the 23-year-old outfielder. Canaan Smith-Njigba was a star at Rockwall-Heath High School in the Dallas, Texas, area, while Jaxon Smith-Njigba attended Rockwall High School. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#1 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  06/09/22 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud has some new wheels following his latest name, image and likeness deal. Stroud will be driving a pre-owned Bentley Bentayga as part of a partnership with Sarchione Auto Gallery, a dealership in Canton. In exchange for the luxury SUV, which is valued at $150,000, he will promote the auto dealership on social media and make public appearances at its gallery, including one scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. "When you talk to people, whether it's in the community or at the game, our brand awareness is what we're building," said Ryan Burton, the general manager of Sarchione Auto Gallery, "so when you have the best-of-the-best promoting your brand, it only does good things."

The northeast Ohio dealership has previously partnered with players from the Cleveland Browns, but its deal with Stroud marked the first one it had struck with the Buckeyes since endorsement deals with college players became permissible under NCAA rules last summer. Burton said he expected a couple of other Ohio State players to follow Stroud later this year. Athletes First, the agency that represents Stroud in negotiating NIL opportunities, first reached out to Sarchione Auto Gallery to express interest in a potential partnership. - Columbus Dispatch


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  06/07/22 - James LaurinaitisSr/2009, Ohio State, 6-2, 244 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  James Laurinaitis is going to make the College Football Hall of Fame eventually. As one of eight three-time All-Americans in Ohio State history, the former linebacker will be inducted at some point. Of the other seven, four of them are in the hall: Chic Harley, Wes Fesler, Archie Griffin and Mike Doss. Doss was inducted last year. Three others are not: Lew Hinchman, Merle Wendt and Tom Skladany. Hinchman and Wendt played in the 1930s, and players more than 50 years past their playing days are no longer eligible. And Skladany was a punter. (Only one full-time punter, Ray Guy, is in the hall, and frankly, Skladany has a pretty compelling case for induction.)

So the day will come for Laurinaitis, who on Monday was announced as one of the candidates for the Class of 2023. He is on the ballot for the fourth time. Among the 176 players and 42 coaches on the ballot this year, the only other Buckeye is offensive lineman Chris Ward, an offensive tackle who was a two-time All-American in 1976 and 1977. In looking at the 40 Ohio State players and coaches in the hall so far, the relatively small number of Ohio State linebackers surprised me. According to the searchable database on the hall website, 62 linebackers have been inducted. So maybe three for Ohio State, about five percent of the total, is right. But there are several OSU LB candidates who aren't in. The three linebackers inducted so far are Randy Gradishar, Chris Spielman and Tom Cousineau. All three were two-time first-team All-Americans. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#2 ILB) Sr/2009 ILB James LaurinaitisOhio State
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  06/06/22 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  While there was plenty of hope about his potential performance, people didn't know what to expect from Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud last season. And he became a Heisman Trophy finalist. By the final game of the year, and in the Rose Bowl, Stroud had the best single-game statistical effort of any quarterback in Ohio State history, so this year they're expecting greatness. Ohio State coach Ryan Day cuts his optimism with realism. "Just because he did it last year doesn't mean it's just gonna happen this year. If anything else, he's got a bull's-eye on his chest," Day said on 97.1 The Fan recently.

Still, Stroud is no longer being chided by fans but touted as perhaps the next big thing and possibly even the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft. But after a great spring, offensive coordinator Jim Knowles compares Stroud's performance to a two-time Super Bowl MVP. "When I was at Ole Miss with Eli Manning, he was the same way in that the guys that are good - which C.J. is - they can diagnose. There's always a soft spot. We're trying to diagnose, bluff rotations and try to deceive the quarterback and do all those and show on picture and end up at another." - Elevenwarriors.com


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  06/04/22 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State is expanding its name, image and likeness offerings. The athletic department announced Thursday that it has launched a program aimed at providing opportunities for athletes to serve as brand ambassadors for companies around Columbus. Carey Hoyt, a senior associate athletic director who oversees NIL administration, said the corporate ambassador program was modeled after an initiative that arranges internships for athletes through partnerships with about 60 local businesses. Responsibilities for participating athletes would include promotional work on behalf of a company such as posting on social media or making public appearances.

Though Ohio State is facilitating the deals, Hoyt said it will not be involved in setting any finer details of the agreements. "The key to it is the companies are going to negotiate with student-athletes their value," Hoyt said. "We're not saying to a company like, "Hey, this student-athlete is worth $10,000 a tweet." Nothing like that. We're really just matching the companies with the student-athletes that could be a fit and letting them determine the details of the contract." Hoyt's hope is to bring in around 20 partner companies within the first year of the program. "I would consider that a success," she said. The athletic department has taken an increasingly active role this year in facilitating NIL arrangements. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  06/03/22 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Speaking to about 100 members of the Columbus business community on Thursday morning, Ohio State football coach Ryan Day put a Name, Image and Likeness price tag on what he believes it will take to keep the Ohio State football roster together. That rate? $13 million. To some schools engaged in NIL payments at the highest level right now, that number might sound small and quaint.

To many other schools in the Big Ten, it may sound gigantic and impossible. As usual, it's a number that puts Ohio State in the thick of the latest changes to college sports, as the Buckeyes always say they seek to straddle the line of keeping up without going too far. And while it might be tempting to look at $13 million for an 85-man scholarship football team as $150,000 per player, I think the better calculation is something closer to $500,000 each for the 26 guys you can't live without. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  06/02/22 - Jaxon Smith-NjigbaJr/2024, Ohio State, 6-0, 198 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Jaxon Smith-Njigba could be highest-drafted OSU WR since Terry Glenn. He finished with 95 catches for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns in 2001. The receiving yards are the most in a season for a Buckeye, breaking David Boston's record. Smith-Njigba had already broken Boston's then single-game reception record of 15 earlier in the 2021 season against Nebraska. He matched that mark in the Rose Bowl.

If Smith-Njigba is selected in the top five of the 2023 NFL draft, he would be the first Buckeye to be selected in the top five. The highest-drafted receiver in Ohio State history was Terry Glenn, who was selected No. 7 by the New England Patriots in 1996. Smith-Njigba broke Glenn's Ohio State single-game receiving yards record in the Rose Bowl. He also broke a 37-year old Cris Carter bowl game reception record. If selected in the top 15 of the first round, it would mean the 2021 Ohio State Buckeyes had three future top-15 picks at receiver. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#1 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  05/27/22 - Jaxon Smith-NjigbaJr/2024, Ohio State, 6-0, 198 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Kickoff times for three more of Ohio State's games in the upcoming season were announced Thursday, including the rest of its non-conference schedule. After opening against Notre Dame in prime time on Labor Day weekend, the Buckeyes are set to host Arkansas State on Sept. 10 at noon on the Big Ten Network. The final non-conference game against Toledo on Sept. 17 will kick off at 7 p.m. on FOX. Ohio State's homecoming game against Rutgers on Oct. 1 will begin at 3:30 p.m. The television assignment remains undetermined.

The team previously announced the kickoff time for its highly anticipated Sept. 3 season opener against the Fighting Irish, as well as its annual rivalry game against Michigan that ends the regular season. The Game, which is to be held on Nov. 26, will kick off at noon on FOX. It mark be the 15th straight game in the series that will be held in its traditional midday time slot after beginning at 3:30 p.m. in 2006 for the so-called "Game of the Century." Ohio State's Sept. 24 game against Wisconsin will air on ABC, but a kickoff times is to be announced at a later date. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#1 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  05/26/22 - Ronnie HickmanrJr/2024, Ohio State, 6-1, 205 (DS#1 FS) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: RONNIE HICKMAN, S, Ohio State, Jr., 6-1, 205, South Orange, NJ.: Led Buckeyes with 99 tackles last season; All-American lacrosse player in high school. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#1 FS) rJr/2024 FS Ronnie HickmanOhio State
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  05/22/22 - Zach HarrisonSr/2023, Ohio State, 6-5, 272 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: ZACH HARRISON, DE, Ohio State, Sr., 6-6, 272, Lewis Center, Ohio: On Watch List last year; All-Big Ten (second team); OSU Scholar Athlete; 17.5 career tackles for losses. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#4 DE) Sr/2023 DE Zach HarrisonOhio State
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  05/21/22 - Terrelle PryorSr/2011, Ohio State, 6-4, 240 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The 2010 season of the Ohio State University football team, vacated after a memorabilia-for-cash scandal, should be restored because of recent changes allowing college athletes to be compensated, under a symbolic resolution approved by House lawmakers. The vacating of the season followed revelations that players in 2009 and 2010 accepted cash and free or discounted tattoos from a Columbus tattoo parlor owner and also traded memorabilia like championship rings for cash. The scandal led to the resignation of then Coach Jim Tressel, now president of Youngstown State University.

Last year, the NCAA for the first time allowed college athletes to be compensated for the use of their name, image or likeness. The NCAA's elimination of Ohio State's 2010 12-1 season, including a Sugar Bowl win, unfairly hurt players, fans and coaches who had nothing to do with the scandal, said Rep. Brian Stewart, the resolution's sponsor and an Ohio State grad. The House approved the resolution Wednesday but support wasn't unanimous. Rep. Jamie Callender noted that athletes caught up in the scandal broke rules that still wouldn't be covered by NIL compensation. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#999 QB) Sr/2011 QB Terrelle PryorOhio State
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  05/19/22 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State football will open the season with a primetime showdown in Ohio Stadium against Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 3. A kickoff time of 7:30 p.m. was announced on Tuesday. The game will be shown on ABC, and ESPN GameDay will set up in Columbus for the day. It will be GameDay's 21st visit to Columbus, the last coming on Nov. 20 last season when the Buckeyes hosted Michigan State in a top-10 matchup. Ohio State won that one to improve to 15-5 when GameDay camps outside Ohio Stadium.

Also, ABC claimed the fourth game of the season for the Buckeyes, their Big Ten opener at home on Sept. 24 against Wisconsin. That kickoff time has not yet been set. The Michigan kickoff time was announced Monday. That game on Nov. 26 in Columbus will start on noon on Fox. Notre Dame should be the most talented team that the Buckeyes face in the 2022 regular season, with first-year coach and former Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman leading the Fighting Irish into the Shoe. This game is the first of a home-and-home series that will send Ohio State to South Bend next season. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  05/15/22 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Stroud might be Ryan Day's perfect quarterback, in turn making him Ohio State football's best NFL prospect. His 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame makes him the prototypical size teams dream of having. He can make all of the throws, has poise in the pocket and can buy time with his feet when he needs to. That was all on display during his first season as the starter when he threw for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns while completing 71.9% of his passes. If there's one knock against Stroud's game, it's that his ability - and sometimes desire - to make plays with his legs is often non-existent. But that's a description that comes with the territory of practically every quarterback who's won the sport's most important trophy: None of them are the supreme athletes whose highlights will dominate social media.

That's because they've got a trait that's even more valuable: supreme football IQ. "That's the thing I love about football is that you can actually put in the work and go see it and put it on the field," Stroud said. "I love meeting. I love talking about this stuff. I love the verbiage. I love challenging myself." Stroud is a football mind. One conversation with him is enough to see how he views the game, and why he's able to anticipate and complete throws in places some pros wouldn't try. Just like supreme athleticism can't be taught, neither can that level of understanding. That trait is why at the peak of Peyton Manning's career, he was often given multiple plays at the line of scrimmage and picked which one he wanted to run based on what he saw. That trait is why Tom Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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