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  05/25/21 - Garrett WilsonJr/2023, Ohio State, 6-0, 193 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  A Miamisburg state legislator is proposing a bill making it legal - for the first time in history - for Ohio's college athletes to earn money from their name, image and likeness, regardless of what NCAA rules say. Such opportunities could include sponsorships, endorsements, social media influencing, private lessons and autograph sessions, under the bill proposed by Republican state Sen. Niraj Antani. A bedrock of the NCAA's amateurism identity has been that its athletes do not profit financially from their status as athletes. Momentum for reform has been building for years, though, and similar bills already passed in other states - coupled with the inaction of the NCAA - forced the hand of Ohio and other states that could be left behind.

Antani expressed confidence the bill will pass despite the fast six-week timetable for its effective date of July 1. That date is not coincidental. Five other states - including some with college football powerhouses - have name, image and likeness laws set to take effect on July 1. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico have already passed laws that take effect that date. A bill making its way through the Texas state legislature could also go into effect on that date. Other states that passed laws that go into effect later are reportedly considering moving up their effective dates as well. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#1 WR) Jr/2023 WR Garrett WilsonOhio State
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  05/14/21 - Zach HarrisonJr/2023, Ohio State, 6-5, 265 (DS#3 DE) + More +

  "The Game" between Michigan and Ohio State will be a FOX Sports national broadcast and will kick off at noon on Nov. 27 at Michigan Stadium, the network announced Friday. Last season's Michigan-Ohio State game was canceled because COVID-19. This will be the first time since 2019 the teams will meet. The game at Ohio State last season was canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Michigan football program. That ended a streak of 103 consecutive meetings between the teams. The upcoming Michigan-Ohio State game will mark the 117th time they've played. The Buckeyes have won eight straight in the series. - Detroit News

(DS#3 DE) Jr/2023 DE Zach HarrisonOhio State
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  05/13/21 - Garrett WilsonJr/2023, Ohio State, 6-0, 193 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Wilson left a memorable impression on NFL talent evaluators while catching passes from Fields at the passer's first pro-day workout in March. In one particularly acrobatic grab on the sideline, he leapt in the air to snag the ball, keeping both feet in bounds. It was a sequence that replayed often on ESPN and the NFL Network in the workout's aftermath. Those ball skills and leaping ability are expected to make Wilson arguably the most coveted prospect from Ohio State in next year's class, provided he enters the draft following his junior season. Through two seasons with the Buckeyes, the 6-foot receiver has caught 73 passes for 1,155 yards and 11 touchdowns and made his share of plays in the slot and outside, where he will line up this fall. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#1 WR) Jr/2023 WR Garrett WilsonOhio State
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  05/12/21 - Tyreke JohnsonrJr/2023, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Tyreke Johnson's tenure with Ohio State football mostly lingers as unrealized promise for a player asked to live up to someone else's lofty estimations. Johnson has entered the transfer portal, as first reported Wednesday by Rivals. Johnson later confirmed the development on Twitter. The Jacksonville, Florida, native came to Ohio State as a five-star prospect in the 2018 class. Yet Johnson could never climb the depth chart, and coming out of his fourth spring in the program seemingly had no path to a 2021 role.

After using a redshirt in 2018, Johnson played in eight games off the bench in 2019. Yet in 2020, even after an early season-ending injury to Cam Brown and no other veteran options in the secondary, Johnson could not establish a role. Johnson totaled five tackles in four 2020 games. He is the fourth OSU player to enter the portal since the end of last season, joining receivers Mookie Cooper and Jameson Williams and offensive lineman Max Wray. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#999 CB) rJr/2023 CB Tyreke JohnsonOhio State
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  05/10/21 - C.J. SaundersSr/2021, Ohio State, 5-10, 179 (DS#92 WR) + More +

  Former Ohio State receiver and grad assistant C.J. Saunders is getting a pro football shot. Saunders will play in The Spring League, the developmental football league that plays in the spring. The league confirmed Saunders has joined the roster of its Aviators team. The Aviators and other North Division teams are based on Indianapolis, play games at Lucas Oil Stadium and are broadcast on Fox, FS1 and FS2. South Division teams are based in Houston. Saunders came to Ohio State as a walk-on from Dunlin Coffman High School in suburban Columbus and rose to become a team captain. He totaled 294 yards and a touchdown on 27 career receptions. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#92 WR) Sr/2021 WR C.J. SaundersOhio State
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  05/08/21 - *Shaun WaderJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-1, 192 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  Joe Horitz, the Ravens' Director of Player Personnel referenced Wade when discussing how the front office evaluated players who opted out or came from conferences whose seasons started late. Both qualifiers applied to Wade. "Some guys went through some struggle and we just watched how they competed," Horitz sad. "We know they might have been dealing with something this year - maybe not the same preparation in terms of getting ready for the season. "We watched the competition on film and went back to last year's film, when they had more normal season and matched it up to see where they improved or what they did better that year. I think our scouts did a great job marrying the two years up and coming up with an opinion on the players."

Wade was so good as Ohio State's slot cornerback in 2019 that it made him a 2020 consensus All-American despite his struggles after moving outside. DeCosta introduced Wade as a "nickel corner, slot corner." The expectation was that whatever team selected him would either move him back inside or possibly to safety. "Two years ago, he really excelled as one of the best corners in football," DeCosta said. Wade came back to Ohio State to build on that foundation. After the draft he listed all of the factors he believed contributed to his underwhelming performance - turf toe, a knee injury, deaths in the family. Yet he also acknowledged the disconnect between reputation and results - and the only remaining path forward. "I know what I can do," Wade said. "I know my smartness, my talent. Like everyone said, they know I have first-round talent and I know I have first-round talent. Right now it's just putting it on the field and doing it every day." - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#8 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Shaun WadeOhio State
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  05/04/21 - Jake HausmannrSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-4, 242 (DS#31 TE) + More +

  Another Ohio State football tight end will get a shot to make an NFL roster. Jake Hausmann reached a free agent agreement with the Detroit Lions after going undrafted Saturday, as first reported by Lettermen Row. Hausmann spent the past two seasons third on the depth chart behind Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert. He had only one reception for 13 yards in 2020. He was most frequently used in multiple tight end sets. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#31 TE) rSr/2021 TE Jake HausmannOhio State
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  05/04/21 - Tuf BorlandrSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-0, 229 (DS#14 ILB) + More +

  Tuf Borland reached an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings after not being selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, a source confirmed to cleveland.com. Borland was a three-time captain and four-year starter for the Buckeyes at Mike linebacker. That included a career interrupted by an Achilles tear in the spring after his freshman season. Borland started 31 of his 49 games. In 2020, Borland posted 48 tackles with 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks in seven games. He played a central role in back-to-back playoff defenses, including a 2019 unit that led the nation in total defense. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#14 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Tuf BorlandOhio State
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  05/03/21 - Luke FarrellrSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-6, 251 (DS#12 TE) + More +

  Luke Farrell will be reunited with Urban Meyer after the Jacksonville Jaguars, coached by the former Buckeye coach, took the Ohio State tight end with the first pick of the fifth round on Saturday. Ohio State tight end Luke Farrell has been reunited with Urban Meyer. The Jacksonville Jaguars, coached by the former Buckeye coach, picked Farrell with the first pick of the fifth round (145th overall). Farrell was elated when Meyer called him to tell him about his selection. "I've got some great news for you, brother," Meyer said on video posted on the Jaguars' website. "Welcome to Jacksonville." "No way," Farrell replied. Farrell's parents then got on the phone from their home in Perry, Ohio. "You can't get away from me so it looks like we're going to go hang out again for a while," Meyer told them. "It's just really surreal (it's) coming full circle," Farrell said. "Coach Meyer, as a northeast Ohio guy himself, he grew up 15-20 minutes from where I am right now at home. So yeah, [it's] just amazing and I couldn't be happier." - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#12 TE) rSr/2021 TE Luke FarrellOhio State
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  05/03/21 - *Shaun WaderJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-1, 192 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade might have been a first-round pick had he entered last year's NFL draft. A different fate awaited him this week. Wade waited until the draft's third day before he was selected with the No. 160 overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens. Eight of his teammates heard their names called before Wade did on Saturday. While he remained on the board for a couple of days, Wade said he kept patience, knowing a team would eventually grab him. "It's just a blessing to be drafted and part of the one-percenters," Wade said. "That's what one of my coaches texted me, that you got to enjoy that moment that you're part of the one-percenters. This is everybody's dream to be drafted and only 32 go in the first round. So just being able to be drafted is a blessing. I'm just excited." Wade's draft stock suffered from inconsistency last season as he switched positions from slot cornerback to outside cornerback. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#8 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Shaun WadeOhio State
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  05/03/21 - Jonathon CooperrSr/2021, Ohio State, 6-3, 253 (DS#25 DE) + More +

  Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper was selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round (239th overall pick) of the NFL draft Saturday. But he might be changing positions. Cooper worked out as an outside linebacker on Ohio State's pro day in March, and that's where he believes where he might have the best chance to stick in the NFL. "All the teams I've been talking to, they see me as an outside linebacker, Sam-type position, which is my body type," he said on pro day. "I just wanted to make sure I show the scouts and everybody that I can play linebacker and that I feel really comfortable in space and that I'm ready for the next level." If he does play linebacker, another rookie from Ohio State will provide company in his position group. The Broncos drafted Baron Browning with the final pick of the third round on Friday. Cooper entered Ohio State as a highly touted prospect from Gahanna. But he had to bide his time on a unit of ultra-talented defensive ends and wasn't as dominant as he hoped early in his career. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#25 DE) rSr/2021 DE Jonathon CooperOhio State
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  05/01/21 - *Justin FieldsJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-3, 227 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields extended Ohio State football's lead as the most prolific source of first-round NFL Draft talent. Fields became the 85th first-round pick in Buckeyes history when the Chicago Bears traded up to select him with the 11th pick in Thursday's first round. Ohio State added a little cushion to its all-time lead over USC (82). Fields was the only Buckeye taken in Thursday's opening round in Cleveland. It was the first year since 2015 without multiple OSU players taken in the first round. The second, third and fourth rounds could be full of them, though. The 2019 draft marked the sixth time at least 10 Buckeyes were selected. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Justin FieldsOhio State
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  04/23/21 - *Justin FieldsJr/2021, Ohio State, 6-3, 227 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Former Ohio State football quarterback Justin Fields has told NFL teams that he is managing the neurological disorder epilepsy, per a report by NFL Network. According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, doctors believe Fields will outgrow the condition, as others in his family have. The report said Fields has managed epilepsy with medication and it does not affect his athletic performance. According to the epilepsy foundation, it is the fourth most common neurological disorder. It affects 3.4 million people in the United States and 65 million worldwide.

The condition is associated with uncontrollable seizures, however, those can vary in frequency and intensity from person to person. Fields was not known to have suffered any problems due to the condition during his Ohio State football career. A year ago at this time, Fields was expected to be the first or second quarterback taken in next week's NFL Draft. Now he has fallen to fifth at the position on some draft boards. It is unknown whether his medical disclosure has affected any teams' evaluation. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#4 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Justin FieldsOhio State
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  04/19/21 - C.J. StroudSo/2024, Ohio State, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud looked and felt like the leader of Ohio State's quarterback competition prior to Saturday, and the Spring Game only reinforced that assumption. Stroud led a pair of first-half touchdown drives while he, Jack Miller and Kyle McCord took snaps with both Team Brutus and Team Buckeye. He led another to begin the second half, and for the day completed 16 of 22 attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, Stroud's performance featured the most sizzle and fewest mistakes. While all three quarterbacks were given equal opportunity to compete, the assumption all along was that Stroud entered in an advantageous position.

He was called on to fill in for Justin Fields mid-game twice in 2020, including in the playoff semifinal against Clemson. Stroud has walked and practiced with the poise one might expect from someone who assumes he had to be beaten out for the job. No one in scarlet or gray is talking specifics about who they believe leads the competition. The players say their confidence that OSU will have a strong starter in place on opening day continues to grow. "I believe in all three of them," defensive end Zach Harrison said. "Whenever Coach Day says 'You're the guy,' I have all my faith in him." - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  04/19/21 - Garrett WilsonJr/2023, Ohio State, 6-0, 193 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Goodbye, Garrett Wilson, slot receiver. It was a fun year. But this season might provide an even better pass-catching party. The announcement a year ago that the Buckeyes' five-star sophomore receiver was moving inside to create mismatches and greater explosion opportunities out of the slot was a shot of football adrenaline. Wilson could work over slot corners, safeties and linebackers, offering reliable third-down hands coupled with a constant big-play touchdown threat.

A highlight search offered a reminder of Wilson lining up a yard off the left tackle, matched on an Indiana linebacker, getting past him in seven steps, turning back to catch on his hip a Justin Fields pass that was slightly behind him and that was an easy 65-yard gain. "I think his ability to catch the ball, put it away, run after the catch so quickly is something you want out of a slot receiver," Ryan Day last March, and I wrote about the move as if the Buckeyes had just invented the forward pass. Wilson was named first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-American, while providing a new package of speed, hands and route-running that the Buckeyes hadn't really seen in the slot before, at least not to that level. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#1 WR) Jr/2023 WR Garrett WilsonOhio State
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