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Name: C.J. Stroud 
College: Ohio State     Number: 7
Height: 6-3   Weight: 218
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2025

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 Data Scout Notes: 2022: PManning/PUnitas/PWCampPOY/PMaxwell/PDaveyOBrien...2021: HeismanTrophyFinalist/OPOYC/ROYC/1stC/OBrienFinalist/QBOYC...(+) Coming off Sept 2021 Shoulder INJ...2020: NAC



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  09/24/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Cade Stover and Emeka Egbuka each caught two of C.J. Stroud's five touchdown passes, Miyan Williams rushed for two more scores and No. 3 Ohio State blew by Wisconsin early and cruised to a 52-21 win on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) scored touchdowns on their first four drives and led 31-7 at the half. Wisconsin could only slow them down after that but didn't get closer than 21 points. Running backs TreVeyon Henderson and Williams both had 100-yard games; Henderson had 121 yards, and Williams averaged more than 9 yards per carry in rumbling for 101.

Stroud completed 17 of 27 attempts for 281 yards and also threw an interception for the first time this season. He has 16 touchdown passes in four games. The TD catches were the first for Stover, a tight end in his fourth year who has also played defensive end and linebacker for the Buckeyes. His first was on a 13-yard toss, two plays after after Ohio State safety Tanner McCalister picked off Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz. Later the 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end caught a 2-yard scoring pass to put the Buckeyes up 21-0 before the end of the first quarter. Egbuka caught scoring passes of 32 and 8 yards. Julian Fleming also caught a touchdown pass for the Buckeyes. Mertz was 11 for 20 for 94 yards, rushed for a touchdown and threw for another. Braelon Allen rushed for 165 yards, including a 75-yard TD romp in the fourth quarter. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  09/19/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  SEPT 19 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB - So. - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - Rancho Cucamonga,...Completed 18 of 20 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, finishing with 367 yards passing and five touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 77-21 win over Toledo..Recorded a completion percentage of more than 80 percent for the fourth time, while his 256.8 passing efficiency was the second highest of his career..Leads the nation with 11 touchdown passes, ranks second in passing efficiency (208.6) and ranks among the top 10 quarterbacks in five different categories: yards per pass attempt (4th, 11.07), points responsible for (7th, 66), points responsible for per game (7th, 22.0), completion percentage (8th, .729), passing yards per game (9th, 313.7)...Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and his 10th career weekly honor...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 22, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  09/19/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State scored 77 points for the third time since 2016 in its 77-21 win over Toledo. The Buckeyes also hung 77 on Oregon State in 2018 and Bowling Green in 2016. The Buckeyes' 763 total yards were the most by a Bowl Subdivision team since North Carolina amassed 778 against Miami on Dec. 12, 2020. - AP College Football

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  09/17/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud threw five touchdown passes and No. 3 Ohio State rolled up 762 yards on the way to a runaway 77-21 victory over Toledo on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (3-0) scored on all six of their first-half possessions, with Stroud completing 18 of 20 passes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdown passes each to Marvin Harrison Jr. and Julian Fleming on the way to a 42-14 lead. Stroud, a Heisman Trophy favorite, completed 22 of 27 passes for 367 yards before yielding to backups late in the third quarter. The Buckeyes' offensive output was the most since they gained 776 yards in a 77-10 win over another Mid-American Conference team, Bowling Green, in 2016.

TreVeyon Henderson, an AP Preseason All-American, scored on a 7-yard run to put Ohio State on the board in the first quarter, but the second-year back didn't play again because of an unspecified injury that briefly sent him to the locker room. Toledo tied it at 7 early on Dequan Finn's 50-yard TD heave on the run to Thomas Zsiros, but the Buckeyes assumed control and ran away with it. That wasn't for lack of effort on the part of Finn, who made the Rockets' offense at least look respectable. He passed for 153 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 70 and another score. Harrison is on a roll for the Buckeyes. The second-year receiver had six catches for 102 yards - all in the first half - including two acrobatic touchdown passes. That followed seven catches for 184 yards and three TDs in last week's win over Arkansas State. Emeka Egbuka had seven catches for 116yards and a TD and added another score rushing. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  09/13/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 2. C.J. Stroud, rSo, QB, Ohio State, 6-3, 218, 1,...Stroud was masterful in a 45-12 thrashing of Arkansas State, hitting 16 of 24 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Previous week, No. 2: Stroud threw two touchdown passes and Ohio State shut out No. 5 Notre Dame over the final 42 minutes in a gritty 21-10 victory. Stroud finished 24 of 34 for 223 yards, two touchdowns and rushed three for net one yard. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  09/08/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 2. C.J. Stroud, rSo, QB, Ohio State, 6-3, 218,...Stroud threw two touchdown passes and Ohio State shut out No. 5 Notre Dame over the final 42 minutes in a gritty 21-10 victory on Saturday night. The Irish hung with the high-scoring Buckeyes for most of three quarters, frustrating Heisman Trophy finalist Stroud and putting together a couple of first-half scoring drives. Stroud finished 24 of 34 for 223 yards, two touchdowns and rushed three for net one yard. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  09/03/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  With its vaunted offense bogged down, No. 2 Ohio State leaned on its revamped defense in a top-five opener against a former Buckeye that tested its toughness. C.J. Stroud threw two touchdown passes and Ohio State shut out No. 5 Notre Dame over the final 42 minutes in a gritty 21-10 victory on Saturday night. "The story of the night was the defense, to turn around and play the way they did after what's been said about them in the off-season, questioning their toughness, and play the way they did against the No. 5 team in the country...I thought the energy was off the charts for the defense tonight," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. The first regular-season meeting of the storied programs since 1996 was a homecoming for first-year Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman. The former Buckeyes linebacker has made a meteoric rise to lead the Fighting Irish at the age of 36.

Freeman is 0-2 as a head coach after losing a bowl game just weeks after being named Brian Kelly's successor. The Irish hung with the high-scoring Buckeyes for most of three quarters, frustrating Heisman Trophy finalist Stroud and putting together a couple of first-half scoring drives. "We battled for two and a half quarters, but then they scored with 17 seconds left in the third and we didn't respond," Freeman said. Ohio State's defense, too generous against the run last season, put the clamps on the Irish and new starting quarterback Tyler Buchner in the second half. "We were called soft all last year and we had to sit there and just eat," Ohio State defensive back Lathan Ransom said. Day turned over his defensive staff in the offseason, bringing in Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State to be coordinator. How quickly the Buckeyes would pick up a scheme that is considered more complicated and multiple than the one they have been running was an open question. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  09/01/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 3. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 4,435 yards, 44 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. Stroud is the leader of what should be a high-powered offense at Ohio State. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season and coach Ryan Day says he has seen growth and maturity from his quarterback. If all goes as planned, Stroud very well could be back on the Heisman list once this season is over. - ESPN.com

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  08/31/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2022 COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TOP STAR DUOS/TRIOS: Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, not Young, is actually the Heisman Trophy favorite going into the season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. He will haverunning back TreVeyon Henderson and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba at his disposal. Both are first-team preseason first-team AP All-American picks and potent weapons for any quarterback. - AP College Football

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  08/29/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: C.J. Stroud, So., Ohio State,...Stroud led the best offense in the nation as a freshman in 2021 with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (561.5 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.7 ppg) while also finishing No. 2 in passing efficiency and and No. 3 in passing offense (380.9 ypg)...Completed 317-of-441 passes for 4,435 yards with 44 TDs vs. just 6 INTs. - Ohio State Football

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  08/22/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Hours after the Big Ten announced a new TV deal on Thursday, a record-setting agreement with multiple broadcast networks that will be worth billions of dollars for the league, Ohio State star quarterback C.J. Stroud expressed support for the idea of players receiving a portion of the revenue. "I definitely think it should be shared," Stroud said, "but if not, at the end of the day, we have the NIL space. We can do it that way. The new college world is turning around, and I'm here for it." Opportunities for compensation have grown over the last year with NCAA rules changes allowing players to make money from their name, image and likeness.

But limits remain. Athletes are not paid salaries by schools. Their income comes from endorsement deals struck with third-party companies and booster-led collectives that pay them for promotional work. The benefits schools provide players include tuition, room and board and stipends to cover cost-of-living expenses as part of scholarships. In Stroud's views, players deserve a larger piece of the growing financial pie. "This game is amazing, especially the college atmosphere, because it does have amateurism to it," Stroud said. "That's definitely a plus. But at the same time, I'm not 100% sure what our tuition is, but I'm sure it's not the worth of what we're actually worth. My mom has always told me to know my worth." - Columbus Dispatch


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  08/22/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud wasn't known for his running ability in his first season as Ohio State football's starting quarterback. In fact, his lack thereof was a constant talking point for why he didn't do so more often. He's heard every complaint possible from fans and even his own friends and family teasing him about his willingness to do so. Entering his second year as an established quarterback, Stroud is hoping to use his legs more and has also done the necessary work to be able to do so. "I feel the best I've ever felt in my life," Stroud said. "I (hit my personal record) in squat. I PR'd in bench. In my running, I forgot the mileage I hit, but I PR'd in that. I'm the fastest I've been since I've been alive." Stroud's physical transformation is the result of him choosing to take the weight room and his nutrition seriously in a way he didn't want to do in high school, thinking his arm talent would be enough. "It's pretty cool to see Coach Mickey (Marotti's) mindset and his thought process," Stroud said. "When you get here, you really don't understand. But now, since I understand, I've definitely seen the growth not only physically but mentally as well." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  08/21/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  It may be a top-five matchup per the preseason AP Top 25 poll, but Ohio State football remains a big favorite over Notre Dame in sportsbooks. The No. 2 Buckeyes opened as 13.5-point favorites over the No. 5 Fighting Irish, per VegasInsider.com. That line rose to 14.5 by Wednesday morning. The point total also rose slightly to 58.5, up half a point from its opening. If that spread holds, OSU will be a larger favorite for this season opener than it was a year ago at Minnesota. That line was an even 14 points.

The teams have not played since the Fiesta Bowl after the 2015 season. According to the OddsShark.com database, Ohio State covered a 4.5-point spread with a 44-28 victory. It also covered the same spread in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2005 season with a 34-20 victory. This is the teams' first regular-season meeting since Sept. 30, 1995. The Buckeyes were 7.5-point favorites that day and easily covered with a 45-26 victory. Ohio State has not opened against a ranked opponent since a 2003 home game against Washington. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  08/11/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  After a year's absence from the playoff, Ohio State football will again open the 2022 season in the conversation for the nation's best team. The Buckeyes received five first-place votes and are ranked No. 2 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. Alabama was the overwhelming No. 1 with 54 first-place votes. Defending national champion and No. 3 Georgia received six first-place votes. Texas, ranked No. 18 overall, received the other first-place vote. The Associated Press preseason top 25 poll will be released on Aug. 15. Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan rounded out the top six in the coaches poll. The Fighting Irish and Wolverines headline the six teams ranked among the top 27 vote-getters who appear on OSU's regular-season schedule. The others are No. 14 Michigan State, No. 20 Wisconsin and Iowa and Penn State, who were the top two teams also receiving votes who did not make the top 25. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  08/03/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  One of the few criticisms of C.J. Stroud last year was about his reluctance to run. He's not going to be Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett or Justin Fields with his legs, but Stroud said that's an element he'll be more willing to use. "I don't want to prove anything, but I definitely want to show that I can run the ball," he said. "If my number is called to do that this year, then I will." That would add another dimension to an Ohio State offense that led the country in scoring and yards last year. With a supporting cast that includes Smith-Njigba and several emerging stars at receiver, sophomore running back TreVeyon Henderson and a potentially dominating offensive line, OSU's offense that could be at least as potent as last year's. Complacency will not be an issue for Stroud. "I feel like I barely touched my potential," he said. "I feel like I can do a lot more. Hopefully. God blesses me with that opportunity, and I'm working for that." - Columbus Dispatch

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  08/03/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Tyler Nubin and his fellow Minnesota defenders had little intel on which to base their game plan for Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud in last season's opener. A little film from the Buckeyes' spring game. Some scouting reports from the recruiting scene. Stroud did not throw a pass in 2020 as a true freshman. He attempted 22 that night against the Golden Gophers. Nubin said the quarterback they faced was no novice. "He's ultra-talented, man," Nubin said. "His arm talent is something I honestly had not seen in a while." Stroud threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns with one interception against Minnesota. That night, especially a much cleaner second half, set the stage for a season that culminated in a trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist and a blistering Rose Bowl performance.

Stroud led Big Ten quarterbacks in pass efficiency rating by almost 30 points. That mark of 186.56 was the highest in the conference since Wisconsin's Russell Wilson posted a 191.78 in 2011. Wilson, though, did that as a fifth-year player and fourth-year starter. Setting aside early struggles related to a sore right shoulder, Stroud debuted as, if not a finished product, certainly a more complete one. Asking around various defensive players at Big Ten Media Days this week, a consensus formed that Stroud did not look, act or think like a Big Ten quarterback. "He's just more of a pro quarterback compared to the other guys, from where he puts the ball to how he stands in the pocket and the poise - just looking like a pro football player," Nebraska cornerback Quinton Newsome said. "It's something you can see on film, but you don't really know until you're going against him." - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  08/02/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: C.J. Stroud, QB, sophomore, Ohio State,...Stroud led the best offense in the nation as a freshman in 2021 with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (561.5 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.7 ppg) while also finishing No. 2 in passing efficiency and and No. 3 in passing offense (380.9 ypg)...Completed 317-of-441 passes for 4,435 yards with 44 TDs vs. just 6 INTs. - Ohio State Football

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  07/28/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud closed 2021 with an explosive Rose Bowl performance that backed up his selection as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He opens 2022 as the favorite to repeat that award. Stroud received 32 of 35 first-place votes for preseason offensive player of the year in the 12th annual cleveland.com preseason Big Ten football poll. Jaxon Smith-Njibga, Stroud's top returning receiver who broke the Big Ten single-season record for receiving yards last season, landed two first-place votes. He edged Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen by five points for second place.

Allen appeared on four more ballots, but received no first-place votes. Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa received the other first-place vote. Stroud received two first-place votes in last year's poll despite not yet being named OSU's starter at the time. He went on to become a Heisman Trophy finalist after throwing for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns. That included five games of 400 or more yards and five games with four or more touchdowns without an interception. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  07/28/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Expectations remain high for Ohio State football heading into the 2022 season. As fall camp looms for the Buckeyes, ESPN is raising expectations even higher. ESPN's College Football Power Index gives the Buckeyes a 32.1% chance to win out the 2022 season, the highest percentage of any team in college football. The Buckeyes' chances are 11.2% higher than second-place Georgia.

Ohio State is the only team in the Big Ten with more than a 2% chance of finishing the 2022 season undefeated, with Michigan coming in at 1.7% with 9.5 projected wins, while Michigan State and Penn State each have a 0.1% chance of finishing undefeated, coming in with eight projected wins each. The Buckeyes also have more than a 82.9% chance of beating each team on is regular-season schedule, with the lowest percentage coming on the road against the Nittany Lions Oct. 29. Per ESPN's football power index, Ohio State has an 84.8% chance of beating Michigan at home Nov. 26, higher than the Buckeyes' home matchup against Notre Dame and road matchups against the Penn State and Michigan State. - Columbus Dispatch


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  07/26/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Big Ten Conference announced its 2022 football preseason honors on Monday ahead of the start of Big Ten Football Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium. A media panel selected the 10-member preseason list, with five representatives each from the East and West Divisions. Ohio State placed a trio of honorees on the East Division list highlighted by the unanimous selection of quarterback C.J. Stroud, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last season. Stroud was joined on this year's preseason East Division squad by a pair of Buckeye offensive standouts in running back TreVeyon Henderson and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, as well as Michigan running back Blake Corum and Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed. Four different schools placed students on the West Division preseason list, led by two representatives from Wisconsin in running back Braelon Allen and linebacker Nick Herbig. They were joined on the list by Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell, Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski and Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell. - Big Ten Football

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  07/25/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Big Ten football schedule will officially begin Tuesday in Indianapolis. Ohio State and the rest conference will begin the annual media days Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium where head coaches and players from each Big Ten team will preview the upcoming season. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren will open up the event with a 45-minute press conference, answering questions likely about conference expansion and realignment, USC and UCLA joining the conference, Name, Image and Likeness, College Football Playoff expansion along with many other topics. Safety Ronnie Hickman, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and quarterback C.J. Stroud will represent Ohio State in Indianapolis. They are expected to speak from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Head coach Ryan Day is also scheduled to speak at an individual podium session from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday. - Columbus Dispatch

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  07/21/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,... Ohio State quarterback C. J. Stroud Will be one of the top quarterbacks in the country and a candidate for all major honors after an award-winning season in 2021 that included being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Last season he was named the Big Ten Conference's offensive player of the year, quarterback of the year and freshman of the year. Led the best offense in the nation as a freshman in 2021 with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (561.5 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.7 ppg) while also finishing No. 2 in passing efficiency and and No. 3 in passing offense (380.9 ypg). He completed 317-of-441 passes for 4,435 yards with 44 TDs vs. just 6 INTs. Finished in the top five nationally in passer efficiency rating (2nd, 186.6), touchdown passes (3rd, 44), completion percentage (3rd, 71.9), yards per game (3rd, 369.6), yard and yards/attempt (2nd, 10.1). - Ohio State Football

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  07/20/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 215, Inland Empire, Calif.,...Stroud will be one of the top quarterbacks in the country and a candidate for all major honors after an award-winning season in 2021 that included being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy...Led the best offense in the nation as a freshman in 2021 with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (561.5 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.7 ppg) while also finishing No. 2 in passing efficiency and and No. 3 in passing offense (380.9 ypg). - Ohio State Football

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  07/11/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud continues to prepare for the 2022 season. The Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback was in Dallas July 1-3 to help coach a Nike Football Skills Camp with Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and safety Ronnie Hickman, along with Texas running back Bijan Robinson and Texas linebacker Demarvion Overshown. It seems like Stroud is sticking around a bit longer.

He was seen in Austin, Texas, working out with former Ohio State and current Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, former Liberty and newly-drafted Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis and Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson is currently awaiting a ruling from the NFL on possible punishment after allegations of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions, reaching confidential settlements with all but four of the women who accused him. Last season, Stroud finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy race, finishing the season with 4,425 passing yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions. - Columbus Dispatch


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  07/10/22 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Ohio State football program celebrates Ohio Stadium's 100th anniversary in 2022 and to mark the occasion, the Buckeyes will spend the entire first month of the season playing home games. The Buckeyes' 2022 schedule features eight home games including the first five games of the season, the first two games of the Big Ten Conference schedule and the last game of 2022. And what better way to kickoff the centennial celebration of Ohio Stadium than playing one of college football's most historic programs, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to begin the season.

The home schedule will also include 119th meeting between the Michigan Wolverines and the Buckeyes. It will be just the third time since 2001 that Buckeyes play The Game after losing the previous season. Ohio State will enter the year likely ranked among the top five teams in the country with a 2021 Heisman Trophy finalist at quarterback in C.J. Stroud and a new defense under coordinator Jim Knowles. - Columbus Dispatch


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  06/22/22 - QB 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


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  06/09/22 - QB 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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  06/06/22 - QB 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 - QB 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


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  06/03/22 - QB 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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  05/19/22 - QB 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 - QB 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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  12/09/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD FINALIST: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud guides an offense that is No. 1 nationally in scoring (47.2 points per game) and yardage (559.9 yards per game). He's No. 2 nationally - and No. 1 among Power 5 players - in QB rating (186.7), No. 4 in touchdown passes (36), No. 6 in yards per game (346.8), No. 4 in yards per attempt (10.0) and No. 8 in completion percentage (71.1). A seven-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Stroud's total of 3,468 yards passing is already the second-highest in single-season history. Last Saturday, he established a career high with six touchdown passes - all in the first half - while completing 32 of 35 passes for 432 yards against than-No. 7 Michigan State. - Ohio State Football

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  12/06/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud,...Stroud, a redshirt freshman quarterback and first-year starter, completed 280 of 395 passes for 3,862 yards with 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions, leading the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record. His 182.2 quarterback rating is second-best nationally, his 351.1 passing yards per game are fourth-best, his 38 TDs are fifth-best and his 70.9 completion percentage is sixth-best. The Buckeye offense he directs was No. 1 nationally in total offense (551.4 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.5) and No. 5 in passing offense (364.9). - Heisman Memorial Trophy

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  12/01/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN GRAHAM-GEORGE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud is the first ever from the Big Ten to earn offensive player of the year and freshman of the year in the same season. Additionally: no one has won all three awards in the same year. Stroud is the sixth consecutive quarterback from Ohio State to be named quarterback of the year, and he is the fourth consecutive Buckeye to double-up as quarterback and offensive player of the year. - Ohio State Football

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  2021 BIG TEN GRIESE-BREES QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Individually, Stroud currently has the best Ohio State single season marks for passing efficiency (182.2), completion pct. (70.9) and passing yards per game (351.1). His 3,862 passing yards ranks second in school history and his 38 touchdown passes rank third. - Ohio State Football

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  2021 BIG TEN THOMPSON-RANDLE EL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud, a redshirt freshman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who had not thrown a collegiate pass prior to this season, has led arguably the best offense in the nation with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (551.4 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.5 ppg), and No. 5 in passing offense (364.9 ypg). - Ohio State Football

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  11/21/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  NOV 21 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. STROUD, OHIO STATE, RS Freshman, Quarterback, Inland Springs, CA/Rancho Cucamonga,...C.J. Stroud passed for 432 yards and six touchdowns - all of which came in the first half - as fourth-ranked Ohio State defeated 7th-ranked Michigan State, 56-7. Stroud completed 32-of-35 passes for 432 yards, including a school record 17 consecutive pass completions. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 10-1, 8-0 in the Big Ten. Notes: C.J. Stroud is the 13th Ohio State player to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of Week honors, and the first since former Buckeye defensive end Chase Young (Nov. 24, 2019). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  11/20/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud threw for nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns in the first half as No. 5 Ohio State made it look easy in a 56-7 blowout of No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday. Stroud finished 32-for-35 against the Spartans' sketchy pass defense, which had allowed more yards through the air than any in major college football, and positioned himself as maybe the Heisman Trophy favorite heading into the championship stretch of the season. Heisman hopeful Kenneth Walker III, the nation's leading rusher for Michigan State (9-2, 6-2 , CFP No. 7), was turned into a nonfactor by the Buckeyes. Walker had six carries for 25 yards.

By the time Stroud took a seat late in the third quarter, the redshirt freshman piled up 432 yards for the Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 4), who polished their College Football Playoff resume and served warning to No. 8 Michigan ahead of the rivalry game next week that may end up determining the winner of the Big Ten East. "You can see our capability," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. "We're playing really good football, clean football. We have a high ceiling, and we're still striving towards greatness." The Buckeyes' top three receivers all eclipsed the 100-yard mark and caught touchdown passes. Chris Olave had seven catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett Wilson grabbed seven for 126 and a pair of scores, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a TD. Ohio State led 49-0 at the half and outgained the Spartans 655-224. "We got blasted," Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  11/16/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.),...Completed 31 of 38 passes (.816 pct.) for 361 yards and a career-high-tying five touchdowns in Ohio State's 59-31 win over No. 19 Purdue. Marks his sixth 300-yard passing performance of the season...His 31 completions are tied for the sixth most in a single game in Ohio State history and his five touchdown passes are tied for the seventh most in program history...Is the only quarterback in the Big Ten to throw for five touchdowns in a game this season and has now done so three times (vs. Purdue, vs. Maryland and at Rutgers)...Ranks fifth in the FBS this season in passing efficiency (179.4)...Earns the sixth Freshman of the Week honor of his career; was also named Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 25, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  11/13/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  After two weeks of some uneven offensive play, the No. 6 Buckeyes were understandably anxious this week with giant-killer Purdue coming to town. Ohio State had reason to be wary of the Boilermakers, who had already upset two top-five teams this season. The last time the two teams met, Purdue halted the Buckeyes' 2018 march to the playoffs with a stunning upset in West Lafayette. No worries this time. Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud was dialed in, throwing for 361 yards and five touchdowns as the Buckeyes struck early and rolled over Purdue 59-31 on Saturday. "It's going to build a lot of confidence," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. "I don't think our guys were lacking confidence, I just think after the last two weeks - we were on edge a little bit this week, to be honest with you. We just wanted to get back in this game, score in the red zone and get our nose dirty a little bit, and I think we did that." The Buckeyes (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 4) scored on all seven of their first-half possessions, piling up 45 points against a Purdue team that hadn't allowed more than 30 in any game this year. TreVeyon Henderson added to his impressive freshman resume with 98 yards and a pair of first-half TDs.

Garrett Wilson caught three touchdown passes and ran for another. "We were lucky to hold them to 59," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. The Buckeyes romped early, capitalizing on two Boilermakers turnovers, the second of which was a fumbled kickoff recovered on the Purdue 14. The 12-yard catch by Wilson two plays later gave the Buckeyes two touchdowns in 14 seconds. Wilson had 10 catches for 126 yards. Jaxson Smith-Njigba followed up a 15-catch, 240-yard effort last week with nine catches for 139 yards a a TD. Chris Olave had nine receptions for 85 yards a touchdown, the 33rd of his career and one away from the school record. "It's just real scary," Smith-Njigba said. "I think its hard for defenses to cover all of us." - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  11/09/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Cincinnati all moved up one spot behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama in the second College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night. Two Southeastern Conference teams sat atop the ranking for a second straight week, but after Michigan State lost last weekend, at least one spot in the top four was certain to change.

The CFP selection committee simply bumped up the Ducks, Buckeyes and Bearcats and dropped Michigan State to No. 7 behind No. 6 Michigan. "It's worth noting that teams ranked two through six all won, but the committee just didn't see a separation," committee chairman and Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. The Spartans beat the Wolverines 37-33 just two weeks ago, but the head-to-head result didn't carry the debate with the committee. "The Michigan-Michigan State discussion started last week," Barta said. "The committee went back and forth. Michigan, statistically, is probably a more complete team." For the second straight week, Cincinnati set a new mark for best ranking for a team outside the Power Five conferences. The Bearcats were sixth in the first rankings. - AP College Football


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  11/06/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud threw for 405 yards and two touchdowns, Ohio State's defense came up with a pair of stops after Nebraska had pulled within six points, and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes got out of Memorial Stadium with a 26-17 win on Saturday. The Buckeyes' nation-leading offense managed only two field goals in the second half, allowing the Cornhuskers — a two-touchdown underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook — to make it a one-score game until Noah Ruggles kicked a 46-yard field goal with 1:29 left. Ohio State (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) won its 24th straight game against a conference opponent but couldn't have impressed the committee that put it No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.

The Huskers (3-7, 1-6) dropped their fourth straight game and are assured of a fourth consecutive losing season under Scott Frost and a fifth in a row overall. The Buckeyes played without top receiver Garrett Wilson for an undisclosed reason but got career highs of 15 catches for 240 yards from Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Stroud completed 36 of 54 passes but threw two interceptions after having gone four straight games without being picked off. His 3-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave and Smith-Njigba's 75-yard catch-and-run for a TD helped put the Buckeyes up 20-10 at half. The Huskers scored late in the third quarter to pull within 23-17 and got the ball right back when Myles Farmer intercepted Stroud's deep ball intended for Olave. Nebraska drove to the 13, but Chase Contreraz missed a 30-yard field goal attempt. The Buckeyes were forced to punt and Nebraska began its next possession at its 10 with 6:11 left. Adrian Martinez started it with a 21-run but threw three straight incomplete passes to bring on the punter with 5:17 remaining. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  10/27/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.),...Completed 21 of 28 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of action during Ohio State's 54-7 win at Indiana...Threw three touchdown passes in the first half to help the Buckeyes build a 44-7 halftime lead...Has now thrown 14 touchdown passes with zero interceptions in Ohio State's last three games. Ranks second nationally in passer efficiency (192.8) and is tied for sixth in the country this season with 22 touchdown passes...Earns the fifth Freshman of the Week honor of his career; was also named Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 11, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  10/24/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson provided Ohio State's offense with a refreshingly familiar look Saturday. Even a persistently rainy night couldn't derail the Buckeyes' two big stars. Stroud threw four touchdown passes, Henderson scored three times and No. 5 Ohio State routed Indiana 54-7 after its bye week, extending the Football Bowl Subdivision's longest active winning streak against one team to 27 in a row. "It was great to see those guys running around. It looked like they were having fun out there," coach Ryan Day said. "That's good and that's part of the energy we want." Right now, it seems nothing can stop the Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten). They've won five straight overall, 25 in a row against conference foes including their Big Ten championship game victories, an FBS-leading 12 consecutive true road games and a conference-record 11 straight road games against league foes by double digits.

And this dominant victory resembled so many others along the way. After Henderson broke a 7-all tie with a 21-yard TD run late in the first quarter, the short-handed Hoosiers (2-5, 0-4) never had a chance. Ohio State scored the final 37 points of the first half and Day pulled his starters after three quarters. "When you see things like that, I just think we're hitting and we have the momentum," Stroud said. "Everybody does a great job." For the Hoosiers, there were more struggles. Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle replaced injured starter Michael Penix Jr. for the second straight week but didn't last long. Tuttle left after appearing to injure his right foot while capping Indiana's opening possession with a 7-yard TD pass to Peyton Hendershot. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  10/13/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  OCT 11 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)...Completed 24 of 33 passes (72.7 pct.) for 406 yards and career-high-tying five touchdowns in Ohio State's 66-17 win at Maryland...Became the first player in Ohio State history to register more than 400 yards passing and five touchdown passes in a game without an interception...Recorded just the eighth 400-plus-yard passing game in Ohio State history, with the 406 yards marking the sixth-most ever by a Buckeye...Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career and his fourth Freshman of the Week accolade this season...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: TreVeyon Henderson (Sept. 20)...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 4, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  10/10/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud, who didn't throw a pass in a college football game until five weeks ago, says he's getting better at relaxing amid the chaos. With his sore shoulder feeling better and some early wobbles behind him, Stroud is beginning to look less like an inexperienced freshman and more like Justin Fields, his unflappable predecessor at quarterback who led Ohio State to the College Football Playoff in both years as a starter. "I'm just being more comfortable," Stroud said after throwing five touchdowns in the No. 7 Buckeyes' 66-17 pounding of Maryland on Saturday. "I mean, being myself. I'm really just relaxing back there, and I think my teammates have really helped me. And I feel like we're starting to roll, get momentum." Coach Ryan Day sees it, too. "I think his preparation has been excellent," Day said. "I think he sees the field well. He's got some good players around him, but he's also making really good throws. His timing is right, he's seeing the field, making good decisions. And so that is allowing us to run the offense and to be very efficient." Ohio State scored on nine straight possessions and piled up 598 yards of offense as the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had their way with the Terps (4-2, 1-2). Stroud threw for 406 yards, including two touchdown passes each to star wideouts Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson against a depleted Maryland secondary. "Last week and this week, we were damn near perfect," Olave said. - Ohio State/AP College Football

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  10/09/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud threw five touchdowns passes, Ohio State scored on nine straight possessions and the No. 7 Buckeyes steamrolled Maryland 66-17 on Saturday. Stroud and the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had their way with Terps. The freshman quarterback was 24 for 33 for 406 yards and threw two touchdown passes each to star wideouts Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson against a depleted Maryland secondary before taking a seat after three quarters. Freshman TreVeyon Henderson, after managing just 17 yards rushing in the first half, finished with 102 and two touchdowns. He also caught a 26-yard TD pass in the first half. Master Teague also had a touchdown plunge as Ohio State beat Maryland for the seventh consecutive time.

It wasn't until the Buckeyes' 10th and final drive of the game, when the regulars were all out of the game, that the Terps managed to stop them on downs. Maryland was routed for the second straight week. Taulia Tagovailoa threw five interceptions last week as Iowa upended the Terps 51-14. Tagovailoa threw two late picks against the Buckeyes on Saturday, but turnovers weren't really the problem. The Terps offense couldn't string together enough positive plays together - and their defense just couldn't stop Ohio State. Tagovailoa, who came in the game leading the Big Ten in completion percentage, was 28 for 39 for 279 yards and two touchdowns for Maryland (4-2, 1-2). - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  10/05/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.),...Completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 pct.) for 330 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in Ohio State's 52-13 win over Rutgers...Recorded a passer efficiency of 266.174 in the win, marking the third-highest passer efficiency by an FBS quarterback in a single game in 2021...His five touchdown passes are tied for the sixth-most in a single game in Ohio State history and the fourth-most by an FBS quarterback in 2021...Earns the third Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Kyle McCord (Sept. 27, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  10/02/21 - QB C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-3, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Greg Schiano of Rutgers has a warning for the rest of the teams in the Big Ten Conference: No. 11 Ohio State is finding its stride. C.J. Stroud threw for 330 yards and a career-high five touchdowns after sitting out a game to rest a shoulder and the Buckeyes won their 20th straight conference game with a 52-13 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. What everyone saw was a dominant Ohio State (4-1, 2-0) put a complete performance on display, especially on offense. The nation's No. 2 offense scored on its first six possessions and had its defense deliver a pick-6.

Stroud connected with Chris Olave on touchdown passes of 56 and 11 yards, found Garrett Wilson on a 32-yard catch-and-run, and hit tight ends Jeremy Ruckert and Mitch Rossi on scoring passes of 19 and 1 yard, respectively. The freshman, who threw four TD passes against Minnesota in the opener, finished 17 of 23 and did not throw an interception. Olave finished with five catches for a team-high 119 yards. "This is this is what he's capable of," Day said about Stroud. "And now he's got to bring it through and be consistent." Ohio State has beaten Rutgers eight straight times. The Buckeyes outgained the Scarlet Knights 541-346, flowed through a defense that had given up just 54 points in its first four games, and intercepted Noah Vedral three times. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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