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  09/20/21 - TreVeyon HendersonFr/2025, Ohio State, 5-09, 215 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  SEPT 20 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK & FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State, RB - Fr. - Hopewell, Va. - Hopewell (Va.),...Rushed for 277 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries (11.54 avg.) in Ohio State's 41-20 win over Tulsa. Compiled 207 rushing yards in the second half and registered touchdown runs of 52 and 48 yards in the third quarter...Set a new Ohio State single-game freshman record for rushing yards, breaking the previous record (239 yards) set by Archie Griffin in 1972...His 277 rushing yards are the most by any FBS player in a single game this season and the third-most in a single game in Ohio State history behind Trey Sermon's 331 vs. Northwestern in the 2020 Big Ten Football...Championship Game and Eddie George's 314 vs. Illinois in 1995...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Justin Fields (Dec. 7, 2020)...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Sept. 13, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 RB) Fr/2025 RB TreVeyon HendersonOhio State
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  09/20/21 - TreVeyon HendersonFr/2025, Ohio State, 5-09, 215 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Ohio State's TreVeyon Henderson set a national season high with 277 yards on 24 carries against Tulsa. He broke Archie Griffin's school freshman rushing record and also had three touchdowns in his first start. Jaylen Warren of Oklahoma State had the only other 200-yard game of the weekend, going for 218 on 32 carries against Boise State. The transfer from Utah State entered the game with 46 yards on 20 carries. - AP College Football

(DS#2 RB) Fr/2025 RB TreVeyon HendersonOhio State
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  09/18/21 - TreVeyon HendersonFr/2025, Ohio State, 5-09, 215 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson's big day put him amid elite company in the Ohio State record book, and it couldn't have come at a better time for his decidedly off-kilter team. Henderson, in his third game, broke Archie Griffin's 49-year-old freshman rushing record, romping for 277 yards and three touchdowns as No. 9 Ohio State struggled with Tulsa and then managed to pull away late for a 41-20 win on Saturday. Henderson ran for scores of 5, 48 and 52 yards, which managed to paper over some of the same weaknesses Ohio State showed in the 32-25 upset by Oregon last week that sent the Buckeyes tumbling in the AP Top 25 poll.

Ohio State was supposed to be getting a break in the schedule, the first of two games against lesser opponents that would allow the ironing out of some glaring issues, particularly with the defense. Instead, it got a good tussle. The Buckeyes (2-1) were not sharp, but Tulsa (0-3) just couldn't match them blow for blow and Henderson, who ran for 69 yards in the first two games combined, broke through with huge plays at critical times. A late interception that Cameron Martinez returned for a 61-yard touchdown made the score look worse than it was for the persistent Golden Hurricane. Henderson broke a freshman rushing record that has stood since Griffin ran for 239 yards on Sept. 30, 1972, in an Ohio State win over North Carolina. Griffin went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and '75, the only two-time winner in history. - Ohio State Football/AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) Fr/2025 RB TreVeyon HendersonOhio State
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  09/13/21 - C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  SEPT 13 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB - Empire, Calif. - Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.),...Completed 35 of 54 passes for 454 yards and three touchdowns vs. Oregon...His 484 yards and 35 completions both rank as the second-most by a Buckeye quarterback in school history. The 484 yards passing are the most by any FBS player this in a single game this season, while the 35 completions trail only Mississippi State's Will Rogers' 39 completions vs. Louisiana Tech...Through Ohio State's first two games, ranks fourth in the FBS with 778 passing yards and second in passing yards per game (389.0)...Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Sept. 6, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  09/06/21 - C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB - Empire, Calif. - Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.),...Completed 13 of 22 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start to help Ohio State defeat Minnesota 45-31. His 294 yards are the second-most by a Buckeye quarterback making the first start of their career since 2000...Threw four touchdown passes in the second half to rally Ohio State from a 14-10 halftime deficit. Recorded three touchdown passes of 50-plus yards, connecting on touchdown strikes of 56, 61 and 70 yards...Is one of just nine quarterback in the FBS to pass for four-plus touchdowns in a game this season...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Tate Martell (Sept. 10, 2018). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  09/02/21 - C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud's mind was not right as he sparred with first-game jitters, feeling "kind of all over the place" in his debut as Ohio State's starting quarterback. Playing for the Buckeyes comes with plenty of pressure. It also brings plenty of help. Stroud passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns, and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes kept coach Ryan Day unbeaten in Big Ten play with a 45-31 victory over Minnesota on a rainy Thursday night. Ohio State trailed at halftime (14-10) for the first time in a regular season game under Day, but time in the locker room was all Stroud needed to settle in. He passed for 246 yards in the second half. "Everybody was encouraging me, telling me I can do it. My teammates all have belief in me," said Stroud, who went 13 for 22 with one interception.

Said Day, who is 24-2 overall and 16-0 in conference games starting his third full year on the job: "We weren't going to play it close to the vest. That's not how we do it here." The Buckeyes flashed their five-star speed with two 70-plus-yard scores in the opener, one early on a run off right end by Miyan Williams and one late on a third-down screen to true freshman TreVeyon Henderson. Chris Olave had touchdown catches of 38 and 61 yards, and Garrett Wilson scored on a 56-yard reception that gave Ohio State the lead for good at 24-21 midway through the third quarter. - Ohio State/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  09/01/21 - Tyler FridaySr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 264 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Ohio State football will not have Tyler Friday's veteran presence on the field in 2021. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day confirmed on his Tuesday radio show that the senior defensive end suffered a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament in the offseason. Day had previously said Friday was not expected to play much if at all this season. "It was a tough break for him in the preseason - kind of a freak thing, just out doing some drills on his own," Day said. "We're obviously happy that he's gonna be back for another year, but it's gonna be a long year for recovery." Friday recorded seven tackles in five games last season. He has started a few games in the past. Along with Javontae Jean-Baptiste, he would have factored into the second tier of a rotation headlined by Zach Harrison and Tyreke Smith this season. However, the emergence of Jack Sawyer as a true freshman and the arrival of J.T. Tuimoloau as the same creates an intriguing five-man rotation. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#999 DE) Sr/2022 DE Tyler FridayOhio State
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  09/01/21 - Quinn EwersFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 200 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers has reportedly agreed to a deal worth more than $1 million with a company that arranges autograph signings. Darren Rovell of The Action Network said Ewers' representatives negotiated the arrangement with GT Sports Marketing. The deal was later confirmed by ESPN's Tom VanHaaren, who more specifically put the numbers at three years and $1.4 million. Ewers announced earlier this month that he was skipping his senior season of high school in order to enroll early at OSU. At the time, Ewers said it was "not just a financial decision," and he joined the Buckeyes a little over a week after the team started fall camp.

The decision by the 6-2, 200-pound Southlake, Texas, native was unusual, but not unprecedented. Due at least in part to his late start, when head coach Ryan Day discussed the backup quarterback position this week, he mentioned only Jack Miller and Kyle McCord as the candidates to take snaps after starter C.J. Stroud for the season opener Thursday against Minnesota. - The Columbus Dispatch


(DS#999 QB) Fr/2025 QB Quinn EwersOhio State
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  08/29/21 - Thayer MunfordrSr/2022, Ohio State, 6-5, 320 (DS#1 OT) + More +

  Offensive lineman Thayer Munford has earned the Block O jersey honor for Ohio State this year, though he won't wear No. 0 because of uniform number rules. The Buckeyes established the Block O uniform tradition last year. Defensive end Jonathon Cooper was the first recipient and proudly wore No. 0 as his uniform number. The award is a tribute to Buckeye legend Bill Willis for his toughness, accountability and character.

Munford, who wears No. 75, can't wear No. 0 because offensive linemen must wear jerseys with numbers 50-79. Munford will instead wear a special patch that will read, "Block 0 Recipient." "It's a blessing to be out here," Munford said after practice Saturday, according to an OSU news release. "I love this team and will do everything I can to uphold the tradition of what the Block O means in our program." Munford will be a four-year starter in 2021. He turned down a chance to enter the NFL draft to return for the extra year of eligibility offered by the NCAA because of COVID-19. At the time, he said he did it primarily to finish his degree, which the sport industry major earned in June. "The Block O is a badge of honor in our program," coach Ryan Day said. "It represents everything that is important to us - fighting to be elite in all that we do. It's also about accountability and a blue-collar personality. When I think of Thayer Munford, that's what comes to mind." - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#1 OT) rSr/2022 OT Thayer MunfordOhio State
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  08/27/21 - C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  When Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson thinks of a comparison to C.J. Stroud, the Buckeyes' newly named starting quarterback, he turns to the NFL, bringing up Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks' signal caller who puts touch on many of his deep throws. "Just the way the ball lands, like falls on a receiver," Wilson said, "You can choose how to play those type of balls. You can let it fall over your shoulder or go up at a high point, depending on which gives you the best chance to make a play. You love having someone who drops the ball on you versus not being able to react as much." A few days after Stroud was named the team's starting quarterback for the upcoming season, prevailing in a preseason competition between Kyle McCord and Jack Miller, he received glowing praise from the receivers who will be on the other end of his passes.

All of them raved about his ball placement, one of the qualities that could allow the redshirt freshman from California to successfully replace Justin Fields behind center despite the lack of college experience. He did not attempt a pass in a game as a backup last fall. "His arm talent is off the charts," said Chris Olave, the preseason All-American who forms a premier pass-catching tandem with Wilson. "He's going to put the ball wherever we need it." - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  Kourt Williams hasn't played a snap in an Ohio State game, yet the redshirt freshman safety has already earned higher praise than most players earn in their career. "Kourt Williams is the most diligent worker that I have been around anywhere, anytime, anyplace," defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs said. "This kid is the first guy in the building every day. He's the last guy to leave." It's unclear what Williams' role will be this year. He's one of several talented young players jockeying for playing time in the Buckeyes' secondary.

Soon after his arrival last January as a four-star recruit from St. John Bosco High School in California, Williams drew praise. Coach Ryan Day mentioned him as a potential future captain last year. But any hope of making a splash in 2020 ended when he tore an ACL during training camp. As devastating as it was, Williams now considers the injury a blessing in disguise. "Probably one of the best things that could have happened to me," Williams said Monday. "I've always been a hard worker, but honestly, I can say that the injury really took it took it to the next level." - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#31 OLB) rFr/2025 OLB Kourt Williams IIOhio State
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  08/25/21 - C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Twenty-three months after he was a late offer in the Class of 2020, C.J. Stroud will start at quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes in their 2021 opener at Minnesota on Sept. 2. Less than a week after head coach Ryan Day said that Stroud had separated himself in the race with Kyle McCord and Jack Miller to replace Justin Fields, the OSU head coach made the announcement official on Saturday.

It was both expected -- Stroud was Fields' backup last season, entered spring football at the front of the pack, and maintained that status every step of the way this August -- and also a remarkable rise for a recruit who jumped into the top of his class in the summer between his junior and senior seasons. "The body of work between the spring, and then also through preseason, he separated himself with his decision-making, his leadership skills, his accuracy," Day said. "I'm excited about what I've seen in camp. There's been a lot of flashes of really good quarterback play...I'm excited about what we've seen for sure. He's shown us all the things that we need to see to be ready to go play Minnesota." Stroud was offered by the Buckeyes in October 2019 after impressing at the Elite 11 recruiting camp in June, when Stroud was still viewed as a three-star recruit. He wound up as nearly a five-star, ranked in the end as the No. 42 recruit and No. 3 QB in the Class of 2020 by 247sports.com. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  08/25/21 - Master Teague IIIrJr/2023, Ohio State, 5-11, 225 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  As much as his clean bill of health has allowed him to jockey with freshmen TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams for carries in the upcoming season, it's also put him in a better position to find success on the field after rushing for 514 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games last fall. Known as a physical downhill runner over his first three seasons at Ohio State, Teague sees an opportunity to become a more balanced back as a fourth-year junior. He said that additional carries in practice have given opportunities to improve his vision, where he can spot openings in a defense, cut and change direction instead of just steamrolling down the field.

"Not being so one-dimensional to one side," Teague said. "There's some times where I've missed some cuts on the backside this past year, so I've got to make sure my eyes are in the right place and reading the d-line right. I've gotten really better on that with certain runs." The effort caught the attention of running backs coach Tony Alford in a recent film review with his players. He noticed a sequence from practice in which Teague set up a linebacker before cutting in another direction, spotting an opening on the field. "He wouldn't have seen that before," Alford said. "A lot of it goes back to that patience of understanding schematically where things are going and the timing of pushing a guy." If Teague's vision is enhanced, leading to some shiftiness, he should be a more productive runner and remain at the top of the pecking order at running back. "It's going to help his whole game immensely," Alford said. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#5 RB) rJr/2023 RB Master Teague IIIOhio State
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  08/25/21 - Haskell GarrettrSr/2022, Ohio State, 6-2, 300 (DS#5 DT) + More +

  Heartland BancCorp has struck marketing deals with two of Ohio State University's biggest stars under new rules that allow college athletes to profit from their names, Images and likenesses. Football defensive tackle Haskell Garrett and basketball forward E.J. Liddell will be promoting the Whitehall-based bank's campaign called "Relationships Matter: Bank on Community Banking" that touts the advantages of community banks.

They are the first athletes the bank has signed since athletes became allowed to do such deals this summer. "It's the Wild West right now. All kinds of folks are doing it for different reasons, different causes," said G. Scott McComb, the bank's chairman, president and CEO. The bank, already an Ohio State sponsor, plans to use Garrett and Liddell in social media, television and radio advertising, as well as personal appearances at high schools and community and business events, he said. Social media will begin immediately while it may take a couple of weeks before the two start appearing on other platforms, he said. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#5 DT) rSr/2022 DT Haskell GarrettOhio State
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  08/24/21 - Roen McCulloughSr/2022, Ohio State, 6-0, 230 (DS#999 LS) + More +

  Ohio State football will enter the season with no experienced depth at long snapper. As first reported by Bucknuts, Roen McCullough is no longer with the program. An Ohio State spokesperson said the junior from nearby Worthington Kilbourne suffered "a pre-camp injury unrelated to football" and quit the team. McCullough later posted on Twitter that he has medically retired from football. He said after being diagnosed with a "rare heart condition" in late 2020 he was cleared to return for the spring game. He played linebacker that day due to Ohio State's lack of numbers at the position. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#999 LS) Sr/2022 LS Roen McCulloughOhio State
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