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By LionOSU

25. LB Luke Roberts – 3 Stars

Roberts is a 6’2″, 225 lbs ILB prospect from Lancaster, OH who runs a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash.  In a class that is loaded with talent at the LB position, Roberts is the least talented of the group.  It is possible that Meyer may not have even recruited him had he arrived at Ohio State a little earlier in the recruiting process.  Meyer honored all of the scholarships that were offered prior to coming on board, so Roberts sticks.  Even with LB being a position of need, Roberts is the least likely to impact the team as a Freshman.  He’s highly likely to redshirt in his Freshman season and then see if he can make an impact on Special Teams as a Redshirt Freshman in 2013.  If Roberts ever gets on the field as a starter, it will either be due to a rash of injuries or he will become one of the bigger steals in recruiting history for the program. (more…)

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By The Lion

That press conference was a train wreck and didn’t sway anyone into believing what he was saying.  It was odd seeing Tressel so out of his element, like he was.  He looked nervous and incredibly uncomfortable up there.  He spent the first 10 minutes looking like he was 10 seconds away from crying while rambling about having had former players die and all sort of strange incoherencies that seemed unrelated to this situation.  And that was right after saying  he had prepared statements so he didn’t stray.  That was the first sign this wasn’t going to be good. (more…)

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By The Lion

Roll call 2010: Ross Homan, Brian Rolle, Andrew Sweat, Ty Moeller, Entienne Sabino, Jonathan Newsome, Dorian Bell, Storm Klein, Scott McVey, Jordan Whiting

2010 overview:

With entrenched returning starters Ross Homan and Brian Rolle, the Bucks had a battle to determine who would be the third starter that was primarily centered on former #1 overall MLB prospect Andrew Sweat and former #1 overall OLB prospect Entienne Sabino.  The winner would see significant playing time as the third starter in a Defense that traditionally utilized a third LB about 50% of the time, and the other would be the first alternate.  As the offseason battle went on, it became apparent that a healthy Andrew Sweat was pulling ahead and as a result, Sabino decided that the best course of action would be for him to use a redshirt season to preserve an extra year of eligibility.  Meanwhile, Ty Moeller, a former top 25 LB prospect many years ago, who was recovering from a tragic head injury that required brain surgery as a result of a blind side punch while on vacation with his family in Florida, was making himself known as an elite playmaker and arguably the unsung star of the offseason on Defense.  Moeller was looking like he had locked down the starting Star position, which was more or less a 5th Defensive back typically played by a large Safety or undersized LB allowing the Bucks to have a hybrid on the field in sort of a quasi-Nickel formation.  With Moeller likely to be on the field at least 50% of the time, Sweat playing the other 50% of the time (when the team wasn’t in a Dime), and Sabino redshirting, the Bucks turned to their deep bench to provide plenty of support.  Early in the season, Moeller would tear a pec and wind up having season ending surgery.  The Bucks resolved this issue via the secondary, so we’ll discuss that further when we get to the DB’s, but for now, let’s look at the backup LB’s.  First up was a former fringe top 25 DE who converted to OLB after dropping 20 lbs.  (more…)

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By The Lion

Roll call 2010:

Defensive End – Cameron Heyward, Nathan Williams, Solomon Thomas, Melvin Fellows, Daryl Baldwin, David Durham, J.T. Moore
Defensive Tackle – John Simon, Dexter Larimore, Adam Bellamy, Jonathan Hankins, Garrett Goebel, Evan Blankenship

2010 overview:

The Buckeyes run as one of the top Defenses in the country continued last year.  They continue to be the most dominant unit in the Big Ten and one of the top 5 or 10 in the nation year in and year out.  One of the primary reasons has been the tremendous play of the front four, who have been able to pressure opposing QB’s without necessarily needing the assistance of the linebacking group.  In 2010, the strength of the Bucks unit up front was at DE with All American Cameron Heyward doubling as both a DE and DT depending on the situation and spending the bulk of the year as a genuinely unblockable force whose position on the field caused issues for opposing OL’s each week.  Heyward was a monster and no game proved that more than the BCS Bowl vs. Arkansas, when Heyward wreaked havoc all over the field, even playing through a relatively severe injury to his elbow.  His decision to return for his Senior year paid dividends to the team and hopefully to the player unless his elbow injury causes him to drop a bit in the Draft, but I’m not sure why it would considering it will not affect his play.  Nathan Williams provided a pure rush end on the other side of the field that was an ideal complement to Heyward, because you couldn’t try and double both of them, meaning somebody was left on an island.  The Bucks had Solomon Thomas and Melvin Fellows as backups last year. (more…)

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By The Lion

Roll call 2010:

Offensive Tackle – Mike Adams, J.B. Shugarts, Andrew Norwell, Andy Miller, Marcus Hall, Josh Kerr
Offensive Guard – Justin Boren, Bryant Browning, Connor Smith, Jack Mewhort, Sam Longo
Center – Michael Brewster, Corey Linsley and 5 walk-ons on the OL combined

2010 overview:

The 2010 Buckeyes Offensive Line turned into one of the premier OL units in the Conference and therefore the nation.  Mike Adams finally turned a corner this past year and the former #1 OT in the nation finally began to play like it.  He’s clearly a year behind schedule on the OL, but in 2010, had he also not been implicated in the Tat Five scandal, most Buckeye fans felt this could be the year that Adams worked his way into the All American discussion.  Shugarts on the other hand, seems to have slowed his development on the right side.  An early jump out of the gate had many wondering if he was the better of the two super recruit OT’s, as Shugarts was a fellow top 10 OT in the nation in the same class.  Last year, Shugarts was actually pushed hard by Andrew Norwell, with many wondering if the young Freshman OT was actually the better option.  Norwell was the #2 OT in the nation in last year’s class and was a true Freshman who played extremely well in the time he got on the field and really impressed the coaches in practice.  At about 6’6″, 310 lbs, Norwell has really bulked up over the past couple years, and his lanky frame makes you wonder if there’s more room to add weight, perhaps bulking up to 320+ in the coming years. Andy Miller, the Senior on this squad, really opened some eyes early in the year in Spring ball.  He was in the mix with Adams, Shugarts, and Hall to work out who would actually make it into the starting lineup to start the season.  An underdog from the get go, Miller spent some time during the offseason working with the starting unit at LT and leading many to wonder if he might actually bump Adams from the starting lineup.  Ultimately Adams won out and went on to have a very solid year.  Marcus Hall wasn’t so lucky at OT last year.  Due to some off the field academic issues, Hall chose to redshirt and get his academics in order, create a little separation between him and the soon to be Seniors, and try and get back to the top 5 OT in the nation form he was recruited to be out of High School.  So far in his career, calling Hall a bust would not be a huge leap, however some think he just hasn’t had an opportunity to show what he can do yet.  He’ll be a redshirt Sophomore to start 2011. (more…)

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By The Lion

Roll call 2010:

Wide Receiver – Dane Sanzenbacher, DeVier Posey, Taurian Washington, Chris Fields, Corey Brown, Grant Schwartz, James Jackson, James Louis, T.Y. Williams, 8 walk-ons
Tight Ends – Jake Stoneburner, Reid Fragel, Nic Dilillo, 2 walk-ons

2010 overview:

The 2010 team certainly had some issues when it came to receiver.  This position turned out to be one of the weakest on the team overall, but before we discuss why that was, let’s first discuss the enigma that overcame all of that negativity.  Dane Sanzenbacher has developed over the years into and exceptional teammate, player, and leader.  Most recently voted the MVP of the team on Offense, Sanzenbacher was nothing short of amazing all year long.  Not blessed with any sort of freakish ability, the guy is just an athlete who makes plays when a play needs to be made.  Over and over again he worked his way into a hole in the coverage to make a big catch for a first down or to slip behind the coverage to make a huge touchdown grab.  He has tremendous hands, good quickness, and is a very talented overall athlete.  I wonder what the NFL will have in store for him. Hopefully he can find a home as a Brandon Stokely type career slot guy, but either way, a very impressive player and I wish him the best. (more…)

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By The Lion

Roll call 2010:

Running Back – Boom Herron, Brandon Saine, Jordan Hall, Jaamal Berry, Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith, Bo Delande, James Georgiades

Fullback – Zach Boren, Adam Homan

2010 overview:

In 2010, the Buckeyes ran the ball and ran it effectively. What amounted to basically a two headed monster at running back to start the year, quickly morphed into a single running back by the name of Boom Herron, as Brandon Saine fell off the map, eventually moving into a sort of Fullback/H-Back hybrid position that maximized his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and create matchup problems for opposing Defenses. Herron became the workhorse and for a guy nicknamed Boom, that’s exactly the role he relishes.  Herron might be undersized at just over 200 lbs, but he runs like a guy 220+ plus, hits the hole hard, is always falling forward for the extra couple yards, and rarely goes down on first contact.  He blasts through arm tackles and has enough straight line speed to bust into the open field and go the distance from 40+ against solid football teams or longer against lesser teams.  His overall size and running style are going to become detrimental to his health at the next level and may ultimately result in an extremely short NFL career if one even materializes, but at the College level, Herron has become one of the top RB’s in the Big Ten.  In mop up time, the Bucks saw an assortment of highly touted recruits see action, starting with former High School teammate Jordan Hall, a top 25 RB out of High School who was undersized, but seems to have bulked up just enough to try and become an every down back.  He’s also been good enough to hold off former #1 overall RB Jaamal Berry, who is probably the most explosive RB on the roster.  Hall’s strength is in his ability to do everything well, not just break big plays.  He’s a total package kind of back and the coaching staff has liked what they’ve seen enough to basically keep this guy at the top of the depth chart once Saine moved into his hybrid position.  His biggest weakness is his size, at around 200 lbs.  The biggest problem with Ohio State’s backfield situation is that there are just not enough carries to go around to keep everyone happy and that problem is likely to persist in 2011.  Carlos Hyde saw a couple carries, but ultimately could not stay healthy enough to warrant much more than that.  He’s a huge back who looks more like Chris Wells than Boom Herron, but still has a lot of work to do. I could ultimately see Hyde transition into some sort of a FB role, as he was the #1 FB in the nation out of High School (and a top 20 RB).  Rod Smith, a top 10 back in the nation out of High School, saw a redshirt in 2010 and is likely to make a huge impact in 2011, but we’ll get to that in a bit.  What the Bucks have at FB continues to be one of the best surprises on this team.  Zach Boren is a beast.  He came to OSU in the shadow of his very talented brother, Justin, the leader of the OL and an All Big Ten guy at LG, but in his time here, Zach has been equally impressive.  He’s a monster back there blasting open massive holes in opposing Defenses for Herron to get through.  He also catches the ball well out of the backfield and gets up field in a hurry, proving very difficult to tackle in the open field unless you want a splitting headache for your trouble.  Adam Homan, younger brother of Ross, isn’t going to see much time on the field as long as he’s behind Zach, which he probably will be for the rest of his career. (more…)

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