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Written by Grant Edgell | 17 May 2012


BRolleQABrian Rolle was a four-year letterman at The Ohio State University, starting at middle linebacker his junior and senior years. Remember the Buckeyes opening up against Navy in '09, with the Midshipment taking it down to the wire before Ohio State closed them out? With 2:23 remaining Navy lined up at Ohio State's three yard line for a two-point conversation attempt that would have tied the game and had Buckeye Nation in a collective state of shock. Instead Rolle picked off the Ricky Dobbs pass and streaked 99 yards to give the Buckeyes the final 2 points of the afternoon and sealing a 31-27 opening weekend win.

That was just the start of what would be a fantastic final two seasons in Scarlet and Gray for Rolle, a junior and senior year that would ultimately earn him a spot playing on Sundays.

Brian would close out his Ohio State career, after his 2010 senior season, with 206 career tackles, 3 1/2 sacks as a mike linebacker and 4 interceptions - including a pick-six his senior year. He was one of the last Buckeyes to enjoy a Senior Day (pictured below) with former head coach Jim Tressel, but that didn't mark the end of the relationship.

The Immokalee, FL native was drafted 193rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft, marking the official end to his Ohio State career, but leaving Coach Tressel and the Buckeyes behind was only figurative. The relationships built between coach and player is normally a pretty tight bond, especially at the collegiate level, but as you'll see it's a whole different game when that coach is Jim Tressel. That's a relationship that lasts a lifetime...

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Written by BHC Staff | 16 May 2012


MeyerDepthOn Wednesday afternoon Urban Meyer and The Ohio State University released it's final depth-chart before summer football. Not much can be labeled as surprising, but there are a few interesting pieces to note.

Wide Receiver Michael Thomas, nephew of ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson and successful recipient of twelve Braxton Miller throws back in April's Spring Game at the Horseshoe is listed as a back-up. Rumor has it he's been a beast in the weight room and obviously made an impact on the receiving corps this spring, but has yet to make his way into the group of top three receivers. Given a little more time and that could very well change before Ohio State's September 1st match-up with Miami (OH).

Senior corner Travis Howard listed as tied for the starting role with Doran Grant? Interesting. Either Grant has made that much progress - or Meyer simply wants to see more out of Howard, as does Buckeye Nation after his lackluster 2011.

Meyer did comment on Wednesday, when asked if any incoming (June) freshman might mix that depth chart up significantly, that DE Noah Spence could earn immediate playing time in Ohio State's defensive line rotation.

Here is the full 2-deep heading into summer...

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Written by Grant Edgell | 16 May 2012


Barclay1Even within the ultimate of team sports there are moments in a career - a season - or one cold night in Columbus, OH - where the pressure of an entire fan base rests solely on the shoulders of one man.

On Saturday night November 14th, 2009, only three games after taking over for the injured Aaron Pettrey, Devin Barclay lined up from just left of center with the ball placed on the 29 yard line in overtime at Ohio Stadium, stared directly into the face of a B1G Championship and a trip to Pasadena, and split the uprights to close out a 27-24 overtime win over the tenth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. A few seconds later the 26-year old Barclay was being mobbed by his teammates - along with tens of thousands of Ohio State fans who had rushed onto the turf of the Horseshoe - all celebrating a kick that Buckeye Nation won't soon forget.

Barclay's overtime field goal clinched at least a share of Ohio State's fifth consecutive conference title and earned them a one-way ticket to a Rose Bowl the program hadn't seen in thirteen years, where they would later knock off the Oregon Ducks in impressive fashion.

While that night in Ohio Stadium didn't go exactly as Buckeye fans had envisioned - watching Iowa's backup quarterback James Vandenberg leading the Hawkeyes up and down the field from the outset - there's no doubt that the victory was a special one for head coach Jim Tressel, lover of all things foot and ball. Coach often referred to the punt as, 'the most important play in football.' He also wasn't afraid to kick field goals on 4th and inches from the opponent's red zone, no matter how loudly 106,000 fans packed into the Horseshoe disagreed at times. But his recipe for success worked 106 times in ten years.

That night in Columbus was vintage Tresselball. After Ohio State's defense stood up and forced Iowa into three plays for -16 yards on their first and only overtime possession, Tress chose to run Boom Herron straight up the middle on three consecutive plays for a net three yards, putting every ounce of his faith into the right foot of his 26-year old former professional soccer player, and the rest was history.

With the one year anniversary of coach Tressel's resignation quickly approaching we were fortunate enough to catch up with Devin Barclay to talk about overtimes, pressure kicks and his former head coach.

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Written by BHC Staff | 14 May 2012


Let's go back, shall we?

coachksorebuttNovember 29th, 2011 - Jerome Schottenstein Center - Ohio State hosts the Duke Blue Devils in the marquee match-up of the 2011 B1G/ACC Challenge. Jared Sullinger poured in 21 points to go alongside his 8 rebounds, while DeShaun Thomas, William Buford and Aaron Craft combined to score 55 more in an 83-65 lopsided victory over Coach K his fourth-ranked Blue Devils. Embarrassing for Duke - but the score paled in comparison to their head coach's comments in the post-game:

"I've had my butt kicked before. We've kicked some butt. Tonight my butt's sore."

To Krzyzewski's credit (pictured right, sore butt and all), he's the consummate professional who is as classy in defeat as he is in victory. The best news for he and his Blue Devils is that they'll get their shot at revenge just one year later, but this time it will be in their friendly confines back in Durham, North Carolina.

This year's November match-up won't get quite the hype outside of Columbus and Durham as last year's #2 vs #4 game in Columbus, but with ESPN giving Ohio State an early preseason ranking of eight, and positioning Duke at fifteen, it could very well be the best pairing of this year's Challenge by the time it gets here (#5 Michigan also faces #6 NC State in Ann Arbor).

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Written by BHC Staff | 13 May 2012


McMillan1A message of 140 characters or less - from a 16 year old kid - must be taken with a grain of salt. The faster we all figure that out, the better experience everyone will have on Twitter. With that being said, Hinesville, GA inside linebacker prospect Raekwon McMillan made his intentions known on Sunday afternoon through one simple-but-bold message, and it only took him 111 characters. From his @Kwon_daTRUTH account: "I'm gonna go ahead and say ,, if Da'shawn Hand commits to Ohio State ,, im going too , #BuckeyeNation #gobucks"

Hey Urban - it's working.

Let's back up a little bit. Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, VA) is an elite 2014 defensive end that schools from every major conference have their eyes on. He's yet to play the first snap of his junior year of high school and already has nineteen scholarship offers, including those from Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina of the SEC and Michigan, Penn State and - The Ohio State University - of the B1G. Simply put - everyone wants him, including Mr. McMillan.

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Written by BHC Staff | 13 May 2012

B1GSundayEncoreFirst and foremost we want to wish all of the Buckeye moms out there a very Happy Mother's Day. If the rest of the moms around the B1G have a great day as well then, meh, that's ok too. Now to the week that was....

Ohio State didn't land our next four- or five-star talent this week but, on the bright side, we also didn't have any de-commits after Lewis Neal and Alex Anzalone both pulled their commitments last week. A quick tour around Twitter also shows that our former, current and future Buckeyes are now gathering inspiration on their own now that @BDubsTriviaGuru is behind bars trying to remain inspired himself.

We take a tour around The Buckeye Bloggers Network, as well as the blogs of all eleven other B1G schools, so we can keep an eye on what the enemy has up their sleeve and at the same time overdose you with B1G sports news. It also gives us the opportunity to smear a Scarlet font all over the links of the rest of the conference. Hyperlinks abound - 41 in total.....

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Written by BHC Staff | 12 May 2012


Andrew-SweatAndrew Sweat, former Ohio State linebacker and undrafted free agent, has decided against an NFL career after signing with the Cleveland Brown immediately after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft. Sweat was a no-show on Friday for the Browns' rookie mini-camp, and reports have him wanting to pursue law school as the next chapter of his life. He was accepted to multiple law schools before Cleveland signed him back on April 28th.

When camp opened on Friday in Berea, OH the Cleveland brass expected 37 total participants to take the field. But when Friday morning arrived, only 36 showed up. The Browns were unaware of Sweat's planned absence until they realized he had not shown up. Pat Shurmer later said, "Andrew Sweat is not at camp and has decided not to play."

The Washington, PA native and recent Ohio State graduate has a degree in finance from Ohio State's prestigious Fisher College of Business. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

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