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Written by Grant Edgell | 25 April 2012


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Truth be told, we simply don't know what to do with him.

Statistically he's one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever wear the Scarlet & Gray. He was a freakish athlete who racked up thirty-five wins in just three seasons in Columbus, never lost to the hated Michigan Wolverines in three starts against the maize and blue - and won three B1G championships along with two BCS bowl games. Oh yeah, he was named MVP of both of them, one as a giant underdog to the Oregon Ducks - who many thought were the best team in the country - the other versus the SEC's Arkansas Razorbacks in a win that would ultimately be vacated due to some of the personal choices made by Pryor himself.

Unfortunately, at least in many circles, none of those accomplishments would be listed first on the Ohio State career résumé for Terrelle Pryor if our fan base were tasked with creating one. Instead you might find bullet points naming him as an Overhyped Underachiever. After all, he never won a Heisman trophy, yet he was the number-one recruit in the country coming out of Jeannette, Pennsylvania in 2008 playing a position that the Heisman Trust loves. You might also find other negative associations strewn throughout the document - Selfish, Embarrassment, Self-Centered, Careless, Untrustworthy. Worse yet - Traitor.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 23 April 2012


He spent more than half of his young life chasing a dream that seemed inconceivable at times.

As a stand-out cornerback at Bedford (OH) High School, Tyvis Powell had visions of himself in Scarlet and Gray. At times it seemed like nothing more than a ‘hope,’ but it was always a goal. As he plugged away as a senior – focusing as much on academics as he did sport – offers started rolling in wishing he would become a part of this program or that.

Youngstown State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ohio, Akron, Buffalo and Ball State. All fine schools – none the school of choice. Syracuse, West Virginia, Minnesota and Cincinnati. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans of Michigan State University. Now we’re getting somewhere.

“No thank you.”

Tyvis23JerseyYou see, when you grow up in Ohio idolizing Buckeye cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and then hone your own skills at the position – enough to be recruited by a number of Division-1 schools – playing for The Ohio State University becomes your only mission.

“I almost started crying y'all when I seen this in my locker...”

That was the direct quote from Tyvis, over the airwaves of the ever-popular Instagram, this past Saturday morning as he arrived at his locker at Ohio Stadium ahead of that afternoon’s Spring Game. Attached to the message was the photo you see to the right.

Mission Accomplished.

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Written by Grant Edgell | 20 April 2012


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After months of waiting - and the hiring of a rock star at head coach - the Ohio State Spring Game is finally upon us. With kickoff slated for tomorrow at 1:30pm at the Horseshoe, preceded by the Ohio State v Navy lacrosse game, droves of Buckeyes fans are going to pour into the stadium for their first look at the Urban Meyer Era.

The excitement around the program has reached a fevered pitch after a tumultuous year in Columbus - so what are we looking forward to? The Buckeye Bloggers Network has decided to break it down for you, group-by-group. We've taken on the defensive backfield here at BHC, and what better to focus on at Cornerback U? Our blogging brethren have tackled the rest of the field, which you can find here > Offensive Line - Running Backs - Receivers and Tight Ends - Defensive Line - Linebackers


DEFENSIVE BACKS

What will be most different this year than last?

First and foremost, a new coaching staff can have a dramatic impact on schemes, personnel and the overall look and feel of a positional group. The defensive backfield hasn't escaped such changes with Urban Meyer's hiring of Cincinnati's Kerry Coombs to take over defensive back duties. By all accounts he is as intense as they come, but the players love him already. So what does this mean for the Silver Bullets? No. More. Press. Coverage.

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Written by BHC Staff | 20 April 2012


UrbM2012Every Spring Game in the nation is a big draw for recruits, and this year's Ohio State Spring Game is no different. With the debut of Urban Meyer, his new staff - and a new offense - tomorrow's Spring Game is as big a draw for potential commits as anything else the program could offer. Plenty of talent has come into Columbus over the last few days to watch the game closely, and a few more are making their way in today and tomorrow.

As always, it's very difficult to say if the list will remain accurate into Saturday due to travel and decisions made by those involved on whether to make the trek or not. As far as we know, the list provided is 'confirmed.'

Here's the full list of planned visitors at this point (via BuckeyeGrove):

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Written by BHC Staff | 19 April 2012


The Spring Game is upon us in two days - and this afternoon Coach Tom Herman (Scarlet) and Coach Luke Fickell (Grey) drafted their rosters for the match-up. They are as follows:

 

Team Scarlet

HermHead Coach – Tom Herman

Assistant Coaches – Everett Withers, Mike Vrabel, Tim Hinton

Game Captains – Zach Boren and Jack Mewhort

QBs - Braxton Miller, Justin Siems

OL - Darryl Baldwin, Reid Fragel, Marcus Hall, Eric Kramer, Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Tim Trummer

RBs - Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith

FB - Zach Boren

TEs - Jeff Heuerman, Derek Burkholder, Nick Vannett

WRs - Chris Fields, Frank Kangah, Ryan Ross, Evan Spencer, Michael Thomas, Tyrone Williams

DL - Michael Bennett, Logan Beougher, Chase Farris, Joel Hale, Johnathan Hankins, William McCary, J.T. Moore, Se’Von Pittman, Kharim Stephens

LBs - Connor Crowell, Storm Klein, Ryan Shazier, Stewart Smith

DBs - C.J. Barnett, Christian Bryant, Doran Grant, Zach Domicone, Travis Howard, Vincent Petrella, Ron Tanner, Julian Vann, Jamie Wood

K/P - Drew Basil, Kyle Clinton, Kevin Niehoff

LS - Bryce Haynes

 

Team Grey

FickHead Coach – Luke Fickell

Assistant Coaches – Kerry Coombs, Ed Warinner, Stan Drayton, Zach Smith

Team Captains – Etienne Sabino and John Simon

QBs - Kenny Guiton, Cardale Jones

OL - Ivon Blackman, Brian Bobek, Jacoby Boren, Tommy Brown, Taylor Decker, Andrew Norwell, Ben St. John, Antonio Underwood

RBs - Bri’onte Dunn, Jordan Hall

FB - Adam Homan

TEs - Kyle Schuck, Jake Stoneburner

WRs - Corey Brown, Peter Gwilym, Verlon Reed, Taylor Rice, Devin Smith

DL - Adam Bellamy, Dalton Britt, Chris Carter, Garrett Goebel, Steve Miller, John Simon, Nathan Williams

LBs - Curtis Grant, Ross Oltorik, Joshua Perry, Andy Reed, Luke Roberts, Etienne Sabino

DBs - Corey Brown, Adam Griffin, Orhian Johnson, Tyvis Powell, Bradley Roby, Nick Sarac

K/P - Ben Buchanan, Kyle Clinton, Russell Doup

LS - George Makridis

 

Kick off is at 1:30pm Eastern in the Horseshoe


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Written by Chris Fauris | 16 April 2012


TressMeyerHeartbreak is an emotion that most sports fans feel too often. It can range from any sport, to any fan, being the pre-2004 Boston Red Sox of baseball to the post-1964 Cleveland Browns of football.

Heartbreak works in many cruel and mysterious ways, but yet it is a feeling that we all get much more than the opposite, which is Triumph. As an Ohio State Buckeye's fan, I have felt heartbreak mostly my whole life. You could stem it from many different years and losses to that team up North, mostly the 90's, or let us just say 'Cooper' to sum it up. HEARTBREAK.

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Written by Mitch Goldberg | 16 April 2012


danger-expectationsIn the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment and if something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise.

Expectations are sometimes out of context with reality at Ohio State. Over the last 25 years, there have been a myriad of expectations that have either failed to materialize or have exceeded anyone’s wildest dreams.  John Cooper was hired at Ohio State based on the expectation that he could consistently replicate the win his Arizona State team had in the 1987 Rose Bowl game vs. Michigan. You can imagine the board of Trustees saying “This is a man that knows how to beat Michigan--He beat Bo Schembechler in the Rose Bowl”, but the numbers 2-10-1 demonstrate that Coop wasn’t up to the task and to make matters worse he had a bowl record of only 3-8 at OSU. Fans expected so much from those great teams of the early and mid-90’s and were always disappointed in the end.

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