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Should there be a Script Indianapolis with so many former Ohio State players now with the Colts?

The Colts continue their love of Ohio State players, James Clark finds a new home and more

Ryan Ginn

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Today is Tuesday, June 13, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Indianapolis is becoming West Columbus

In late May, I wrote about the Indianapolis’ Colts newfound love of Ohio State players, having gone from one former Buckeyes player to four on the roster this offseason.

It turns out they weren’t done yet.

The Colts claimed former Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell off waivers Monday night. Powell was waived by the Cleveland Browns after spending his first season in the NFL with Seattle.

In the 2016 season, offensive guard Jack Mewhort was the only former Ohio State player on the roster. The Colts fired their struggling GM Ryan Grigson on Jan. 21 and replaced him with respected up-and-comer Chris Ballard. Since his hiring, Ballard has added defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and linebacker John Simon in free agency, and he selected safety Malik Hooker in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Now, Powell seems happy to join his fellow Buckeyes in Indianapolis.

Earlier, Hankins expressed excitement about having the chance to play with some college teammates.

“Chris [Ballard] did a tremendous job of bringing a lot of guys in here,” he told Colts.com. “Even going into the draft, he brought in even more defensive guys. Of course, we have a few Buckeyes on the defense too. I love the new atmosphere we’ve got going on in here about winning. I’m just ready to take the next step with them.”

Ohio State WR James Clark moves on

Former Ohio State wide receiver James Clark has found his new home.

It was reported in the spring that Clark would attend Virginia Tech as a graduate transfer, but he needed to finish school at Ohio State first. With that out of the way, he’s officially a member of the Hokies.

Clark arrived at Ohio State as a highly acclaimed 4-star receiver from south Florida, but he never experienced the success he seemed destined for. Despite decent playing time in 2016, he finished with just 6 catches for 47 yards. His track speed was supposed to give the Buckeyes a deep-threat option, but his longest catch in 2016 went for just 12 yards.

Nate Ebner is Lord of the Rings

In August, former Ohio State football player Nate Ebner competed in the 2016 Olympics for the United States rugby team. In February, he won his second Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

Pretty good, right?

It turns out Ebner also got some pretty sweet jewelry to go with it, though there’s quite a difference between the Olympic and Super Bowl rings.

He was the first active NFL player to compete in the Olympics, so nobody ever has earned those two rings in the same year before.

As a bonus, his second ring with the Patriots contains a hilarious message.

 

B1G happenings

• Former Michigan assistant coach named Butler’s next coach.

• Tom Izzo says he thinks Big Ten basketball will move to a 20-game schedule.

• Iowa is adding a logo to its 50-yard line.

• Michigan State’s Draymond Green wins another NBA title.

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