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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 5, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
J.T. Barrett is not the only Heisman candidate at Ohio State
Ohio State is averaging a whopping 57 points per game and so it makes sense that quarterback J.T. Barrett would be a major part of it. However, in Tuuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer had high praise for another piece of the offense.
On the Big Ten coaches' teleconference, Meyer said that Curtis Samuel is having the kind of year to be put into the Heisman conversation.
— Jacob Myers (@Jacob_Myers_25) October 4, 2016
Even though he may not have the cachet of a quarterback such as Barrett, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson or Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel has proven to be invaluable in this electric offense. Meyer even said that the Barrett/Samuel combination reminded him of the offensive combination of Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin on his 2008 Florida Gators team.
In four games this season, Samuel has accumulated 673 all-purpose yards and has scored two rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns.
However, it still seems like a stretch for fans to connect Samuel to this prestigious award. Let’s put his numbers up against another perennial Heisman candidate, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffery, who many believed should have won the 2015 Heisman, has been a solid contributor for Stanford this season. However, Samuel has proved that he is not too far off.
@Jacob_Myers_25 He's balling. Samuel has 64 touches for 673 and 5 TDs and McCaffrey has 108 touches for 634, 4 TDs (touches as rush, rec).
— Tino Bovenzi (@OSUTINO) October 4, 2016
Even though the majority of the award attention is going to be focused on Barrett at Ohio State, Samuel has become an integral piece in the offense. If he remains on this pace, it would not be surprising to see Samuel get an invite to New York City.
Does Paul Finebaum love Ohio State, or just hate Michigan?
When Ohio State and ESPN are in the same sentence, one can guess that the rest is about College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit. However, this time, it’s Paul Finebaum.
First of all, Finebaum said on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike that he has huge expectations for the Michigan-Ohio State game at the end of the season.
“I just sense that the Michigan-Ohio State game is going to suck all the oxygen out of college football as we build toward that game, assuming they both get there — and I think they will. If it is an epic game, I know it’s late and I know the committee doesn’t like non-conference champions, but I think it would be the last thing in our mind, particularly if it comes down to a last play.”
Later on Tuesday, Finebaum said that Michigan had no chance to beat Ohio State.
Finebaum has had an issue with the Wolverines this season, calling them a “pathetic fan base” and a “whiny and sniveling bunch” earlier this season.
With the game not until November, both fan bases already know that with all of the media attention that it is already getting, that the world will be watching. It’s going to be an electric atmosphere.
Former OSU linebacker Hawk finds new home in Atlanta
Buckeyes continue to make an impact in the NFL. After playing for the Cincinnati Bengals last year, linebacker A.J. Hawk signed with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday.
The #Falcons have signed former first-round draft pick LB AJ Hawk and released LB O'Brien Schofield.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 4, 2016
A former first-round pick in 2006, Hawk had four very good years at Ohio State. As a senior, he was a unanimous first-team All American and Lombardi award winner in 2005.
After signing a two-year contract with the Bengals in 2015, Hawk was released before the season this year. He was signed by the Falcons to help with their injury-riddled defense.
A new way to see Script Ohio
An Ohio State tradition has made its way to the Lego World. Posted on Instagram by Jared Jacobs, the Big Ten Network shared this in advance of them coming to campus on Saturday before the Ohio State/Indiana game for “BTN Tailgate”.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 4, 2016
Enjoy The Best Damn Band in the Land in a way you have never seen them before.
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