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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 16, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Raekwon McMillan impressing at a national level
Although it has been a relatively quiet year after his sensational 2015 season, Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan is still getting some national attention for his work on and off the field. McMillan was named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
— Ronnie Lott (@RonnieLottHOF) November 15, 2016
According to its website, the trophy goes to the defensive player who best exemplifies IMPACT, which stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, on his team.
Statistically, McMillan has done very well. He leads the team with 64 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss that includes a sack. McMillan has also forced two fumbles.
Although his numbers may not live up to those of the other semifinalists such as Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen or Michigan linebacker/freak Jabrill Peppers, McMillan has done a lot for his community in Columbus and abroad as well. Here is a look at what McMillan has done to become a semifinalist and what the award would mean to him.
A look at Michigan State’s rush offense
Michigan State won the Big Ten a year ago, but since a blowout loss to Alabama in the playoffs, the Spartans have fallen off the face of the earth. With an overall record of 3-7 this season, Michigan State goes into its matchup against Ohio State with a 1-6 record in the Big Ten.
Their rushing game is not a part of the problem, though, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Per game, the Spartans are scratching out 175.6 rushing yards. However, they have been unable to score on the ground, and that’s been an issue. Michigan State is tied with Illinois and Northwestern with 13 rushing touchdowns, which is third-worst in the conference.
The majority of those touchdowns have come from two running backs. L.J. Scott, a Hubbard, Ohio native, leads the Spartans with 775 yards and five rushing touchdowns and averages 5.2 yards per carry. Scott has rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season, including a 122-yard performance in his last time out against Rutgers.
— Allison Hayes (@AlliHayesSports) November 12, 2016
Even though he may not get as many carries as Scott, junior RB Gerald Holmes also has five touchdowns this year while rushing for 416 yards. With around 10 carries per game, Holmes is averaging 5 yards a carry while rushing for over 50 yards in six games this season.
Although the Spartans running backs may not have the scoring ability as Ohio State has seen from other teams like Penn State or Wisconsin, they do have the ability to break long-gainers each time they touch the ball. The linebacking corps of McMillan, Chris Worley and Jerome Baker may have a busy weekend ahead of them.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 14, 2016
Now that’s more like it
Going into his freshman season at Ohio State, center Micah Potter had high expectations because of his size and perimeter shooting ability. However, his first two games in an Ohio State uniform could not have been more different.
— Josh Samuels (@jsamuels6) November 15, 2016
Potter may want to forget his first career game. In Ohio State’s 78-68 win over Navy, he was 0-2 from the field only two rebounds, a block and three fouls in 21 minutes.
However, in his home debut against North Carolina Central, he was very good. Potter had 13 points and three rebounds in 22 minutes. Nine of his 13 points came from beyond the arc, shooting 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
You don't have to slobber all over Micah Potter to see he's an upgrade. Nice skill for a big guy, something they lacked in 15-16.
— Evan Wolf (@Evan_wszy) November 15, 2016
Potter and Thompson give coach Thad Matta variety from the center position especially if the young freshman can continue his success from the 3-point line.
Mannequin Challenge is still going on (get it?)
The world is all in on another viral sensation. Ohio State athletics is all in on it as well. Different teams have submitted their own attempts at the Mannequin Challenge.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 13, 2016
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 4, 2016
— OhioStateWVolleyball (@ohiostatewvball) November 10, 2016
— Ohio State Men's Gym (@OhioState_MGYM) November 14, 2016
— Ohio State WGYM (@OhioState_WGYM) November 12, 2016
— OSU W Basketball (@OhioState_WBB) November 11, 2016
— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) November 9, 2016
— Ohio State WSOC (@OhioState_WSOC) November 12, 2016
Which one is the best? Could Ohio State football end up at No. 2 just like the playoff rankings? Vote here.
- Washington can keep the Big Ten from having two spots in CFP
- Former OSU wideout speaks highly of Penn State
- Michigan at No. 3 because of strength of resume
- MSU struggles against Kentucky
- Iowa’s keys for Illinois