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Today is Thursday, Sept. 29, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Slobs ready to get back to work
The Buckeyes offensive line has a pretty great nickname, but do they really get enough love?
Even though the coaching staff tells players to go hug a big guy after a touchdown, offensive lines, in general, don’t get noticed much from the general public. Under the radar, the Slobs must be doing something right, though.
Averaging 6.1 yards per rush this season, the Ohio State rushing attack has scored eight touchdowns, including three from dual-threat quarterback and Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett. As veteran offensive guard Billy Price puts it, it’s all part of the gig. To be a Slob, you’ve got to live up to the legacy set before you.
“That’s a huge amount of pride for us,” Price said of the line’s dominance. “Whether or not it is Mike Weber, Curtis Samuel or anyone else running the ball, we take care of our job and make that line of scrimmage come to our advantage.”
As the numbers show, the offensive line has done its job pretty well. Now the Buckeyes have a different animal ahead as they start conference play this week against a familiar Rutgers opponent. On Wednesday, Ohio State’s practice helped illustrate just how familiar they are.
Meyer on Ash: "They know you so well." Mentions that their twos were running Rutgers plays. "They are our plays"
— Colin Gay (@ColinGay17) September 28, 2016
Price said Wednesday night that things don’t change much from week to week for the Buckeyes, no matter who they play.
“From an offensive line perspective, to be honest with you, there’s not much change,” Price said. “It’s still (about) going to block the guy in front of me, I’ve still got to take care of my assignments. The plays may change, the language, the lingo, whatever the changes are, as an offensive line we really don’t have to deal with that. We just have to block the guy in front of you. Take care of your job. That’s it.
Even though Ohio State, as the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, are 38.5 point favorites against Rutgers, Price said that you can’t let those numbers get into your head.
“Worry week to week and let everything else fall in hand,” Price said. “If you start overlooking people and start overlooking opponents, you’ll slip up. It happens and we are going to make sure we take care of each opponent and each quarter, down, game, whatever it is. Just make sure we focus up this week.”
Joe Burger up for award
Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger has been named a finalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell trophy.
— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) September 28, 2016
The trophy, according to the National Football Foundation’s website, is an award recognizing, “the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.”
A former walk-on, Burger has done all three in his Buckeye career.
— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) September 28, 2016
Even though he hasn’t made much of an impact on the field this season, with only six tackles in three games, Burger, a team captain, has had a huge effect on the Buckeye culture in the locker room and continues to be a dominant force on special teams.
Basketball is coming soon
Ohio State’s basketball programs will be co-hosting the “Buckeyes on the Blacktop” event on Oct. 6th.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 28, 2016
On the basketball courts right outside of the RPAC (behind Ohio Stadium), players from both teams will participate in multiple events, such as the slam dunk contest and 3-point contest. Last year was the first year of the event and it was a great success from both a team and fan perspective.
With the basketball season coming soon, this will be the first chance for the Buckeye faithful to see their new teams in action, including a women’s basketball team that will be one of the country’s best. There will be no charge to attend the event.
Terrelle Pryor talks a big game
Terrelle Pryor, the former Buckeye quarterback and current Cleveland Browns wide receiver, is in the middle of a career resurgence and is riding high after a stellar performance in the Browns’ overtime loss to Miami on Sunday.
Maybe riding a little too high.
2016 Cleveland Browns: 13-3 ? pic.twitter.com/ftHuJV1dqQ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 28, 2016
Former University of Memphis and current Pittsburgh Steelers back-up running back Deangelo Williams thinks he may have gotten confused of which team Pryor plays for.
Maybe he was talking about Ohio State! ?? pic.twitter.com/5eF09RoJms
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) September 28, 2016
Reminder: Williams is a teammate of LeVeon Bell, so he knows when someone may have their head in the clouds.
Pryor’s confidence is admirable and he’s certainly done his part to help the Browns win football games, but so far it’s not worked out. With the Browns playing the New England Patriots next weekend – and Tom Brady returning from his Deflategate suspension, that is a bold statement to make. Let’s see how it plays out for him.
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