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Cam Burrows’ season, and likely career, is over
During his Wednesday night press conference, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced that fourth-year junior Cam Burrows would miss the 2016 football season. Burrows was a noticeable absence on the Buckeyes depth chart when it was released Tuesday afternoon.
“Cam Burrows hurt his foot again,” Meyer said of the safety. “So he’s going to work in our strength room and it looks like he won’t play football. It’s been a tough go for him. He’s an awesome guy, a guy that’s a leader on this team. Excellent student, great family. He won’t play this season.”
Meyer’s words were measured and left the door open for a return for Burrows, but defensive coordinator Luke Fickell seemed to imply that Burrows’ playing career may be over. The foot injury that is hampering Burrows also cost him the 2015 season.
“It’s crushing,” Fickell said when asked how he felt hearing Burrows was going to miss the season. “Guys that give their heart and soul for this, the reality is it’s going to happen. It’s a part of the game. It doesn’t make it any easier. Whether the game ends now or the game ends in two years or the game ends in six years, at some point in time the game’s going to end. We all have high aspirations and expectations, and a lot of us have been there, whether you’re a coach now or you were a player before, and that’s one of the things you try to tell him. God’s got a plan. You’ve got to handle these things in the best way possible.”
These uniforms are a bad idea
Every year it seems Ohio State unveils some awesome new alternate uniform to be worn on one special occasion in their upcoming football season. This season, it’s Nov. 5 – Military Appreciation Day at Ohio State – that will see the Buckeyes rolling out in a special Chic Harley-inspired getup from the 1910s.
So, pretty cool, right? Right. However, it also seems that every single year some fledgling uniform designer, working under the pretense of creating something that is #fire gets social media talking about a “concept” for a uniform that is either terribly ugly, insulting or both.
This Ohio State helmet “mock up” is both.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 31, 2016
The idea, I guess, was to create a helmet for teams that was, for whatever reason, inspired by the helmet of the biggest rival. Why? Because people are bored apparently and need something to do.
That was not the only uniform monstrosity perpetrated on these eyes of mine on Wednesday. No, there was another designer designing. These next ones were made to celebrate the marching band, because the marching band deserves respect. Yes, the Ohio State Marching Band is the Best Damn Band in the Land, but football uniforms inspired by them? Not so great.
The uniforms also featured black pants, black socks, and black shoes – along with an all-white belt – and, unless Ohio State ever decides to end their apparel relationship with Nike and sign a contract with Adidas, will never be a real thing. Hopefully.
National champion Buckeyes? Someone says so
It’s hard — and unwise — to pay too much attention to all the preseason noise as more and more websites, newspapers, magazines, and TV shows pump out little more than space-filling hot takes, but it’s always interesting when someone picks Ohio State to win a national title, isn’t it? Sure it is, especially when that publication is Sports Illustrated, or at least someone who works for Sports Illustrated as Gabriel Baumgaertner does.
Baumgaertner was one of two members of SI’s panel to put Ohio State into the national title game — Pete Thamel is the other — but the only one to tab the Buckeyes as the eventual winner, predicting them to best Florida State in Tampa. His rational?
J.T. Barrett enters the season as probably the nation’s most underrated player, and despite the overhaul needed on defense, Ohio State’s recruiting acumen is too strong to be questioned. Even after losing an army of NFL first-round picks, the Buckeyes’ secondary depth and new wave of talent — running back Mike Weber is a potential breakout player — could mirror the success of the 2014 team that won the national title. Perhaps I just worship at the altar of Urban Meyer, but the system he’s cultivated in Columbus is admirable. If it all clicks, this team will be impossible to beat on both sides of the ball.
We like the cut of your jib, Gabe.
Walk-on to captain, Joe Burger’s awesome road
When he chose walking on at Ohio State over scholarship offers from mid-major schools like Bowling Green, there’s no way that newly minted Ohio State captain Joe Burger ever assumed he’d be at the place he’s at now.
“I’m very humbled and very honored to be chosen by my teammates,” Burger said. “You always try to impress the coaching staff, but the No. 1 thing is always how your peers think of you. The fact they voted me captain, that’s extremely humbling and I’m forever grateful for them.”
Burger, who was placed on scholarship by Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes last spring, said he did feel a little pressure to earn one because his father — and three of his brothers — all walked on to Division I athletic teams and earned scholarships.
“I’m not going to lie, I felt a lot of pressure because my dad walked on at Notre Dame and earned a scholarship. My oldest brother walked on at Notre Dame and earned a scholarship. … And then two of my middle brothers both walked on at Xavier in golf,” Burger said. “I felt a lot of pressure going into my last year like, ‘Man, if I don’t do this I’m letting my family down.’”
Burger is one of seven Ohio State captains on the 2016 team and will be a major piece of the Buckeyes special teams this season.
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