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02/14/19 - (DE) - *Nick Bosa, Jr, 6-4, 263
Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: A First Round Prototype: Nick Bosa, Ohio State: Like his older brother, Joey, Bosa is a plug and play Pro Bowl caliber edge rusher who - barring complications with his medical - will not make it out of the top five picks of the 2019 NFL draft and is a legitimate contender for No. 1 overall. The Bosa brothers play with a similar brand of controlled chaos that results in consistent big plays. As noted by Nick's official bio at Ohio State, the two had virtually identical stats through 30 games: Joey had 34.5 tackles for loss and Nick had 29.0; Joey had 21.0 quarterback sacks and Nick had 17.5 - and Nick accomplished his production in roughly 600 fewer snaps. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/14/19 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: A First Round Prototype: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State,...A strong-armed pocket passer who makes quick, accurate decisions with the football and shows great anticipation, Haskins performance this past season earned him 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, Third Team All-American honors, the Rose Bowl MVP and a trip to NYC as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He does an excellent job progressing through his reads and sprays the ball all over the field. In addition, he can make every throw in the book and shows a natural feel for the game. Haskins has the potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber signal-caller at the next level. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com

02/12/19 - (QB) - Justin Fields, So, 6-2, 225
Quarterback Justin Fields has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play immediately for Ohio State after transferring from Georgia. The former five-star recruit transferred to the Buckeyes after he got stuck behind Jake Fromm on Georgia's depth chart. Ohio State announced Friday that the NCAA has approved Fields' request for a waiver of the rule requiring transfers to sit out a year. Fields is expected to compete for the starting quarterback spot after Dwayne Haskins Jr. left early to enter the NFL draft.

Fields was the target of a racial slur from a Georgia baseball player during a football game in September, and there was speculation the incident would become part of his appeal for a waiver. The NCAA can grant immediate eligibility to a transferring player who has "documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete's control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete." In a statement issued by Ohio State on Friday, Fields said speculation about his transfer "took on a life of its own." "I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program," Fields said. "My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA's commitment to diversity and inclusion." He said he would not make any further comments about his transfer and looks forward to preparing for the season. - AP College Football

01/07/19 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
Record-setting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. says he is leaving school to enter the NFL draft. The third-year sophomore announced Monday on Twitter that he will depart the program after one year as a starter in which he broke most school and Big Ten single-season passing records. He also finished third in Heisman Trophy voting. Haskins is projected to be a first-round draft pick. His decision comes after he completed 25 of 37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the Rose Bowl, which also was the last game for retiring coach Urban Meyer. The announcement Friday that Georgia quarterback Justin Fields would transfer to Ohio State divulged Haskins' decision. Haskins said he and Fields talked before Fields made the decision to come to Ohio State with a chance to be the starter next season. - AP College Football

01/07/19 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has officially declared for the NFL Draft making his announcement via Twitter. Haskins is the fifth player - along with Nick Bosa, Dre'Mont Jones, Mike Weber and Michael Jordan- to declare for the NFL Draft. Haskins put together a historic season in his first year as a starter throwing for 4831 yards and 50 touchdowns - both Big Ten records - in route to a third-place finish for the Heisman Trophy and leading Ohio State to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl victory. Haskins is considered to be a first-round pick and with Oregon's Justin Herbert electing to return to school for another year, he could potentially be the first quarterback taken. - Stephen Means, Cleveland.com

01/04/19 - (QB) - Justin Fields, So, 6-2, 225
Quarterback Justin Fields confirmed Friday night he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as Georgia's backup. Fields' much-anticipated announcement gives new Ohio State coach Ryan Day a sublimely talented dual-threat passer to run his offense if Dwayne Haskins Jr. makes an expected jump to the NFL. Fields decided to transfer from Georgia after he was unable to beat out starter Jake Fromm. Fields announced the transfer after he was expected to visit the Ohio State campus earlier Friday. Fields issued a statement on his Twitter account in which he said his one season at Georgia "has given me the opportunity to refine my skills under great coaches and to play with incredibly talented teammates who've become like brothers to me." Fields' arrival at Ohio State is huge for Day, who took over as coach Wednesday after Urban Meyer's retirement. Fields was the overall No. 2 national prospect in the 2018 recruiting class and was highly sought after he announced his intention to transfer last month. Fields helped give Georgia coach Kirby Smart the nation's top-rated signing class last year. The Kennesaw, Georgia-native deepens Ohio State at quarterback and sets up an intriguing competition with Tate Martell. - AP College Football

01/04/19 - (OG) - *Michael Jordan, Jr, 6-6, 312
Ohio State will lose experience and leadership on the offensive line with center Michael Jordan's decision to leave early for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman announced he would forgo his senior season in a tweet on Friday, saying that "in my heart, I know I am ready for the NFL, largely because I have been coached by the very best." After starting as a true freshman and playing two years at left guard, Jordan moved to center last season to replace All-American Billy Price. Jordan's announcement comes after linebacker Malik Harrison and safety Jordan Fuller, both draft-eligible NFL prospects, said they were staying at Ohio State. Running back Mike Webster and defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones have announced their early departures. - AP College Football

12/18/18 - (QB) - Justin Fields, So, 6-2, 225
QB Justin Fields, a freshman who was rated the nation's top recruit for 2018, has informed Georgia of his intention to transfer to another school, according to a Monday night report by USA Today. However, ESPN.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Fields' family said the quarterback has not decided whether to transfer, and is only exploring that possibility. The Toledo Blade then reported that Ohio State is the front-runner for Fields if he decides to transfer. He spent his true freshman season as the primary backup to sophomore starter Jake Fromm.

12/17/18 - (RB) - *Mike Weber, rJr, 5-09, 215
Ohio State running back Mike Weber plans to declare for the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl. The redshirt junior announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would forgo his senior season to pursue his childhood dream of playing pro football. He said he would play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 "to finish what my brothers and I started." Weber is one of four players in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman. His production fell last year as he battled a leg injury, and this season he split time with J.K. Dobbins. Weber ran for 858 yards and five touchdowns on 157 carries this season. In three seasons he rushed for 2,580 yards and 24 touchdowns in 37 games. - AP College Football

12/09/18 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. finished a distant third in the Heisman Trophy voting on Saturday night behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama. Haskins set more than 20 school records and broke Big Ten records for the conference champion Buckeyes (12-1), who will face Washington in the Rose Bowl. Haskins led the country in touchdown passes (47) and yards (4,580) and was second in passing yards per game (352). The first-year starter completed 70.2 percent of his passes and was intercepted just eight times in 496 attempts.

12/08/18 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
QB Dwayne Haskins is unsure of his plans for next season. However, the Heisman Trophy finalist is certain of one thing -- he will be under center when the Buckeyes square off against Pac-12 Conference champion Washington in the Rose Bowl. A number of top college players have opted to skip their team's bowl games in order to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins won't be among them. "Just being a quarterback, it's your job to lead the team," Haskins told The Athletic. "And for you to say you don't want to play, you're not about the team or winning or losing. You just want to get out while you can. There was no doubt in my mind about playing in the game because I know I can help this team win."

12/04/18 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
QB Dwayne Haskins was named a finalist for the 84th Heisman Trophy. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be presented Saturday (8 p.m. ET) in New York. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray were the other finalists.

11/26/18 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
In college football's current great debate - Ohio State or Oklahoma? - AP Top 25 voters went with the Sooners. The Buckeyes surged to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday on the strength of a record-breaking blowout of Michigan the day before. The College Football Playoff selection committee will weigh in Tuesday when its latest rankings come out. Michigan came into the weekend No. 4 in both the AP and CFP rankings, so beating the Wolverines so convincingly is significant.

TCU coach Gary Patterson has faced both the Sooners and Buckeyes this season. The Horned Frogs lost 40-28 to Ohio State in September at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They lost 52-27 at home to Oklahoma a month later when they were a banged up team. After TCU managed to get bowl eligible by beating Oklahoma State on Saturday night in Fort Worth, Patterson took to defending the Big 12 and backing the Sooners. "I can tell you this much, having been a defensive guy in this league I'm looking forward to everyone else defending them instead of me," Patterson said of the Sooners. "All I'm saying is, I'm a coach, I just watch. I played Ohio State. I saw what they did to Michigan today. I'm telling you, I played both. I know who I would rather play again. And who I wouldn't." - AP College Football

11/18/18 - (QB) - Justin Fields, So, 6-2, 225
Georgia's playmakers feasted as if lined up at an all-you-can-eat buffet. No worries. There was plenty of offense for everyone. Freshman Justin Fields threw two scoring passes and ran for another touchdown, Tyler Simmons had rushing and receiving scores, and No. 5 Georgia protected its playoff hopes by overwhelming UMass 66-27 on Saturday in one of the biggest offensive games in school history. Another freshman, James Cook ran for 76 yards on only three carries, including his first two career scoring runs, from 26 and 27 yards. "Everybody gets equal opportunity," Simmons said. Georgia gained 701 yards, the second-highest total in school history, including 426 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs never punted. Coach Kirby Smart said the Bulldogs "overpowered a team that's smaller than us." - AP College Football

11/17/18 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
Relentlessly zipping up and down the field, ninth-ranked Ohio State and upstart Maryland were racking up yards and points at a dizzying pace. Finally, the Terrapins were presented with the chance to end it - one way or another. A gutsy decision by Maryland interim coach Matt Canada did not achieve the desired results, and the Buckeyes avoided one of the most stunning upsets in this college football season by squeezing out a 52-51 victory in overtime on Saturday. After a 5-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Haskins gave the Buckeyes a seven-point lead to start overtime, Tayon Fleet-Davis scored for the Terrapins. Canada opted to keep his offense on the field to attempt a 2-point conversion, and Tyrrell Pigrome's pass to Jeshaun Jones was off target . "It was a gut call," Canada said.

"I felt like they were scoring, we were scoring. We had the ball, we had to make one play to win. Obviously it didn't work. I wasn't trying to be aggressive. I was just trying to win." After watching his defense allow 535 yards and seven touchdowns, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer understood why Canada opted to win it right there. "I would have probably done the same thing if I was their coach, the way they were gaining yards on us," Meyer said. "I'm relieved we won." Favored by 14 points, Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) trailed by two touchdowns in the third quarter and 45-38 with under two minutes left before rallying. - AP College Football

11/14/18 - (RB) - J.K. Dobbins, So, 5-09, 214
Dobbins ran for 1,403 yards and 7.23 yards per carry as a freshman last season, showing a blend of power and speed. He came into this season with some Heisman buzz and the possibility of being a focal point in the Buckeyes' loaded offense. Instead, his performance has epitomized the team's inability to consistently establish the run. Dobbins has been held under 4.0 yards per carry in five of the last six games, breaking out for a season-high 164 yards rushing against Nebraska two weeks ago and then managing just 28 on 14 attempts last week against Michigan State. - AP College Football

11/10/18 - (P) - Drue Chrisman, rSo, 6-2, 215
Drue Chrisman's first punt of the day was an embarrassment, a 4-yarder at the end of Ohio State's first possession. "I don't know where it ranks in Ohio State's worst punts in history, but it was definitely my worst punt," Chrisman said. "I was just like, 'Man, I've got to ball after this one.'" Chrisman made up for that early blooper, keeping Michigan State pinned back with a sensational second half of punting. Eighth-ranked Ohio State pulled away for a 26-6 victory over the 24th-ranked Spartans on Saturday, largely because of what Chrisman did to Michigan State's field position.

In a tight defensive struggle, Chrisman's punts forced Michigan State (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten, No. 18 CFP) to start its first five drives after halftime from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard line. On the fourth of those possessions, the Spartans took an intentional safety instead of punting out of their own end zone. That decision gave Ohio State a 9-6 lead but wasn't enough to flip the field position. The ensuing free kick went out of bounds, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the 50, and then Chrisman pinned Michigan State back again. Ohio State (9-1, 6-1, No. 10) capitalized on that punt when a shotgun snap by Michigan State hit the man in motion. Dre'Mont Jones recovered the fumble for the Buckeyes in the end zone, giving Ohio State a 16-6 advantage. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (K) - Sean Nuernberger, Sr, 6-0, 228
K Sean Nuernberger remained out for a third straight game with a leg injury. He was replaced by sophomore K Blake Haubeil, who kicked off six times but didn't attempt a field goal in Ohio State's 36-31 win over Nebraska last week.

11/05/18 - (FS) - Jordan Fuller, Jr, 6-1, 204
S Jordan Fuller was ejected from last Saturday's 36-31 win over Nebraska on a targeting penalty. The suspension will keep him off the field in the first half for this week's game against Michigan State.

11/05/18 - (DT) - *DreMont Jones, rJr, 6-2, 286
DT Dre'Mont Jones had Ohio State's only sack last Saturday in its 36-31 victory over Nebraska. He finished the game with four solo tackles and five total tackles, bringing his season totals to team bests of 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. The Bednarik Award semifinalist has at least one tackle for loss in seven consecutive games.

11/05/18 - (WR) - Johnnie Dixon, rSr, 5-11, 198
WR Johnnie Dixon led Ohio State in receiving last week with five catches for 96 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown on a pass from QB Dwayne Haskins to open the scoring the Buckeyes in the first quarter. With WR Austin Mack out after foot surgery, Dixon might continue to see more throws coming his way.

11/05/18 - (QB) - *Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220
QB Dwayne Haskins didn't have his best day last week against Nebraska, but he was good enough to get the job done in Ohio State's 36-31 victory. The negative: the redshirt sophomore fumbled twice and threw an interception. The positive: he completed 18-of-32 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. With 242 completions this year, Haskins broke the school season record of 240 set last year by J.T. Barrett.

11/03/18 - (RB) - J.K. Dobbins, So, 5-09, 214
J.K. Dobbins ran for three touchdowns and Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for two more as No. 8 Ohio State rallied in the second half and held off Nebraska 36-31 Saturday. After Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to JD Spielman to pull within five with 3 minutes left, Dobbins pounded away for two first downs to run out the clock. Before the late Nebraska score, Dobbins broke through the right side and romped for a 42-yard touchdown with 5 minutes left to give Ohio State (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) breathing room. The Buckeyes much-maligned running game and defense finally showed up in the second half. Dobbins rushed for a season-high 163 yards - only his second 100-yard game this season. Running back Mike Weber added 91 yards on the ground. Down 21-16 at half after the Cornhuskers (2-7, 1-5) turned two Ohio State fumbles into touchdown drives, the Buckeyes forced five straight punts and held Nebraska to a field goal when a drive stalled at the 1. Dobbins broke off his run between the center and right guard to cap the next series. - AP College Football

10/29/18 - (DE) - *Nick Bosa, Jr, 6-4, 263
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa agrees with his younger brother Nick's decision to leave Ohio State early to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft. Nick Bosa suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 against TCU. He had surgery five days later, and some had hoped the 6-foot-4, 263-pound junior could return late in the season. But Bosa announced on Oct. 16 that his Ohio State career was over. Joey Bosa said the entire family discussed the matter and that they all came to the same agreement. "You have to understand that it is a business and he has to take care of himself," Joey Bosa said Monday as the Chargers returned to practice following a bye week. "If anyone had the opportunity to hit the lottery tomorrow, would anyone risk that? He has that opportunity. There is a difference between high draft stock and No. 1 pick in the draft." - AP College Football

10/23/18 - (WR) - Austin Mack, Jr, 6-1, 215
Ohio State wide receiver Austin Mack will be sidelined indefinitely as he recovers from surgery on his left foot. Mack underwent surgery on his foot Monday, multiple media outlets reported. Austin Ward of Lettermen Row first reported the news. The junior's 26 receptions are good enough for third-best on the Buckeyes while his 331 yards receiving are the fourth highest on the team. He also has a touchdown catch. Mack had one catch for 24 yards in Ohio State's 49-20 loss to Purdue on Saturday before exiting the contest in the second half. He was spotted on crutches after the setback to the Boilermakers.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Mack is coming off a fine sophomore campaign in which he grabbed 24 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns. With Mack sidelined, Binjimen Victor likely will be asked to step up in his absence. Victor, who is listed as Mack's backup on the latest depth chart, has 14 receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns this season. The 6-4, 200-pound Victor had five catches for 67 yards against Purdue on Saturday Parris Campbell has a team-leading 52 catches and K.J. Hill has a club-best 656 receiving yards for Ohio State (7-1, 3-1), which hosts Nebraska on Nov. 3. - The Sports Xchange

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