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
11/17/18 - (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 14½ 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
10/22/18 - (DT) - DreMont Jones, rJr, 6-2, 286 Ohio State tumbled out of the Top 10 after being ambushed by Purdue on Saturday night. The Buckeyes, who were exposed on defense and saw their high-octane offense held in check in a 49-20 loss, dropped from No. 2 to No. 11 in the newest poll released on Sunday. Ohio State's biggest rival, Michigan, took advantage of the Buckeyes' blunder and moved up to No. 5 after beating Michigan State in East Lansing. Alabama throttled Tennessee 58-21 and maintained a stranglehold on the top spot. Clemson and Notre Dame moved up to No. 2 and No. 3. LSU sits at No. 4, setting up a huge matchup with the Crimson Tide on Nov. 3. Texas at No. 6, Georgia at No. 7, Oklahoma at No. 8, Florida at No. 9 and Central Florida round out the Top 10. Washington State made the biggest jump, climbing 11 spots to No.14 after handing Oregon a 34-20 loss. The Ducks dropped seven spots to No. 19. - The Sports Xchange
10/18/18 - (DE) - Nick Bosa, Jr, 6-4, 263 DE Nick Bosa should be healthy enough to participate in workouts prior to the NFL Draft. Bosa's father, John, told SiriusXM NFL Radio that his son faces a recovery period of 10 to 12 weeks after undergoing groin surgery last month. Ohio State announced last week that Nick Bosa will withdraw from the school to rehab his injury in preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft. Bosa is expected to be in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. He is No. 2, behind Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, on the Big Board of NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang.
10/16/18 - (DE) - Nick Bosa, Jr, 6-4, 263 DE Nick Bosa will withdraw from school to rehab an injury and prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft, the school announced Tuesday. Bosa suffered a "core muscle injury" against TCU on Sept. 15 and underwent surgery five days later. Bosa is expected to be in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. He is No. 2, behind Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, on the Big Board of NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang.
"I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us," coach Urban Meyer said in Tuesday's statement. "I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter. I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program. He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach."
Bosa, while playing in three games this season, had 14 tackles, including six for loss and four sacks. Bosa last season was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, an award his older brother Joey won twice as a defensive end for the Buckeyes. Joey was the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
10/14/18 - (QB) - Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220 After four of the top eight teams lost on Saturday, The Associated Press Top 25 football poll looks much different on Sunday than it did 24 hours earlier. Alabama retained the top spot after receiving 60 of 61 first-place votes. The other first-place vote went to Ohio State, which moved up one spot to No. 2. Clemson and Notre Dame avoided the upset bug and moved up to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. LSU defeated No. 2 Georgia and jumped to No. 5. Michigan's blowout of Wisconsin allowed the Wolverines to climb to No. 6, followed closely by Tom Herman's Texas Longhorns. Rounding out the Top 10 was Georgia at No. 8, Oklahoma at No. 9 and Central Florida at No. 10. Iowa earned enough votes to make its first appearance at No. 19. Michigan State's win at Penn State opened the door for the Spartans to get back in the poll at No. 24. Washington State rounds out the Top 25. Miami, Colorado and Auburn fell out of the poll. - The Sports Xchange
10/14/18 - (WR) - K.J. Hill, rJr, 6-0, 198 All of No. 3 Ohio State's strengths and weaknesses were on full display in a win over persistent Minnesota. Dwayne Haskins and the passing game continue to be tip-top. Ohio State's receivers get open and vacuum in anything thrown near them. K.J. Hill's grab and run for a touchdown in the first half was the best catch of the season, so far. Hill caught another TD pass in the fourth quarter to seal the 30-14 win over Minnesota (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten) on Saturday. The bad news for the Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0) is that for another week they couldn't get either of their two elite running backs loose. J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for 3.7 yards per carry after managing just 3.2 last week against Indiana. Neither had a single carry over 11 yards. And the Ohio State defense is still giving up chunks of yardage against heavy underdogs. Mohamed Ibrahim broke runs of 25 and 34 yards in the first half on his way to a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football
10/09/18 - (DE) - Jonathon Cooper, Jr, 6-3, 257 DE Jonathon Cooper went to the locker room with an injury last week during Ohio State's 49-26 victory over Indiana. Coach Urban Meyer said Monday night that updates will be available on Cooper's condition later in the week, but he indicated that the junior was feeling better and could play on Saturday at home against Minnesota.
10/09/18 - (WR) - Parris Campbell, rSr, 6-0, 208 WR Parris Campbell led Ohio State's deep wide receiver group in the win over Indiana last week with nine catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. The fifth-year senior continued to show improvement with his hands, overcoming the difficulty handling some throws in past years. "How would I rate it?" coach Urban Meyer said when asked to assess the Buckeyes' performance against the Hoosiers. "If I'm Parris Campbell, it's a hell of game. Nine catches, 142 yards." Campbell leads the Buckeyes in catches with 35 for 501 yards and seven touchdowns, and he continues to receive rave reviews from coach Urban Meyer for his leadership and blocking on the edge.
10/08/18 - (QB) - Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220 OCT 8 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, So., QB, Potomac, Md./Bullis School...Completed 33 of 44 passes for 455 yards and six touchdowns in the victory over Indiana...Became the first Big Ten quarterback in conference history to have three games with at least five touchdown passes in one season...Tied school records with six touchdown passes and 33 completions, while finishing the game three yards shy of Art Schlichter's 1978 school record of 458 passing yards...Earns his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and third in as many weeks...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Oct. 1, 2018). - Big Ten Football
10/06/18 - (QB) - Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220 Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns and No. 3 Ohio State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana 49-26 on Saturday. A week after a gritty victory at Penn State, the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) were forced to work hard by quarterback Peyton Ramsey and an Indiana offense that took advantage of plenty of early defensive mistakes. The Buckeyes didn't get a handle on this one until Haskins hooked up with Terry McLaurin for a 17-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth, and then added a 30-yard scoring pass to Binjimen Victor with seven minutes left.
Haskins, who tied a school record with the six touchdown tosses, continued to add to his growing Heisman Trophy buzz, completing 33 of 44 passes and connecting for two touchdowns each with Parris Campbell and McLaurin, and one each to Johnnie Dixon and Victor. Haskins also threw an interception. "He's an accurate passer now," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "You give him time and a good group of receivers and he's a dangerous guy." Ohio State came from behind twice in the first half to take a 28-20 lead at the half and then kept the Hoosiers (4-2, 1-2) at bay in the second half despite the gritty play of Ramsey, who threw for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns. Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for 152 yards on the ground. Campbell caught nine passes for 142 yards. - AP College Football
10/01/18 - (QB) - Dwayne Haskins Jr., rSo, 6-2, 220 OCT 1 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, So., QB, Potomac, Md./Bullis School,...Engineered a pair of touchdown drives in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter, including a 12-play, 96-yard drive to take the lead as Ohio State overcame a 12-point deficit in a victory at Penn State...Went 15 of 23 for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the second half in front of a record crowd of 110,889 at Beaver Stadium...Totaled 270 passing yards and three touchdowns in the contest...Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and second in as many weeks...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Sept. 24, 2018). - Big Ten Football