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Carlos Hyde heading into rSr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/57 -- Carlos Hyde, RB, 6-0, 230, Ohio State...Frank Gore will turn 31 this month. In his last performance, he rushed for 14 yards on 11 carries in the NFC Championship Game. Gore is still the starter, but Hyde is the future of the position alongside Marcus Lattimore, who is still a question mark after sitting all of last seasons while recovering from his gruesome knee injury. - The Sports Xchange
Malcolm Jenkins heading into Sr season: 2008: Consensus All-American first-team and unanimous All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice...Winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's premier defensive back...Quarterfinalist for the Ronnie Lott Trophy and semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award...Was named team captain...Shifted back to field cornerback, starting all thirteen games to lead a secondary that ranked 13th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (105.23 rating), as he collected a career-high 57 tackles (34 solos) with an 8-yard sack and four stops for losses of 23 yards...Caused three fumbles, deflected nine passes and intercepted three others for 7 yards in returns...Also blocked a pair of punts that he advanced for a total of 28 yards...Held the opposition to 230 yards and no touchdowns on 30 catches of 60 passes targeted into his area (7.67 yards per completion/3.83 yards per pass attempt)...Registered 22 third-down stops, including 18 vs. the pass...Did not allow his main pass coverage assignment to catch any passes in seven contests, as those receivers managed just seven receptions for 66 yards (9.43 yards per completion)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; PR: 1-21-21-0; 27 Sol-47 TT, 5 TFL, 4 INT, 3 PBU; First Team All-America (Pro Football Weekly) … Second team All-America (Walter Camp, AP, Rivals) … first team all-Big Ten (media, coaches, Rivals) .. Thorpe Award semifinalist … 47 tackles for season … 26 career starts. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; PR: 2-7-3.5-0; 40 Sol-55 TT, 4.5 TFL, 4 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... started all 13 games at field corner ... tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 55 ... 40 of his tackles were solo, second-most on the team ... picked off four passes and totaled a team-high 99 return yards ... added three passes broken up and a forced fumble. 2005: 10 GP; 3 GS; KR: 1-34-34-0; 23 Sol-37 TT, 2 PBU; Earned his first letter as a true freshman … worked his way into the rotation at nickel back.
James Laurinaitis heading into Sr season: 2008: Named one of four finalists for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award (only Big Ten player in consideration for that award)... Winner of the Ronnie Lott Trophy. Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year and is given as recognition of athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player... Recipient of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition...Finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defender by the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia and one of five defensive players among fifteen finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award...Started all thirteen games, becoming the fourth player in school history to lead the team in tackles three times in a career, as he ranked second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally with an average of 10.0 tackles per game...Recorded a career-high 130 tackles (52 solos) that included four sacks for minus 28 yards, seven stops for losses of 34 yards and one QB pressure...Caused a fumble, deflected four passes and picked off two others...On 108 plays vs. the running game, the opposition gained 381 yards (3.53 ypc) and three touchdowns, with 20 first downs that included five rushes for longer than 10 yards, including two more than 20 yards, as he also stopped ball carriers for no gain at the line of scrimmage five times...On 41 pass plays he was involved in, the opposition completed 23 of those tosses (56.10%) for 147 yards and five first downs, an average of 6.39 yards per pass completion and 3.59 yards per pass attempt (jammed or rerouted receivers on eleven incomplete throws)...Made twelve of his tackles inside the red zone, including six on goal-line plays...Made nineteen third-down hits (11 vs. the run/8 vs. the pass) and six fourth-down stops (including one on a punt return)...Helped the team rank 14th in the nation in total defense (293.77 ypg), sixth in scoring defense (13.92 ppg) and 19th in rush defense (110.23 ypg)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 51 Sol-121 TT, 8.5 TFL, 5 SK, 2 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FR; All-America linebacker who had another stellar season … Butkus Award winner … Big Ten defensive player of the year … Nagurski Award finalist … Lombardi Award finalist … Bednarik Award finalist … Lott Trophy finalist … Walter Camp player of the year finalist … first team All-America (Walter Camp, FWAA, AFCA, Sporting News, AP, Rivals) … lead team with 121 tackles … first team all-Big Ten (media, coaches, Rivals) … voted team caption … 25 career starts … Bill Willis award for defensive MVP … Big Ten all-academic … third-year letterman. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 53 Sol-115 TT, 8.5 TFL, 4 SK, 5 INT, 2 PBU, 3 FF; Won the 2006 Nagurski Award as the nation's best defensive player ... was a finalist for the Butkus and Bednarik awards as a true sophomore... first-team All-Big Ten ... named a Walter Camp All-America and also by the Football Writers Association of America ... started all 13 games at the middle linebacker spot ... led the Buckeyes with 115 tackles, including 53 solo stops ... paced the Buckeyes with five interceptions, including a stretch of four-consecutive games against Texas, Cincinnati, Penn State and Iowa... his father is a popular professional wrestler watching his career peak in the 1980s and 1990s, known as "Animal" of the Legion of Doom, The Road Warriors tag team in WCW & WWE.
Aaron Pettrey heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2008: XP 1-1, FG 7-8, 40-49: 4-4, 50+ 2-3, Long 54, 13 TB-74 KO; Averaged 62.9 yards per kickoff in 2008 with 13 touchbacks … 54-yard field goal against Youngstown State, the fourth longest in Ohio Stadium history … special teams champion: Penn State, Illinois … special teams dog tags: Youngstown State, Ohio, Purdue, Illinois. 2007: Handled the Buckeyes' kickoffs in 2007 … hampered by a hip flexor strain during first half of season. 2006: XP 55-58, FG 8-11, 40-49: 3-4, 50+ 2-3, Long 51, 37 TB-64 KO; Converted his last five field goals, including a 51-yarder against Indiana and a 50-yarder at Illinois … none of his 61 kickoffs in the regular season went out of bounds and 35 were not brought out of the end zone … named Ohio State's special units player of the week three times. 2005: Walked on in the fall and was redshirted … converted to grant-in-aid at the end of winter quarter.
*Ryan Shazier heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 1/15 - Ryan Shazier, ILB, 6-1, 237, Ohio State...Steelers bypassed more obvious needs at CB, WR to take what they believe to be a dominant playmaker with lightning quickness and 4.36 speed. He eventually will be a three-down linebacker, playing in all of their sub packages. - The Sports Xchange
Jeff Heuerman heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Broncos' nine picks: Round 3/92 -- Jeff Heuerman, TE, 6-5, 254, Ohio State...A four-year starter for the Buckeyes, Heuerman was an infrequent target, working mainly as a blocker. However, he has the size, wingspan and agility to be an effective pass-catcher, and his college production is similar to that of Owen Daniels, who Gary Kubiak drafted in 2006 with the Texans. Heuerman will see a decent amount of work as the Broncos rotate their tight ends. - The Sports Xchange
Kurt Coleman heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 11 GP; 11 GS; 43 Sol-78 TT, 4 TFL, 1 SK, 4 INT, 5 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Second team all-Big Ten at strong safety … ranked 40th in NCAA in interceptions (4) … third on team with 78 tackles … missed the first two games with an ankle injury … six tackles at USC … pair of interceptions (first of his career) were key plays against Troy … 11 tackles in the Fiesta Bowl … defensive champion: Troy, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan … special teams dog tags: Troy, Illinois … Arnie Chonko and SAE awards from OSU coaches. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 29 Sol-64 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 SK, 4 PBU, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Honorable Mention All--Big 10 … starting strong safety who was a significant contributor on special teams … sack and five tackles against Michigan State, SAE award for outstanding play in Homecoming game … seven tackles against Illinois, defensive palyer of week … 10 tackles in the BCS championship game. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-9 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 BLK.
Brian Robiskie heading into Sr season: 2008: Finalist for the Draddy Award, given for academic excellence, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation after compiling a 3.54 grade point average in Marketing...Winner of the Team's Paul Warfield Outstanding Receiver Award for the second-straight year... Added All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention...Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Top 30 choice...Started all thirteen games, shifting to flanker while leading the team for the second consecutive season, catching 42-of-71 passes targeted to him (59.15%) for 535 yards (12.7 avg) and eight touchdowns...24 of his receptions produced first downs (57.14%), as he converted 10-of-24 third-down tosses (41.67%)...Had 17 receptions for at least 10 yards (40.48%), as eight of those grabs totaled 20 or more yards (19.05%)...Had key catches that set up thirteen touchdown drives and saw six other series end with field goals...Proved to be a capable clutch receiver, as seven of his receptions came inside the red zone, including six on goal-line plays...Averaged 3.23 receptions and 41.15 yards per game receiving...Returned four punts for 17 yards (4.2 avg) and added an 11-yard kickoff return to amass 563 all-purpose yards (43.31 ypg)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 55-935-17-11; PR: 7-60-8.6-0; Led the Buckeyes with 55 receptions for 935 yards, with 11 scores … first team ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America (3.50 in marketing) … Biletnikoff Award semifinalist … second team all-Big Ten (Rivals). 2006: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rec: 29-383-13.2-5; PR: 1-0-0-0; Played all 13 games and made five starts, including in two of the team's final four games ... finished third on the team with 29 catches for 383 yards and five touchdowns. 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 1-13-13-0; Would have to rate as one of the more pleasant surprises of the year ... made an early impression with his athletic ability and nailed down a spot on the special teams ... appeared in all 12 games, but almost all of his playing time came with the special teams...his father, Terry Robiskie, played in the NFL and was the interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns before returning to role of assistant on the Browns' staff.
*Bradley Roby heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 1/31 -- Bradley Roby, CB, 5-11, 194, Ohio State...None of the mock drafts conducted in the Broncos' draft room had Roby slipping to their spot, but when character concerns sent him tumbling down the board, the Broncos pounced. He projects as an outside cornerback opposite of Aqib Talib, but will likely be a No. 3 corner this season, with veteran Chris Harris retaining his starting slot and moving inside to the slot on nickel downs, allowing Roby to line up at right cornerback. Roby is most comfortable in aggressive, press-man coverage, which makes him a snug fit for coordinator Jack Del Rio's plans. - The Sports Xchange
Mike Adams heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 2/56 -- Mike Adams, T, 6-7, 322, Ohio State...They filled their second biggest need with a player they gave a first-round grade. He convinced the Steelers his grass-smoking days are over. They had no depth at tackle. He played left tackle for the Buckeyes but the Steelers will use him to back up both sides - unless he shows he can start quickly. - The Sports Xchange
*Johnathan Hankins heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Giants' picks: Round 2/49 - Johnathan Hankins, DT, 6-2, 320, Ohio State...Big-bodied run stopper with unusual quickness and athleticism who should be able to immerse himself as part of the defensive interior rotation to help improve a porous run defense. - The Sports Xchange
Corey Linsley heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 5/161 - Corey Linsley, C, 6-3, 301, Ohio State...A two-year starter for the Buckeyes, Linsley will be given a shot to win the starting job with the Packers after they lost Evan Dietrich-Smith to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. Linsley helped Ohio State rank fifth in the country with nearly 310 rushing yards per game last season. "He's very physical. He goes after people," Green Bay offensive line coach James Campen said. - The Sports Xchange
Jermale Hines heading into Sr season: 2010: First team all-Big Ten … Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list … 28 career starts … 155 career tackles … 6 tackles in the win over Marshall … 4 stops and a PBU vs. Miami … 5 tackles and a sack against Eastern Michigan … 23-yard interception and 5 tackles in win at Illinois … 5 tackles in Indiana win … teambest 10 tackles at Wisconsin … moved to the starposition for Purdue game … 3 solo tackles, a TFL and a fumble recovery on a kickoff return against the Boilermakers … 7 tackles vs. Penn State … 9 tackles and a TFL at Iowa … team-best 8 tackles, with 3 PBU, in the Michigan win … defensive player of week: Michigan … Attack Force award: Eastern Michigan … Jack Tatum hit of the week: Iowa, Michigan … Arnie Chonko award from coaches as outstanding defensive back and W.W. Hayes award for top performance vs. Michigan … fourth-year letterman...2009: Starter at free safety … fourth on the squad with 57 tackles for the campaign …2008: Gained an increased role at safety … 31 tackles for the year …2007: True freshman defender who was productive on special teams from the midseason point … played on two special units.
Jack Mewhort heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Colts picks: Round 2/56 -- Jack Mewhort, G, 6-6, 309, Ohio State...While some observers viewed the selection of Mewhort in the second round as a bit of a reach, Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano have liked him for the last several months, especially after watching him at the Senior Bowl. He is expected to see work inside as an offensive guard after playing offensive tackle for the Buckeyes. - The Sports Xchange
Marcus Freeman heading into rSr season: 2008: All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection…One of three national finalists for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Bobby Bowden Award, which honors one college football player for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and for his conduct as a "faith model" in the community. Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA or better and must also have the backing of his school's athletic director and head football coach. The award is presented each year prior to the Bowl Championship Series' national title game…Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Top 30 honoree…Added Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-District first-team honors from CoSIDA, attaining a 3.35 grade point average in post-graduate studies…Started all thirteen games at weak-side outside linebacker, but also saw action on the strong-side…Ranked second on the team with 84 tackles (39 solos) that included a career-high 3.5 sacks for minus 24 yards…Added 9.5 stops for losses totaling 45 yards, as he helped the team rank 14th nationally in total defense (293.77 ypg) and sixth in scoring defense (13.92 ppg)…Also deflected four passes and recovered one fumble...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 66 Sol-109 TT, 9.5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 5 PBU, 2 FF; Second-year starting linebacker and a part of three special teams units … second team all-Big Ten (coaches) … second on squad with 109 tackles for season … 9.5 TFL, 5 PBU in 2007 … Big Ten all-academic … third-year letterman. 2006: 13 GP; 11 GS; 34 Sol-71 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 INT, 6 PBU; Team's third-leading tackler with 71 stops, including 15 in the national championship game ... played in all 13 games and started 11 at strongside linebacker ... second on the team with six pass break-ups. 2005: Went into the season as a possible starter, but injured his knee (meniscus surgery, then an infection) in the season opener and wound up missing the remainder of the year and being redshirted. 2004: 13 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-4 TT; Finished his rookie season with four tackles, recording one solo stop and three assists, in 13 games ... made his college debut in the season opener against Cincinnati and picked up his first career assist.
*Thaddeus Gibson heading into rJr season: 2008: Carved a place in the starting lineup at defensive end … 26 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 TFL in 2008 … 6-yard sack in opener with Youngstown State … sack against Troy … four tackles in Big Ten opener with Minnesota … forced a Wisconsin fumble … forced a Purdue fumble and recorded two TFL, a sack and six tackles against the Boilermakers … returned a Michigan State fumble 69 yards for a touchdown … 3-yard sack and five tackles against Penn State … two TFL and an 11-yard sack in Fiesta Bowl … Agonis/Rick Meyer Award from OSU coaches … second-year letterman… 2007 (Freshman): part of three special teams units … 11 tackles, 3 TFL for year … recorded a sack and a forced fumble in the win over Wisconsin … special teams dog tags: Youngstown State … first-year letterman...2006: (Redshirt), worked with the scout team and showed steady improvement.
Mike Bennett heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 6/180 - Michael Bennett, DT, 6-2, 293, Ohio State...The Jaguars' belief is that you can never have enough good defensive linemen. That's why they latched onto Bennett in the sixth round, several rounds after where the Buckeyes standout was projected to go. One of the reasons for the fall is that Bennett is limited to playing a three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Teams who play a 3-4 probably didn't give him much of a look. But he'll fit into the Jaguars' defensive front just fine which is why general manager Dave Caldwell made him the first interior defensive lineman selection in his three-year tenure with the Jaguars. Bennett brings some smarts with him to the Jaguars. One report said he scored a 43 on the 50-question Wonderlic test. - The Sports Xchange
Cameron Heyward heading into Sr season: 2010: Four-year starter on defensive line … voted team captain … first team all-Big Ten … Playboy All- America … Lombardi Award semifinalist … Lott Trophy quarterfinalist … Nagurski, Lombardi, Lott, Hendricks awards preseason watch list … 45 career starts … career totals: 157 tackles, 34 TFL, 14.5 sacks … 80-yard interception return against Miami … also 4 tackles and a TFL against the Hurricanes … safety, TFL and recovered an Ohio fumble … sack, TFL and 6 tackles in win at Illinois … 4 tackles, TFL at Wisconsin … 5 tackles, sack for -5 in Purdue win … 7 tackles, TFL vs. Penn State … 11-yard sack squelched Iowa’s last drive … 6 tackles vs. Michigan … defensive player of week: Purdue … Attack Force award: Illinois, Penn State … Phil Steele midseason all-Big Ten 2nd team … Bill Willis award from coaches as outstanding defensive player …2009: Had 10 TFL, 6.5 sacks for the Rose Bowl champs … second team all-Big Ten … Lombardi Award nominee …2008: Rotating starter along the defensive front who is equally comfortable at tackle or end … 36 tackles, three sacks for season …2007: Became a starter along the defensive line as a true freshman … 30 tackles, 9 TFL, 2.5 sacks and 2 PBU...Son of former NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.
Devin Smith heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jets' six picks: Round 2/37 - Devin Smith, WR, 6-0, 196, Ohio State...Remember when the Jets had an awful receiving corps? A unit that was upgraded with the arrival of veteran receiver Brandon Marshall via a March trade got a legit deep threat in Smith, who also offers a track record and upside that 2013 second-round pick Stephen Hill never had. Smith averaged a touchdown catch every four receptions at Ohio State, where he finished fifth all-time with 2,503 yards. His deep speed and agility - he was a champion sprinter in high school and an All-Big 10 performer in the high jump - should play in the NFL and potentially give the Jets a homegrown No. 1 receiver they've lacked this entire century. - The Sports Xchange
Christian Bryant heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 7/241 - Christian Bryant, S, 5-10, 193, Ohio State...Was a three-starter at safety and a team captain last season. However, he suffered a broken ankle against Wisconsin in the fifth game of the season and didn't play again. The Buckeyes defense struggled without his leadership and production. He applied for a medical redshirt, but it was rejected by the NCAA. Bryant is somewhat undersized, but plays aggressively and is very physical. - The Sports Xchange
John Simon heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 4/129 - John Simon, OLB, 6-1, 257, Ohio State...Gritty, hard-nosed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year had career-high nine sacks last season. Should compete for a situational pass rusher role at rush linebacker behind former Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. - The Sports Xchange
Ross Homan heading into rSr season: 2010: Three-year starter at linebacker … voted team captain… first team all-Big Ten … Lott Trophy quarterfinalist… Nagurski, Lombardi, Lott, Butkus preseason watch list … 29 career starts … career totals: 278 tackles, 17 TFL, 7 int … fumble recovery and 4 tackles in the Marshall win … 10 tackles vs. Miami … interception, forced a fumble and teambest seven tackles in the Ohio game … 7 tackles at Illinois … missed the Purdue and Minnesota games with a foot sprain … 7 tackles vs. Penn State … 7 tackles vs. Iowa … forced a Michigan fumble and added 8 tackles … Attack Force award: Ohio … Phil Steele midseason All-America 3rd team, all-Big Ten 1st team … Randy Gradishar award from coaches as outstanding linebacker … received his bachelor’s degree in December… academic all-Big Ten … fourth-year letterman...2009: Led the Rose Bowl champions with 108 tackles … second team all-Big Ten … Randy Gradishar Award (outstanding linebacker) from Ohio State coaches …2008: First-year starter at will linebacker … fourth on squad with 67 tackles, six TFL for season …2007: Missed much of the season with turf toe … took a medical redshirt…2006: Played all 13 games and collected 28 tackles, which ranked ninth on the team and third among linebackers.
Chimdi Chekwa heading into rSr season: 2010: First team all-Big Ten ... FWAA first team and Rivals.com second team All-America … Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist … Bednarik Award semifinalist … 39 career starts … career totals: 145 tackles, 28 PBU, 6 int … forced a Marshall fumble … pair of interceptions against Miami, with returns of 15 and 7 yards … also had 6 tackles, 2 PBU and a TFL vs. the Hurricanes … left the Eastern Michigan game with a back injury … team-best 7 tackles in Indiana win … 4 tackles and a TFL at Wisconsin … interception, sack and forced a Minnesota fumble … 4 solo stops, 3 PBU vs. Penn State … 8 tackles led the Buckeyes vs. Michigan … Walter Camp and Bronko Nagurski national defender of week: Miami … Big Ten player of week: Miami … defensive player of week: Miami, Penn State … Phil Steele midseason All-America 2nd team, all-Big Ten 1st team … Arnie Chonko award from coaches as outstanding defensive back...2009: Honorable mention all-Big Ten … sixth on the team with 43 tackles and team leader with seven PBU … third-year letterwinner … part of the 2009 Big Ten champion 4x100 relay in outdoor track...2008: Regular starter at corner … 30 tackles for the season … led Buckeyes with 11 solo tackles in Fiesta Bowl...2007: Saw considerable playing time as a nickel-back … was also part of three special teams units … 30 tackles, 9 PBU for season...2006: Redshirted.
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