Indiana Kick-off set for Noon - Pryor Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week
September 27, 2010 5:30pm EST
                                                              
The Buckeyes next home game will start at 12:00pm.  I think they learned from their error in the EMU start time.

One person not making errors against Eastern Michigan was Terrelle Pryor.  He was part of six touchdowns during the game and today was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week.

On the day Pryor amassed more than 300 yards total offense, hitting 20 of 26 passes for 226 yards, rushing for 104 yard on seven carries (his second 100-yard game this year, the first coming in the win over Miami on Sept.11), and there was the 20-yard TD catch, the second of his career.

According to the OSU sports information staff, Pryor has turned in four of the school’s all-time five games in which a quarterback has passed for 200 yards or more and run for 100 or more. Saturday also was his fifth game of more than 300 yards total offense, one shy of the six that the almost all-passing Joe Germaine compiled from 1996-98. Pryor also is fifth in school history in career touchdown passes with 40, moving past Greg Frey’s 37 accumulated between 1988-90.  

Not bad for a running quarterback.

Illinois-OSU Kick-off set for Noon
September 20, 2010 5:00pm EST
                                                              
The masters of programming thought it was necessary to schedule the Eastern Michigan-Ohio State contest at 3:30 Saturday.  I am sure ABC is scrambling right now to find what their alternate games will be to break into during that drubbing.  At least they got the Illinois game correct.  The Buckeyes will be re-win the Illibuck with a noon kick-off this year, which means by about 12:20, they will already have enough points.   

Chekwa Wins Nagurski Weekly Award
September 15, 2010 8:00am EST
                                                              
Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa won several awards for his play this past week against Miami.  Imagine what he could win if he would turn around on his pass coverage!  Just kidding, the 'takeaway' interception this week reminded me of another time a Buckeye striped a Hurricane from the ball.

Chekwa has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of September 11th.  This is the third weekly award for Chekwa this week alone as he was previously named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week.  He intercepted two passes, broke up two passes and made six tackles (one for a loss) in Ohio State's 36-24 victory over Miami (FL).

One of his pass break-ups was in the end zone and forced a Hurricanes' field goal in the first quarter. His two interceptions during the final seven minutes of the first half helped the Buckeyes stop Miami's offensive drives and secured a 26-17 lead at halftime.

Chekwa will be added to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on December 6th by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on November 18th.  Each week during the 2010 season the FWAA All-America Committee has selected a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents.  Last year's winner was Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska.

Buckeye 50 Readers Just Say 'No' to the Nike Uniforms
September 12, 2010 10:00pm EST
                                                              
It appears the new jerseys Ohio State will wear during the Michigan game will not be a hit.  During our most recent polls, you wanted Nebraska in the Big Ten, and we got them.  You wanted the Big Ten championship game to be in Indianapolis and it ended up being there year one.  Then you wanted the Michigan game to remain at the end of the season and we got that too.  Now you say the jerseys are not acceptable, so don't run out and start buying Nike stock just yet.

During our poll asking your feedback on the Nike Pro Combat jersey, 54% voted you hated the new uniforms and the red helmets.  27% voted that it did not matter one way or another, you are just looking forward to the next victory over the Wolverines, regardless of what the Buckeyes wear.  Still, there were 19% of you that loved the new look.  I am sure you will be able to pick up your new jersey at your local Buckeye merchandise store in the coming weeks.

Smith Cleared to Join Team
September 5, 2010 11:30pm EST
                                                              
Coming out of Paul Harding High School, Roderick Smith was consider an elite prospect.  Originally part of the 2010 class, his enrollment was delayed for academic reasons.  Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch reported he is now cleared and available to join the team.  He may have a tough time getting playing time as the Buckeyes are very deep in that position, but no indication at this time that he will redshirt this season.  Coach Tressel was glad to have him on the team and was appreciative of his patience during the NCAA process. 

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