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11 Ohio State Buckeyes participating at 2020 NFL Combine











Ohio State has had 71 total combine invites since 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eleven Ohio State Buckeyes are participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, which is taking place now through March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Ohio State has the second-most players attending this combine.

Buckeyes who received invites were: CB Damon Arnette, RB J.K. Dobbins, SAF Jordan Fuller, DT DaVon Hamilton, LB Malik Harrison, WR K.J. Hill, OG Jonah Jackson, WR Austin Mack, CB Jeff Okudah, WR Binjimen Victor and DE Chase Young.

Tentative 2020 NFL Scouting Combine On-Field Workout Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers
Friday, Feb. 28 – Kickers, special teams, offensive linemen and running backs
Saturday, Feb. 29 – Defensive line and linebackers
Sunday, Match 1 – Defensive backs

Coverage concludes on Sunday with the defensive backs from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ohio State’s 2020 contingent increases the total number of Buckeyes who have been invited to the combine to 71 over the last eight seasons, including a nation’s-best total of 54 in the last five seasons. The Buckeyes have had three or more players at all nine positions invited to the combine over the last eight years.

Ohio State’s NFL Combine Invites by Position – 2013-20
Defensive Back – 14 (nine cornerbacks, five safeties)
Wide Receiver – 13
Defensive Line – 12
Offensive Line – 10
Linebacker – 9
Tight End – 4
Running Back – 5
Quarterback – 3
Punter – 1

Most Combine Invites By School (2020)
1. LSU – 16
2 (tie). Ohio State – 11
Michigan – 11
4 (tie). Alabama – 10
Georgia – 10
6 (tie). Auburn – 9
Notre Dame – 9
Utah – 9

Ohio State’s 71 NFL Combine Invites – 2013-20
*Indicates players selected in the NFL Draft

2020 (11)
CB Damon Arnette
RB J.K. Dobbins
SAF Jordan Fuller
DT DaVon HamiltonCombine
LB Malik Harrison
WR K.J. Hill
OG Jonah Jackson
WR Austin Mack
CB Jeff Okudah
WR Binjimen Victor
DE Chase Young

2019 (10)
DE Nick Bosa*
WR Parris Campbell*
WR Johnnie Dixon
QB Dwayne Haskins*
DT Dre’mont Jones*
OL Michael Jordan*
WR Terry McLaurin*
OT Isaiah Prince*
CB Kendall Sheffield*
RB Mike Weber*

2018 (11)
LB Jerome Baker*
QB J.T. Barrett
TE Marcus Baugh
DE Jalyn Holmes*=
DE Sam Hubbard*
OT Jamarco Jones*
DE Tyquan Lewis*
C Billy Price*
CB Denzel Ward*
S Damon Webb
LB Chris Worley

2017 (8)
WR Noah Brown*
CB Gareon Conley*
C Pat Elflein*
SAF Malik Hooker*
P Cameron Johnston
CB Marshon Lattimore*
LB Raekwon McMillan*
H-B Curtis Samuel*

2016 (14)
CB Eli Apple*
SAF Vonn Bell*
DE Joey Bosa*
OT Taylor Decker*
RB Ezekiel Elliott*
QB Cardale Jones*
LB Darron Lee*
H-B Jalin Marshall
WR Braxton Miller*
LB Joshua Perry*
SAF Tyvis Powell
WR Michael Thomas*
TE Nick Vannett*
DT Adolphus Washington*

2015 (4)
DT Michael Bennett*
CB Doran Grant*
TE Jeff Heuerman*
WR Devin Smith*

2014 (6)
WR Corey Brown
RB Carlos Hyde*
C Corey Linsley*
OL Jack Mewhort*
CB Bradley Roby*
LB Ryan Shazier*

2013 (7)
FB Zach Boren
OT Reid Fragel*
DT Jonathan Hankins*
LB Etienne Sabino
LB John Simon*
TE Jake Stoneburner
DE Nathan Williams






Ohio State Athletics Good News


Swimming & Diving and Fencing: Champions!



§  Congratulations to the Big Ten Conference champion women’s swimming and diving team, which won the sixth team title in school history and first in 34 years (1986). Three Buckeyes won individual Big Ten titles – Kathrin Demler (500 free), Mackenzie Crawford (1-meter springboard), Molly Kowal (1,650 free) – and the 200 free relay team of Taylor PetrakFreya RaynerAmy Fulmer and Lucija Jurkovic-Periscija was also victorious. It was a total team effort. “A lot of belief, a lot of faith and a heck of a lot of hard work,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott.


§  And how about this: Dorenkott is now a four-time Big Ten Conference champion as a head coach which moves him into sole possession of fifth place in Big Ten women’s swimming history. And this needs to be researched: has there been a swimming head coach – men’s or women’s – win a Big Ten title with two schools? Dorenkott won three at Penn State. Hmmm…


§  It was a great weekend for coach Don Anthony, his staff and fencers as both the women’s and men’s teams won Midwest Fencing Conference championships at French Field House. Buckeye fencers swept the individual event titles on Saturday with Alexanne Verret (epee), Camilla Rivano (foil), Julieta Toledo (sabre), Henry Lange (epee), Diego Cervantes (foil) and Roscoe Swartz (sabre) all winning championships. The men have now won back-to-back MFC titles.


§  Men’s basketball improved its record to 4-0 against Top 10 teams (victories over Villanova, North Carolina, Kentucky and now Maryland) with a 79-72 win over Maryland Sunday. Five Buckeyes were in double figures led by Luther Muhammad’s 22. Ohio State is 18-10 overall and 8-8 in the Big Ten.


§  Three goals in the final five minutes powered men’s hockey to a 4-2 comeback victory at Michigan State on Saturday. The win gave Ohio State a sweep of the weekend series and moved it into a second-place tie in the Big Ten standings with 37 points, trailing only Penn State (41 pts.), which has completed its league schedule. No. 12 Ohio State hosts Wisconsin this weekend very much in the running for a championship.

§  It was senior weekend for the women’s hockey team and 3-0 and 6-3 wins over St. Cloud State gives the Buckeyes a third consecutive 20-win season, extending the school record of 20-or-more victory seasons. Honored this weekend were seniors Elise RiemenschneiderRebecca FreiburgerOlivia Soares and Jincy Dunne. The No. 5 Buckeyes are 20-8-6 and will host a WCHA first-round playoff series this weekend.


§  Emma Maltais, who set the OSU single season scoring record this weekend and now has 55 points on the year, has been named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 finalist. The award honors the top player in women’s hockey. The three overall finalists will be announced this Thursday.


§  Dorka Juhasz had consecutive points-rebounds double-doubles this past week to help the Buckeyes to a 1-1 mark. Included was a 16-point, 16-rebound effort vs. Nebraska. Ohio State has won six of its last seven games and is positioned nicely in the Big Ten Conference with a17-10 overall record and a 10-6 league mark heading into the final week of the regular season.


§  Way to go, Joe! The Collegiate Sports Video Association has named Joe Stanek, our director of football technology, its Big Ten Video Coordinator of the Year. Stanek is now up for the national coordinator of the year honors, which will be announced in May.


§  Nine different players scored goals and goalie Jill Rizzo set a school record with her 600th career save as the women’s lacrosse team moved to 4-1 on the season under first-year coach Amy Bokker with a 15-10 win over Cincinnati.


§  A season’s best score of 196.475 helped the women gymnasts go 2-2 against Big Ten competition at the Big Five meet this weekend in Toledo. The team scored above 49.000 on each apparatus with Ella Hodges taking first on balance beam and Claire Gagliardi taking first on floor.


§  The No. 6 women’s tennis team defeated both Kentucky, 5-1, and No. 24 Arizona State, 5-0, at home this weekend to improve to 6-3 on the year.


§  Women’s golf is in ninth place out of 15 teams heading into today’s final round at the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz.


§  Tamani Wilson (200 meters), Adelaide Aquilla (shot put) and Ryan Harrington (400 meters) were victorious for the women’s and men’s track and field teams this weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame.

§  The No. 17 men’s lacrosse team erased a 4-1 deficit with eight consecutive goals and then never looked back on its way to a 15-11 win at No. 20 Bucknell this weekend. The starting attack unit of Jack Myers (four goals), Tre Leclaire (four) and Jackson Reid (three) combined to score 11 of the 15 goals.


§  Men’s tennis is ranked No. 2 in the nation and is 13-1 with four players ranked among the top 70 singles players in the country: No. 7 John McNally (18-4 record); No. 12 Cannon Kingsley (17-2); No. 33 Kyle Seelig (17-6); and No. 70 Jim Trotter (16-2).


§  You knew this honor was coming: Madison Green was named Big Ten women’s basketball freshman of the week last week after averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and shooting 68.4 percent from the field in two Buckeye wins.


§  Freshman softball standout Avery Clark is two-for-two in terms of Big Ten freshman of the week honors. She was named again last week after batting .500 and slugging 1.250 with three home runs, three runs scored and six hits.


§  Gabby Rosenthal (three points) and Andrea Braendli (74 saves) were named the WCHA’s forward and goaltender of the week, respectively, after the Buckeyes’ big weekend win and tie at No. 2 Wisconsin.


Schedule of Events this Week:





Ohio State Student-Athletes (Business) Suit Up at Dress to Impress Event

Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute event outfits student-athletes for interviews, networking


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sunday evening, while millions of Americans were watching red carpet shows, oohing (or not) at the latest designer clothes and settling in for the 92nd Academy Awards, an audience of Ohio State student-athletes had designs of their own on how to dress to impress.


The student-athletes – 71 in all – were part of a partnership between the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute (Institute) and a national department store to “suit them up” appropriately for upcoming interviews and professional networking events. The Institute permitted student-athletes to purchase professional development attire including dress clothes, shoes and accessories needed for success off the field.


Preparing for life, a career and success after graduation is the core focus of the Institute, which provides leadership, character and career development opportunities for all Ohio State student-athletes throughout their years on campus. Core components of the Institute include:


§  Professional development sessions/workshops hosted by industry professionals and educators;

§  Leadership development centered around creating and sustaining culture, trust and respect;

§  Site visits to organizations, businesses and corporations; and

§  Internal and external internships through the Bucks Go Pro 1.0 and 2.0 programs.


While the Student-Athlete Support Services Office at Ohio State has been a part of this event in the past, this is the first year for the Institute and it proved to be a really good deal, in many ways.


“It’s great that the athletics department gave us this opportunity,” Hudson Santana, a sophomore fencer from the Bronx, N.Y, said. “This is a good chance for us to get professional attire to wear as we go through our interview process.”


Student-athletes, primarily freshmen and sophomores from as many as 15 different Ohio State sports programs, had to complete a two-step program in order to attend the event.


§  Step 1 included completing a career assessment, creating or updating a resume and completing steps in an interview guide.

§  Step 2 was scheduling a meeting with a representative of the Institute to review and discuss the career plan and professional documents.


The final act was getting to the store. At least five members of the women’s hockey team were there after playing a two-game series Friday and Saturday on the road against Minnesota-Duluth.


There were at least that many men’s volleyball players as well as women’s lacrosse players, who had a game at 2 p.m. Sunday before the shopping spree. Numerous fencers, swimmers and rifle team members were spotted there with their teammates, as well.


The student-athletes all knew where and when they would wear their new outfits, from the Scholar-Athlete Banquet to job interviews to intern and extern interviews and even to an interview at another Power 5 school for a graduate assistant position.


Box office appeal can generate an Oscar. A great first impression can help a productive, eager and career-focused student-athlete land an internship, a second interview or even the most coveted prize: a rewarding job.







Ohio State Athletics Good News

Welcome to campus, Commissioner Warren …



§  It was a pleasure to host new Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren for about 16 hours this weekend as he begins his trek of seeing every Big Ten team at all 14 schools compete. The commissioner saw men’s volleyball, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, men’s hockey and the pistol team compete this weekend while in Columbus. Warren will be back on campus for a longer visit later this year.


§  Congratulations to new coach Amy Bokker, her staff and their women’s lacrosse team, which defeated Duquesne, 11-9, in its season opener. The Buckeyes came back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits. The team then defeated Robert Morris, 13-8, yesterday to get to 2-0. Six different players have a multi-goal game already.


§  The men’s tennis team has defeated the No. 1 team in the nation twice in eight days. Yesterday, the team beat USC, 4-2, for its 90th consecutive home court win. Last Sunday the Buckeyes defeated No. 1 Texas. They also pummeled Arizona State this weekend and are now 10-0 on the season and ranked second.


§  The No. 13 men’s lacrosse team displayed overpowering offense in a season-opening, 23-9, victory over Detroit Mercy and dominant defense in a 11-4 victory over Boston to open its season 2-0 for the fifth consecutive year. Goalie Josh Kirson, playing just 30 minutes from his hometown of Newton, Mass, had a career-high 18 saves against BU, the most by a Buckeye goalie in 13 years. Jack Myers (6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points) and Tre Leclaire (8-3-11) already have double digit points.


§  The softball team opened its season at the Carolina Classic in Columbia, S.C., and went 3-1 with the only defeat to ranked USC. Pitcher Payton Buresch (2-1) pitched two complete games in the first two starts of her career and then pitched nine innings in relief in the weekend finale against UNC-Greensboro. Coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is in her eighth season at Ohio State and is looking to guide the Buckeyes into an NCAA regional for the fifth consecutive year to extend her program’s school record.


§  Senior captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher led the No. 6 Buckeyes to a “senior day” victory over Northwestern yesterday, 28-10. Both wrestlers are 23-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in their weight class.


§  The pistol team defeated Akron and Purdue this weekend in collegiate sectionals held at Converse Hall. Katelyn Abeln was first in both open and women’s sport pistol and Samuel Gens was first in air pistol. Remember those two names: both will be competing for U.S. Olympic Team berths for Tokyo 2020 later this month/early March in Fort Benning, Ga.


§  The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team traveled to Tempe, Ariz., for the Southwest Cup and took second among four teams. No. 2 Stanford was first followed by Ohio State, No. 11 Cal and No. 12 Arizona State. Fr. Kazuki Hayashi and Jesse Tyndall went 1-2 on floor and Trevor Cummings and Luke Smigliani went 1-2 on pommel horse.


§  Women’s gymnastics produced a solid score of 195.100 on the road against Michigan yesterday afternoon, hitting season highs on three events in an electric meet that was televised nationally on the Big Ten Network. Fr. Ella Hodges was second on balance beam with a career-best 9.925 score.


§  The men’s golf team closed out Big Ten Match Play at Palm Coast, Fla. with an impressive, overpowering win over Michigan, 5-1, to finish the tourney with a 2-1 record. Felix Kvarnstrom and Patrick Schmucking each were 3-0 in tournament matches.


§  Women’s tennis, one of 16 teams to qualify for the Round of 16 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago, battled back from its first loss of the season, to No. 22 Georgia Tech, and defeated Michigan, 4-3, in the consolation round. Shiori FukudaDanielle WolfIsabelle Boulais and Luna Dormet had singles wins vs. UM. A close, 4-3, loss to No. 7 Texas ended the indoor run. The Buckeyes are now 4-2.


§  Men’s hoops has won three of its last four games to get to 15-8 overall with two home games this week: vs. Rutgers Wednesday and Purdue Saturday.


§  A tie on Friday against Penn State gave the men’s hockey team the extra league point and keeps the Buckeyes in striking distance of a Big Ten title with three weeks left in the regular season. Ohio State is one of three teams with 31 points. League leader Penn State has 33.


§  Both track and field teams competed this weekend at the 20-team Meyo Invite, held at the University of Notre Dame. Victorious for Ohio State: Annie Ubbing took first in the 800 (2:10.07) and Lainey Studebaker won the mile with a personal best time of 4:48.28. Cameron Cooper took third for the men in the 800 with a personal best time of 1:49.33, one of 10 personal bests for the men this weekend.


§  Men’s volleyball hosted two powerhouses, No. 3 UC Santa Barbara and two-time defending national champion Long Beach State. The Buckeyes dropped hard fought, 3-1, decisions to each: 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 to the Gouchos and 25-21, 25-20, 28-30, 25-22 to the “Beach” and should not drop in the national polls, where the Buckeyes are 15th.


§  Three consecutive wins, over Wisconsin yesterday plus back-to-back road wins over Nebraska and Illlinois, has lifted the women’s basketball team’s record to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten.


§  Women’s hockey didn’t get a win at No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth, but my goodness did they attack: 92 shots on goal in the two games will have the team bursting with confidence heading into another huge road weekend at No. 1 Wisconsin. And dig this: the team has clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs Feb. 28-29!


§  Women’s golf is hosting the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes (Calif.) Golf Club for the 25th consecutive year. The Buckeyes are currently 14th. Play wraps up Tuesday.


§  After merely running the fastest time in the nation in the 200 meters (:22.86) and winning at the fast, fast Texas Tech Invite last weekend, Jr. Anavia Battle was named the Big Ten track athlete of the week for the second time in her career.


§  For the second time this season, a Buckeye is the national volleyball freshman of the week. Last week it was Michael Wright, who had 64 assists to spark the Ohio State offense to a .396 hitting percentage in wins over No. 4 Penn State and St. Francis. Samuel Clark was honored earlier this year.


This Week’s Sports Schedule:





Ohio State hires Jill Wilson as Women’s Volleyball Associate Head Coach

She is Jen Flynn Oldenburg’s first hire as the head coach at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jen Flynn Oldenburg, named head coach of the Ohio State women’s volleyball program on Jan. 17, has made the first addition to her staff by hiring Jill Wilson as an associate head coach.


“To say I am excited to have Jill join our program would be a huge understatement,” Oldenburg said. “Jill is the ultimate professional. The knowledge, passion and energy she will bring to our program will be contagious. My respect for her as a person has only grown during this process as she fits our values as a program and University. I am eager to get her on campus to start this journey!”

Jill Wilson (courtesy Va. Tech)


Wilson is making the transition to Columbus after spending the last three seasons as the head coach of the women’s volleyball team at Virginia Tech.


“I am grateful for the chance to coach and recruit with not only one of the best coaches that I know, but also an incredible person,” said Wilson. “The facilities are second to none, but Jen, the support staff and team are what make it so exceptional. The Ohio State Athletics Department has a wonderful comradery that I am eager and honored to join.”


Wilson joined the Hokies after 10 seasons as an assistant coach at LSU. While in Baton Rouge, she helped lead the Tigers to six NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2009 SEC Championship. Wilson helped produce 15 All-SEC selections, four AVCA first team All-South Region picks and an AVCA First Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year in middle blocker Brittnee Cooper.


Wilson spent time in the ACC as an assistant North Carolina (2002-04) and Wake Forest (2006). She coached two All-Americans, an ACC Player of the Year and helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2002 regular season ACC Championship and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.


The Richmond, Texas, native was a four-year starter as an outside hitter for LSU from 1997-2000. Wilson was the Tigers’ representative on the women’s at-large SEC Good Works Team in 1999-00 and was named LSU Student-Athlete Volunteer of the Year in 2000.




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