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Penn State at Ohio State definitely a huge game with three pregame shows in town Saturday: FOX, ESPN & BTN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All three shows will converge in and around Ohio Stadium prior to Top 10 Ohio State-Penn State tilt

COLUMBUS, Ohio The area around Ohio Stadium will be as wired for sight, sound and excitement Saturday morning as it can possibly get with regard to television pregame and tailgate shows. This week, all three of the Big Ten Conference television network providers will broadcast their respective pregame shows in and around Ohio Stadium in front of the huge noon kickoff between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State.

 

§  FOX’s BIG NOON KICKOFF, featuring former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, will be live and on the air from two locations: from 10 a.m. to 11 near the “Victory Bell” tower at Ohio Stadium; and from 11 a.m. until noon inside Ohio Stadium in the southwest corner of the field. Meyer is joined on set by host Rob Stone, Dublin, Ohio’s own Brady Quinn and former USC greats Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart.

 

§  ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast from the campus of Ohio State University for a GameDay record 19th time. The show will originate at 9 a.m. from the south lawn area in front of St. John Arena and it will be Ohio State’s 46th game at a GameDay site, the second-most among all college programs. The show is hosted by Reece Davis and features former Buckeye captain and alum Kirk Herbstreit along with Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Maria Taylor.

 

§  BTN Tailgate, the home for Big Ten Conference football fans, will broadcast adjacent to the southeast “Victory Bell” tower at Ohio Stadium along the walkway to the RPAC beginning at 10 a.m. The show is hosted by Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Michelle McMahon.

 

Ohio State, undefeated at 10-0 and with a 7-0 record in the Big Ten East Division, will face it’s most difficult test of the season against a 9-1 (6-1 Big Ten East) Penn State team. This is the10th time in the 35-game series that the Ohio State-Penn State game features two Top 10-ranked teams.

 

FOX Sports will televise the game with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft calling the action.

 

#GoBucks

THE PEOPLE. THE TRADITION. THE EXCELLENCE.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig, Mike Basford; COURTESY OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State DE Chase Young finalist for Nagurski Trophy Award

(courtesy Charlotte Touchdown Club)

 

Chase Young OSU chasing Nebraska QB (courtesy 247 Sports)

Was Nagurski national player of the week after record-tying four-sack, five-TFL game vs. Wisconsin

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State junior defensive end and team captain Chase Young is one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Young, who leads the nation with 1.69 quarterback sacks per game (13.5 in eight games) and is second in tackles for loss with 15.5 and 1.9 per game, is joined as a finalist by Auburn DT Derrick Brown, Georgia SAF J.R. Reed, Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons and Minnesota DB Antoine Winfield Jr.

 

Young, who is 6-5, 265 pounds and from Upper Marlboro, Md., is the leader of an Ohio State defense that ranks:

 

§  No. 1 in the nation in total defense (216.4 yards allowed);

§  No. 1 in scoring defense (9.8 ppg);

§  No. 1 in passing yards allowed (126.0 ypg); and

§  No. 1 in red zone defense (61 pct.).

 

The Buckeye defense, under the coordination of co-coordinators Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison, have allowed a nation’s low 11 touchdowns all season and have allowed one first quarter touchdown all season.

 

Young is the fourth Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist from Ohio State, after Andy Katzenmoyer in 1997 and James Laurinaitis in both 2006 and 2007. Laurinaitis won the award in 2006.

 

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy banquet will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is the keynote speaker.

 

#GoBucks

 

THE PEOPLE. THE TRADITION. THE EXCELLENCE.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig, Mike Basford; COURTESY OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Ohio State QB Justin Fields named Semifinalist for O’Brien Award

 

Justin Fields in action vs Miami RedHawks (courtesy 247 Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, the Davey O’Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee announced today.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the best college quarterback, and is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee will release the names of the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2019 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Thursday, Dec. 12.

Fields, a first-year starter, has accounted for 37 touchdowns through nine games, which is second most in the country behind only Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma. He’s had at least one rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in eight of nine games for the Buckeyes, who are 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in this week’s College Football Playoff poll.

Fields’ 183.53 efficiency rating ranks fifth in the nation as he’s thrown 27 touchdown passes against just one interception. His completion percentage (68.2 percent) is No. 14 nationally.

With Fields leading the way, Ohio State’s offense is averaging 535.9 yards per game – fifth best in the country – and is averaging 51.0 points per game, which ranks first. The Buckeyes have scored 40 or more points in seven of nine games.

 

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Buckeyes FS Jordan Fuller named Semifinalist for Witten Award

Jordan Fuller (courtesy 247 Sports)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jordan Fuller – a two-time captain and veteran of 47 career games for the Buckeyes – is one of 20 semifinalists for the Jason Witten Man of the Year Award, which honors exemplary leadership.

Three finalists will be named for the award on Monday, December 16. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on February 18, 2020, at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Just the 14th two-time captain in program history, Fuller is a three-year starter at safety and this season is leading the nation’s top overall statistical defense. He’s second on the team in tackles with 43 and also has a pair of interceptions. His play has helped the Buckeyes rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense (8.6 points/game), total defense (214.8 points/game) and passing defense (126.6 yards/game).

Fuller in Ohio State’s active leader in career tackles (205) and also has five interceptions and seven pass breakups. He’s started 22 consecutive games.

Off the field, Fuller’s been equally impressive. The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American has a 3.601 grade-point average in business marketing and is one of 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. He’s on schedule to graduate in December.

A 2018 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Fuller has been an active member of the campus community. He helped create a seminar called “The Buckeye Way: Sexuality, Identity, and Relationships” to educate student-athletes on sexual assault, sexual violence and healthy relationships. Fuller is also part of the leadership team and has organized multiple events for Redefining Athletic Standards (RAS), an organization with the goal of giving black student-athletes on campus a voice.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig, Mike Basford; COURTESY OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State Football names Champions, Player of the Game for Maryland Game

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For their efforts in Saturday’s 73-14 win over Maryland, a total of 28 players on offense and defense were named champions by the Ohio State coaching staff. LB Tuf Borland, DT Davon Hamilton, C Josh Myers, WR K.J. Hill and the entire kickoff coverage team were the Players of the Game.

Ohio State generated a season-high 705 yards of total offense and 40 first downs on Saturday against the Terrapins as Myers and the rest of the offensive line opened holes for Ohio State ball carries to generate 383 yards rushing. Hill, meanwhile, had four receptions for 56 yards a touchdown. He caught at least one pass for the 43rd consecutive game, which is the second-longest streak in program history.

Hamilton, who had been a champion after all nine games this year, had two of Ohio State’s season-high seven sacks. Borland, who also had a sack, added five tackles. Maryland was held to just 139 yards of total offense – the ninth time this year that the Buckeyes have given up less than 300 total yards. Ohio State currently leads the country in total defense (214.8 yards/game).

The kickoff team made four tackles inside the 20 yard line, forced two fair catches and also recovered an onside kick in the second quarter.

First-time champions from Saturday’s win include OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, QB Chris Chugunov, OG Gavin Cupp and LB K’Vaughan Pope. SAF Jordan Fuller, WR Chris Olave and LG Jonah Jackson all earned their seventh champion distinctions of the season.

Ohio State Champions vs. Maryland
Defense: DE Tyreke Smith, DE Tyler Friday, DE Zach Harrison, LB Pete Werner, LB Malik Harrison, LB K’Vaughan Pope, CB Jeff Okudah, SAF Jordan Fuller, CB Shaun Wade, CB Sevyn Banks
Players of the Game: DT Davon Hamilton and LB Tuf Borland
Offense: QB Justin Fields, QB Chris Chugunov, RB Master Teague, RB J.K. Dobbins, TE Luke Farrell, WR Chris Olave, WR Ben Victor, WR Garrett Wilson, RT Branden Bowen, RG Wyatt Davis, LG Jonah Jackson, LT Thayer Munford, RT Nicholas Petit-Frere, OG Gavin Cupp
Players of the Game: C Josh Myers and WR K.J. Hill
Special Teams Players of the Game: Kickoff coverage team
Scout Team Players of the Week: RB/CB Xavier Johnson, OL Ryan Jacoby, DL Aaron Cox and SAF Owen Fankhauser

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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