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Ohio State Football has six players drafted thus far by NFL teams


Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan and Pat Elflein all selected on Day 2


COLUMBUS, Ohio Three more Ohio State Buckeyes were chosen in the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft Friday night, increasing Ohio State’s three-round total to six players and its two-draft total – including 2016 – to 18 players selected. The draft is being held this year in Philadelphia along the Ben Franklin Parkway and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Things started hopping early for the Buckeyes in Round 2 Friday when hybrid receiver/runner Curtis Samuel was selected with the 40th overall pick of the draft, by the Carolina Panthers. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan went next in the second round, No. 54 overall to the Miami Dolphins, and center Pat Elflein went early in the third round, with pick No. 70 to the Minnesota Vikings.


Samuel, from Brooklyn, N.Y., played three seasons with the Buckeyes (40 games and 13 starts) and is the only player in school history with at least 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards (1,286 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns plus 107 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine scores). He was the only player in the nation in 2016 with at least 700 rushing and 700 receiving yards. He was named a first-team All-American (Associated Press & The Sporting News) with 771 rushing yards, eight touchdowns and a 7.9 per carry average, and he also had 865 receiving yards off 74 receptions with seven more touchdowns.


McMillan, a 6-2, 243-pounder from Hinesville, Ga., was Ohio State’s leading tackler the past two seasons with 102 in 2016 and 119 in 2015, and he finished with 270 career tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and nine pass break-ups. He was a first-team all-Big Ten selection and a second-team All-American as both a sophomore and a junior, and he was a semifinalist for both the Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2016. He started 26 games for the Buckeyes, played in 40 and was a team captain in 2016.


Elflein was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 who won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center. The 6-3, 300-pounder from Pickerington, Ohio, made the move to center as a fifth-year senior. He played in 55 games, was a three-year starter and finished with 42 starts, including 41 consecutive starts to close his career. He was named all-Big Ten Conference three consecutive years – twice at guard and once at center – and was Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2016. He graduated in May 2016 with his degree in communications.


The 18 draft picks over the last two seasons are one off the two-draft high of 19 for the Ohio State program, set during the 2003 and 2004 drafts. Ohio State has never had eight first-round draft picks over two drafts as it has done in these past two drafts.


Ohio State Buckeyes selected in the 2017 NFL Draft include:


§  CB Marshon Lattimore – 1st Round, No. 11 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints;

§  SAF Malik Hooker – 1st Round, No. 15 by Indianapolis Colts;

§  CB Gareon Conley – 1st Round, No. 24 by the Oakland Raiders;

§  H-Back Curtis Samuel – 2nd Round, No. 40 by the Carolina Panthers;

§  LB Raekwon McMillan – 2nd Round, No. 54 by the Miami Dolphins; and

§  C Pat Elflein – 3rd Round, No. 70 by the Minnesota Vikings.






Ohio State Football has a record three DB’s taken in the 2017 NFL Draft’s First Round


And four defensive backs selected over the past two seasons, three of them CBs


COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State University is “DBU”! Thursday evening along the Ben Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, three Ohio State defensive backs were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to tie the mark for most at the position in one draft and set records over two drafts with four defensive backs chosen in the first round and three cornerbacks taken.


Ohio State tied the 2002 Miami Hurricanes with its trio of first-round picks this year that featured:


§  Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, taken with the 11th overall pick of the draft by the New Orleans Saints;

§  Safety Malik Hooker, selected No. 15 overall by the Indianapolis Colts; and

§  Cornerback Gareon Conley, who was taken with the 24th pick by the Oakland Raiders.


No program has developed four first-round defensive backs over two seasons or had three cornerbacks taken until Ohio State did so this year and last, when Eli Apple was selected No. 10 by the New York Giants.


This year’s trio has also given Ohio State eight first round draft picks over the past two seasons, breaking the school record of seven combined from the 2006 and 2007 NFL Drafts.


Lattimore was a red-shirt sophomore who had a terrific 2016 campaign, starting all 13 games and being named first-team all-Big Ten Conference by the league’s coaches. At 6-0 and 192 pounds, Lattimore, from Cleveland, was second on the team with four interceptions and he also contributed 41 tackles and nine pass break-ups for 13 total passes defended on the year.


Hooker, from New Castle, Pa., was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 as a red-shirt sophomore. He ranked third nationally in interceptions with seven and interception yards with 181, and he was first in the nation with three interception return touchdowns, including a critical 16-yard return for a score in the win over Michigan. The 6-2, 205-pounder ranked third on the team in tackles with 74.


Conley, a 6-0, 195-pound red-shirt junior this past season who has already graduated, was named second-team all-Big Ten by the league’s coaches in 2016. He played in 42 games for the Buckeyes and started 27 games at cornerback. A team co-captain from Massillon, Ohio, he ranked second on the team in 2016 with four interceptions and had six for his career along with 15 pass break-ups.


Lattimore, Hooker and Conley give Ohio State coach Urban Meyer 19 first-round NFL draft picks, including 10 Buckeye first-rounders. In addition, the trio increases Ohio State’s total number of first round picks to 77 and to within three of all-time leader USC, which has 80.


NFL Draft History

Most First-Round Draft Picks

1.      USC – 80

2.      Ohio State – 77

3.      Notre Dame – 67

4.      Miami (Fla.) – 63

5.      Alabama – 55

6.      Florida – 51

7.      Tennessee – 45

Michigan – 45

9.      Texas – 44

10.  Oklahoma – 42

11.  Florida State – 41

LSU – 41

13.  Penn State – 36

14.  Michigan State – 35

Texas A&M – 35

16.  Nebraska – 33

UCLA – 33

18.  Georgia – 31

19.  Wisconsin – 30

20.  Auburn – 29






Ohio State announces additions, changes to future football schedules


Only one game with TCU, at AT&T Stadium, and two-game series with Washington set


COLUMBUS, Ohio A considerable amount of news today regarding future Ohio State football schedules features a series change that has the Buckeyes travelling next year to Arlington, Texas, and AT&T Stadium, site of the team’s 2015 College Football Playoff championship game win over Oregon. The opponent will be TCU.


Ohio State and TCU have modified their two-game series into one game that will take place Sept. 15, 2018 at AT&T Stadium. The teams will not meet in 2019.


The agreement calls for both schools to receive $5 million. The Sept. 21, 2019 game with TCU, scheduled before the 2019 Big Ten schedule was released, will be replaced with a home game against the Miami Redhawks in the middle of a challenging pair of road games: at Indiana Sept. 14 and at Nebraska Sept. 28.


Miami and Ohio State will meet for only the sixth time with the last meeting – Sept. 1, 2012 – representing the first game for Urban Meyer as Ohio State head coach: a 56-10 Buckeye win.


Scheduled: Ohio State vs. Washington

Ohio State has a two-game series with the Pac-12’s Washington Huskies set. The two teams, each of whom were College Football Playoff semifinalists this past season, will play Sept. 7, 2024 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, with the return game set for Sept. 13, 2025 at Ohio Stadium.


Washington is the latest in an impressive slate of home-and-home series Ohio State has scheduled against Power 5 schools, including with:


§  Oklahoma (2016 and 2017);

§  Oregon (2020 and 2021);

§  Notre Dame (2022 and 2023);

§  Texas (2022 and 2023);

§  Washington (2024 and 2025); and

§  Boston College (2026 and 2027).


BC Games Moved

The Buckeyes were previously scheduled to play Boston College in a home-and-home series in 2023 and 2024, but those games have been moved to the 2026 and 2027 seasons. Ohio State will play host to Boston College on Sept. 19, 2026, and travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a game on Sept. 18, 2027.


Games with Bowling Green & Tulsa Added

Ohio State has also added two non-conference home games to its future slate of games:


§  Ohio State will host Bowling Green on Sept. 5, 2020; and

§  Ohio State will host Tulsa on Sept. 18, 2021.


Ohio State has complete schedules for the next three seasons, up through 2019.


2017 Note: A Big Ten Conference representative said yesterday that game times and television network carriers will be known by May 31 for games the first three weeks of the season and Homecoming.


Future Ohio State Football Schedules


2017 Ohio State Football Schedule

Aug. 31 – at Indiana

Sept. 9 – Oklahoma

Sept. 16 – Army

Sept. 23 – UNLV

Sept. 30 – at Rutgers

Oct. 7 – Maryland (Homecoming)

Oct. 14 – at Nebraska

Oct. 21 – Off

Oct. 28 – Penn State

Nov. 4 – at Iowa

Nov. 11 – Michigan State

Nov. 18 – Illinois

Nov. 25 – at Michigan

Dec. 2 – Big Ten Championship Game


2018 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 1 – Oregon State

Sept. 8 – Rutgers

Sept. 15 – vs. TCU*

Sept. 22 – Tulane

Sept. 29 – at Penn State

Oct. 6 – Indiana

Oct. 13 – Minnesota

Oct. 20 – at Purdue

Oct. 27 – Off

Nov. 3 – Nebraska

Nov. 10 – at Michigan State

Nov. 17 – at Maryland

Nov. 24 – Michigan

Dec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game

*AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas


2019 Ohio State Football Schedule

Aug. 31 – Florida Atlantic

Sept. 7 – Cincinnati

Sept. 14 – at Indiana

Sept. 21 – Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 28 – at Nebraska

Oct. 5 – Michigan State

Oct. 12 – Off

Oct. 19 – at Northwestern

Oct. 26 – Wisconsin

Nov. 2 – Off

Nov. 9 – Maryland

Nov. 16 – at Rutgers

Nov. 23 – Penn State

Nov. 30 – at Michigan

Dec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game


2020 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 5 – Bowling Green

Sept. 12 – at Oregon


2021 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 11 – Oregon

Sept. 18 – Tulsa


2022 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 3 – Notre Dame

Sept. 17 – at Texas


2023 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 16 – Texas

Sept. 23 – at Notre Dame


2024 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 7 – at Washington



2025 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 13 – Washington


2026 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 19 – Boston College


2027 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 18 – at Boston College








NHL Morning Skate from Thursday, April 27, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition


Nashville 4, ST. LOUIS 3 – NSH leads 1-0
Edmonton 5, ANAHEIM 3 – EDM leads 1-0

The Predators and Oilers each had their 3-1 third-period leads erased before receiving late game-winning goals – from Vernon Fiddler (14:55) and Adam Larsson (15:20), respectively – to win the opening games of their Second Round series.

* Larsson’s marker was the fourth go-ahead goal in the final five minutes of the third period this postseason. The others were scored by Boston’s Brad Marchand (17:27, Game 1 at OTT), St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz (17:33, Game 2 at MIN) and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf (15:14, Game 2 vs. CGY).

P.K. Subban collected 1-2—3 and Vernon Fiddler scored the go-ahead goal with 5:05 remaining in regulation to lead Nashville past St. Louis in their first ever playoff meeting.

* The Predators, who swept the Blackhawks in the First Round, are the first team to start a postseason with five consecutive victories since 2015, when the Ducks won their first six contests. Nashville last won five consecutive games during the 2015-16 regular season, when they posted a 5-0-0 run from Feb. 22 – March 1, 2016.

* Subban established a franchise playoff record for points in a game by a defenseman, his second such performance in the postseason (0-3—3 in Game 3 of 2010 CF vs. PHI w/ MTL). Paul Kariya is the only Predators player to register more points in a playoff game (0-4—4 in Game 1 of 2006 CQF vs. SJS).

* Fiddler, who played his first game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored his fifth career playoff goal and first game-winner (43 GP). Colin Wilson also scored in his first game this postseason.

* ICYMI: Country music star Carrie Underwood congratulated the Predators and her husband, captain Mike Fisher, while Subban, a Toronto native, was visited by several members of the Blue Jays.

Photo via @subbanator
Leon Draisaitl (1-3—4) and Adam Larsson (2-1—3) collected three points apiece during a six-goal third period to help the Oilers outlast the Ducks and take a 1-0 series lead.
* Elias notes that Draisaitl, 21, became just the second player in Oilers history to record at least four points in a playoff game before his 22nd birthday – Wayne Gretzky achieved the feat twice in 1981 at age 20 and twice in 1982 at age 21.

* Larsson became the first Oilers defenseman to post multiple goals in a playoff game since Brian Glynn in Game 1 of the 1992 Division Semifinals at LAK. Elias says that Larsson is the first defenseman in Oilers history to register at least three points in the third period of a playoff game.

* Elias adds that Draisaitl and Larsson – who each matched a career high for points in a game (regular-season and playoffs) – became just the third pair of Oilers teammates to each record at least three points in the same period of a playoff game and the first to do so in the third period.

* Edmonton became the first team to defeat Anaheim in regulation since March 10, ending the Ducks’ run at 18 games (15-0-3, regular-season and playoffs). The Oilers also became the first visiting team to win in regulation at Honda Center since March 5, ending Anaheim’s 12-game streak (11-0-1, regular season and playoffs).

Mike Babcock of the Maple Leafs, Todd McLellan of the Oilers and John Tortorella of the Blue Jackets are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success.”

Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) scored his 33rd career playoff goal (all w/ ANA) to tie Corey Perry for second place in Ducks history, behind Teemu Selanne (35) . . .Predators teammates Ryan Johansen (1-6—7) and Fillip Forsberg (3-3—6) have each collected at least one point in all five games this postseason . . . Oilers forward Mark Letestu (2-0—2) posted his first career multi-goal playoff game . . . Twenty-nine of 44 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided by one goal (65.9%), while another six have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score (79.5% combined) . . . The Canucks named Travis Green as the 19th head coach in franchise history . . . The Bruins announced that Bruce Cassidy will remain as head coach . . . Actor Kevin Smith was part of the crowd at Honda Center for Game 1 between the Oilers and Ducks.

Photo via @ThatKevinSmith


Captains Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are set to face off in the playoffs for the third time (and second in as many years) when the Capitals and Penguins begin their 10th all-time playoff meeting at Verizon Center in Washington. Ovechkin (10-11—21) and Crosby (8-7—15) have each averaged more than a point per game in their previous 13 playoff meetings. Pittsburgh has won eight of their nine previous playoff series against Washington and has eliminated the Capitals en route to each of their four championships (1991, 1992, 2009 and 2016).

The Rangers visit the Senators for Game 1 of their second all-time playoff meeting and first since the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals, a seven-game series won by New York. The Senators held a 2-1-0 record in their regular-season series against the Rangers (1-2-0) in 2016-17, highlighted by a 33-save shutout by goaltender Craig Anderson on Nov. 27. These teams made one of the biggest trades of last summer when Ottawa acquired forward Derick Brassard from New York in exchange for forward Mika Zibanejad – both Brassard (2-6—8) and Zibanejad (1-3—4) led their clubs in scoring during the First Round.­

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NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series getting a chance for first time at Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte

NHRA 4-Wide Racing (photo by National Dragster, courtesy NHRA)



CONCORD, N.C. – The rapid rise in growth and popularity of the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will take another big step at this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, as the class will compete in the four-wide set-up for the first time in class history.


While throwing in a number of new challenges into the equation for the first time, the extreme thrill and spectacle of four-wide racing presented a huge opportunity for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, one the talented drivers were quick to accept.


“It’s a steppingstone for everyone in the class,” Jim Whiteley said. “The fans really enjoy the Pro Mods and it’s going to be neat for us to participate. The class has certainly grown, and I’m very proud and excited to be involved in the first one.”


Said points leader and veteran Pro Mod racer Mike Castellana: “It’s going to be fun for the fans and good for the drivers. I think it’s great. I like being a part of history and it’s great to be a part of.”


The race, which is presented by and Plugfones, is the third of 12 events during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season and will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and Fox Sports 2 (FS2). Competing at the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte is something the talented drivers in the class had anticipated since it was announced.


But for standouts like Danny Rowe, who called the inclusion of racing in a four-wide setup “special,” there will be a case of tackling the unexpected. Finding a rhythm will be crucial for success, especially when it will come against a loaded 30-car lineup that includes two-time world champ Troy Coughlin, Gainesville winner Steven Whiteley, Steve Matusek, who won last weekend in Houston, Mike Janis, Michael Biehle, Eric Latino and former world champ Khalid alBalooshi.


“It’s a little bit nerve-racking,” said Rowe, who is currently fourth in points. “It’s going to be a different deal up there, especially with the three different power adders we have in Pro Mod – supercharged cars, turbo cars and nitrous cars, some with clutches and some with automatics. More so than anything else it’s going to be exciting, and that’s the whole idea, right?”


The sometimes wild and unpredictable nature of the powerful Pro Mod cars add another thrilling layer to the weekend, but seizing momentum early in qualifying will be important.


“You’ll see who’s paying attention pretty quickly,” Whiteley said. “It will be wild, no doubt, but it will be fun. But you’re going to have to concentrate and not get lost in the other bulbs. I’m sure it will be awkward initially, but if you start out well it takes a little pressure off.”


Castellana will look to build on a fantastic weekend in Houston that included a semifinal finish and also the quickest pass in Pro Mod history with his run of 5.685. But to be ready for the uniqueness of the race, Castellana said he’s been preparing all week for the challenges that will be immediately apparent at zMAX Dragway.


“I’ve spoken to some people who have run this event before and gotten their insight,” Castellana said. “I did my homework on it and I’m just hoping to pass the test this weekend.”


Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph.


NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, April 28 with qualifying sessions at 3:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., continuing with the final two qualifying sessions on Saturday, April 29 at 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Round one of eliminations takes place on Sunday, April 30 at 12:55 p.m.


Be a part of the action all weekend with a Three-Day Pass to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals starting at $107.  Tickets for children 13 and under are free with any paid adult ticket; to purchase general admission or reserved seats please visit or call the box office at (800) 455-FANS (3267). For more information about NHRA, please visit





WHAT: Eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the sixth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.


WHERE: zMAX Dragway- Track is located on Hwy 29 off I-85 at exit 49 (Speedway Blvd.) in the Concord, N.C. area.


WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 28-30


FORMAT: Qualifying sessions and elimination rounds will be conducted using four lanes in all NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series classes; Lanes will be identified from left to right facing downtrack as 1-4; Two Christmas trees will be in use, one between each two lanes; The Compulink Autostart system will continue to be utilized and it will not activate until all four vehicles are pre-staged and one vehicle has staged; The ladder structure will feature Race A: qualifiers 1, 8, 9, 16, Race B: qualifiers 4, 5, 12, 13, Race C: qualifiers 2, 7, 10, 15, and Race D: qualifiers 3, 6, 11, 14; Race A and Race B will be on one side of the ladder, while Race C and Race D will be on the other;  Lane choice for eliminations goes to the driver with the quickest E.T., then the second-quickest, and so on; The first two drivers in each elimination round to cross the finish line advance to the second round and final; In the final round, teams will finish in the order they cross the finish line (barring any red-light starts), with winner, runner-up and two semifinalists in that order.



FRIDAY, April 28 -

NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 3:45 p.m. and 6:15


SATURDAY, April 29 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.


SUNDAY, April 30 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES eliminations at 12: 55 p.m.


5.685 sec. by Mike Castellana, April ’17, Houston, Texas; 258.71 mph by Melanie Troxel, June. ’11, Englishtown, NJ.



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