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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.




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.


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




Getting to Know the Buckeyes Game 10 opponent, Rutgers Scarlet Knights












Rutgers vs. No. 1 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 16 • When: 3:30 p.m. • Where: SHI Stadium • TV: BTN • Play by Play: Brandon Gaudin • Analyst: James Laurinaitis • Sidelines: Elise Menaker


Ohio State, 9-0 on the season and 6-0 in the Big Ten, makes a visit to New Jersey on Saturday to face Rutgers. Kick-off is slated for 3:30 p.m. from SHI Stadium in Piscataway with BTN to broadcast.

The Buckeyes are coming off a 73-14 win over Maryland last Saturday at Ohio Stadium in a game that was highlighted by a strong effort on the ground (383 rushing yards) and another all-around solid performance on defense (11.0 tackles for loss and seven sacks).

Ohio State possesses the nation’s No. 5 ranked total offense (535.9 yards/game) the No. 1 ranked total defense (214.8 yards/game). The Buckeyes have scored the most touchdowns in the country (62) and given up the fewest (eight).


• Rutgers was originally chartered as Queen’s College on January 9, 1766. It is the eighth-oldest college in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

• The college was renamed Rutgers College in 1825 in honor of Colonel Henry Rutgers.

• Rutgers has three campuses located throughout New Jersey: New Brunswick campus in New Brunswick and adjacent Piscataway, the Newark campus, and the Camden campus.

• Rutgers College became the land-grant college of New Jersey in 1864 under the Morrill Act of 1862, resulting in the establishment of the Rutgers Scientific School, featuring departments of agriculture, engineering, and chemistry.

• It was at Rutgers that Selman Waksman (1888–1973) discovered several antibiotics, including actinomycin, clavacin, streptothricin and grisein. Waksman, along with graduate student Albert Schatz (1920–2005), discovered streptomycin—a versatile antibiotic that was to be the first applied to cure tuberculosis. For this discovery, Waksman received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1952.

• In the past three-plus seasons, only two Power 5 teams (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) have averaged more yards per game than Ohio State (524.5).

• Ohio State’s defense has produced 19 takeaways this year (11 INTs, eight fumble recoveries) and scored 14 times on the ensuing possessions (including one “pick six” by Damon Arnette vs. Indiana).

• Ohio State is the first Big Ten team to start the season with nine wins by 20 or more points since the 1973 season. That year, the Woody Hayes-led Buckeyes pulled off the feat on their way to a 10-0-1 record and Rose Bowl win against USC.

• Justin Fields’ 37 touchdowns accounted for through nine games is four ahead of the pace last year by Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins.

• Ohio State has scored 21 or more points in the second quarter in seven of the last eight games and outgained its opponents 1,743-414, a margin of 1,329 yards.





Ohio State at Rutgers Preview Notes











Rutgers vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 16 • When: 3:40 p.m. • Where: SHI Stadium • TV: BTN • Play by Play: Brandon Gaudin • Analyst: James Laurinaitis • Sidelines: Elise Menaker


  • Freshman Zach Harrison made his first career start last week vs. Maryland and had a third-quarter sack.
  • On the other side of Harrison was sophomore Tyreke Smith, who had three tackles and two sacks.
  • Both Harrison and Smith graded out as champions as part of a defense that generated a season-high seven sacks.


  • The Buckeyes rank No. 1 in the nation in average sacks per game (4.56) and are No. 2 in total sacks (41.0), just one behind SMU.
  • Ohio State’s 41 sacks this year have come from 15 different players.
  • The Ohio State single-season team record for sacks is 51.0, set in 2017.

Notes to Know

  • Through nine games, Ohio State has allowed just eight touchdowns, the fewest in the country. The Buckeyes have given up 10 or fewer points seven times this year.
  • The Buckeyes are No. 1 nationally in scoring offense (51.0 points/game) and have scored 50 or more points four times this season. Ohio State is also No. 1 in scoring defense (8.6 points/game).
  • Ohio State has converted 50 percent or better on third down in eight of nine games.
  • The Buckeyes have won 27 of their last 29 games played in the month of November.
  • Ohio State has won 29 of its last 32 Big Ten road games, including a 3-0 mark this season. The Buckeyes were unbeaten in Big Ten road games from 2012-15.




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