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Ohio State RB questions answered with addition of former Oklahoma star Trey Sermon


Trey Sermon in action against Texas Tech (courtesy Oklahoma Athletic Communications)


The Ohio State Buckeyes have always had great running backs.

But with J.K. Dobbins leaving for the NFL after the 2019 season, there were alot of fans and media wondering who would be the feature back.

Ohio State has a bunch of talented backs in Master Teague, Steele Chambers, Marcus Crowley and Demario McCall, but none of them have ever been the 20-25 times a game feature back that Dobbins was the past three seasons. Granted, Teague played more than all of them during this past season, but he mostly played when the Buckeyes had the game sealed up before halftime. He did show explosiveness, physicality and speed during his opportunities.

Trey Sermon

Entering the picture to answer the big question for everybody is graduate transfer Trey Sermon of Oklahoma.

Sermon is very familiar with the Buckeyes and Ohio Stadium. He scored his first college touchdown in the 2017 win over Ohio State. Sermon caught a touchdown pass, ran for 62 yards and helped Oklahoma upset then-No. 2 Ohio State with Baker Mayfield as the Sooners QB.

He chose Ohio State because they needed depth at RB, a leader at that position, best situation for him and felt comfortable with Buckeyes running back coach Tony Alford, who recruited him during his high school days in Marietta, Georgia. Sermon is more than capable if he can stay healthy. Sermon ran for 744 yards as a freshman and 972 yards as a sophomore, but had disappointing numbers last season, rushing 54 times for 395 yards in 2019 in limited action due to an injuries.





    Running Back
    Marietta, Ga.
    Sprayberry HS

Named to Academic All-Big 12 Second Team … played in nine games … injured versus Iowa State (11/9) and missed final five contests … made four starts (vs. Houston, South Dakota, UCLA and Kansas) … rushed for 385 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries … ranked second on team with 7.1 yards per rush … caught eight passes for 71 yards and a touchdown … carried 11 times for 71 yards (2-yard TD) and caught two passes for 20 yards (15-yard TD) at Kansas (10/5) … ran for 76 yards and pair of scores (1 and 32 yards) on seven carries vs. Texas Tech (9/28) … rushed seven times for 51 yards at UCLA (9/14) … carried nine times for 56 yards and a TD (1 yard) vs. South Dakota (9/7) … rushed 11 times for season-high 91 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards vs. Houston in opener (9/1).

An All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection by league’s coaches … played in all 14 games and made 12 starts … started each of final 12 contests and led team with 13 touchdowns (all rushing) while ranking third with 947 rushing yards (5.8 average on team-high 164 carries) … caught 12 passes for 181 yards … ran for 19 yards and a touchdown against No. 1 Alabama in CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl (12/29) … rushed for game-high 65 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in win over No. 9 Texas in Big 12 Championship (12/1) … ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and caught two passes for 33 yards against Oklahoma State (11/10) … registered career highs of 26 carries, 206 yards and three touchdowns at Texas Tech (11/3) … rushed eight times for 58 yards and caught a season-high four passes for 27 yards against Kansas State (10/27) … ran for 110 yards on 17 carries at TCU (10/20) … totaled 117 yards (54 rushing, 63 receiving) and a rushing TD against Texas (10/6) … registered a career-long 51-yard reception against Baylor (9/29) … tallied 119 rushing yards on eight carries against Army (9/22) … rushed for 69 yards and a score on nine carries against Florida Atlantic (9/1).

Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for Offensive Freshman of the Year by league’s coaches … played in all 14 games and made three starts … ranked second on team with 744 rushing yards (53.1 per game, 6.1 per carry) and tied for second with five rushing TDs … led Big 12 in yards after contact (4.13 per attempt) according to Pro Football Focus … rushed for at least 80 yards in four contests and at least 90 yards three times … ran for 34 yards on two carries (long of 31) against Georgia in CFP Semifinal at Rose Bowl (1/1) … ran for 63 yards on 10 carries against TCU in Big 12 Championship (12/2) … carried six times for 50 yards against West Virginia (11/25) … ran for 30 yards and a touchdown on five carries at Kansas (11/18) … rushed 10 times for 81 yards and a touchdown at Oklahoma State (11/4) … led team with 96 rushing yards on career-high 20 carries and threw a 42-yard completion on first career pass attempt against Texas (10/14) … ran for team-high 90 yards on 18 carries and set career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (54) while catching a TD pass against Iowa State (10/7) … earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors after setting career high with 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries (all in fourth quarter) at Baylor (9/23) … gained 22 yards and scored a TD on seven carries against Tulane (9/16) in first career start … recorded 62 rushing yards on 17 attempts and caught three passes for 23 yards and first career TD at Ohio State (9/9) … ran for 51 yards on seven carries in OU debut against UTEP (9/2).

Early enrollee … ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated as the 80th overall player in the country by ESPN, 158th overall by 247Sports, 171st overall by Rivals and 236th overall by Scout … tabbed as the No. 9 running back in the country by ESPN, No. 10 by 247Sports, No. 12 by Rivals and No. 19 by Scout … rated by ESPN as the No. 8 recruit in the state of Georgia, No. 15 by Rivals and No. 18 by 247Sports … ran for 1,227 yards and 16 touchdowns on 166 carries (7.4 yards per rush) as a senior … also held offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and others.

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Former Northland, Harvard Basketball star Seth Towns is returning home to play for Ohio State


Seth Towns shooting a jumper (courtesy Harvard Athletics)

One of the biggest names in the college basketball portal, Seth Towns, has decided to return to his hometown and play for the Buckeyes of Ohio State.

With the definite reality that center Kaleb Wesson will head to the NBA, with the talented swingman Towns on the roster to go along with Kyle Young, E.J. Liddell, Duane Washington, Jr. and Luther Muhammad, Ohio State will definitely have enough talent for more improvement under head coach Chris Holtmann.

It was reported that Towns chose Ohio State over Duke.

Seth Towns

In radio, TV and published reports on Saturday, the Northland Vikings product told why he decided on the hometown Buckeyes: “I’m coming home,” Towns said. “From a basketball standpoint, it makes sense for me. Obviously, there’s no place like home. Coach [Chris] Holtmann and I have developed a really good relationship; I trust him wholly. It’s great, it’s been my childhood dream. I have a painting of me in an Ohio State jersey on my childhood bedroom wall, even still. I got that when I was 2 years old.”

One probably wonders why Towns didn’t want to stay at Harvard where he was still the captain of the team even while he was recovering from his injuries.

Because Harvard doesn’t redshirt players, Towns had to transfer if he wanted to keep playing, which he did.


Height: 6-7
Weight: 215
Year: So
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Northland
Position: F/G

Career Highs
Points: 31, at Columbia 2/2/18
FG: 11, twice
FGA: 21, at Columbia 2/2/18
3FG: 6, twice
3FGA: 10, vs. Yale 3/11/2017
FT: 9, twice
FTA: 12, twice
Rebounds: 12, twice
Assists: 6, at Cornell 2/3/18
Blocks: 3, vs. Fordham 12/3/2017
Steals: 3, four times
Minutes: 36, at Dartmouth 1/20/18

Towns injured his knee playing in the 2017-2018 season and hasn’t played since. He averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds during that season.

Sophomore (2017-18):
AP All-America honorable mention, is the fourth-player in program history to earn the honor … Lou Henson All-American … Ivy League Player of the Year, becomes the fourth Harvard player and third sophomore in league history to win the award … Unanimous All-Ivy League first team selection … USBWA All-District selection … NABC All-District first team … Ivy League Tournament All-Tournament team … Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 22) … College Sports Madness All-Mid Major second team … College Sports Madness Ivy League preseason second team … College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 22, 29) … Ivy League Honor Roll eight times … Averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, improved to 18.6 points per game in Ivy play … Scored 20 points with seven rebounds in the season-opener against MIT (Nov. 10) … Had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Holy Cross (Nov. 16) and totaled 17 points and three steals at Manhattan (Nov. 18) … Scored 25 points with six rebounds and six made 3-pointers at Kentucky (Dec. 2) … Kicked off a stretch of 15-straight games in double figures with 12 points against Boston University (Dec. 21) … Scored 20 points at Wofford and netted 26 with five triples at Dartmouth (Jan. 20) … Scored 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting and four triples against Brown (Jan. 27) … Totaled a career-high 31 points with six made threes at Columbia (Feb. 2) … Had 24 points against Brown (Feb. 16) … Had back-to-back 20-point outings with 22 at Penn (Feb. 24) and 20 against Cornell (March 2) … Notched back-to-back double-doubles with 13 and 10 against Columbia (March 3) and 24 and a career-high 12 rebounds against Cornell (March 10) … Averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game at the Ivy League Tournament … Helped Harvard to its sixth Ivy League championship in program history, and its second-ever berth in the NIT.

Freshman (2016-17):
Saw action in 28 games, starting 20, including the last 10 … Second on the team in points … Averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds … Posted double-figures 18 times and 20-plus four times… Led the team in scoring seven times … Ranks No. 15 in scoring in the Ivy League … In conference-only games, ranks 10th in scoring (13.0 ppg) … In his debut with the Crimson, scored seven points and pulled down three rebounds against Stanford (Nov. 11) … Recorded 2 points against Holy Cross (Nov. 22), adding six boards and five assists … Recorded a career best 17 points, adding six rebounds at UMass (Nov. 26) … Led the team with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting against George Washington (Nov. 29) … Recorded a monster night with 24 points against Northeastern (Dec. 6), adding six boards and three assists … Posted 18 points, four rebounds and two assists in the win over BC (Dec. 7) … Registered 13 points and four rebounds in the win at Bryant (Jan. 16) … Led the team with 19 points, adding two assists and a steal against Dartmouth (Jan. 21) … Posted his first double-double at Columbia (Jan. 28) with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds … Against Penn (Feb. 3), chipped in 11 points and three rebounds … Poured in 17 points in the 10-point comeback at Brown (Feb. 10) … Named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds against Columbia (Feb. 17) and Cornell (Feb. 18) … Ivy League Rookie of the Week Feb. 27 after averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 2-0 weekend against Yale and Brown … Set a personal best at Princeton (March 3) with 26 points, adding a team-high eight rebounds.

Four-year starter at Northland High School … Served as captain as a junior and senior … Set school records for points in a career (2,018), single-season (759), and game (47) … Earned first team All-State honors as a junior and senior … Named District Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and first team All-City as a sophomore, junior, and senior …  Also competed in track and field as a junior and in cross country as a senior … Was a member of the National Honor Society … Placed second in the NESB National Tri-Math-A-Lon competition … Named to the Super Honor Roll all 16 quarters of high school … Served as the Stem Club academic chair as a senior and was a peer tutor.


Former Ohio State, NFL star RB Keith Byars elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Keith Byars (courtesy Ohio State Athletics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Keith Byars, the 1984 Heisman Trophy runner-up, first-team All-American and one of the all-time great running backs in Ohio State history, has been selected as a 2020 College Football Hall of Fame inductee. The National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame revealed the class of 2020 today during SportsCenter on ESPN2.

A four-year Buckeye from 1982 through 1985, Byars was Ohio State’s go-to offensive weapon during his time wearing the Scarlet and Gray. His 1984 season was particularly memorable: he led the nation in rushing (1,764 yards, the fifth highest total in Ohio State single-season history), all-purpose yards (2,441) and scoring (144) while guiding the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title and berth in the Rose Bowl. Byars’ all-purpose yards from that prolific 1984 season remain a single-season school record and ranks fourth all-time in the Big Ten.

Byars’ standout game in 1984 came in a comeback win in a comeback win over Illinois in which he rushed for 274 yards and five touchdowns, which is tied for an Ohio State single-game record. On his fourth touchdown of the game, he famously lost his left shoe at the Illini 40 but never broke stride. Byars’ 354 all-purpose yards against Purdue in 1984 also remain a single-game school record.

A 1985 team captain, Byars guided the Buckeyes to four top 15 finishes, including a No. 9 ranking in 1983. He led Ohio State to three wins in four bowl games, highlighted by a victory over Pittsburgh in the 1984 Fiesta Bowl in which he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and added another score rushing.

After carrying the ball just six times as a true freshman in 1982, Byars burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 1983. He totaled 1,199 yards on 222 carries and scored 20 touchdowns while also averaging 15.6 yards on 23 receptions. In the second week of the season, Byars totaled 132 all-purpose yards as the Buckeyes upset No. 2 Oklahoma, 24-14, in Norman. He went on to earn the first of two consecutive first-team All-Big Ten honors that season.

Despite missing most of his final season with an injury, Byars remains second in Ohio State history with 46 rushing touchdowns and ranks in the top 10 in career all-purpose yards (eighth, 4,369) and career rushing yards (ninth, 3,200). He surpassed 100 yards rushing in 17 games and twice led the Big Ten in rushing while playing for College Football Hall of Fame coach Earle Bruce and alongside Hall of Fame linebacker Chris Spielman. Byars was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Following playing days in Columbus, Byars went on to have a 13-year NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles (1986-92), Miami Dolphins (1993-96), New England Patriots (1996-97) and New York Jets (1998). He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1993 and played in Super Bowl XXXI with the Patriots.

Byars will be the 26th Buckeye player to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ohio State Players in the College Football Hall of Fame
Year     Name, Pos.
2020*    Keith Byars, RB
2016    Tom Cousineau, LB
2014    Orlando Pace, LT
2012    Eddie George, RB
2009    Chris Spielman, LB
2007    Rex Kern, QB
2005    Jim Houston, E
2004    Jack Tatum, DB
2001    John Hicks, OT
1998    Randy Gradishar, LB
1996    Bob Ferguson, FB
1991    Jim Stillwagon, DT
1989    Aurealius Thomas, G
1986    Archie Griffin, RB
1984    Warren Amling, G/T
1979    Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, RB
1978    Gomer Jones, C
1977    Jim Daniel, T
1976    Vic Janowicz, HB
1975    Gust Zarnas, G
1974    Jim Parker, G
1973    Gaylord Stinchcomb, HB
1971    Bill Willis, T
1969    Les Horvath, QB
1954    Wes Fesler, E
1951    Chic Harley, HB

*Formal enshrinement ceremony in December 2020





Mets to retire Jerry Koosman’s #36 jersey in June 13 ceremony

FLUSHING, N.Y.– The New York Mets recently announced that the club will retire Jerry Koosman’s uniform number #36 on Saturday, June 13 in a pre-game ceremony prior to the 4:10 p.m. game vs. Washington.

Koosman, who is the winningest left-hander in team history (140 wins), will become the third player to have his number retired by the Mets, joining Tom Seaver (#41) and Mike Piazza (#31).

Jerry Koosman (Mets media guide photo)

“The excitement of playing for the Mets when we won the 1969 World Series was an experience I never thought I’d be able to repeat,” said Koosman, who won two games during the ’69 World Series vs. Baltimore, including the deciding Game 5. “But the news that the Mets Hall of Fame Committee has voted to retire my number is another life-changing thrill and honor. I can’t wait until June 13.”

Koosman ranks second in team history in starts (346), complete games (108), innings (2,544.2) and shutouts (26), third in strikeouts (1,799) and sixth in ERA (3.09).

“Jerry is one of the most iconic Mets of all-time and this forever honor is a tremendous representation of what he means to the organization,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said.

“I’m enormously proud of the time I played in the orange and blue uniform of the Mets,” Koosman said. “It was privilege to play alongside some of the most wonderful and talented teammates for more than 11 years and to hone my craft under Gil Hodges. This honor isn’t only for me and my family, it’s for the legions of fans I grew to love. To know that my number will be retired and sit alongside other legends is one of the greatest tributes I could ever be granted. I was always proud to be a Met.”

Koosman signed with the Mets in 1964 when he was scouted when he was pitching with the Army. He played for the Mets from 1967-1978.

In addition, the Mets have retired #14 for Manager Gil Hodges, #37 for Manager Casey Stengel and #42 across baseball for Jackie Robinson.

Tickets for the Koosman ceremony or any other Mets home game can be purchased online at or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

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NY Yankees announce 2019 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year

Deivi García

Chris Gittens










The New York Yankees announced today that right-handed pitcher Deivi García and first baseman Chris Gittens were named winners of the 2019 Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees’ minor league “Pitcher of the Year” and “Player of the Year,” respectively. The two players will receive their awards prior to tonight’s Yankees game vs. the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The annual awards are dedicated to Kevin O’Brien Lawn—the son of longtime Yankees Vice President and Chief of Operations Jack Lawn—who passed away in 1999.

García, 20, combined to go 5-9 with a 4.28 ERA (111.1IP, 96H, 58R/53ER, 54BB, 165K, 10HR) in 26 games (21 starts) between Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2019. His 13.34 K/9.0IP ratio ranked fourth among all minor league pitchers (min. 75.0IP) while his 165 strikeouts were the most in the Yankees organization. The 2019 Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star also started for the American League in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland, tossing a 1-2-3 first inning (1.0IP, 1K). He struck out a career-high 15 batters over six scoreless frames on June 18 vs. Richmond to earn Eastern League “Pitcher of the Week” honors. This offseason, García was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 65 prospect in all of baseball, and was named the top prospect in the Yankees organization by MLB Pipeline. The youngest player in Yankees camp this spring, he was added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20, 2019. The Bonao, D.R., native was originally signed by the club as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015.

Gittens, 26, won the 2019 Eastern League Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .281/.393/.500 (112-for-398) with 58R, 16 doubles, 23HR, 77RBI and 71BB in 115 games for Double-A Trenton. An Organization All-Star and Eastern League Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star, he led all Yankees minor leaguers in RBI and tied for second in home runs while pacing the Eastern League in home runs, RBI and OPS (.893). The Sherman, Tex., native was originally selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Grayson College (Tex.).

Each player will be presented with a trophy designed by C&C Awards, as well as a designer watch, courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers.


Player of the Year/Pitcher of the Year

2019: 1B Chris Gittens (TRE)/RHP Deivi García (TAM/TRE/SWB)

2018: INF Brandon Wagner (TAM/TRE)/RHP Michael King (TAM/TRE/SWB)

2017: 3B Miguel Andújar (TRE/SWB)/RHP Domingo Acevedo (TAM/TRE/SWB)

2016: OF Aaron Judge (SWB)/RHP Chance Adams (TAM/TRE)

2015: C Gary Sánchez (TRE/SWB)/RHP Luis Severino (TRE/SWB)

2014: INF Rob Refsnyder (TRE/SWB)/RHP Luis Severino (CHA/TAM/TRE)

2013: 1B Greg Bird (CHA)/RHP Shane Greene (TAM/TRE)

2012: OF Tyler Austin (GCL/CHA/TAM/TRE)/RHP Mark Montgomery (TAM/TRE)

2011: C Austin Romine (TRE/SWB)/RHP D. J. Mitchell (SWB)

2010: SS Eduardo Nuñez (SWB)/RHP David Phelps (TRE/SWB)

2009: C Austin Romine (TAM)/RHP Zach McAllister (TRE)

2008: OF Brett Gardner (SWB)/LHP Phil Coke (TRE/SWB)

2007: OF Austin Jackson (CHA/TAM/SWB)/RHP Ian Kennedy (TAM/TRE/SWB)

2006: 1B Cody Ehlers (TAM)/RHP Phil Hughes (TRE)

2005: OF Kevin Thompson (COL/TRE)/RHP Matt DeSalvo (TRE)

2004: 1B Andy Phillips (COL/TRE)/RHP Chien-Ming Wang (TRE/COL)

2003: C Dioner Navarro (TAM/TRE)/RHP Jorge DePaula (COL)

2002: 2B Andy Phillips (COL/NOR)/LHP Danny Borrell (NOR/TAM), RHP Jorge DePaula (NOR)

2001: OF Juan Rivera (COL/NOR), OF Marcus Thames (NOR)/LHP Brandon Claussen (NOR/TAM)

2000: 3B Scott Seabol (NOR)/LHP Randy Keisler (COL)

1999: 2B D’Angelo Jimenez (COL), 1B Nick Johnson (NOR)/LHP Ed Yarnall (COL)

1998: 1B Nick Johnson (TAM)/RHP Ryan Bradley (TAM/NOR/COL)

1997: 3B Mike Lowell (COL/NOR)/LHP Eric Milton (NOR/TAM)

1996: OF Ricky Ledee (COL/NOR)/RHP Jay Tessmer (TAM)

1995: SS Derek Jeter (COL)/RHP Matt Drews (TAM)

1994: SS Derek Jeter (TAM/ALB/COL)/LHP Andy Pettitte (COL/ALB)

1993: OF Billy Masse (COL)/LHP Ryan Karp (ALB/PRW/GBO)

1992: 1B J.T. Snow (COL)/RHP Sam Militello (COL)

1991: C Kiki Hernandez (GBO/PW), SS Dave Silvestri (ALB)/RHP Ed Martel (ALB/COL), RHP Sam Militello (PW/ALB)

1990: OF Hensley Meulens (COL)/RHP Dave Eiland (COL)

1989: 1B Hal Morris (COL)/LHP Steve Adkins (FTL/ALB)

1988: 1B Kevin Maas (PRW/ALB)/RHP Todd Malone (SAR)

1987: OF Darren Reed (COL)/RHP Dana Ridenour (FTL)

1986: 3B Chris Alvarez (FTL)/RHP Logan Easley (ALB)

1985: OF Dan Pasqua (COL)/RHP Brad Arnsberg (ALB)

1984: C/OF Scott Bradley (COL)/LHP Jim Deshaies (COL)

1983: OF Brian Dayett (COL)/RHP Jose Rijo (FTL/NSH)

1982: OF Matt Winters (GBO/NSH)/RHP Bob Tewksbury (FTL)

1981: 1B Don Mattingly (COL)/LHP Pete Filson (FTL/NSH)

1980: 1B Steve Balboni (NSH)/RHP Gene Nelson (FTL)

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