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Crew SC back home tonight for 7:30 pm matchup with Portland Timbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black & Gold face Portland Timbers in the only regular-season meeting between the clubs this season

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2017

 

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (1-1-1, 4 points) hosts the Portland Timbers in a home match at MAPFRE Stadium (3-0-0, 9 points) tomorrow, Saturday, March 25. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27). Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

 

Crew SC and Portland met once last season, with the Black & Gold falling 2-1 at Providence Park on March 6, 2016. Saturday’s match marks the eighth all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time record of 2-3-2 against the Timbers. Crew SC has scored in each of its last three matches against Portland.

 

Last Saturday, Crew SC took on D.C. United at RFK Stadium, in its third match of the season. Gahanna native Alex Crognale made his first regular-season start for Crew SC, while defender Josh Williams made his first appearance and start since returning to the club – his 72nd appearance for the Black & Gold. Crew SC opened the scoring in the 38th minute, with midfielder Federico Higuain converting a penalty kick. Forward Ola Kamara would increase the lead in the second by slotting home another penalty kick goal in the 66th minute to help Crew SC win the match 2-0.

 

Kamara’s goal was his second of the season. Higuain’s penalty kick goal was his 40th overall goal and 15th all-time penalty kick goal for the Black & Gold, increasing his lead as Crew SC’s all-time leader in the category over former players Guillermo Barros Schelotto (13) and Brian McBride (11). Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen made three saves and recorded his first career MLS win and first career MLS shut-out.

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Portland Timbers

Saturday, March 25 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

 

Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET) ** Saturday’s match will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27)

Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

International Television: R-Media/Canal 11 (Honduras), FOX Sports Latin America, Abu Dhabi (Middle East and North Africa),Le Sports (China), DSports/ATR (India),  BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia), FOX Sports Africa.

 

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Upcoming Generation Adidas Cup will feature future MLS and International players

19 MLS Academy teams and 13 international clubs kick off tournament on April 7 in Frisco, TX

Select matches to include VAR in-game testing and to stream live on MLSsoccer.com

NEW YORK, NY (March 24, 2017) – Major League Soccer today announced the details for the 2016-17 Generation adidas Cup hosted by FC Dallas, which kicks off its 10th iteration on Friday, April 7 at the Toyota Soccer Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The nine-day, elite youth competition will feature 34 total games streaming live onMLSsoccer.com , with semifinals, finals, and select group stage matches for the first time incorporating video assistance for referees.

The future of MLS Homegrown talent will be on display as 19 MLS Academy teams participate in the U-17 competition, and 13 premier international clubs – the most ever since their inclusion in 2013 –  partake in the Generation adidas Cup.

The 2016-17 tournament features top international clubs, including the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid C.F. and Malaga CF, and Mexican powers Tigres UANL, C.F. Monterrey, C.D. Guadalajara, Pumas UNAM and Club Tijuana. Also competing are Argentine forces C.A. River Plate and Estudiantes de la Plata, Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt, and rounding out the international contingent are Ecuadorian side Independiente d. Valle, Brazilian club Flamengo and Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa.

“The growth and success of the Generation adidas Cup continues in 2017 with what will surely be the most competitive edition. The powerful partnership between adidas and Major League Soccer continues to drive the success of the event.  With renowned international clubs such as Real Madrid, River Plate, and Flamengo, along with all MLS Academy teams, the Generation adidas Cup provides a world class platform for our Homegrown players to test and prove themselves,” said Jason Davis of adidas America, Senior Manager Grassroots and Players.

Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, D.C. United has won the title a record three times (2007, 2009, 2010), while Real Salt Lake (2008), LA Galaxy (2011) and Philadelphia Union (2012) have each won once. International clubs have taken home the top prize three times, with the English Premier League’s Stoke City winning in 2014 and Argentina’s River Plate claiming the title in 2015 and 2016.

“The Generation adidas Cup is a world-class competition that offers MLS Academy teams the opportunity to compete against some of the most talented youth players and gain valuable insight into current coaching trends from these talented international clubs. The level and quality of the competition continues to rise year after year and provides a platform in which to display and evaluate the growth of MLS’ youth development system across North America,” said MLS Technical Director of Competition Alfonso Mondelo.

Tournament play began with three regional tournaments (East, Central and West) featuring U-17 academy teams from 19 MLS clubs. Each team competed in two regional qualifying events from October 2016 to February 2017, with the top two finishers in each region and the two highest third-place teams advancing to the Champions Division of the GA Cup finals and sorted into the following four groups:

Champions Division

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D
FC Dallas LA Galaxy Atlanta United New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake Sporting Kansas City Colorado Rapids Toronto FC
Independiente d. Valle Eintracht Frankfurt C.A. River Plate Club Tijuana
Real Madrid C.F. Flamengo Malaga CF Estudiantes de la Plata

The remaining MLS Academy teams will compete in the Premier Division, consisting of the following four groups:

Premier Division

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D
New York City FC Chicago Fire Columbus Crew SC D.C. United
Seattle Sounders FC New England Revolution Orlando City SC Houston Dynamo
Deportivo Saprissa Philadelphia Union San Jose Earthquakes Portland Timbers
Pumas UNAM C.F. Monterrey C.D. Guadalajara Tigres UANL

The 2016-2017 Generation adidas Cup will also feature the third annual U-12 tournament, featuring current MLS Academies in addition to future expansion club Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Both LAFC and current expansion club Atlanta United received their first academy action in last year’s tournament. The small-sided 7-v-7 competition will be held at the Toyota Soccer Center from April 13-15 and will feature 18 MLS Academy teams (Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LAFC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC). Spanish clubs Villarreal C.F. and Malaga C.F. round out the U-12 group.

Generation adidas group play begins on Friday, April 7 with the two division tournament finals set for Saturday, April 15. A full Generation adidas Cup competition and live stream schedule, and further information on the tournament can be found HERE.

An educational coaching symposium, featuring presentations and lectures from participating international clubs including Real Madrid C.F., Villarreal C.F., Malaga C.F., Estudiantes de la Plata, River Plate, Flamengo and Eintracht Frankfurt, as well as representatives from Major League Soccer and its clubs, will be held on non-playing days in the afternoons of April 10, 12 and 14.

For the first time, the Generation adidas Cup will include live, in-game Video Assistant Referee (VAR) testing, as Major League Soccer and the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) remain at the forefront of this global initiative. Under the protocol required by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the universal decision-making body for the Laws of the Game, MLS and PRO will incorporate the initiative into select matches with VARs utilizing video technology to help referees identify clear errors or serious missed incidents in four game-changing situations — goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards, and cases of mistaken identity. The philosophy of the testing will be to create minimum interference with maximum benefit. MLS has the goal of implementing in-game VAR testing into the regular season, following the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Further information about the VAR project is available HERE.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

Cody Coughlin thanks employees with visit to Toyota Headquarters in California

TORRANCE, CA - In racing it is common for teams, drivers and fans to use the saying, “support those who support you.
On Thursday, that’s what Cody Coughlin did as he joined the entire Toyota Racing family of drivers from NASCAR to drag racing to rally racing at Toyota’s National Headquarters in Torrance, California for Toyota Motorsports Day.
Coughlin attended the event with his ThorSport Racing teammates to thank the employees of Toyota with an autograph session at Toyota’s headquarters.
It was also a chance for Coughlin and his teammates to learn about the business side of Toyota as Bob Carter, the Vice President of Sales for Toyota Motors North America gave a presentation.
“This was a really cool event,” said Cody Coughlin.  “It was really cool to learn more about Toyota, see their headquarters and learn how we’re helping them sell cars and trucks by racing their cars and trucks on the track.”
Coughlin has been apart of the Toyota Racing family for a number of years throughout his career in Late Model racing, the ARCA Racing Series and now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing. Coughlin is also a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, the flagship team for Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“I’m glad I had the chance to go to this event and thank the employees of Toyota who help us go fast on the race track.  I’m very thankful for Toyota Racing and how much they support my racing efforts in Late Models and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing.  The Toyota family is a great one to be a part of.”
Coughlin’s next race in his No. 13 Toyota Tundra will be at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, April 1 in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit codycoughlin.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin.  Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook.  Follow ThorSport Racing on Twitter, @ThorSportRacing, and visit them online at ThorSport.com.
About JEGS Automotive, Inc.
In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. founded JEGS as a small speed shop.  It has grown into a high-performance powerhouse that includes a race team (Team JEGS), 250,000 square foot warehouse, retail store, mail order and website.  The 350+ employees at JEGS still strongly believe and practice our simply business philosophy: Customer Care is #1.  For more information about JEGS Automotive, Inc. visit JEGS.com.
About Ride Television Network, Inc.
Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com.
About ThorSport Racing
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.


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NHL Morning Skate Report for Saturday, March 25, 2017: NHL Global Series News; Playoff Races featured on Hockey Night in Canada

AVALANCHE, SENATORS TO FACE OFF IN 2017 SAP NHL GLOBAL SERIES
The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the League announced on Friday. The Avalanche and Senators will play back-to-back contests at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11.

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FRIDAY’S RESULTS
NY Islanders 4, PITTSBURGH 3 (SO)
Tampa Bay 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
DALLAS 6, San Jose 1
ANAHEIM 3, Winnipeg 1

EXTRA TIME VICTORIES FUEL WILD CARD RACE
The Islanders (35-26-12, 82 points) and Lightning (36-29-9, 81 points) earned victories in the shootout and overtime, respectively, to improve their standing in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race:

John Tavares (0-2—2) recorded the 300th and 301st assists of his career and netted the shootout winner as the Islanders overtook the Bruins (38-30-6, 82 points) for the final Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. Tavares – who became the first member of the 2009 NHL Draft class to reach the 300-assist plateau – extended his point streak to five games (2-4—6). New York and Boston will conclude their season series on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov (1-1—2) recorded his fourth straight multi-point game – including his first overtime goal of the season – to help the Lightning move within one point of the Islanders and Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kucherov (38-40—78), who has recorded 17-12—29 in his last 16 games, moved into sole possession of second place in the Rocket Richard Trophy race, four goals behind Sidney Crosby (42). Per Elias, Kucherov is the first Lightning player to record four consecutive multi-point games since Martin St. Louis posted 3-5—8 from Jan. 20-31, 2012.

DUCKS JOIN SHARKS ATOP PACIFIC DIVISION
Andrew Cogliano netted his first game-winning goal of the season in the second period to help the Ducks (40-23-11, 91 points) improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine games overall and 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests at Honda Center. Anaheim moved into a tie – in terms of points – with San Jose (42-25-7, 91 points) for first place in the Pacific Division, where the top three teams are separated by only two points. Jakob Silfverberg (1-1—2) scored his 21st goal of the season to establish a new career-high, while Jonathan Bernier improved to 7-0-1 in his last eight games, posting a 1.47 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout over that span.

LOOSE PUCKS
Adam Cracknell (3-0—3) recorded his first career hat trick (195 GP) to propel the Stars to a 3-1-1 record in their last five games . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his League-leading 42nd goal of the season . . . Islanders forward Josh Bailey earned the 300th point of his NHL career (105-195—300) . . . Stars forward Tyler Seguin (500) and Penguins forward Nick Bonino (400) each skated in milestone games.

SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Vancouver @ Minnesota, 2 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, SNP
Philadelphia @ Columbus, 2 p.m., SN1, NHLN-US, FS-O, CSN-PH
Calgary @ St. Louis, 7 p.m., CITY, FS-MW
Toronto @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., CBC, MSG-B
Ottawa @ Montreal, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS
Chicago @ Florida, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-F, WGN
Carolina @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+ 2, FS-CR
Boston @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+, NESN
Arizona @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC+, FS-A
San Jose @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, CSN-CA
Colorado @ Edmonton, 10 p.m., CBC, SN, ALT
NY Rangers @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, MSG+
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BRUINS, ISLANDERS BATTLE FOR FINAL WILD CARD POSITION
The Bruins (38-30-6, 82 points) visit the Islanders (35-26-12, 82 points) as both teams continue their pursuit of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. New York has won both head-to-head matchups between the clubs this season by a combined score of 8-2 and holds a game in hand.

PLAYOFF RACES FEATURED ON HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Four of Saturday’s 12 matchups will be broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada:

* The Senators (41-24-8, 90 points) visit the Canadiens (41-24-9, 91 points) as both teams continue to battle for first place in the Atlantic Division when they wrap up their season series at Bell Centre. Montreal, who looks to snap a two-game skid, won both games of a home-and-home set between the clubs on March 18-19 (OTT: 0-1-1), while Ottawa is currently riding a two-game winning streak.

* The Maple Leafs (35-23-15, 85 points) – who have earned a point in five straight games (4-0-1) – take on the Sabres (30-32-12, 72 points) at KeyBank Center as they try to close the gap on the Senators for second place in the Atlantic Division. William Nylander looks to extend his rookie franchise record 10-game point streak (4-8—12) while Auston Matthews (33-27—60) attempts to regain a share of the rookie points lead.

* The Flames (41-29-4, 86 points) and Blues (40-28-5, 85 points) conclude their season series in St. Louis after splitting the first two games. Calgary looks to snap a two-game slide and gain ground on the rival Oilers (40-25-9, 89 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. St. Louis, meanwhile, will try to create separation from Nashville (37-25-11, 85 points) and maintain their hold on third place in the Central Division.

* The Oilers host the Avalanche (20-50-3, 43 points) as they look to equal the Sharks (42-25-7, 91 points) and Ducks (40-23-11, 91 points) for the most points in the Pacific Division. Edmonton holds a 5-1-0 record in its last six games, powered by multi-point efforts from Leon Draisaitl (3-10—13) in each of those contests.

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Ohio State pro prospects work out for 123 NFL Reps including 9 head coaches at Pro Day

Curtis Samuel at OSU Pro Day

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis with OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson at OSU Pro Day

 

Gareon Conley works out at OSU Pro Day

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Ravens head coach john Harbaugh at OSU Pro Day

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March 23, 2017

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13 Buckeyes, including a handful of high-round projections, take part in drills, discussions

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s Pro Day has become a must-see event each March. The football program has developed 26 NFL Draft picks the past four years, including 12 last year, and seven first-round selections since 2013, thus making the Woody Hayes Athletic Center the place to be in March for NFL GMs, coaches and scouts, for family members of those seeking the opportunity to play on Sunday, and the media.

 

Thursday afternoon was no different. Under the direction of assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti, 13 players off the 2016 team took part in some combination of interviews, testing and competitive drills for more than 120 representatives encompassing all 32 NFL teams.

 

Among the NFL personnel on hand: head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Todd Bowles (Jets), Jim Caldwell (Lions), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Hue Jackson (Browns), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Mike Mularkey (Titans), Sean Payton (Saints) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and at least seven general managers.

 

Also on site: 79 credentialed members of the media, including two crews from the NFL Network (one is producing the online documentary featuring unanimous All-American and Rimington Trophy winner Pat Elflein) and one from Uninterrupted, which is taping a draft diaries documentary on cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

 

Similar to last year when 22 Buckeyes took part in Pro Day, this year’s competitors included a broad selection of positions represented, including three receivers (Curtis Samuel, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson), two cornerbacks (Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore) and two linebackers (Raekwon McMillan and Craig Fada).

 

Unanimous All-American safety Malik Hooker met with team reps but did not take part in drills.

 

2017 Pro Day Buckeye Bios …

 

WR Noah Brown (6-2, 218) – Spent three seasons at Ohio State and had two seasons of eligibility remaining … after playing in all 15 games as a true freshman in 2014, he red-shirted 2015 after breaking a bone in his leg during fall camp … started all 13 games for the Buckeyes in 2016 and ranked second on the team with 32 receptions and 402 receiving yards … named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference … shared team lead with seven receiving touchdowns, including school-record tying four in the win at Oklahoma … 33 career receptions for 411 yards (12.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns.

 

SAF Jarrod Barnes (6-0, 200) – Walked-on to the Ohio State team in June of 2015 after graduating in three years from the University of Louisville with a degree in health and human performance … he played in five games during the past two seasons for the Buckeyes but he impacted the program and established himself as a team leader through his deeds off the field … Barnes graduated in August 2016 with his master’s degree in kinesiology and he immediately started work on his Ph.D. in sports management … he is believed to be the first active Ohio State football player ever to be working on a Ph.D. while still competing … Barnes is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree … he is currently working with Dr. David Graham, Assistant Provost/Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, on developing a course for student-athletes who leave school early … Barnes was a member of the Louisville Cardinals’ team from 2012 through 2014, playing in 21 games in the 2013 (11 games) and 2014 (10 games) seasons.

 

CB Gareon Conley (6-0, 195) – Conley was named second-team all-Big Ten by league’s coaches in 2016 … played in 42 games for the Buckeyes and started 27 games at cornerback … team captain who ranked second on squad in 2016 with four interceptions and had six for his career … also had eight pass break-ups in 2016 and 15 for his career … named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2015 … totaled 91 career tackles and had one season of eligibility remaining.

 

K Tyler Durbin (6-3, 210) – Was one of the top kickers in college football in 2016 and as such was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award … he was named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media … led the Big Ten in scoring and kick scoring … career-high three FGs in the road win at Wisconsin, including a game-tying 31-yarder with under 4 mins left to help send the game to overtime … hit two more FGs from 33 and 30 yards at Penn State, two in the win over No. 10 Nebraska and two more in the road win at Maryland … connected on all 11 extra point attempts in the win over Bowling Green, a school record … named special teams player of the game by the team … 2016 Academic All-District 5 and Academic All-Big Ten Conference … this was only his second season of competitive football … played soccer for two seasons at James Madison University after a stellar high school and club soccer career.

C Pat Elflein (6-3, 300) – Elflein was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center … made the move to center as a fifth-year senior … played in 55 games and was a three-year starter and finished with 42 starts, including 41 consecutive starts to close his career … 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 … led offensive line to a finalist position for the Joe Moore offensive line of the year award … graduated in May 2016 with his degree in communications.

 

LB Craig Fada (6-1, 225) – Spent five seasons with the Ohio State program and played in 51 games, including all 15 games during the 2014 national championship season and all 13 games in 2016 … averaged 15 special teams plays per game in 2015 and 17 in 2016 … one of the team leaders with 10 special teams tackles in 2016 and 21 for his career … excellent work on the practice and playing fields coupled with dependable and responsible actions off earned him a scholarship for the 2016 summer and fall terms … he and Joe Burger each earned four Varsity O letters in football after initially walking on to the team, something that certainly hasn’t been done at Ohio State in football very often, if at all.

 

SAF Malik Hooker (6-2, 205) – Hooker, like Elflein, was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 after having a terrific season in his one-year as a starter … a third-year performer with sophomore eligibility this season, Hooker was a standout from game No. 1 when he recorded two interceptions in his first start … he ranked third nationally in interceptions with seven, interceptions yards with 181, and he was first among all players with three interception return touchdowns, including a critical 16-yarder in the win over Michigan … he ranked third on the team with 74 tackles … red-shirted the 2014 season as a true freshman and played in 12 games in 2015.

 

P Cameron Johnston (5-11, 198) – One of the finest punters in Ohio State history, Johnston was the Big Ten Conference’s Eddleman-Fields punter of the year in 2016 when he ranked fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 46.7-yard average … a finalist for the Ray Guy Award and a second-team All-American by five different selecting organizations … he led the Big Ten in punting three out of his four seasons with Ohio State and set school records for punts inside the 20 for a career (109) and season (31 in 2015), plus his 57.0-yard average against Illinois in 2014 is also a school record … his career average of 44.9 yards per punt is second in Ohio State history.

 

CB Marshon Lattimore (6-0, 192) – Lattimore spent three seasons with the Buckeyes but had a wonderful 2016 campaign by starting all 13 games and being named first-team all-Big Ten Conference by the league’s coaches … this talented performer, who had two seasons of eligibility remaining, 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 … had career-high nine tackles and seven solo stops in the overtime win at Wisconsin … red-shirted the 2014 season and played in seven games in 2015 for 20 total games played.

 

LB Raekwon McMillan (6-2, 243) – Ohio State’s leading tackler the past two seasons with 102 in 2016 and 119 in 2015 … named first-team all-Big Ten, a second-team All-American (Associated Press, Walter Camp and three other organizations) and a semifinalist for both Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy … recorded 16 and 15 tackles in final two games of the season vs. Michigan and Clemson … All-Big Ten and second-team All-American in 2015 … started 26 games for the Buckeyes and played in 40 … a team captain in 2016 … had 270 career tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and nine pass break-ups … leaves with one season of eligibility remaining.

 

H-Back Curtis Samuel (5-11, 197) – Samuel was one of the explosive offensive playmakers in college football in 2016 and was the only player with at least 700 rushing and 700 receiving yards … named a first-team All-American (Associated Press & The Sporting News), Samuel had 771 rushing yards with eight touchdowns and a 7.9 per carry average, and he had 865 receiving yards off 74 receptions with seven more touchdowns … his season reception total is second in Ohio State history … Samuel is the only player in Ohio State history with at least 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards … he closed his three-year career (40 games & 13 starts) with 1,286 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns plus 107 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine scores.

 

WR Corey Smith (6-1, 190) – Graduated in spring 2016 with his degree in African American and African studies … transferred to Ohio State after one season at East Mississippi Junior College … spent four years with the Buckeyes, including a red-shirt season, and played in 28 games … caught 31 passes as a Buckeye for 351 yards and a 11.3 yards-per-reception average … best season statistically came in 2014 when he played in all 14 games and had 20 catches for 255 yards … his career totals, including junior college stats, included 110 receptions for 1,522 yards and 11 touchdowns.

WR Dontre Wilson (5-10, 195) – Played in 45 games during his career and made eight starts, including two starts as a senior (vs. Wisconsin and Maryland) … was on the Paul Hornung Award watch list in 2016 … had career-highs with 27 receptions for 352 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, including three catches for 37 yards and two TDs (and five rushes for 36 yards) in the win over Bowling Green … hauled in one pass – albeit a huge one – a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter in the overtime win at Wisconsin … had a career-high six receptions for 71 yards in the 2014 win over Cincinnati … finished his career with 77 receptions for 925 yards (12.0 avg.) and 10 touchdowns … ranks 23rd all-time at Ohio State with 2,876 all-purpose yards, a total that includes 1,280 kickoff return yards, good for fifth all-time at Ohio State … averaged 24.2 yards per return on 53 career kickoffs.

 

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