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Braxton Miller has surgery on throwing shoulder as OSU Spring Football looms

Braxton Miller, meeting with the media on Wednesday night, will probably have limited participation during spring football ( photo)

It seemed like yesterday that the Ohio State Football team ended its season the Orange Bowl back in January.

Well, don’t look now, Buckeyes Spring Football is just around the corner and everybody’s favorite quarterback may not participate.

Spring practice will begin on March 4, this first of 15 practices which will culminate with the annual Spring Game on April 12 at Ohio Stadium.

Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller, according to a football program spokesperson, underwent a minor surgical outpatient procedure on his throwing shoulder at the Wexner Medical Center. The injury was believed to have occured in January 3 Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

The procedure could limit Miller’s participation during the upcoming spring practices.

This will give other quarterback’s a chance in trying to replace the popular and graduated Kenny Guiton as the backup to Miller. The candidates include Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Stephen Collier.

It is believed that Jones has the leg-up on the competition.


Ohio State Football gets commitment from New York RB Curtis Samuel

(By gloryman, courtesy

Ohio State football fans have said for years that they want to see the team have more speed, just like the Southeastern Conference schools.

Well, they’re getting their wish with head coach Urban Meyer’s recruiting class this year and in the 2014 class.

The Buckeyes received a huge commitment from Eramus Hall High School hybrid running back Curtis Samuel.

Eramus Hall High School is in the Brooklyn, New York.

Samuel, a 5’11, 186-pound speedster is the 17th member of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class.

Samuel rushed for 1,047 yards in 2012, averaging 11.5 yards per carry. He also caught 12 passes fro 187 yards.

Samuel, who has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.36 seconds, is ranked 116th nationally by

Samuel broke the Eramus Hall school record in the 60-yard dash at 6.42 seconds despite not having any previous experience in track.

Published reports say that Coach Meyer wants to play Samuel at the slot position which made Percy Harvin famous during his days at the University of Florida.

#7 Ohio State Men’s Basketball dumps Long Beach State, 89-55


Deshaun Thomas scored 18 points, including a 3-point goal in an 11-point run in the first half, to power the #7 Buckeyes to an 89-55 win over a tired Long Beach State team Saturday in Columbus.

Leading by 14 at halftime, Ohio State wasted very little time putting the game completely out of reach, leading by 42 points at one point.

Long Beach State, from the Los Angeles area, lost at #4 Syracuse on Thursday 84-53 before playing another Top-10 team in the Buckeyes just over 40 hours later.

LaQuinton Ross is starting to become a scorer off the bench (courtesy Ohio State)

The 49ers, now 3-6, have now dropped three straight games.

Long Beach State was led in scoring by Dan Jennings with 16 and James Ennis with 12.

LaQuinton Ross had 16 points off the bench for the 6-1 Buckeyes.

No. 7 Ohio State (6-1) 89, Long Beach State (3-6) 55
Dec. 8, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,832


*        The 49ers of Long Beach State and Ohio State have met just once
previously, a 93-86 win for the Buckeyes Nov. 26, 1987, at the Lobo
Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.


*        As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 432-117 all-time.
Ohio State is 311-68 when ranked in the Top 10.

*        Against members of the Big West Conference, Ohio State is 8-1

*        Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun
Thomas (18), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (14), LaQuintin Ross (16) and Sam
Thompson (13).

*        Five players tied or set career highs in points: Sam Thompson
(13), Amir Williams (seven), Amedeo Della Valle (five), Trey McDonald
(four), and Alex Rogers (two).

*        Ohio State went on a 6-0 run to end the first half of play. The
Buckeyes extended the run into the second half (29-7). The team also put
together a 17-2 second half run.

*        The Buckeye bench outscored the 49ers 37-14.

*        Ohio State had 21 fast break points compared to Long Beach
State’s four.

*        Ohio State outrebounded Long Beach State 49-33.

*        With 50 points earned in the second half of play, the Buckeyes
surpassed their previous second half high of 43 points recorded vs. Albany

*        Ohio State recorded their highest rebound and assist totals for
a game this season with 49 and 22, respectively.


*        Matta is 227-66 during his career at Ohio State and 329-97
overall as a head coach.

*        In his nine seasons as Ohio State head coach, Matta has compiled
a 73-2 record against non-conference opponents at home and a 114-21 record
overall against non-conference foes. His teams have never failed to win at
least 10 non-Big Ten games.

*        During the Matta era at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have a record
of 188-21 vs. unranked opponents. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes
are 58-1 vs. unranked foes.

*        Ohio State owns a 141-12 home record during the Matta era. The
Buckeyes are 59-3 in Columbus over the past four seasons.

*        Led the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points.

*        With 1,041 points, Thomas is currently 47th on the all-time
scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 15 points to surpass Ken Johnson and
Jamie Skelton.

*        Recorded one steal against the 49ers. He has 182 for his career,
good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history. David
(2007-11) is No. 2 with 191. Jay Burson (1986-89) is Ohio State’s career
leader with 204.

*        Dished a career-high four assists vs. the 49ers.

*        Recorded nine rebounds, a career high.


*        Tied a career high with five rebounds.


*        Recorded first career steal as a Buckeye.

*        Scored a career-high five points.


*        Had seven points vs. Long Beach State, a career high.


*        Dropped 13 points, which surpassed a previous career high of 11


*        Scored a career-high four points.

*        Recorded four rebounds, a career high.

*        Tallied first career steal vs. the 49ers.

*        Scored his first career field goal as a Buckeye, a layup with an
assist awarded to Sam Thompson.


No. 7 Ohio State 89 (6-1), Long Beach State 55 (3-6)

December 8, 2012

Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)

Attendance: 14, 832

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On the play of the bench

“It started with Trey [McDonald], who came off the bench and did what he
needed to do: play great post defense and provide great energy. All of
those guys played very well and very cohesively.”

On the key to LaQuinton Ross becoming a consistent contributor

“He needs to focus on all of the little aspects of the game, and to his
credit he has done that recently and been very tuned-in in practice and in
games. He is playing his best basketball.”

On multiple scoring options

“The best teams I’ve coached are the ones that have multiple scoring
options. The ’07 team was a great example of that. Night-to-night, you
never knew who would lead you in scoring.”

Deshaun Thomas, junior forward

On four different players scoring double figures

“We passed the ball really well and different guys stepped up to hit shots.”

On excitement over his assist to Aaron Craft

“It is really just me becoming a better player and learning to become more
of an impact player without always shooting. I trust these guys to make
shots so I make the extra pass. It starts in practice and carries over to
the games.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior guard

On defensive intensity

“Coach Matta wants good defense to be the identity of this team so we do a
lot of defensive drills in practice. Right now as a team we’re playing
together well on the defensive end of the floor.”

On rotation of players

“We are all going to be in foul trouble at some point during the season so
it is important to rotate guys in and let them get confidence early in the
season. When we have a lot of guys with confidence we are a scary team.”

Dan Monson, Long Beach State head coach

On his team’s performance

“It’s a work in progress and we’ve got a long way to go. Ohio State is a
very good basketball team. I was happy with how hard we fought, but you’re
not going to play well until you consistently have the same effort that we
had in the first half. The second half was a huge disappointment.”

On Ohio State’s defense

“Defensively they just got into us and frustrated us. [Aaron] Craft is as
good of an on-ball defender as anyone in the country. Mike [Caffey] is
going to be a good point guard for us, but you have to give all the credit
to Aaron.”

On his team’s challenging non-conference schedule

“You have to put kids in adverse situations to see how they react. It’s
hard but they need to figure it out. We try to embrace that. We’re trying
to get mentally tougher and this team has got to grow up a little bit.”


REVIEW: OSU 29 UAB 15; Jordan Hall has solid game to lead rushing attack


Jordan Hall running over UAB (photo by Gary Housteau, courtesy

The Buckeyes win over UAB was aided by a rushing attack that garnered 204 yards on 37 carries.

Leading the way was running back Jordan Hall, who earned his first 100-yard collegiate game (105).

Hall’s 105 yards were a career high on 17 carries which surpasses the 90 yards he had against New Mexico State in 2009. He was one shy of the career-best 18 carries he earned twice before against Michigan State in 2011.


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OSU 35 CAL 28: Bears third-string tailback Brendan Bigelow has big day vs. Ohio State

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Going into last Saturday game at Ohio State, California running back Brendan Bigelow was listed as the number-3 man behind Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson.

After the game ended, a 35-28 loss to the Buckeyes, Bigelow had the best game of all three, rushing for 160 yards on just 4 carries, with two touchdowns, including an 81-yard run in the 3rd quarter and a 59-yarder in the 4th quarter.

California RB Brendan Bigelow ( photo)

Bigelow’s 81-yarder was a career-long. It was Cal’s longest play from scrimmage this season, surpassing Daniel Lasco’s 77-yarder the week before vs. Southern Utah. It is the longest rush since Jahvid Best’s 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA in 2009. He ended the day with a personal-best 160 rushing yards and 230 all-purpose yards. His previous career best in all-purpose yards was 137 against Presbyterian last year.

The 5’10, 190-pounder was named to the CFPA Special Teams Trophy watch list prior to this season.


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