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Posts Tagged ‘Cameron Heyward.’

Heyward signs with boyhood team, the Steelers

Cameron Heyward (file photo)

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Cameron Heyward always dreamed of playing for the hometown team.

He doesn’t have to dream anymore.

The Steelers and their number-1 draft pick Heyward have agreed to a contract.

The former defensive tackle at Ohio State is the son of former Pittsburgh Panthers and NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. The 6’5, 288-pound giant is a part of the Steelers youth movement on defense, especially the down-lineman.

The 22-year-old who was born in the Steel City, signed in time to join the rest of the team for practice on Friday.

 

compiled from Pittsburgh Steelers news

 

 

OSU’s Cameron Heyward selected 31st overall by Steelers

 

Cameron Heyward (file photo)

As expected, former Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward was selected 31st overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Heyward is the 69th Buckeye overall to be drafted in the first round and the 17th since 2000, the second most among FBS schools during that time. He also is the 74th Buckeyes to be drafted overall since 2000, the most among any FBS school. He is the 14th first-round pick in the Jim Tressel era.

Rounds 2-3 continue Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. ET while rounds 4-7 will take place Saturday beginning at noon.

Heyward was a Playboy All-American, a Lombardi Award semifinalist and a Lott Trophy quarterfinalist in 2010. A first team all-Big Ten selection by both coaches and the media in 2010, Heyward started 46 career games, totaling 163 tackles, 37.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks.

At the Ohio State football banquet in December, Heyward was awarded the Bill Willis Trophy from the coaches as the team’s outstanding defensive player in helping the Buckeyes defense rank among the national leaders in several stat categories.

 

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Heyward has surgery on elbow; detours NFL draft workouts

Cameron Heyward (file photo)

There is no doubt that Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward will be a #1 draft choice in the upcoming NFL Draft.

However, this past week, his workouts in getting prepared for the big day, took a detour to surgery to repair his injured elbow.

The graduating senior suffered a hyperextended elbow in the January 4 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.

Heyward has been working out in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. His support team decided it was best if he had surgery to fix the injured elbow.

The surgery was done at orthropedic specialist Dr. James Andrews’ facility in Alabama.

Whether Heyward participates in the NFL scouting combine workouts in February remains to be seen at this time.

compiled from staff, radio, TV & internet news

Buckeyes end season with 31-26 thriller over Arkansas; loss streak to SEC in bowls ends

The Buckeyes enter the off-season on a high note for the second year in a row.

They finally knocked the monkey off their backs by beating Southeastern Conference member, Arkansas 31-26 in the Big Easy of New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl. It ended a 33-year drought.

The Buckeyes move to 12-1 to end the season while Arkansas falls to 10-3.

(courtesy of Sugar Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

The Razorbacks came back from a 28-7 deficit to 31-26. They blocked an Ohio State punt. with 1:08 left, Arkansas was set up to serve OSU another SEC loss, but they had to drive down the field without any timeouts.

But two plays later, with 58 seconds left, defensive end Solomon Thomas, one of the five players facing a 2011 suspension and the only backup player involved, intercepted a Ryan Mallett pass.

There was a crowd of 73,879 at the Louisiana Superdome. The game lasted 3 hours, 41 minutes.

All of the suspended players of NCAA violations played well.

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES GAME NOTES

QB Terrelle Pryor was 14 of 25 passing for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Pryor was equally as good on rushing the ball 15 attempts for 115 yards with a 7.7 yards per rush.

OL Mike Adams played well on the offensive line.

TB Daniel Herron rushed 24 times for 87 yards and 3.6 a carry.

WR Devier Posey caught 3 passes for 70 yards and 1 touchdown.

DL Solomon ThomasĀ  had a rare interception of a Ryan Mallett pass with 58 seconds remaining to stop the winning touchdown drive. He dropped back into pass coverage and intercepted the ball at the Ohio State 10-yard line.

Stars of the game would be Cameron Heyward who played with an injured elbow. Terrelle Pryor set a career record for rushing by an OSU quarterback and tied the school record for career touchdown passes.

Ohio State played in its sixth consecutive BCS game and has the most BCS bowl appearances, with nine. The Buckeyes are 6-3 in those games.

The Buckeyes bowl record stands at 20-22 overall. Under Jim Tressel, they are 6-4.

With 115 yards rushing, Terrelle Pryor surpassed Cornelius Greene (2,066) as OSU’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks. Pryor now has 2,164 yards.

The Buckeyes said goodbye to 24 seniors after the game. The 2010 senior class won 44 games, which tied the 2009 class for most wins in school history.

Terrelle Pryor also tied Bobby Hoying’s career record for touchdown passes with 57.

The Buckeyes allowed only 94 yards per game rushing.

The Buckeyes allowed seven touchdowns through the air in 12 games and interecepted 18.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS GAME NOTES

QB Ryan Mallett completed 24 of 47 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns.

Arkansas is 0-4 against Big Ten teams in bowl games.

Arkansas is now 12-22-3 in bowl games overall.

The Razorbacks had the 16th-best pass defense in the nation, allowing 182.3 yards per game.

Safety Tramain Thomas leads the defense with 71 tackles and four intereceptions.

QB Ryan Mallett had 30 touchdowns and 11 intereceptions.



compiled from staff & Ohio State news



Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward semifinalist for Lombardi Award

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Cameron Heyward speaking with the media (file photo)

Ohio State senior defensive end Cameron Heyward came back for a senior season because he said he had unfinished business like getting his degree, winning another Big Ten championship and the Buckeyes having a chance at a national title.

All of those goals are still within reach, however, there are several awards that he could possibly win as well.

Heyward has been selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 41st Rotary Lombardi Award.

Ten defensive and two offensive players comprise the group, with the Big Ten leading the way with four players, followed by the Big 12 with three, the SEC and the ACC with two each and one from the Mountain West.

The award presentation will be held December 8, 2010 in Houston.

Info courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

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