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Ohio State Football 2013 Fall Camp: Taylor Decker looking to make an impact on offensive line

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Taylor Decker (megasportsnews.com photo)

The Ohio State Buckeyes are gearing up for the 2013 season with high expectations.

Their offensive line, eventhough they lost Reid Fragel to the NFL, is as sturdy as it has been in awhile with four starters returning and sophomore Taylor Decker looking to make an impact at right tackle.

At 6’7, 315-pounds, Decker is hulking and very powerful. The Vandalia-Butler High School grad played in all 12 games last season for Ohio State.

Taylor is seeking to replace the beforementioned Fragel, an NFL Draft pick in the 7th round by the Cincinnati Bengals.

The other members of the offensive line include senior Jack Mewhort at left tackle, senior Andrew Norwell at left guard, senior Corey Linsley at center and Sr. Marcus Hall at right guard.

Going into the 2012 season, the Buckeyes offensive line was considered its weakest line as the line underachieved under former line coach Jim Bollman. But the unit came together under the tutelage of Ed Warriner and finished the season as the best in the Big Ten.

Browns sign #1 pick Mingo to four-year deal

Barkevious Mingo (courtesy LSU)

The Cleveland Browns new regime has signed their first draft choice.

The Browns announced that they have signed their number-1 draft choice, Barkevious Mingo, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft to a four-year contract.

The deal has a team option for a fifth year and is for more than $16 million.

The signing is timely as Mingo will not miss any part of training camp which starts on Thursday under new head coach Rob Chudzinski.

The 6’4, 240-pound Mingo played at Louisiana State University where in 40 games, he made 15 starts with 119 tackles and 15 sacks.

The wording in Mingo’s contract says that the Browns will not have to pay him the remainder of the deal if he is cut before it expires or he signs with another team.

Mingo will receive his entire signing bonus by December.

Nevada’s Jefferson heading to NFL

Stefphon Jefferson (courtesy Nevada)

University of Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson has decided to pass up his senior year and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Jefferson ranked second nationally in both rushing yards per game at 144.9 and points per game at 11.5.

The 5’10, 210-pounder from Visalia, California won 3 letters playing for the Wolf Pack.

A graduate of El Diamante High School in Visalia, Calif., he was a four-year lettermen in football. Helped lead team to CIF Section Championship game three years in a row, with a victory in 2007. Rushed for 2,862 yards and 34 touchdowns.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & University of Nevada news

 

Eagles QB Vick says he’ll be ready for opener

 

Even with injured ribs, three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick told reporters that he is “doing good. feeling better,” and that there is no reason why he won’t be ready for the opening game of the season.

The Philadelphia Eagles visit the Cleveland Browns in Week number 1 and that is the target date Vick is shooting for.

Michael Vick (file photo)

His backup at quarterback is Nick Foles.

Foles is a 23-year-old rookie out of Arizona. The 6’5, 243-pounder was a third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, 88th pick overall.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

 

Nine years later, Roethlisberger graduates from Miami University

 

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers (megasportsnews.com photo)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback always said that he would go back and finish his degree at Miami University.

He kept his promise, as he recently graduated after leaving the Oxford, Ohio school early almost nine years ago to enter the NFL Draft.

He was only four courses shy of graduation when he left for the NFL and finished them this spring.

The 30-year-old from Findlay, Ohio, received a bachelor’s degree in education and joined almost 600 students during commencement.

Roethlisberger had his #7 jersey retired by the Miami RedHawks in 2007.

 

 

Info compiled by Miami University athletics, Radio & TV news

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