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Ohio State’s Moeller granted rare sixth year by NCAA

Tyler Moeller received the good news he had been hoping for late last week.

Coach Jim Tressel told him that he had received a medical redshirt to come back and play for the Buckeyes in 2011.

Tyler Moeller (file photo)

Moeller suffered a torn pectoral muscle October 2 against Illinois and all he and the school has been doing is appealing the NCAA for the rare sixth year of eligibility based on a medical hardship.

A defensive back, Moeller missed the 2009 season while recovering from a head injury suffered in an offseason altercation while vacationing with his family in Florida.

That incident became the basis of his appeal.

compiled from staff & Ohio State news

OHIO STATE NOTEBOOK: Buckeyes 24 Fighting Illini 13

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


Illinois end zone (megasportsnews.com)

The Buckeyes survived two big scares in Saturday’s 24-13 win at Illinois.

The first scare was, winning the game in the Big Ten Conference opener.

But the biggest scare happened in the middle of the third quarter Heisman Trophy candidate Terrelle Pryor missed a big portion of the third quarter after suffering a strained left thigh muscle.

But Pryor returned to but let running Daniel “Boom” Herron run the ball. In the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes turned the ball over to the junior tailback who scored a touchdown with 1:49 remaining to ensure the win. Herron rushed for 51 of his 95 yards in the fourth quarter.

Pryor did pass another milestone. He now has 1,783 career rushing yards, passing up Rex Kern (1,714) for second among Buckeyes quarterbacks. Cornelius Greene (2,066) is the all-time leader.

The Buckeyes maintained the number 2 ranking in the polls despite struggling against the 18-point underdog Illinois Fighting Illini.

The 62,870 fans in attendance probably thought the calendar was wrong saying October when it felt like November. It was 53 degrees, felt like 33, cloudy and breezy.

The big key to the game was nine penalties costs Illinois a possible upset win.

Statue of Harold "Red" Grange outside Memorial Stadium (megasportsnews.com)

(megasportsnews.com)

The Illini lost its eighth consecutive game to Ohio State in Memorial Stadium. It hasn’t won at home against the Buckeyes since 1991.

Illinois had its moments during the game.

The Fighting Illini used the wind at its back and starting position near midfield to take an early lead of 7-0 on its first possession of the game. The key play was a 23-yard pass from receiver Jarred Fayson to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase that gave Illinois a first down at the 8-yard line.

Scheelhaase ran 3 yards for the touchdown three plays later.

Speaking of Scheelhaase, he showed a lot of poise and confidence for a redshirt freshman quarterback playing in his first Big Ten game against a Top 10 team. He had 121 yards passing and rushing combined.

With Saturday’s win, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is one win away from reaching number 100 in his 10th season at Ohio’s flagship university.

Another game has passed and the Ohio State defense didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher for the 27th game in a row. The last time that occured was when Joe McKnight of USC gained 105 yards on September 13, 2008 in the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Memorial Stadium looks like Ohio Stadium in some ways (megasportsnews.com)

The press box at Memorial Stadium is huge like Ohio Stadium's is (megasportsnews.com)

The defense played well, limiting the Illini to 251 yards and 11 first downs. But they lost DB Tyler Moeller who plays in the “star” spot in the nickel package. But freshman Christian Bryant stepped up and played as if he had been at Ohio State for years.

Any fan who has been to the Land of Lincoln (Illinois) knows that it is very windy and the winds can have high gusts. Case-in-point on Saturday, the wind was blowing at 25 mph and punter Ben Buchanan and placekicker Devin Barclay did quite well in their first experiences with the winds.

Assembly Hall sits across the street from Memorial Stadium (megasportsnews.com)

Memorial Stadium from the parking lot (megasportsnews.com)

Ohio State has had 36 scoring drives in 2010, 26 touchdowns and 10 field goals. The opponents have had nine scoring drives, 6 touchdowns and three field goals.

OHIO STATE POSTGAME AUDIO (To listen to an audio file, click on the number)

45 649 to 45 656 Jemale Hines OSU FS (megasportsnews.com)

45 657 to 45 661 Ben Buchanan OSU punter (megasportsnews.com)

45 661 to 45 668 Christian Bryant OSU DB (megasportsnews.com)

Tyler Moeller’s season ends with injury; 6th season will be petitioned

Tyler Moeller Ohio State (Gus Thurman photo)

Ohio State safety Tyler Moeller, who excelled as the team’s “star” in the nickelback coverage scheme, will be out for the rest of the season after the MRI showed that he had torn a pectoral muscle in last Saturday’s game against Illinois.

The well-liked senior will undergo surgery this week.

Moeller was injured in the Buckeyes’ 24-13 win over Illinois when he attempted to tackle running back Mikel Leshoure.

He was having a fine season to this point, as he led the team in both tackles for loss with 4.5 and forced fumbles with 2. He has 20 tackles, a sack and an interception on the season.

Moeller suffered a season-ending head injury in July 2009 after being a victim of an assault in a Florida bar and restaurant.

Head coach Jim Tressel said that they will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility for Moeller.

compiled from staff & Ohio State news

Chekwa Named Big Ten Player of the Week for play against Miami

Ohio State senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa has been named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting a pair of passes in the Number 2 Buckeyes’ 36-24 win over the Miami Hurricanes last Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Buckeyes CB Chimdi Chekwa (megasportsnews.com)

A native of Clermont, Florida and East Ridge High School, Chekwa also broke up a pair of passes while adding six tackles to his totals, including one tackle for a loss. Both interceptions came in the final seven minutes of the first half and helped the Buckeyes to a 26-17 halftime lead.

The honor was the second-consecutive Defensive Player of the Week for Ohio State after Tyler Moeller earned it last week for his play against Marshall University.

Info courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Springtime means Ohio State Football is Back! Day 1

Jim Tressel talks to the media (megasportsnews.com)

It wasn’t too long ago that  the Buckeyes were heading off  to the 2010 Rose Bowl to play the explosive Oregon Ducks and we were all wondering  if they could stop the recent string of disappointing Bowl losses and if Terrelle Pryor would respond on the national stage and if the Buckeyes would finally get the national media off their backs?

Well, all of those questions were answered on that January 1 game in Pasadena, California: the Ducks were shut down; the bowl losses were put to a screeching halt; Terrelle Pryor performed like he was a Heisman candidate and the Buckeyes gained the national media’s respect once again.

Now, spring is upon us and OSU Football is back in the news for the rest of April and still there are questions that will have to be answered in 14 practices and the spring game on April 24 in Ohio Stadium.

One thing about Ohio State football, they remake or reload, not rebuild.  The questions center around offensive tackle, Terrelle Pryor’s knee, the defensive line and the safeties.

Expectations are very sky high coming off a fifth-straight Big Ten title, an 11-2 season, a Rose Bowl victory over Oregon and an 8-game home schedule and only 4 road games.

Who will play Left tackle to replace Jim Cordle?

This position has been a question mark for years. Jim Cordle ended up playing there out of necessity.  There are plenty of candidates in the wings: Mike Adams, Andrew Miller and Marcus Hall.  Coach Jim Tressel told us on Thursday that position aren’t really won in the spring because they have to wait for the recruits to come to camp in August.

Who replaces Kurt Coleman and Anderson Russell at safety?

Jermale Hines is one starter but there are other players to consider. Ohrian Johnson, Tyler Moeller, Jamie Woods and Nate Oliver. There is no clear cut starter amonst those players.

Is Terrelle Pryor’s left knee a concern?

This has been the talk of the town since Pryor suffered the partially torn ligament last October and had arthroscopic surgery in early February.  But it seems that Pryor is ready to participate in spring drills. But expect alot of reps from backup quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Kenny Guiton, Jr. which can’t be all bad because they need to be ready for the fall anyway. Remember, a backup player is one injury from playing anyway.

IMPORTANT NOTES

* April 10: Kick scrimmage.

* April 17: Jersey scrimmage.

* April 24: Spring Game in Ohio Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

SOUNDS FROM SPRING PRACTICE WITH JIM TRESSEL (to listen to an audio file, just click the link)

44 704 Jim Tressel Ohio State coach On Terrelle Pryor this spring

44 706 Jim Tressel On his Wide Receiver and looking for a 3rd option

44 708 Jim Tressel On the new practice fields that the football team will be getting

44 710 Jim Tressel Why is it that important to have 2 turf and 2 grass fields

44 712 Jim Tressel Will his offensive linemen be solidifying their roles this spring

44 713 Jim Tressel He has 2 players in spring in 2010 recruits. Is it a trend now

44 714 Jim Tressel What do recruits get for being in here early. What’s the downside

44 715 Jim Tressel Is this the healthiest OL have been in spring and how many do you have