It’s been a busy week in the Ohio State world, but don’t fret. BSB has you covered for everything you may have missed in the last seven days, from Ryan Day’s weekly press conference to the action on Saturday.
Can you believe it? An Ohio State player is the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. For the fifth consecutive week, Ohio State has earned the award, and for the third time this season and the first time since week two, it’s redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud earning the honor. Stroud went 17-of-23 passing for 330 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in Ohio State’s 52-13 victory over Rutgers on Oct. 2. His 266.174 passer efficiency is the third-highest from any quarterback this season.
Ohio State, and Ohio State fans, can exhale. Star freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson is healthy and will be available for the Buckeyes heading into the matchup on Oct. 9 with Maryland, head coach Ryan Day confirmed at his weekly press conference Tuesday, saying that the Virginia native is “good to go.”
In 2020, Ohio State cornerback Marcus Williamson joined defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, cornerback Sevyn Banks and linebacker Pete Werner as the only four defensive Buckeyes to start in all eight games.
When Ohio State recruited Craig Young, it was his versatility that convinced the Buckeyes to extend a committable offer. As the story goes, Young arrived at an Ohio State recruiting camp in June of 2018 as a defensive back, where he played for Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. He impressed, but with a 6-3 frame, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer saw an athlete that could add weight, and asked Young to work out at linebacker, and then on the defensive line.
Just when Ohio State offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere thought he had found a home at right tackle, he was asked this season to move to the left tackle position.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day spoke with Paul Keels and Jim Lachey on 97.1 The Fan’s Ryan Day Radio Show on Thursday afternoon. He talked about Ohio State’s performance against Rutgers and how he feels about the matchup with Maryland. The Buckeyes will host the Terrapins at noon on Saturday.
Fresh off a pair of… extreme results, Ohio State and Maryland are set to embark on a game that we just cannot predict. If you’re interested in subscribing to Buckeye Sports Bulletin, give BSB a call at 614-486-2202 and say that the podcast sent you. Ask for four free issues if you’d like to give it a sample first.
Ohio State’s defense has taken a step forward since its week two loss to Oregon and a similarly poor showing in week three against Tulsa. Under new coordinator Matt Barnes’ guidance, the Buckeyes look more comfortable and more varied in their schemes, bringing frequent pressure and mixing in two-high looks to counter-balance the one-high schemes that OSU was so reliant on in the first three weeks of the season.
Chase Brown: Ohio State Keeps Momentum Against Maryland.
In recent weeks, Ohio State coaches and players have shared a consistent message of gradual change. They claim the Buckeyes are a different team than they were at the beginning of the season, and I agree.
Ohio State will be without 10 players when it hosts Maryland this afternoon, with running back Miyan Williams headlining a list of unavailable Buckeyes. Julian Flemming, Demario McCall and Tyreke Smith are set as game-time decisions for the contest.
After starting the first two games of the season, Williams will not suit up for Ohio State for the second straight week. He earned offensive player of the game against Minnesota and had some strong runs vs. Oregon. Since the Buckeyes lost to the Ducks in week two, Williams has only received nine carries.
C.J. Stroud threw five touchdown passes for the second game in a row and TreVeyon Henderson added three touchdowns as No. 7 Ohio State routed Maryland 66-17 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. Stroud tossed three of his TDs for a 35-10 halftime score for the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten). The redshirt freshman set his career high with five TDs against Rutgers on Oct. 2.
Chase Brown, BSB: Garrett Wilson made his 100th career reception as a Buckeye this afternoon. It’s hard to believe the junior wide receiver didn’t reach the milestone sooner, given how much of a consistent threat he’s been for Ohio State in two seasons and change.
After Ohio State’s 55-17 rout of Maryland and numerous upsets in college football, the Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll, joining Iowa, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State in becoming the first conference in college football history to feature five teams in the top 10.