E:60- Maurice Clarett

Written October 27th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

In case you haven’t seen this, here’s ESPN’s story on MoC and his life after incarceration.

For those new to our site, here’s previous tBBC reflections on #13- he’s one of our Top 25 Buckeyes of the last decade.

Keep doin’ work, Maurice…

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #1 Troy Smith

Written August 30th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Troy Smith (2004-2006)

They could make a movie about Troy Smith’s journey at Ohio State. From an athlete who struggled to find a position on the team to a Heisman winning quarterback, the path Smith took was incredible, and there were many ups and downs along the way.

Troy’s transformation from an athlete into a quarterback was almost as drastic as his transformation from an immature college student into one of the best leaders to ever play at Ohio State.

Smith had a few run ins with trouble (including accepting illegal benefits that resulted in a two game suspension) but he learned from them and grew from them like only a true champion could. Read More

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #2 A.J. Hawk

Written August 26th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

A.J. Hawk (2003-2005)

A.J. Hawk was Ohio State football personified.

Hard working, hard hitting, tenacious, old school through and through but with surprising amounts of athleticism, Hawk was a joy to watch during his time in Columbus.

Every Saturday in the ‘Shoe and in stadiums around the Big Ten, you knew that A.J. Hawk was going to be all over the field and you knew that someone was going to feel the pain if they were unfortunate enough to have  a close encounter with #47. Read More

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #3 Mike Doss

Written August 23rd, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Mike Doss (2000-2002)

They say that safety is the ‘quarterback’ of the defense, and no player epitomized this concept more than Mike Doss. A three time All American at strong safety, Doss was the heart and soul of Ohio State’s defense for three years. Without a doubt, Doss’ emotional decision to return for his senior year was the spark that started the national championship run in 2002.

Doss had an uncanny ability to make a huge play just when the team needed it the most. Against Michigan in 2001, in the National Championship game, and in many other close games, time after time Doss would haul in an interception or make a big play at a key moment that turned the momentum of the game.

If you watch highlights from teams that Mike Doss was a part of, it is remarkable how often Doss makes an appearance. Read More

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #4 Santonio Holmes

Written August 19th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Santonio Holmes (2004-2005)

Santonio Holmes was the complete package at receiver for the Buckeyes. He ran phenomenal routes that allowed him to consistently break free from even the best DBs. With the addition of  game breaking speed, Holmes cemented himself as one of the top receiving threats in the country throughout his career with the Buckeyes.

I personally think 4th is a bit high in this countdown, but since Santonio was a combination of Anthony Gonzalez’s route running and Ted Ginn’s speed, I will go ahead and view this ranking as a nod to the most talented receiving trio in Ohio State history.

On his own, in the record books and on the field, Santonio Holmes finds himself near the top of the storied receiving tradition at Ohio State. Read More

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #5 Ted Ginn Jr.

Written August 16th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Ted Ginn Jr. (2005-2006)

Simply put, Ted Ginn Jr. was one of the most electrifying players in the history of college football. With world class speed and an innate ability to make defenders miss, Ginn was a threat to score every time he touched the ball.

Over the course of his career, Ginn went from a special teams phenom as a freshman to one of the best game breaking wide receivers in the country. He led the team in receiving in 2006 on the most prolific Ohio State offense of the decade.

Ginn earned first team All-American honors as a punt returner in 2006, but his season and career at wide out were stellar as well.

Ginn has the 6th most career receptions (135) and the 8th most career reception yards (1,943) at Ohio State. In addition to his achievements catching the ball, he set the Big Ten record with 6 career punt return touchdowns. Read More

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells (2006-2008)

Beanie Wells was a big, bruising back who did not hesitate to run a defender over. He also had the speed and quickness to make a cut and be past the defender before they knew what happened. His elite combination of size and speed made him a once in a generation talent and one of the greatest backs ever at Ohio State.

Unfortunately, his bruising running style also led to his greatest weakness; injuries. Constant battles with health issues nagged Wells throughout his career, particularly during his junior season. These health problems led to some serious offensive struggles for Ohio State in his absence, and also prevented him from challenging for the title of greatest ever at Ohio State. Read More

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #7 Malcolm Jenkins

Written August 9th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Malcolm Jenkins (2006-2008)

Malcolm Jenkins was everything you could hope for in a corner back and then some. He was a lock down defender in man coverage that could (and did) take away half of the field for the opponents passing game. He was also an extremely physical defender who was not afraid to come up and hit someone in run defense. Against the run or pass, as an offense you did not want to attack Jenkins’ side of the field.

By Jenkins’ senior season, he was so proficient at locking down half of the field that at times it seemed like he would deliberately let his man get by him, tempting the QB to  throw his way,  only to make up the distance at the last second to disrupt or intercept the pass. The coaches must have noticed this as well, and during his senior campaign Jenkins was utilized at safety at times, further tempting QBs to throw in his direction. Read More