OSU ROOKIES TURNING HEADS IN NFL; CARDALE VS EMMITT SMITH; LATEST FROM CAMP; $110 BUCKEYE KICKS
By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Saturday August 13
OSU ROOKIES TURNING HEADS IN NFL: FiveThirtyEight and many others have made the case that Ohio State’s 2016 NFL draft class is the most impressive in modern history. With the first full slate of preseason action this weekend, many of the 14 Buckeyes drafted are getting their chance to shine. Michael Thomas wowed against the Patriots, see Eleven Warriors’ VIDEO. Doran Grant had a pick six for the Steelers: VIDEO. Undrafted Jalin Marshall started for the Jets offense and broke off a beautiful 84 yard kick return: VIDEO. Who has some work to do? Taylor Decker will be reviewing game tape after getting smoked by James Harrison in his first outing for the Lions. Joey Bosa and the Chargers continue their contract standoff, with reports that it has been at least 15 days since the Chargers and Bosa’s side communicated. What exactly is the NFL draft process like? Doug Lesmerises on Tyvis Powell’s draft journey and fight to make the Seahawks.
CARDALE VS EMMITT SMITH: Cowboy legend Emmitt Smith tweeted the following prior to OSU vs. Bama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl: “@EmmittSmith22: We will have a chance to see two other Very good backs tonight #ALAvsOSU both for Bama.” That did not sit well with Cardale Jones — and Cardale does not forget. On Thursday, Cardale fired back: “@CJ12_: Hope @EzekielElliott crushes EVERY team rushing record for the @dallascowboys just because @EmmittSmith22 doubted him in the Sugar Bowl.” A right hamstring is keeping Zeke out of tonight’s preseason game against the Rams.
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LATEST FROM CAMP: Ohio State released two new videos — 1) WATCH cornerbacks coach Kerry Combs bring the juice, 2) WATCH the battle between DBs and WRs heat up, including a first glimpse at a finally healthy Johnny Dixon donning his No. 1 jersey.
$110 BUCKEYE KICKS: Nike drops new Buckeye kicks August 15, Andrew Lind with a sneak peek: PHOTOS.
1) Joe Burrow digs into role as backup QB, Tim May, Columbus Dispatch – August 13
2) The Oklahoma Sooners Look for Defensive Leadership, National Respect as Fall Camp Begins, Johnny Glinter, Eleven Warriors – August 12
3) Is Malik Hooker next to win a starting job? 5 things to know about Ohio State’s safety, Bill Landis – Plain Dealer – August 13
4) New Buckeyes on Ohio State Practice Field Banners, Doug Lesmerises, Plain Dealer – August 13