Final countdown: Impact player No. 9
August, 23, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Training camp is over and game preparations have begun. The torture of the offseason is nearly over, and Ohio State's first game under Urban Meyer is closing in. Leading up to the opener against Miami (Ohio), BuckeyeNation will count down the 10 players that figure to have the biggest impact on Meyer's first campaign, continuing with a defensive lineman whose play might produce attention for others more than himself.
- POSITION: Nose tackle
- BASICS: The fifth-year senior is tipping the scales at a trim-looking 285 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.
- BY THE NUMBERS: Started every game last season for the Buckeyes up front, chipping in 33 total tackles with a sack and four total takedowns for a loss.
- OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT: Statistically, Goebel isn't likely to catch many eyes. But if the newly-elected captain is able to eat up space and occupy some double-teams next to Johnathan Hankins, that might create plenty of opportunities for head-turning numbers for his teammate. Goebel seemingly goes about his business rather quietly and doesn't generate much publicity, but he's certainly earned the attention of guys in the locker room based on those votes to officially designate him as a leader -- and Hankins certainly knows how important the guy next to him can be in creating a disruptive force on the interior.
- HE SAID IT: "(Goebel) is probably one of our biggest pieces on our defense. He does all the dirty work, he takes up all the double-teams -- even though I take up double-teams, he does more of the dirty work. He's a great leader for us. ... He basically knows the defense, he's smart and knows the plays, so he's a good help for us out there. I feel like I did a lot of my dirty work when I was a freshman and at nose, so he's just getting used to it. He's doing pretty well at it, and whenever I get a chance to play one-technique, I'll do it and give him some rest." -- Hankins
Urban Meyer calls into Finebaum
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11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State