- Austin Ward, College Football
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A glance at the Ohio State players named to preseason watch lists and how they performed in a 29-15 win over UAB on Saturday:
QB Braxton Miller, So. (Maxwell, O'Brien): The load was a bit lighter on the ground, and with fewer carries came a dip in yardage for the dual-threat quarterback. But Miller was still dynamic and helped will the Buckeyes through a rough spell with a pair of rushing touchdowns, a two-point conversion and 143 passing yards.
DE John Simon, Sr. (Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, Lott IMPACT): His shoulder still appears to be bothering him, but Simon refuses to acknowledge any pain and continued to make an impact off the edge. The senior was particularly effective chasing down rollouts to his side, and he batted down one pass and made four tackles in the win.
DT Johnathan Hankins, Jr. (Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, Outland): The professional scouts have surely been drooling over the last couple weeks, and the junior turned in another performance worthy of his potential first-round hype with another double-digit performance in tackles and half of a tackle for a loss.
WR Corey "Philly" Brown, Jr. (Biletnikoff): The Buckeyes were relatively conservative with their passing game, which didn't leave a lot of receptions to go around. But Brown led the team with four catches and 67 yards, and he figures to get his hands on the football more often with Big Ten play about to begin.
TE Jake Stoneburner, Sr. (Mackey): Held without a reception, Stoneburner still graded out as one of the top performers in the win over the Blazers. Sharing time between wide receiver and tight end, Stoneburner looked more like the latter as Ohio State turned him loose as a point-of-attack blocker who helped spring the rushing attack.
SS C.J. Barnett, Jr. (Thorpe): Limited by an ankle injury that kept him out of practice last week, Barnett wasn't able to dress for the game either. His counterpart at safety helped pick up the slack, as Christian Bryant made eight tackles and forced a fumble.
K Drew Basil, Jr. (Groza): Work remains hard to come by for Basil, who didn't attempt a field goal for the third time in four games. He drilled two touchbacks, but it will be difficult to win an award for kickers without banging a few balls through the uprights.
LB Etienne Sabino, Sr. (Butkus): The veteran hasn't been getting as much acclaim as sophomore Ryan Shazier, but Sabino has been just as effective and continues to find his way to the football. He forced a fumble, broke up two passes and made 11 tackles against the Blazers.
RB Jordan Hall, Sr. (Walker): There were glimpses at the tailback who excited Urban Meyer so much in the spring during Hall's first game back, but it was his second that hinted more strongly at how he can thrive in the spread offense. Whether partnering with Miller on the option or just taking handoffs, Hall didn't show much rust from his offseason foot surgery with a career-high 105 yards on 17 carries.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A glance at the Ohio State players named to preseason watch lists and how they performed in a 29-15 win over UAB on Saturday:QB Braxton Miller, So.