Across The Field: Breaking the ice
December, 9, 2012
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
After a drought that lasted throughout the football season, Gareon Conley broke the ice on verbal commitments to the Buckeyes on Friday. Will more come this week? This is Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to email@example.com. First, as always, our week in review:
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- This is a major recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes, and perhaps the biggest target is Mike Mitchell, an ESPN 150 linebacker from Plano, Texas.
- But they couldn't get OL David Dawson of Detroit, a former Michigan commitment, to cross the border this weekend.
- No, the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never really takes a day off.
- The Buckeyes were able to close and get a commitment from former Michigan pledge Gareon Conley. With Conley, the Buckeyes' DB class is looking very strong.
- The 2012 Ohio State secondary didn't look too bad, either. Bradley Roby picked up a big honor on Saturday, too.
- Austin Ward's year in review continued with the offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and specialists.
- Ohio State QB Braxton Miller ranks among the top quarterbacks in college football, according to ESPN Insider Brock Huard.
- Miller didn't get a Heisman invitation, but he did win the Silver Football Award as the best player in the Big Ten.
- So how many players will the Buckeyes take in this class? That's a moving target, Brad Bournival writes.
- ESPN 150 RB David Williams has Ohio State in his final three.
- But the Buckeyes lost out on OL Jimmy Byrne, a junior from Cleveland St. Ignatius who picked Notre Dame.
- Junior college linebacker Tommy Sanders was another player scheduled to come this weekend.
- A 2015 quarterback from Canton McKinley already has an Ohio State offer.
- A sophomore defensive tackle from North Carolina has an OSU offer as well.
- Jonathan Haden is planning a visit to Columbus soon.
- Ohio State still leads for WR Shelton Gibson, but he's taking visits.
- OSU president E. Gordon Gee's logic on the bowl ban is flawed, writes Adam Rittenberg.
- Some Big Ten officials are hinting that the league wants to get to 16 teams.
- Oregon is in the mix for former Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson, who also has an Ohio State offer.
- Bournival answered five big recruiting questions (send yours in the Horseshoe Pit forum).
- And if you're not an Insider yet and can't read all of our recruiting news, it's half price right now for the next six months at $9.99. And recruiting news isn't the only benefit, too.
- Ohio State renamed a street in honor of the undefeated season. (Plain Dealer)
- A photo gallery from the celebration. (OSU)
- Ohio State lost a villain with Bret Bielema's departure to the SEC, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- They gained one of their greats, as the school hired Eddie George in a fund-raising, ambassador-type role. (Dispatch)
- John Cooper was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. (The problem was just getting there, right?) (Dispatch)
- Twelve reasons why Ohio State went 12-0. (Toledo Blade)
- History will be kind to the 2012 Buckeyes, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch)
- A Lebanon, Ohio, QB committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- And Mike Vrabel needs to remember he doesn't wear a helmet on the sidelines anymore. (Twitter)
- The Buckeyes showed a lot of balance in a home win over Long Beach State.
- Ohio State's defense needs to improve. (Dispatch)
- Within Bob Hunter's Friday column is an update on Greg Oden, who is taking this season off to heal. (Dispatch)
- Ohio State's bench production is evolving. (Eleven Warriors)
- And LaQuinton Ross is becoming a go-to player. (Lantern)
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35