Ohio State hosts Akron this Saturday at 7:40 p.m. in Ohio Stadium, as the Buckeyes look to improve their defensive woes.
Akron could be the ideal opponent at the ideal time. The Zips are 1-2, with their lone victory coming against Bryant last week, which they won 35-14. Akron was defeated by Auburn 60-10 and Temple 45-24. Some consider Akron to be the worst team in Division 1 football.
CJ Stroud Not To Play
Ohio State Buckeye quarterback C.J. Stroud will not be the starting QB on Saturday against Akron, coach Ryan Day told fans on his weekly radio show today. Some feel this could open the door for Jack Miller or Kyle McCord to take over the program. But the team is saying that nothing will change after this week and Stroud will continue to be the starter.
According to Day, Stroud is nursing a shoulder injury, and the coaching staff felt that a week of rest would benefit the redshirt freshman as the Big Ten conference schedule approaches. Stroud was suffering from the same injury prior to the Tulsa game a week ago.
LB Dallas Gant Enters the Transfer Portal
Dallas Gant, an Ohio State reserve linebacker, has entered the NCAA transfer portal and has left the team.
Gant, a senior who has played in all three games this season and 38 overall in his Ohio State career, entered his name into the portal on Tuesday. He has a total of 53 tackles in his career, including two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 3.5 tackles for loss. He is hoping to be picked up and be eligible for next season. He would have 2 years of college football remaining thanks to the new Covid 19 eligibility rules.
Gant, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 232 pounds, made the most of his contributions during the 2019 season.
RB TreVeyon Henderson Signs Deal with Arbys
TreVeyon Henderson had a breakout performance in Ohio State's win over Tulsa. He now has a new Name, Image, and Likeness deal.
The freshman is joining Arby's as it launches a new campaign called Arby's RBs. The national fast-food chain will sponsor the first 200 running backs who sign up and successfully post about the deal on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TonightImGettingArbys. He will reportedly receive $500 and a some Arby's swag.
Ohio State Falls in AP Poll after Tulsa
Ohio State fell one spot to No. 10 in the most recent Associated Press college football poll, which was released on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Buckeyes defeated Tulsa 41-20. TreVeyon Henderson, a freshman running back, set a freshman rushing record with 277 yards in the game.
Larry Johnson Looking for Pass Rush
Head Coach Day said the offensive line needs to do a better job of making quarterbacks feel uncomfortable in the pocket, and given that Ohio State has only 4 sacks through 3 games (22 teams in the country have fewer) it's simple to see.
Larry Johnson, the defensive line coach, cannot sleep when his team isn't able get pressure on the quarterback. So he is considering changing personnel and putting the right people on the field to get the job done this coming weekend.
Young Defenders Ready to Play
Buckeye football is searching for answers on defense, which might imply enlisting fresh players who are ready to contribute.
After last Tuesday's practice, defensive tackle Tyleik Williams, linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV, and defensive back Andre Turrentine all had the black stripes on their helmets removed. The three now have the potential to take on larger roles as the season progresses.
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