Tuesdays were made for the gym. You’ve shaken off the cobwebs of Monday, and are ready to start gearing up for the weekend by hitting the treadmill. Or at least watching people hit the treadmill as you pretend to work the chest press machine. The perfect compliment to the 7 mile run is the Tuesday Morning Hive, a protein shake, and a healthy constitution. I got you on the first. The others are entirely up to you.
Today’s Hive will highlight the different ways that Buckeyes, both current and future, are getting big.
2012-2013 Defensive Line Will Eat People
The recruiting dynamo known only as Urban has been on a shopping spree for defensive linemen. Of the four that have committed to Meyer’s Buckeyes, they average a ranking of 4.42 stars and 252.50 pounds. The coups of Pittman and Schutt, coupled with the verbal from behemoth Adolphus Washington and now Noah Spence on the end, have given Urban a plethora of options on the line going into next year and beyond.
The four horsemen will have a chance to learn behind some of the best in the biz in Simon, Williams, and Hankins. They’ll all likely compete for playing time in their first seasons, but the speed of the college game, and especially players like Denard Robinson, will take some adjustments. Regardless of who ends up coaching this particular unit, they promise to have potential to be the next in a long line of stingy front lines in college football history.
He’s So Crafty
It was announced yesterday that Aaron Craft, he of the rosy cheeks and lockdown defense, is one of 60 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s premier point guard. While Craft won’t always shoot the lights out, you can count on him to distribute, run the offense, and absolutely stifle shooters on the opposite end. Going into last Saturday’s game against South Carolina, shooters defended by Craft were a measly 1-17 with 3 points. That’s a man sized stat.
The Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, named after Holy Cross Point Guard Bob Cousy, has been awarded since 2004 to such names as Ty Lawson, Kemba Walker, and Jameer Nelson. Craft may not be the shooters the likes of those three, but Craft has shown that he can contribute just as much to the assist, turnover, and defensive games. He won’t shoot the lights out like Michaels Redd or Conley, but you can put him on the opposing team’s best shooter and he’ll harass, steal, and pillage his way around the halfcourt.
If he were a shooter as well, he’d be a shoe in for the award. An extended run into the tournament may help his cause, though many of his competitors will also likely be playing March. Perhaps the judges would be impressed with a little Rubik’s Cube action?
OSU Wrestling Can Pin Chuck Norris
Well, probably not. Not even all of them at once. But what they can do is drop Indiana 31-9 in the B1G opener. The squad, ranked #6 in the nation, got key matches from Steiber and Johnny Dijulius (125 lbs, 12-7 overall) en route to their romp over the Hoosiers. Coach Ryan seems to have his team clicking on all cylinders. It is not immediately known if Coach Fickell spoke to the team beforehand, or showed the proper approach technique for a double leg takedown, but they grappled their way to a lopsided victory.
Up next for the men of the mat is Nebraska who boasts a top heavyweight in Tucker Lane. His likely matchup in that class is Peter Capone, who is a respectable 5-2. It should prove to be a match to watch for on January 6th in Lincoln. Other names to keep an eye on are Redshirt freshman Josh Demas, who has posted a record of 14-5 this season, as well as Steiber, at 15-2, winners in the 157 lbs and 133 weight classes respectively.
Five from the Hive
- Deshaun Thomas is a Tank. And B1G Player of the Week.
- Fickell interviewed at Pitt. Mark May found inconsolable.
- Ohio has won their first bowl game, ever. Brady Hoke reportedly totally confused.
- Urban Meyer has a leather jacket. Your argument against committing is invalid.
- The night the lights went out in San Francisco. A rousing rendition of Kumbaya ensued.