Can you feel it? We’re getting close guys. Our long national nightmare is less than two months away from ending. As you read this, there are fewer than 51 days between you, me, and the Buckeyes laying a beat down on that self-described “public ivy” in Oxford, OH. While I’m tempted to take a stroll down to campus, pitch a tent, and hold a 7-week-long tailgate party in the stadium parking lot, I don’t think that my family, my girlfriend, my employer, campus police, or society as a whole would approve. Instead, I’ll hold myself over by giving you the latest installment in the longest-running, most-popular, most oft-awarded Thursday morning column in the history of Our Honor Defend: The Thursday Morning Hive. So sit back, relax and join me as I try to get us through at least one of the approximately 1224 hours that stand between us and MOAR FOOTBALL.
Three Buckeyes Headed to Chicago
Yesterday Ohio State announced the contingent that it is sending to Chicago for the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Included are senior defensive tackle/slayer of dragons John Simon, Fullback Zach Boren, and Linebacker Etienne Sabino. The luncheon is typically a senior-heavy event and this years’ Buckeye contingent is no different. While I’m sure the media would have liked to see Braxton Miller get the invitation, I think that we’re going to be represented very well at the event.
Last year, as you might have seen replayed several hundred times, Kirk Cousins gave a speech on behalf of the players in attendance. This year’s speaker? It’s none other than 2-time September Heisman Trophy winner Denard Robinson. I’m not sure what his speech will discuss, but it’s likely going to be 90 seconds of him doing that “pretend to feed himself” thing that he does after touchdowns.
Craft Among 58 “Distinguished Scholar” Award Winners
If you didn’t already have enough reasons to swoon over the dreamy Buckeye point guard, yesterday you were given another. Craft was among 58 Buckeye athletes to take home the “Distinguished Scholar” honor. To become a distinguished scholar, student-athletes must be a letter-winner in at least their second year at their school and earn a minimum GPA of 3.7 for the previous academic year.
According to the release from OSU:
The Buckeyes women’s swimming and diving program led the way with eight honorees, followed by women’s soccer with six and rowing and fencing with five each. Five Buckeyes posted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages over the year – Nina Passen (field hockey), Michael Newburger (men’s gymnastics), Melissa Rennie (softball), Katie Simonton (softball) and Chelsea Aton (synchronized swimming). Sophomore Aaron Craft is the only men’s basketball player in the conference to be named a distinguished scholar this year.
For the 2011-12 academic year, a record 548 Buckeyes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes and Ohio State led the conference with 312 Academic All-Big Ten selections.
For a full list of winners, visit this page.
It’s an Honor to be Nominated
Yesterday Junior Kicker Drew Basil was one of 30 players named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award. It’s a great honor, and if the Buckeyes are going to have a good season, Basil will need to prove worthy of it.
I’ve always wondered how these preseason lists were determined, and thankfully the people at the Groza award were willing to share:
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2011 season and 2012 expectations. Ten conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by seven from the Big Ten. The SEC follows with six, along with four each from the ACC and the Pac-12. The Big 12, Conference USA and Sun Belt each placed two representatives, while the Big East, MAC and Mountain West each had a kicker recognized. While the Watch List highlights thirty of the best returning kickers in the country, the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on www.lougrozaaward.com.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 5th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 19th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 6th during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
Ohio State Scientists Building Death Ray
Yesterday Ohio State Director of Media Relations tweeted out something that I find to be incredibly awesome. According to Lynch, Ohio State will be firing up a 400 trillion watt Scarlet laser next Monday. The laser will be one of the strongest in the country that doesn’t reside in a national lab. What’s even more amazing is that they’re going to power this laser by giving Kerry Coombs a Red Bull IV and putting him on a giant hamster wheel. No word yet on whether or not the laser will be aimed at Ann Arbor when they fire it.
I’m Sorry, but it’s Kind of Funny