Well, hivers, the moment that we’ve all been waiting for is almost upon us. The day when we can all sit back and turn the page on a year of highs, lows, and ground-shifting change and also take some time out to celebrate one of the most popular and, for better or worse, important things in all of our lives. I’m talking of course about me. My 28th Birthday is Saturday and I would like to thank you all for coming here for the sole purpose of celebrating with me. It’s a grand gesture and its one that I both understand and appreciate.
Of course there’s another countdown that the Thursday Morning Hive likes to update you on each week. Believe it or not, for the fourth consecutive Thursday, we are a full seven days closer to the start of the college football season than we were last week. Today we stand a mere 44 days away from the first snap. It’s a beautiful thought, isn’t it?
Well, I think I’ve done about all of the counting that I can be reasonably expected to do in a day, so I might as well get down to business. Without further ado I bring to you the latest installment of the highest-rated Thursday morning column in OHD History: The Thursday Morning Hive.
Buchanan Earns Nod
We’ve been telling you quite a bit about Buckeye players making national award watch lists, and today that trend continues. This time, though, it’s a little bit different. Yesterday the AFCA nominated players for its “Good Works Team” and Buckeye punter Ben Buchanan made the cut.
According to the University:
As one of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award co-sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association, recognizes a select group of college football players – 11 will be named from the Football Bowl Subdivision – committed to making a difference in their communities.
Buchanan, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who graduated with his degree in strategic communications in June, has a community service resume that includes three medical missions to Honduras, Central America. His most recent mission came after his freshman year at Ohio State (summer of 2009). He spent the 2012 spring break working for the Collier County (Florida) Habitat for Humanity, building houses for the underprivileged. Buchanan also is a regular member of groups of OSU football players who visit local hospitals, schools and food pantries.
A finalist for the 2011 Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement, Buchanan is set to be Ohio State’s starting punter for a fourth consecutive year in 2012. Last year his 41.3-yard average was fifth-best in the Big Ten and his 37.4-yard net average was fourth.
Congrats to Ben and thanks for making the University proud!
Miller Named to Watch List
There’s a lot of hype surrounding Braxton Miller as he heads into his sophomore season, and the national awards organizations are taking notice. Yesterday the watch list for the Davy O’Brien trophy were announced and #5 made the cut. While he likely won’t take the award (I have a hard time seeing his numbers eclipsing another mobile B1G quarterback’s), he certainly has a chance to make some noise this year. Miller is moving into an offense that is tailor-made for him and while it may take him some time to adjust, he will be given every opportunity to shine.
Sully Settling In
Want some summer league highlights? Want to hear Doc Rivers gush over Sully’s all-around ability. NBA.com has you covered. Check out this short video feature.