Well, hi there. Welcome to your morning Hive, Tuesday edition. Today, ladies and gents, is the day for which all of you have been waiting. Today, NCAA Football 2013 is released. I’m probably in the minority here, but I love this day of the year. I don’t play video games a lot, but when I do, I prefer to play NCAA Football. This day of the year signifies the start of football season. For me, it is now time to switch into football mode. With football season less than two months away, the anticipation is killing me. I can’t wait to see the Buckeyes take the field for the Urban Meyer era. That’s the good news, Buckeye Nation. As we’ve grown accustomed to during the offseason, there is even more negative news for the Ohio State football program. One Buckeye senior might not be suiting up for OSU this season as he was dismissed from the team by Meyer. Not all is bad on an Ohio State football front, though. Yesterday, three Buckeye football players were named to the Maxwell award and Bednarik award watch lists.
Let’s delve into the morning Hive, shall we? Yes, we shall.
As Vico wrote on Saturday, senior linebacker Storm Klein was arrested on charges of domestic violence and assault. Since Saturday, however, Klein has been dismissed from the team and details of his arrest have been revealed. From the Columbus Dispatch:
The incident that resulted in Storm Klein’s dismissal from the Ohio State football team was an altercation with the mother of their child that allegedly included him grabbing and hitting her head on the front door of his apartment, according to information in a police report obtained by the Dispatch.
The alleged victim stated that Klein “violently and purposely grabbed” her by the forearms and slammed her into the front door, causing an abrasion and swelling to the left side of her forehead and scrapes on both of her forearms]
Urban Meyer dismissed Klein from the team and said “The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State football program.” Meyer also said that he made it clear to the team that these types of charges would result in dismissal from the team. Now, Klein has not been proven guilty of any charges, and could be innocent. If that so happens to be the case, Urban said that he will “re-evaluate (Klein’s) status.”
The Maxwell award, each and every year, is given to the best college football player in the country. Obviously, this is the distinction also granted by the Heisman trophy, but the Maxwell award, which is presented before the Heisman, is typically a different player than the eventual Heisman trophy winner. The 65-player watch list for the 2012 Maxwell award is comprised of the best offensive college football players in the nation. The lone Buckeye on this list? Braxton Miller. After starting most of last season as a true freshman and entering this season as a sophomore in Urban Meyer’s offense, big things are expected of Miller. Last season, Miller threw for 1159 yards with 13 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. He also added 715 yards and 7 touchdowns via the rushing game. Accounting for 20 touchdowns as a true freshman, in an offense that hand-cuffed his true potential, is pretty damn good if you ask me. I expect Miller’s numbers to skyrocket under Urban. It is noteworthy that Miller is only one of eight sophomores on the 65-player list. No freshman players made the list.
Like Braxton Miller, two other Buckeyes were added to a preseason award watch list. This time, though, the award is the Bednarik award. Each year, the Bednarik award is given to the nation’s best defensive player. Buckeye defensive linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins have been added to the 65-player watch list. Both Simon and Hankins have had great springs and anchor the defensive line for the Buckeyes. They will wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines this upcoming year. I’m incredibly excited to see what the offense will be able to do this season under Urban Meyer, but I’m equally as excited to see what this experienced defensive group will do.
As always, Go Bucks!