VIDEO: Russell Turns Pro

Here are highlights of the press conference in which D’Angelo Russell announced he’s turning pro, featuring Russell, OSU head coach Thad Matta and Russell’s dad, Antonio.

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Depth At QB Not New for Meyer

Urban Meyer made a great point in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution today. He brought up the fact that he’s had depth at quarterback before.

In 2008, junior Tim Tebow was under center the bulk of the time for the Florida Gators, but backing him up were two quality signal callers in redshirt freshman John Brantley and sophomore Cam Newton.

Tebow obviously just signed with the Eagles. Newton is a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Panthers. And former 5-star recruit Brantley had a star-crossed collegiate career, but generated at least enoCardale Jones during OSU Spring Game 4-12-14ugh interest to sign with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

The obvious difference between that situation and what coach Meyer has this year at Ohio State is that every Buckeye quarterback has established himself. Braxton Miller is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year. Cardale Jones is 3-0 as a starter with one of those wins coming in the National Championship game. JT Barrett was named as a Heisman Trophy candidate before an injury ended his season last year.

Still, it must be reassuring to OSU fans that Meyer has some valuable experience to help guide his decision-making…Almost as reassuring as the end result of that 2008 season: a 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS title game.

Read more from the AJC here. Article includes Meyer’s philosophy of when he will offer a recruit, how often he’s been asked by recruits about Aaron Hernandez, and he names a player he thinks is a future Buckeye captain. Oh, and there’s a photo of Raekwon McMillan lifting a log that’s on fire?

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Ohio State Football Visits the White House

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Buckeye Spring Game Extras

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer had Cardale Jones and Stephen Collier cap off OSU warmups by squaring off in the famous circle drill.

Also, in a race at halftime of the Ohio State spring game, Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott bested a field that included Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall and a group of OSU students.

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They Liked the Season So Much, They Put a Ring On It

Ohio State football filmed and has shared the ceremony in which they handed out championship rings to the team’s seniors. It’s surprisingly affecting, so you might want to keep a tissue handy.

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Statement From Browns QB Johnny Manziel

“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous.”

“I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions, and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say.”

“I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this, but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that, and I thank you for it.”

“I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”

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Big Ten Teleconference 4-16-15

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