Through seven weeks of the NFL season the Ohio State Buckeyes have quite possibly been the best represented college this season.
Unfortunately in week eight there were no Buckeye touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball, but there was one on defense when Bradley Roby returned an interception 49 yards for a score as the Broncos beat the Chargers 27-19. The Buckeyes on offense still had good days without getting into the endzone as Terrelle Pryor continues to shine at wide receiver, Michael Thomas continues to battle Ezekiel Elliott for possible Rookie of the Year votes and Joey Bosa wreaks havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
Terrelle Pryor All-Pro Wideout:
The Browns have a potential superstar wide receiver in Terrelle Pryor and apparently they know it as they have begun talks on his future contract already. Pryor continues to be the lone bright spot on the otherwise dismal Cleveland Browns who are now 0-8 on the season. The quarterback rotation hasn’t really mattered to Pryor who continues to get his numbers no matter who is throwing the ball to him. This week he picked up six catches for 101 yards before halftime, most of them coming against one of the best cover corners in the NFL in Darrelle Revis.
Pryor now has 41 receptions on the season for 532 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks 18th in the NFL in yards despite having a quarterback carousel.
Bosa Most Impressive Defensive Rookie Ever?
Ok so maybe the headline is a bit of an over exaggeration through four games, but Bosa is playing lights out football for the Chargers. Bosa already has 26 quarterback pressures through four games this season, which is eight more than any other player has had ever in their rookie season through four games.
Looking at that chart above, Bosa is simply playing at another level right now. It is a level that all Buckeye fans knew he was capable of, but that a lot of Chargers fans were not as they were upset he was holding out for better contract terms before the season.
While he only had two tackles in the game against the Broncos, his presence was felt by quarterback Trevor Siemian all game long.
Zeke Continues to Lead NFL in Rushing:
Despite not getting into the endzone on Sunday, Ezekiel Elliott still put up 96 yards rushing and caught four passes for 52 yards in the Cowboys overtime win against the Eagles.
He had many highlight runs, but in what is becoming a move he goes to often, the hurdle again made an appearance as he hopped over Leodis McKelvin for an extra few yards. Zeke leads the NFL in rushing with 799 yards through seven games and is the only back in the league averaging over 100 yards per game (114.1).
Michael Thomas Continues to Shine in New Orleans:
Rookie Michael Thomas continues to provide Drew Brees with a constant target on the outside, as he notched another six catch 63 yard performance in the Saints big win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Brees had high compliments for Thomas (via Nola.com):
“It’s one step at a time, and we’ve continued to just evolve and grow the game plan for him,” Brees said of Thomas. “I know this, though; the guy loves to work, he loves to compete, he loves the game of football and he wants to be a great player.
Thomas was working against Richard Sherman early and made two catches while creating separation against him which has been hard to do during Sherman’s tenure in the Seahawks backfield.
Michael Thomas has 42 receptions on the year for 500 yards and three touchdowns.
Buckeyes in the NFL – Week 8
Cardale Jones – DNP
Adolphus Washington – 3 total tackles, 1 TFL
Corey Brown – 1 catch for 3 yards
Kurt Coleman – 6 total tackles
Ted Ginn Jr. – 5 catches for 53 yards
Andrew Norwell – Started on O-Line
Mike Adams – Played on O-Line
Mike Nugent – 0/1 of FG’s 3/4 on XP’s
Terrelle Pryor – 6 catches for 101 yards
Ezekiel Elliott – 22 carries for 96 yards, 4 catches for 52 yards
Rod Smith – Played, no stats
Jeff Heuerman – Played, no stats
Bradley Roby – 1 interception return for TD, 7 total tackles
Taylor Decker – Started on O-Line
Corey Linsley – DNP (IR)
Braxton Miller – 3 catches for 18 yards
John Simon – 8 total tackles
Jack Mewhort – Started on O-Line
Michael Bennett – DNP (IR)
Jake McQuaide – Starting Long Snapper
Alex Boone- Started left game with concussion like symptoms
Nate Ebner – 1 total tackle
Vonn Bell – 3 total tackles
James Laurinaitis – DNP
Michael Thomas – 6 catches for 63 yards
Eli Apple – Went to Ohio State for his Bye Week
Johnathan Hankins – Bye
Darron Lee – DNP
Nick Mangold – DNP
Jalin Marshall – 1 kickoff return, 2 punt returns, 33 total yards
Devin Smith – DNP (IR)
Malcolm Jenkins – 8 total tackles, 1 TFL
Cameron Heyward – Bye
Ryan Shazier – Bye
Joey Bosa – 2 total tackles, 1 TFL
Joshua Perry – 2 total tackles
Carlos Hyde – Bye
Tyvis Powell – DNP
Nick Vannett – 1 catch for 7 yards
Donte Whitner – 9 total tackles