COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Just a few days before the latest public offering, Urban Meyer did a bit of insider trading and handed out a hot tip. The Ohio State coach was already buying what Adolphus Washington was selling as camp came to a close, heaping praise on the sophomore defensive end before the rest of the country could get a glimpse at the progress he had made since last season with a grand unveiling in the spring game.
about 766 days ago | Austin Ward | Ohio State Buckeyes
Adolphus Washington is a huge part of Ohio State's future on defense, but he hasn't forgotten the Buckeyes' recent past. Asked to identify his top goal during spring practice, Washington made sure to give a nod to the man who showed him the way in 2012.
about 778 days ago | Adam Rittenberg | Ohio State Buckeyes
John Simon flourished at the LEO position in the Ohio State defense in 2012. The standup defensive end recorded 44 tackles -- 14.5 for loss -- nine sacks and forced a fumble in his nine games for Ohio State.
about 779 days ago | Brad Bournival | Ohio State Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Several factors usually get mentioned first as reasons for Ohio State's 12-0 season in 2012. Braxton Miller's heroics. Carlos Hyde's emergence. The play of the defense down the stretch, led by John Simon and Ryan Shazier.
about 786 days ago | Brian Bennett | Ohio State Buckeyes
Maybe it's a reflection of a lousy Big Ten season, but the league sent a smaller-than-normal contingent to the Senior Bowl. The group already has been reduced by three as injuries have prevented Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams, Ohio State offensive tackle Reid Fragel and Ohio State defensive lineman John Simon from participating.
about 856 days ago | Adam Rittenberg | Michigan Wolverines
The Big Ten announced its 2012 all-conference teams and most individual awards Monday night, but four more awards have yet to be revealed. Before the winners are announced, we're putting in our endorsements for Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
about 913 days ago | Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg | Penn State Nittany Lions