Jan. 27, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Buckeyes can be found at all of the marquee football events over the course of the next 12 days with 13 former players taking part in preparations for either the Senior Bowl, in Mobile, Ala., the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawai’i and Super Bowl 50, to be held next weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Date: Jan. 30 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Time & TV: 2:30 p.m. EST on the NFL Network
Five Buckeyes who have a national championship on their resume and a record 50 wins the past four years arrived in Mobile this week for a week of work in front of NFL coaches. The five – h-back Braxton Miller, linebacker Joshua Perry, safety Tyvis Powell, tight end Nick Vannett and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington – were impressive in their initial workouts.
“Miller is on a different level athletically than the other prospects on the North team,” wrote Dane Brugler, a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, on Wednesday. “His release off the line, short-area quickness in his breaks and long-speed to create separation routinely stood out on Tuesday. Miller also caught everything his way with elite body control and quick reflexes.”
Brugler added that “Vannett could separate himself as the top senior prospect at the position and worthy mid-round pick,” and he said Ohio State’s other three players “all had positive practices on Tuesday.”
Ohio State and Alabama lead all schools with five players apiece at the Senior Bowl.
Note: It was reported that Perry tweaked his groin and would miss the rest of the Senior Bowl experience, something his father, Jim Perry, confirmed on Wednesday.
NFL Pro Bowl
Date: Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai’i
Time & TV: 7 p.m. EST on ESPN
Two former Buckeye All-Americans who are in the midst of fine NFL careers have been added to the Pro Bowl rosters: safety Malcolm Jenkins, who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, and center Nick Mangold, from the New York Jets.
Mangold is making his seventh Pro Bowl appearance with previous appearances from 2008 through 2011 and in 2013 and 2014. He just finished his 10th year in the league.
Jenkins led the Eagles in tackles this season with 120 and he was second in tackles-for-loss with 13. Both totals were career highs for the seventh-year performer. Jenkins also had career-best numbers this season in passes defensed (15) and forced fumbles with three. This is his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Super Bowl 50
Date: Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Time & TV: 6:30 EST on CBS
There are more Buckeyes in this Super Bowl than from any other school. Five former Buckeyes will start and a sixth will be there: Denver tight end Jeff Heuerman, who is on the injured reserve list.
The Denver Broncos are represented by former Buckeye and starting cornerback Bradley Roby.
The “Super” Buckeyes:
Corey Brown – Corey Brown has played in 27 regular season games for the Panthers the past two seasons, made 14 starts and caught 52 passes for 743 yards and six touchdowns. He had a career-long 86-yard touchdown reception last week in the NFC championship game win over Arizona.
Kurt Coleman – In his first year with Carolina, Coleman led the team with seven interceptions and then helped slam the door on the Arizona offense last weekend with two more interceptions in his team’s 49-15 win. Coleman is in his sixth season in the NFL and has 17 career interceptions.
Ted Ginn – Ginn is in his ninth year in the league and is making his second Super Bowl appearance. He was a member of the 2012 San Francisco 49ers team that played in Super Bowl XLVII vs. Baltimore. Ginn had an outstanding year this year for Carolina with 44 receptions for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Andrew Norwell – In his second season in the league, the team’s left guard has played in 23 games and started 22 times, including starting all 13 games he played in this year at left guard.
Bradley Roby – Roby is in his second season with the Broncos after being the team’s first-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Roby has played in 32 games the past two seasons, started six times and has 23 passes defensed and three interceptions, not including his interception on a game-tying two-point conversion attempt last week in the AFC title game win over New England.