Maryland vs. No. 3 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 9 • When: Noon • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft
The Ohio State football team will host Maryland this Saturday at noon inside Ohio Stadium in the annual Military Appreciation game. The pregame honors that day will include Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, a former Ohio State softball player and, currently, the only female four-star general in the U.S. Department of Defense.
A native of Hilliard, Ohio, Miller graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 and was a two-year member of the softball team. She helped the Buckeyes make their first postseason appearance in program history at the 1978 AIAW Regional and took them back the following season.
On if he’s surprised by the numbers he’s putting up:
I’m not really surprised by the numbers I’m putting up,
but I also feel like there’s room for me to grow. Coach Day was telling JK (Dobbins) and me, this offense hasn’t really hit, or even came close, to our potential. We’re just going to try to continue to grow each and every week and just try to get better as an offense. I feel like I could be putting bigger numbers up, but it doesn’t really matter what the numbers are or what the numbers say as long as we get the W each and every week, that’s all I really care about.
On how the defense helps take pressure off him:
Having the defense there helps the whole team a lot, just giving the opposing offense three and outs, that definitely helps the offense with field position, and getting the momentum going our way. Having the defense doing what they’re doing on the field right now definitely helps the offense out a lot in terms of scoring and keeping the momentum going on our side of the ball.
A trio of Ohio State football players – DE Chase Young, CB Jeff Okudah and QB Justin Fields – took another step forward as national award candidates on Tuesday. The Maxwell Football Club named Fields and Young as semifinalists for the Maxwell Award as the collegiate player of the year and Young and Okudah as semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player.
Ohio State University football safety and two-time team captain Jordan Fuller was today named a finalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda. The award, announced by the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, annually recognizes the nation’s absolute best football scholar-athlete – all divisions and the NAIA – based on combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.
Fuller and the 11 other finalists will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, and they will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 10. One member of the class will be selected the winner of the 30th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The event will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown.
• Ohio State is the only team in the country with two players averaging better than 6.5 yards per carry (minimum 70 attempts – J.K. Dobbins, 7.2 and Master Teague, 6.8).
• Chase Young has five “strip sacks” on the year and four of those fumbles have been recovered by Ohio State. Each time, the Buckeyes have scored on the ensuing possession.
• Since Ryan Day’s arrival, only two Power 5 teams (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) have averaged more yards per game than Ohio State (519.4).
• In the Ryan Day era (2017-present), Ohio State has scored 40 or more points in 21 of 36 games (58.3 percent) and 30 or more points 28 times (77 percent).
• J.K. Dobbins ranks third nationally with 12 rushes of 20 or more yards this season and four of those rushes have gone for 50+ yards.