If you haven't noticed, the Buckeyes aren't the only ones taking advantage of the bye week. Things have been a little crazy for our staff, and thus the blog has been a bit slow this week. We've got plenty coming your way the rest of the week though, including lots of basketball coverage.
Enough about us though. There's plenty of action going on in Buckeye Nation, so let's get to it.
Miler's Heisman Hopes
Even though the 2012 Buckeyes are unable to play for a National Championship, B1G Title or even a bowl game, that won't keep the players and coaches from being able to grab awards and postseason accolades. In fact, one of the most intriguing stories has been Braxton Miller's Heisman chances. With 1,753 receiving and 1,166 yards rushing for a combined 27 touchdowns, Miller is definitely looking at a chance to make it to New York. Currently ESPN has him in 5th:
As for Miller, he doesn't seem overly concerned.
Speaking of 2013, I guess it is never too early to look ahead at what the Buckeyes could possibly accomplish. This year's flawed team has well surpassed the expectations in year one of Urban Meyer's building program, and will likely have the spotlight back on them next season. Tom Dienhart actually gave his thoughts on the subject in Mailbag post on BTN.com yesterday.
Hankins Draft Stock
Continuing the conversion of Hankins leaving for the NFL, I figured I would give you an idea just how high he is likely to go. While Buckeye fans would love for him to stay and compete for a championship, there is no way he should stick around considering his stock. I would hate to see him hang around and get injured next season.
Obviously, everyone has different projections, but NFLScoutReport.com has him as the second rated player overall on their big board.
Bye Week Tidbits
Meyer chatted with the media yesterday after practice in the midst of the bye week, and had a few interesting things to pass along.
- Etienne Sabino is practicing this week. He has a bit of a gimp, but is working hard and should be available for the Wisconsin game.
- Others that are injured are Orhian Johnson, Reid Fragel and Michael Bennett. According to Meyer, Johnson hasn't practiced since leaving the Illinois game but is coming along. Fragel should practice the rest of this week and is just fine. As for Bennett, Meyer didn't have as positive of words. It definitely has been a rough year for him.
- Today's practice was a coordinator only practice. Everyone else was gone today, which is assumed to be on the recruiting trail. In fact, Meyer made it clear that all ten coaches had been on the road recruiting at some point earlier this week.
- The vibe on the recruiting trail is good, especially with the buzz about the Buckeyes being 10-0.
- Meyer also made it clear Buckeyes are not looking ahead to Michigan. The team/staff are completely focused on Wisconsin.
- Meyer also pointed out the practice varies for the players this week. Many are beat up and need treatment, and the goal this week is to keep them sharp and in shape. Others have played zero snaps this season, and need to be prepared for some playing time because of injuries.
We'll have some more basketball coverage coming for you soon, but in the mean time here's some news on Aaron Craft.
The infamous Grantland has some love for the Buckeye point guard, naming him to their All-Defense team as well as a Third-Team All-American. Here are the comments: