First Quarter Grades For Buckeyes

Classes may have just begun on campus but the Ohio State football team has already complete the first quarter of its 2010 season. We have observations as well as first-quarter grades for the Buckeyes along with the regular weekly features: OSU-Eastern Michigan Tidbits, This Week In College Football History, news and notes from Around the Country and the Fearless Forecast.

As we ponder how playing a bottom-feeder like Eastern Michigan could possibly benefit the second-ranked team in the nation, here are some random thoughts as well as first quarter grades following Ohio State's first three games of the 2010 season.

Ohio State's defense has played extremely well with much of the credit going to ends Cameron Heyward and Nathan Williams as well as safety Tyler Moeller, who has returned after a year away from the game.

Heyward has filled the stat sheet already with an 80-yard interception return, a fumble recovery and a safety while Williams also has an interception and a fumble recovery despite missing the opener against Marshall with a knee injury. Then there's Moeller, back from a life-threatening head injury to lead the Buckeyes in tackles for loss (3½) and forced fumbles (two) while adding an interception, a sack and 16 total tackles.

But the guy who continues to impress me most on the defense is Ross Homan. I know it's easy to heap praise on the unit's leading tackler (he has 21), but the way he plays from snap to whistle is truly awe-inspiring.

Against Ohio, Homan greeted opposing quarterback Phil Bates early in the game with a hit that knocked the helmet off Bates' head. Later, he introduced himself to Bates again, this violent encounter resulting in a fumble that was recovered by Williams.

Finally, Homan stepped in front of a Bates pass in the third quarter for his first interception of the season and sixth of his career. Think Bates saw Homan in his sleep later that night? OSU has several stars on the defensive side of the ball but none is shining brighter so far than Homan.

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Say: Sept. 24.

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