Ohio State: C.J. Saunders readies for beefed-up role; Leo Brown, Buckeyes’ first black captain, dies at 84

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C.J. Saunders readies for bigger role in 2018

Ohio State returns a lot of production at wide receiver, so it’s easy to overlook a player like C.J. Saunders. But Saunders is going to keep working his way into Ohio State’s passing game in 2018. The wideout, who walked on at Ohio State, has added nearly 10 pounds already this offseason. The bigger Saunders is ready for a bigger role, Land of 10’s Austin Ward explains.

“I needed to get more explosive, needed to be able to help in the run game, and I can already feel that just after the first couple practices,” said Saunders, who had 17 catches for 221 yards and a touchdown in 2017. “I’m up in weight, and I feel stronger, faster.”

Leo Brown, Ohio State’s first black captain, dies at 84

Leo Brown, Ohio State’s first black captain, died last weekend at 84. Ohio State announced the news Wednesday. Brown was a two-way end at Ohio State in 1955-57 and was on the Buckeyes’ 1957 national championship team. Brown went on to be an oral surgeon in the Air Force, according to The Associated Press, and retired as a colonel after 20 years.

Urban Meyer expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Keita Bates-Diop named second-team NABC All-American

Keita Bates-Diop received another honor for his impressive 2017-18 season Wednesday. Bates-Diop was named a second-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Bates-Diop, the Big Ten Player of the Year, averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, leading the Buckeyes to a 15-3 conference mark. Bates-Diop has also been named a second-team All-American by Sporting News and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

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Jack Mewhort re-signs with Colts

Jack Mewhort is staying in Indianapolis. The former Ohio State offensive lineman  re-signed with the Colts on a one-year deal Wednesday. Mewhort has spent the first four seasons with the Colts, who drafted him in the second round (59th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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