Jabrill Peppers runs the ball during Michigan’s 32-23 win over Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. Courtesy of TNSOn May 27, 2013, five-star safety Jabrill Peppers committed to the University of Michigan for the class of 2014. Three years later he’s entering one of the biggest games of his career against the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. At the time, Michigan imagined Peppers to be a special athlete. However, when Jim Harbaugh was hired as the head coach in the winter after Peppers’ freshman season, the safety’s utilization in sporting a maize and blue jersey and a winged helmet was amplified to the extreme.The junior from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey is now a linebacker, safety, nickelback, cornerback, running back and whatever-back for the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines, and is a player who demands attention.Peppers was on the field for 72 plays at 10 different positions in a game at Michigan State earlier this season. He plays the majority of his snaps at linebacker, but serves as an extra defensive lineman considering his quickness and how often he blitzes. Peppers is difficult to handle at just 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.“I do know he’s a dynamic player. You’ve got to give credit where it’s due. He’s a hell of a talent,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said.Last season, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Peppers ran the ball seven times for 29 yards, caught two passes for 25 yards and registered five tackles. It was not the type of performance a player such as Peppers has been attuned to.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett had one of his best games of last season against the Wolverines. He gained 252 total yards and scored four times on the way to one of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s most embarrassing defeats, 42-13. Barrett challenged Peppers a few times, but in all, he made the star player a non-factor.With the move from primarily playing safety to linebacker, Peppers has become a menace in the backfield in 2016. He ranks third in the Big Ten with 16 tackles for loss and has accompanied that with four sacks.Even with a greater presence on the field this season, Barrett does not believe he will change his way of accounting for Peppers on the field from the 2015 game.“I think he’s a really good player but, I mean, I guess last year I didn’t seek him out,” Barrett said.Peppers has added a little flare to the rivalry this season via social media. In the past, he has referred to Buckeye backers as “Suckeye fans” and even trolled OSU when the Buckeyes were losing to Wisconsin. Just what the rivalry needed — a little more hate.Regardless, the ability of Peppers to play at as many as 10 positions is something straight out of a video game. He has only caught two passes all season and gained just 163 yards rushing on offense, but Peppers is most feared when he’s on defense, even by the most prolific offenses — which, at times, OSU has not been.“This year, I know he’s playing a different position, but I think what we’re going to do is going to be effective,” Barrett said. “It’s not going to be me trying to figure out where he is at all times.”
The NCAA has suspended Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other athletes for the first five games of the 2011 season “for selling awards, gifts and university apparel and receiving improper benefits in 2009.” The players are eligible for the Sugar Bowl, in which OSU will face Arkansas on Jan. 4 in New Orleans. Pryor, Dan Herron, Mike Adams, DeVier Posey and Solomon Thomas also “must repay money and benefits ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,500. The repayments must be made to a charity,” the NCAA announced in a press release Thursday. “While we believe sanctions should be rendered, we do believe they are severe,” athletic director Gene Smith said at a press conference Thursday. According to the release, Pryor must repay $2,500 that he received for his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, given to players for beating Michigan. The NCAA reinstated the athletes for the Sugar Bowl on the basis that the athletes “did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs, in the release. “We were not explicit with these young men that you cannot resell items that we give you,” Smith said. “They stated in their interviews with us and with the NCAA that they felt those items were theirs, that they owned them, that they could sell them to help their families. … We were not explicit, and that’s our responsibility to be explicit.” Adams, the starting left tackle, must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring. Herron, the starting running back, must repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services worth $150. Posey, a starting wide receiver, must repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services totaling $50. Thomas, a reserve defensive lineman, must repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000 and his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155. The discounted services stem from players receiving tattoos in exchange for autographs. “They got a perceived discount on tattoos — that’s what the NCAA felt,” Smith said. “As an athlete, you can’t use your persona to get discounts.” Linebacker Jordan Whiting also must sit out the first game of the 2011 season and repay $150. Smith said the university plans to submit “mitigating circumstances for the NCAA to consider, to hopefully reduce the number of games” the players are suspended. “I can’t speculate on the appeal,” Smith said. “But I think we can build a case, and we’ll begin doing that next week. But I can’t speculate what the outcome will be, but obviously I hope there will be reductions.” Quarterback Troy Smith was suspended for the Alamo Bowl in 2004 and the opening game of the 2005 season after accepting $500 from a booster. “The biggest disappointment I have is knowing there are mitigating circumstances in all of our lives,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. “We have to seek the right solutions, (which) are to come to the right people who can maybe provide a direction we could go.” Gene Smith said the U.S. Attorney’s Office contacted OSU on Dec. 7 after finding the items while conducting an unrelated investigation. The office thought the items might have been stolen, Smith said. The university interviewed the athletes on Dec. 16, at which point the athletes explained that they didn’t know they couldn’t sell the items, Smith said. “They were honest, forthright, told the truth and were remorseful,” Smith said. Following the interviews, Smith said OSU contacted the Big Ten and NCAA offices to inform them the university was in the process of filing a self-report on a “secondary level one infraction.” “We sent it in on (Dec. 19) and declared our student-athletes ineligible on that report,” he said. The NCAA, not OSU, handed down the suspensions. Smith said the university did not suggest self-imposed sanctions to the NCAA. The players were informed of the consequences via phone Thursday morning, Smith said. “We, as coaches, feel the buck stops here,” Tressel said. “We’re the ones who need to make things even more crystal clear.” On a holiday break, the team reunites in Columbus on Sunday night before practicing Monday and Tuesday and leaving for New Orleans on Dec. 29. For their first five games next year, the Buckeyes play Akron, Toledo, at Miami (Fla.), Colorado and Michigan State. Pryor, Herron, Posey and Adams — all juniors — could look into leaving early for the NFL draft, rather than spend nearly half of their senior seasons sidelined. Pryor, Herron and Posey have accounted for 44 of the team’s 53 offensive touchdowns this season. Adams was named first-team All-Big Ten. College juniors and redshirt sophomores must declare their eligibility for the 2011 NFL draft by Jan. 15.
With about six weeks left in the Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s season, senior outside hitter Emily Danks is trying to push her team as far as she can. The Buckeyes (14-6, 5-3 Big Ten) find themselves fifth in conference standings and ranked No. 20 in the nation. With a chance to upset Big Ten-leader and No. 1 Penn State on Wednesday, however, Danks and her fellow seniors might take one giant step toward that goal in their last year in Columbus. “It’s my senior year, and I want to take this team as far as we possibly can,” Danks said. “More importantly I just want to enjoy everything, even the little things that sometimes we take for granted.” Seniors outside hitter Mari Hole, middle blocker Mariah Booth and setter Amanda Peterson all echoed Danks’ comment. “As Emily said, it’s our senior year, so of course we want to get as far as we can and, preferably, I would like it to be the best season we have ever had,” Hole said. “I also want to take care of the small things, and really appreciate what happens on a daily basis here in the gym that the outside world doesn’t get a chance to see or experience.” Danks and Hole, who were both named honorable mention All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coach’s Association last season, agree that winning prestigious awards is an honor, but their success as a team is more important. “Getting awards is always flattering and special, but I care a lot more about the things we do together and how far we have come,” Danks said. Peterson is ecstatic for the new season but is also ready to “live up” during her final year of being a collegiate athlete. “As a freshman, you come in and you’re just kind of struggling to keep your head up above the water,” Peterson said. “Sophomore year, you come in and you kind of get it, junior year you’re trying to make a name for yourself and then senior year, you know what it’s about. Now it’s my time to sit back and appreciate the little things that maybe I haven’t appreciated the past three years, and just live up my last year.” Now in their last year as student-athletes, the seniors’ time spent together during their career seems memorable. “I never had a sister, so I really enjoyed having 14 of them,” Danks said. “I want to make sure I keep an eye out on all the important things, like moments with my teammates.” Booth said she felt similarly. “My teammates have been so important to me,” Booth said. “They mean more to me than anyone could possibly understand. I really can’t put that into words.” One of the things Peterson said she loves about being a part of this team is the camaraderie on and off the court. “Honestly, I just love playing with my teammates,” Peterson said. “When we all gel together, we can all tell on the court when were all playing as one unit. That’s the best feeling in the world, whether we win or lose.” Coach Geoff Carlston said he has a great group of seniors on his team, and it has been an honor to coach them. “It’s a great group, I like them a lot,” Carlston said. “They have come a long way since they first got here, and it has been fun to see their progress and to coach them.” Danks, Booth, Peterson and Hole have a tough road ahead of them, as they have arguably one of the toughest schedules in the country this year with No. 1 Penn State, No. 3 Nebraska, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 17 Purdue, No. 22 Illinois and No. 25 Michigan State on the docket. Even with a schedule filled with top-ranked opponents every weekend, Carlston knows that this group of seniors is more than capable of accomplishing the task at hand. “That’s why I scheduled so hard, because I have confidence in them and that they are going to make some things happen this year,” Carlston said. “It’s because of them, they’re great leaders. They’re certainly the core of our team and I have a blast coaching them.” OSU is scheduled to take on the Nittany Lions on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at St. John Arena.
Coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing games against Cincinnati and Maryland in which the Buckeyes combined for more than 1,200 yards, they are facing what could be their biggest opponent yet: another bye week.After seeming to hit their stride both offensively and defensively, the Buckeyes will be left watching from the couch Saturday for the second time in a month.But even though OSU will not take the field this week, I compiled a list of things you should look for around the college football landscape. 1. Could this week be the most exciting week in 2014 for college football?During the Buckeye bye week, there are five matchups scheduled that will pit ranked opponents against each other, with two of those games involving top-five teams. Those matchups feature No. 5 Baylor against No. 9 Texas Christian and No. 2 Auburn against No. 3 Mississippi State. Both games are battles of unbeaten teams and will no doubt make or break each team’s season, as well as their dreams of making it into the first ever College Football Playoff. So if the Buckeyes get bored just sitting around, all they will have to do is flip on the TV and enjoy. 2. Can OSU’s rival Michigan get out of its current rut?Ever since the fallout from the Shane Morris incident in which the sophomore quarterback was put back into a game after seemingly suffering a concussion, Michigan has not looked in more of a state of disarray since the Rich Rodriguez era. Rodriguez was ousted from Michigan after just three seasons in which the Wolverines made just one bowl appearance. After the team’s loss to Rutgers in its last game, Ann Arbor, Mich., is ready to implode. All is not lost for the Maize and Blue, however. The Wolverines are scheduled to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday at home under the lights. If there is anything that can give a program hope for the future, it’s a win during a night game at home (see: OSU vs. Wisconsin in 2011).The Nittany Lions are coming off a bye week, one that came a week after they were embarrassed at home by Northwestern, 29-6. If there was ever a time for Michigan to turn around its season, this weekend’s game is the opportunity it has been waiting for. 3. Will a team emerge as the country’s clear No. 1?Going into its seventh week, the college football season has yet to provide us with a clear, dominant team, despite what the polls may have us believe. The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles are still undefeated and remain atop most polls, however they have not impressed like they did a year ago.Just last week, it took the Seminoles nearly a full half of football to start scoring against the lowly Wake Forest Demon Deacons before pulling away late to win, 43-3. In addition, the Seminoles have played just one ranked team on the season, and are currently set to play just one more ranked foe for the remainder of the season against Notre Dame. With that said, this leaves the door open for teams like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Baylor and many others to make their mark on the college football world.4. The Big Ten as a whole is a must-miss this week.Aside from the Michigan-Penn State matchup, you might want to stay away from watching Big Ten football this weekend.With OSU on an off week, the only ranked Big Ten team in action, No. 8 Michigan State, is set to take on conference bottom-dweller Purdue.Not exactly the most riveting game. However, if matchups such as Northwestern against Minnesota or Indiana against Iowa pique your interest, I encourage you to tune in (at your own risk). 5. Will two early bye weeks end up hurting the Buckeyes in the long run?How could they not?Any time two bye weeks are scheduled within a month, it could very well lead to players, and even coaches, becoming lackadaisical.While OSU coach Urban Meyer said he will not allow this to happen, one has to wonder what the Buckeyes’ mindset will be like going into their Oct. 18 matchup with Rutgers.And even if they come out firing on all cylinders and bring down the Scarlet Knights, a straight stretch of games from Oct. 18 through Nov. 29 could mean players missing time because of injury. Injuries are part of the game, there is no denying that, but not having time to heal from these injuries could prove crucial for the Buckeyes.We will find out as the season presses on.OSU’s matchup with Rutgers is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.
The AP Poll:Alabama (52)Ohio State (3)Florida State (4)USC (2)ClemsonPenn StateOklahomaWashingtonWisconsinOklahoma StateMichiganAuburnLSUStanfordGeorgiaLouisvilleFloridaMiami (FL)South FloridaKansas StateVirginia TechWest VirginiaTexasWashington StateTennessee In the second major preseason poll released this year, the Associated Press ranked Ohio State second, behind Alabama. The rest of the top five consists of Florida State, USC and Clemson. The Buckeyes received three first-place votes.On Aug. 3, the Buckeyes were ranked second in the Amway Coaches Poll with Alabama being the only team ranked higher.Ohio State was ranked sixth in last year’s preseason AP poll, receiving just one first-place vote behind Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State and LSU. The Buckeyes will face a top-10 opponent in their home opener on Sept. 9 when they host No. 7 Oklahoma. During the season, they will also host No. 6 Penn State on Oct. 28 and travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play the No. 11 Wolverines on Nov. 25.The only other ranked Big Ten team is Wisconsin. The Badgers enter the year as the No. 9 team in college football. The Buckeyes’ first opportunity to defend their No. 2 ranking is when they travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Aug. 31 to take on the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium.
The 2018 Hope Telethon benefits Helen Woodward Animal Center Categories: Local San Diego News SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Helen Woodward Animal Center is hosting their annual Hope Telethon to raise money for the non-profit organization.The 4-hour Telethon highlights the life-saving work by featuring heartwarming stories, program updates and exciting special guests, as we raise funds for pets and people in need.Call 888-261-9910 to donate or visit the Helen Woodward website. Posted: December 16, 2018 Updated: 9:51 AM Jonathan Halvorson Jonathan Halvorson, December 16, 2018 FacebookTwitter