Ohio State one of eight football programs visited by ESPN this spring.
Trip will feature overload of game action plus Cincinnati sights, sounds and tastes. And bling!
The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Team practices in shorts and helmets in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
The Buckeyes return home to The 'Shoe for Senior Day against the #9 Michigan State Spartans.
Ohio State takes on Maryland in their Big Ten home opener on Homecoming weekend.
Photos from No. 1 Ohio State's game with the Northern Illinois Huskies on September 19th, 2015.
Ohio State Overview: After red-shirting in 2013, Apple was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes with 27 starts and 28 games played in 2014 and 2015. He totaled 22 passes defended (18 PBUs and four INTs) the past two years and trailed only Vonn Bell among the Buckeyes in this category during that time. He was named second-team all-Big Ten Conference in 2015 by the league's coaches. He was named a freshman All-American in 2014 after a season in which he had 53 tackles and was among the Top 10 in the Big Ten with 13 passes defended.
2015 Season (Sophomore): Second Team All-Big Ten (coaches) ... started all 13 games in his second season as a starter at corner ... had nine passes defended (8 BrUps, 1 INT) on the year ... part of a defensive secondary that ranked sixth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and part of a defense that ranked second overall in fewest points allowed (15.1) ... recorded 33 tackles, including 2.0 TFL and a forced fumble ... named the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP with five tackles and one PBU and for his outstanding play against Notre Dame WR Will Fuller, holding him to 32 yards receiving when matched up ... broke up a pass in the end zone on the final play at Indiana to secure the win ... recorded two tackles and a forced fumble at Virginia Tech ... recorded his first INT of the season and the fourth of his career in the win over NIU ... season-high six tackles (5 solo), 1.0 TFL and 2.0 PBUs in the win over Western Michigan ... had one TFL in the win at Illinois.
2014 Season (Freshman): After red-shirting the 2013 season as a true freshman, Apple earned a starting position at cornerback opposite senior Doran Grant and proceeded to start 14 of 15 games for the national champion Buckeyes ... he did not start against Michigan State because of a minor leg issue, but after continuing to loosen up on the sidelines, he was in the game by the time of the team's second defensive series ... finished the season as one of the Top 10 tacklers on the team with 53, including 5.5 tackles-for-loss, plus he had 13 passes defended with three interceptions and 10 pass break-ups ... recorded first collegiate interception vs. Virginia Tech and also had interceptions vs. Maryland and in the College Football Playoff national championship game vs. Oregon ... he intercepted Marcus Mariota's final throw as a collegian; only the fourth interception thrown by the Heisman Trophy winner all season ... had some of his best tackling numbers during the Buckeyes' playoff run with five against both Wisconsin and Alabama and a career-high seven vs. Oregon ... Apple ranked eighth in the Big Ten Conference with his 13 passes defended and was the only freshman among the conference's Top 20 in that category ... named a freshman All-American by Athlon's and Scout.com.
APPLE'S CAREER BESTS
|Tackles||7 vs. Oregon (1/12/15)|
|Solo Tackles||5 (2x) last vs. Western Michigan (9/26/15)|
|INT||1 (4x) last vs. NIU (9/19/15)|
|TFL||2.0 (2x) last vs. Wisconsin (12/6/14)|
ELI APPLE'S DEFENSIVE STATS
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