Buckeyes making their 11th consecutive bowl appearance
Saturday marks the 108th meeting in the storied rivalry
Buckeyes look to remain in the hunt for the Big Ten Leaders Division title
Ohio State - 23, Purdue - 26 (OT)
Coach Fickell and players meet with the media to talk about last week's game vs. Indiana and the upcoming game at Purdue
Ohio State Overview: J.B., a family resource management major, made an immediate impact on this team as a true freshman four seasons ago and he capped his Ohio State career as a three-year starter at right tackle. Despite battling through a number of injuries early in his career, J.B. started his 35th game when the Buckeyes played Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. That start also represented his 44th game as a Buckeye. He started 12 times in 2011 and was chosen as a game captain for the season opener vs. Akron. J.B. was a four-year lettermen.
2010 (Junior): the returning starter at right tackle ... third-year letterman
2009 (Sophomore): earned a starting role at right tackle ... made his first start against Toledo in Cleveland ... second-year letterwinner
2008 (Freshman): true freshman who saw quality time at offensive tackle ... missed six games with a shoulder injury that required off-season surgery ... first-year letterman
High School: Parade and EASports All-America ... U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... all-greater Houston (two years), all-Texas and district lineman of year ... all-district as a sophomore, junior and senior ... 121 pancake blocks as a senior while allowing no sacks ... Express-News Texas Top 10 ... Houston Touchdown Club and Houston player of year finalist ... Dave Campbell Super Texas team and player of year runner-up ... Top 100 national ranking from ESPN, Scout, Rivals, Superprep ... enrolled at Ohio State in January, 2008
Personal: son of Bret Shugarts and Donna Brittain ... father played for Indiana (Pa.) and Pittsburgh Steelers ... majoring in family resource management
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