Scarlet 31, Gray 14
Q&A with the junior tight end
Players on the receiving (and blocking) end of things met with the media after practice
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
Buckeyes claim Leaders Division outright with win; Badgers already in the B1G title game
The Buckeyes travel to Bloomington for their Big Ten opener against the 4-0 Hoosiers.
Photos from the latest chapter in the greatest rivalry in all of sports, Ohio State-Michigan.
Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate senior day at the Shoe vs. B1G foe Indiana
Ohio State vs. Illinois Photo Gallery
Ohio State Overview: Nick Vannett is a fifth-year senior who is a game-experienced and talented tight end ... physical, durable and a veteran of 40 games over the past three seasons, Vannett has started three times and is positioned to take over the No. 1 position this season after sharing duty as part of a dynamic and impressive tight end combo the past three years along with Jeff Heuerman, who's now a member of the Denver Broncos ... Vannett has 36 career catches for 423 yards and six touchdowns and he is coming off a season in which he established personal highs in catches (19), yards (220) and touchdowns (five) ... a season of similar statistics could vault him into Ohio State's all-time tight end Top 10 in catches and yards ... he is currently ninth in career TDs by a tight end with six and is in reach of Jake Stoneburner's school record of 13 ... has 13 multi-catch games ... is majoring in sports and industry and is on pace to graduate August 9, 2015.
2014 Season (Junior): Vannett played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff national champions and was in on over 600 plays ... he had a fine season statistically -- topping all of his previous career totals -- and was one of 10 Buckeyes with at least 10 receptions on the season with 19 for 220 yards and five touchdowns ... scored a touchdown against Oregon in the national championship game and also scored one vs. Michigan ... his score vs. the Ducks came late in the first quarter and gave Ohio State its first lead of the game ... his TD opened the scoring in the Michigan game ... he had his first multi-touchdown day with two vs. Rutgers ... had a career-best four receptions vs. Kent.
2013 Season (Sophomore): Vannett played in 13 games and he lined up on offense for 289 plays plus had an additional 80 snaps on special teams ... he had eight catches for 80 yards ... caught his first collegiate touchdown pass against Purdue (8 yards) ... he had two receptions in games vs. Florida A&M (27 yards), Purdue (21 yards) and vs. Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl (22 yards).
2012 Season (Freshman): After red-shirting the 2011 season as a true freshman, Vannett earned considerable playing time at tight end during the Buckeyes' 2012 undefeated season ... he was awarded with his first varsity letter after playing in all 12 games ... he was in the starting lineup twice: vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Nebraska ... he ranked fifth on the team with nine receptions and 123 receiving yards ... he averaged 13.7 yards per reception and had a long catch of 32 yards vs. Nebraska ... had two catches vs. Miami, California and Illinois ... he totaled 45 receiving yards vs. Illinois.
More on Nick: Vannett earned all-Ohio recognition as a senior for coach John Magistro at Westerville Central H.S. ... also earned all-metro, all-OCC and all-district honors ... made 47 catches for 606 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... was named to the Offense-Defense Bowl, Ohio North-South Classic and Big 33 games ... also a basketball letterman ... is the son of Carol and Jim Vannett.
NICK VANNETT'S RECEIVING STATS
VANNETT'S GAME-BY-GAME STATS