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Report: Ohio State loses DL coach Vrabel to Houston Texans


Bill O’Brien saw up close how valuable Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel can be to a coaching staff. In his two years at Penn State, Penn State’s offense was roughed up pretty badly by the Buckeyes’ defensive front.  As reported by, Vrabel will join O’Brien’s Houston Texans coaching staff, although his exact title has not been confirmed. Vrabel confirmed (via Twitter) he will be the new linebackers coach for the Texans.

Ohio State had the third best rushing defense in the Big Ten in 2013. The Buckeyes allowed just nine rushing touchdowns and recorded a Big Ten-leading 42.0 sacks, an average of 3.0 sacks per game. Vrabel’s football IQ has always been respected wherever he has been, both as a player and a coach. He should be a quality addition for the Texans, but leaves a significant hole on Urban Meyer’s staff in Columbus.

Given the resources available to the Buckeyes, Ohio State should have little problem finding suitable candidates. Replacing Vrabel will be no easy task, but Ohio State should be able to get by with a solid replacement in relatively short order.

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”