VIDEO: Buckeyes give game ball to emotional, tearful young man


I’ll just go ahead and warn y’all now that it’s about to get a little dusty up in here.

You may or may not have heard that last weekend was the nationwide push to raise awareness of the “Coach to Cure MD” initiative, with coaching staffs all across the country bringing in-game attention to the scourge that is muscular dystrophy. Jacob Jarvis, 14, and his younger brother Noah Studebaker, 7, are both afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and have been friends with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and the entire OSU football program since July of last year.

The young boys, the school noted, attend practices several times a week with their father and mother; take part in Friday night meals at the OSU Golf Course; and attend as many home football games as possible.

One of those games was this past weekend against Saturday and, as part of the “Coach to Cure MD” push, Meyer asked both Jacob and Jarvis for a favor.

Meyer asked them to be honorary captains during the coin toss ceremony so the two of them – Jacob piloting his wheelchair while holding his favorite Buckeye’s hand, Jeff Heuerman, with Noah riding on back – joined Heuerman and captains Michael Bennett, Curtis Grant and Doran Grant at the center of the field opposite Cincinnati’s captains.

Following the win over the Bearcats, and with the boys in the locker room, Heuerman took center stage with a surprise for Jacob. And, if you don’t think what football players and coaches across the country do for kids means something, take note of Jacob’s very emotional and tearful reaction to be handed the game ball by the OSU tight end.


Now, if that doesn’t tug at the old strings on your heart, you don’t have one.

Kudos to the Buckeyes in general and Heuerman specifically; that was very, very well done young man.

And kudos to the countless coaches and players all across the nation at all levels who do what they do for sick children on a daily basis and don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve.

Eastern Kentucky WR shot in bar dispute

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Eastern Kentucky wide receiver Cameron Catron was shot in the early morning hours of Sunday following a dispute outside a bar.

According to WKYT-TV, Catron and an unidentified man were fighting outside the Two Keys Tavern in Lexington, Ky., when the other man ran to his vehicle, returned with a gun and shot Catron. It is not known where he was shot.

The suspect, described as wearing a blue shirt with dreadlocked hair culminating in frosted tips, is still at large.

“He’s one of the biggest hearted guys I know. Whoever done that to him was just really in a bad place right now,” teammate Gunner Slone told the station.

A Belfry, Ky., native, Catron was a redshirt freshman in 2018; he appeared in two games on special teams.

Catron has already undergone two surgeries to remove the bullet and repair internal damage. A social media post by his mother indicated he is out of ICU and able to walk a short distance.

Former Ole Miss DB, Nebraska LB Breon Dixon headed to JuCo

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Breon Dixon has yet to really make a mark in college football, but his closet has become well stocked. A 4-star prospect out of Suwanee, Ga., Dixon signed with Ole Miss and enrolled in January of 2017, but left quickly thereafter.

Given a waiver to play immediately as part of the Hugh Freeze explosion, Dixon was enrolled at Nebraska within 365 days of originally enrolling at Ole Miss. He appeared in four games on special teams for the Huskers this season, but by this spring he was no longer a Cornhusker, either.

In May, the Omaha World-Herald contacted Iowa Western Community College head coach Scott Strohmeier, who said Dixon would become a Reiver. Now, Dixon has confirmed that himself.

He is expected to enroll in classes in July and compete for IWCC this fall, with the expectation he’ll look for another four-year university in the winter. Strohmeier told the World-Herald he didn’t expect Dixon to re-enroll at Nebraska, meaning the player could be looking for a fourth school in as many years come 2020.

Ex-Arizona State, Ohio State DE Darius Slade now enrolled at USF

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It appears Darius Slade has found himself yet another college football home.

In early February, it was confirmed that Slade had taken the first step in moving on from Arizona State by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. A little over four months later, it’s now being reported that the defensive end is enrolled at South Florida.

For what it’s worth, a USF official declined to confirm Slade’s addition to the roster and the lineman isn’t yet listed on the football program’s online roster.

Slade, who originally began his collegiate career at Ohio State before transferring and landing at ASU prior to the start of the 2017 season, played in 10 games in 2018 after sitting out the previous year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

As a graduate transfer, Slade would be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately in 2019.

Louisville adds Marshall’s leading sacker as grad transfer

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On the same day we noted an addition to Marshall’s roster, there’s been a development regarding one of the football program’s personnel subtractions earlier this offseason.

Utilizing his personal Twitter account, Ty Tyler (pictured, No. 1) announced that he is “honored and overwhelmed to announce I am committed to [the] University of Louisville.” Earlier this offseason, the defensive lineman opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database after four years with the Thundering Herd.

As Tyler will be coming to the Cardinals as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the school in 2019. The upcoming season will serve as the lineman’s final year of eligibility.

This past season, Tyler led the Thundering Herd with eight sacks and tied for second on the team with nine tackles for loss. He leaves Huntington having been credited with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 35 career games, 20 of which were starts.