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Robert Nkemdiche, Adolphus Washington clear the air at NFL Combine

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A couple of star defensive linemen have taken the opportunity to set the record straight about off the field events that led to suspensions from the bowl season. Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss and Adolphus Washington of Ohio State have each admitted their regret over circumstances leading to suspensions from their respective season-ending bowl games.

Nkemdich was suspended from the Sugar Bowl after he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta earlier in December. Nkemdiche was charged with marijuana possession, although he released a statement contradicting a report suggesting he was under the influence of synthetic drugs at the time of the hotel incident.

“I was drunk,” Nkemdiche stated Friday at the NFL Combine when discussing the incident. “It was a rash decision. It was embarrassing,” he said of the entire sequence of events, per Pro Football Talk.

Washington also found himself looking back on his arrest for solicitation leading up to the Fiesta Bowl. Washington was suspended for the game against Notre Dame.

I made a really dumb, impulsive decision and had to pay the penalty for it,” Washington said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “To not end my college career the way I wanted to, that took a big toll on me… That was the first thing that ran through my mind — that maybe my career was over.”

Nkemdiche and Washington are each attempting to take their past transgressions head on in a move to convince NFL teams they have improved and learned from their mistakes. This is obviously a big topic of conversation around the NFL these days, but in the end it is likely talent will ultimately prevail as often as it typically has. Nkemdiche and Washington are right to address these stories the way they have, and by all accounts they appear to have handled the situation as well as they could at this stage.

Sporting News All-American Team headlined by Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey

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Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and runner-up Christan McCaffrey were named First Team All-Americans by Sporting News on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide and Cardinal running backs nudged out Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and LSU’s Leonard Fournette for the first-team honors, while both Cook and Fournette filled the running back slots on the second team. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, landed on the second team from Sporting News, with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield winning first team honors.

The full Sporting News All-American teams are listed below. The Sporting News All-American team is the fourth All-American team to be revealed that is used to make up the NCAA’s consensus All-American team. The previous three are the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America. Tomorrow, the American Football Coaches Association will release the fifth and final All-American list recognized by the NCAA for its consensus list.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB – Derrick Henry, Alabama; Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
WR – Corey Coleman, Baylor; Josh Doctson, TCU
TE – Hunter Henry, Arkansas
OL – Joshua Garnett, Stanford; Spencer Drango Baylor; Ryan Kelly, Alabama; Jack Conklin, Michigan State; Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
K – Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
KR – Evan Berry, Tennessee

Defense

DE – Carl Nassib, Penn State; Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
DT – A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama; Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
LB – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame; Reggie Ragland, Alabama; Eric Striker, Oklahoma
CB – Desmond King, Iowa; Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
S – Jeremy Cash, Duke; Vonn Bell, Ohio State
P – Tom Hackett, Utah
PR – Cam Sutton, Tennessee

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB – Deshaun Watson, Clemson
RB – Dalvin Cook, Florida State; Leonard Fournette, LSU
WR – Will Fuller, Notre Dame; JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
TE – Jake Butt, Michigan
OL – Vadal Alexander, LSU; Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas; Taylor Decker, Ohio State; Jason Spriggs, Indiana; Roderick Johnson, Florida State
K – Ka’lmi Fairbairn, UCLA
KR – Morgan Burns, Kansas State

Defense

DE – Joey Bosa, Ohio State; Shaq Lawson, Clemson
DT- Jonathan Bullard, Florida; Andrew Billings, Baylor
LB – Kentrell Brothers, Missouri;Tyler Matakevich, Temple; Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
CB – Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma; Jalen Tabor, Florida
S – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan; Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
P – Drew Kasar, Texas A&M
PR – Dante Pettis, Washington

Ohio State suspends Adolphus Washington for Fiesta Bowl

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Ohio State will be without one of its top defensive linemen for the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. Adolphus Washington has been suspended by the Buckeyes following a citation for solicitation this week. Officially, Ohio State says Washington was suspended for a violation of team policy.

Washington was arrested and charged for a first-degree misdemeanor solicitation Wednesday night. The charge came from City of Columbus police. Washington is due to appear in court on December 17.

Washington was Ohio State’s second-leading tackler this season with 49 tackles. On the same defensive line as Joey Bosa, the Buckeyes had a tough combo of players for opposing offensive linemen to handle. With Washington now out of the mix for the Fiesta Bowl matchup against Notre Dame, Ohio State will have some time to prepare his backup for the starting job. Sophomores Donovan Munger and Tracy Sprinkle have been listed as backups for Washington this season. Sprinkle had his previous legal infractions nearly cost him a spot on Ohio State’s roster. In August 2014,

Sprinkle had his previous legal infractions nearly cost him a spot on Ohio State’s roster. In August 2014, Sprinkle rejoined the Buckeyes following a cocaine possession charge and involvement in a bar brawl. The drug charges were later dropped and he tested negative for cocaine, which led to a chance to return to the team. Sprinkle has played in 11 games this season and has three tackles.

Ohio State’s Adolphus Washington cited for solicitation

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Well this is not news Ohio State fans wanted to see. Star senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington has been cited for first-degree misdemeanor charge of solicitation, according to FOX 28 in Columbus.

Washington was cited late Wednesday night by City of Columbus police and he is due to appear in court on December 17. As of now, Ohio State says it will handle discipline internally, and there has been no statement on what this means for Washington’s eligibility for the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame, if there is any impact at all. There has been no statement from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer at this time.

Washington is Ohio State’s second-leading tackler with 49 tackles this season and is a player that poses a challenge for opposing offensive lines already having to focus energy on double-teaming Joey Bosa on the end. We will keep an eye on how this all plays out for Washington and Ohio State.

Braxton Miller electrifies as No. 1 Ohio State gets revenge on Hokies

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It was not easy. Well, it was not easy for one-quarter. No. 1 Ohio State (1-0) seemed to lose grip of its game control in the second quarter in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech (0-1), but the Buckeyes made adjustments at halftime, showed off some sizzle on offense and pulled away for a big road win Monday night. Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett each threw a touchdown pass, but former quarterback Braxton Miller was the true star of the night in his new position with a pair of touchdowns. When the damage was done, Ohio State seized a 42-24 victory.

Ohio State stormed out of the gate looking to avenge last seaosn’s only loss of the championship season. The Buckeyes started Jones at quarterback after months of speculation, and it seemed to be the right choice. Jones made some incredible plays with his strong arm and Ezekiel Elliot rushed for an 80-yard touchdown on the first two drives of the game for the Buckeyes. Then Ohio State hit a snag on offense as the Hokies string together a 17-0 run to take a 17-14 lead to halftime. It was all Ohio State after that though.

Jones hooked up with Miller for a 54-yard touchdown on the third play of the second half, giving Ohio State a 24-17 lead. Later in the third quarter Miller once again showed off some video game talent by unleashing a devastating spin move that will likely be replayed countless times this week. The spin move was part of a 53-yard touchdown run to increase the Buckeye lead to double digits, 28-17. Playing in his first game at his new position, Miller was Ohio State’s leading receiver with 78 yards and a touchdown. He also ended the night as Ohio State’s third-leading rusher with 62 yards and a touchdown. Elliott rushed for a game-high 122 yards and a touchdown. Jones nearly hit the century mark with 99 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ohio State’s offense combined for 572 yards to Virginia Tech’s 320 yards. There was even room for improvement for the Ohio State offense, with a pair of turnovers (and a third when Elliot fumbled a punt return on special teams duty). Ohio State converted three of nine third-down attempts and committed six penalties.

Virgina Tech’s chances to win seemed to evaporate in the Lane Stadium air when quarterback Michael Brewer left the game early in the second half. Brewer was knocked out of the game after being hit by Ohio State’s Adolphus Washington on the first offensive possession of the half for the Hokies. Brewer suffered a broken left collarbone and will reportedly undergo surgery on Tuesday. He is expected to miss the next four to five weeks, which serves a serious blow to Virginia Tech’s offense. If Brewer misses the next five games, the earliest he would return would be October 17 on the road at Miami, always a key game in the up-for-grabs ACC Coastal Division. Brenden Motley came off the bench to replace the injured Brewer, and he will likely keep that job until further notice. Motley completed four of nine pass attempts for 36 yards and a late touchdown. He was picked off once on a deep pass down the middle of the field. At that point Virginia Tech was looking for a big play to swing the momentum back in their favor, but it clearly did not work out that way.

Moving forward it will be interesting to see what Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer does with the offense. He certainly has options, and none of them seem to be all that bad. Jones did take the majority of the snaps on offense before Barrett entered the game in what was essentially mop-up duty. Even Braxton Miller took a snap before Barrett got a chance. Against Virginia Tech it may have not been wise to mix up players at the position with any regularity, but next week may be different. Ohio State hosts Hawaii next week and that should present more freedom to experiment on offense a bit more if that is what Meyer desires.

The scary thing about Ohio State’s victory Monday night is this Buckeyes team is only going to get better. Ohio State played without a handful of suspended players, including defensive end Joey Bosa. Throw those suspended players back on the depth chart, and all of a sudden this Ohio State is even deeper and more of a threat. There is a reason Ohio State entered the 2015 season as the unanimous top team in the land. Monday night they backed it up. There may not be any team out there that can beat them.