2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten Champions
BCS Championship Game, L 24–38 vs. LSU
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #5
2007 record 11–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Tressel
Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Jim Heacock
Base defense 4-3
Captain Kirk Barton
Captain Dionte Johnson
Captain James Laurinaitis
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 102,329, FieldTurf)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5/4 Ohio State   7 1         11 2  
#18/19 Michigan   6 2         9 4  
#20/18 Illinois   6 2         9 4  
#24/21 Wisconsin   5 3         9 4  
#NR/25 Penn State   0* 4         0* 4  
Iowa   4 4         6 6  
Purdue   3 5         8 5  
Indiana   3 5         7 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 6  
Minnesota   0 8         1 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative

The 2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football team competed in football on behalf of the The Ohio State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Buckeyes were coached by Jim Tressel and played their home games in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Tressel led the Buckeyes to their fourth Big Ten championship and third National Title game in six years, and their second straight National Title game defeat.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 12:00 PM Youngstown State* #10 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN W 38–6   105,038
September 8 12:00 PM Akron* #11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH BTN W 20–2   104,317
September 15 3:30 PM at Washington* #10 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ESPN W 33–14   74,927
September 22 3:30 PM Northwestern #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN W 58–7   105,178
September 29 8:00 PM at Minnesota #8 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 30–7   51,611
October 6 8:00 PM at #20 Purdue #4 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 23–7   65,497
October 13 12:00 PM Kent State* #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH BTN W 48–3   105,051
October 20 3:30 PM Michigan Statedagger #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 24–17   105,287
October 27 8:00 PM at #25 Penn State #1 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 37–17   110,134
November 3 12:00 PM #19 Wisconsin #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH BTN W 38–17   105,449
November 10 3:30 PM Illinois #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck) ABC L 21–28   105,453
November 17 12:00 PM at #23 Michigan #7 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC W 14–3   111,941
January 7 7:00 PM #2 LSU* #1 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (BCS Championship) FOX L 24–38   79,651
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
Panoramic view of the Buckeye vs. Wildcats game

Previous season[edit]

The 2006 Buckeyes squad finished the season as Big Ten Conference champions and ranked #2 in the final AP and Coaches' polls. They finished the regular season undefeated and advanced to the 2007 BCS National Championship Game where they lost to the [Florida Gators], ending the season with a record of 12–1.

The Buckeyes kick off.

Preseason[edit]

On March 6, Coach Jim Tressel announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Taver Johnson. Johnson is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of Wittenberg University. He had spent most of his coaching career at Miami University and had a very brief stint with the Oakland Raiders. Coach Johnson will replace Tim Beckman, who left Ohio State to become Defensive Coordinator at Oklahoma State University. Coach Johnson will coach the Cornerbacks.

Watch lists[edit]

Linebackers James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman along with defensive end Vernon Gholston were among the list of 65 players under consideration for the Bednarik Award while Chris "Beanie" Wells was on the 65-player list for the Maxwell Award.


Coaching staff[edit]

  • Jim Tressel - Head Coach (7th year)
  • Jim Bollman - Offensive Line/OC (7th year)
  • Joe Daniels - Quarterbacks (7th year)
  • Luke Fickell - Co-Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach (6th year)
  • Jim Heacock - Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line (12th year)
  • Paul Haynes - Defensive Safeties (3rd year)
  • Darrell Hazell - Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers (4th year)
  • Traver Johnson - Defensive Cornerbacks (1st year)
  • John Peterson - Tight Ends Coach / Recruiting Coordinator (4th year)
  • Dick Tressel - Running Backs (7th year)


  • Bob Tucker - Director of Football Operations (13th year)
  • Stan Jefferson - Director of Player Development (4th year)
  • Eric Lichter - Director of Football Performance (2nd year)
  • Butch Reynolds - Speed Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Jeff Uhlenhake - Strength Coordinator (1st year)


Results[edit]

Youngstown State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Youngstown St 0 3 3 0 6
• Ohio St 7 14 3 14 38

[1]


Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Akron 2 0 0 0 2
• Ohio St 0 3 10 7 20

[2]


Washington[edit]

Ohio State at Washington
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 3 14 16 33
Washington 0 7 0 7 14

[3]


Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 7 0 7
• Ohio St 28 17 13 0 58

[4]


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 14 6 3 7 30
Minnesota 0 7 0 0 7

[5]


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 14 3 3 3 23
Purdue 0 0 0 7 7

[6]


Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kent St 0 0 0 3 3
• Ohio St 7 28 10 3 48

[7]


Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 0 0 14 3 17
• Ohio St 10 7 7 0 24

[8]

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 10 7 7 13 37
Penn St 7 0 3 7 17

[9]


Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 3 0 14 0 17
Ohio St 7 3 7 21 38
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m. EST

Ohio State sets record with 20th straight Big Ten win.[10]


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Illinois 14 7 7 0 28
Ohio St 14 0 7 0 21

[11]


Michigan[edit]

Ohio State at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 7 7 0 14
Michigan 3 0 0 0 3

[12]


National Championship Game[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• LSU 3 21 7 7 38
Ohio St 10 0 7 7 24

On January 7, 2008 the Buckeyes played at the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, Louisiana in the Louisiana Superdome. This was the first time in the school's history that the football team had played back to back National Championship games. The Buckeyes ended up losing the game to the Louisiana State University Tigers, 38–24. After a strong initial start (a 10–0 run in the first quarter in favor of the Buckeyes), the LSU Tigers went on one of their own, 31–0, from the first to third quarters. Two key pivotal special teams plays contributed to the LSU run, one being a blocked 38 yard Ryan Pretorius (Ohio State) field goal in the first quarter, and a roughing the kicker penalty committed by Austin Spitler (Ohio State) on a punt that extended an LSU touchdown drive in the third.Though the LSU run was simply too much to overcome, the Buckeyes added two more touchdowns to make a respectable final score.


Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

Wide Receivers
  • 5 Dukes, Albert - Junior
  • 9 Hartline, Brian - Sophomore
  • 89 Hummel, Garrett - Freshman
  • Jordan, Devin - Senior
  • 18 Sharp, Luke - Junior
  • 18 Lyons, Devon - Junior
  • 86 Potokar, Dan - Sophomore
  • 80 Robiskie, Brian - Junior
  • 15 Ruhl, Kyle - Junior
  • 12 Sanzenbacher, Dane - Freshman
  • 4 Small, Ray - Sophomore
  • 81 Ullery, Brent - Senior
  • 19 Washington, Taurian - Freshman
Offensive Tackles
  • 74 Barton, Kirk - Senior
  • 75 Boone, Alex - Junior
  • 65 Ebner, Doug - Junior
  • 66 Moses, Andrew - Sophomore
  • 77 Smith, Connor - Freshman
  • 76 Sika, Scott - Sophomore
  • 69 Slagle, Zach - Freshman
Offensive Guards
  • 68 Blankenship, Evan - Freshman
  • 70 Browning, Bryant - Freshman
  • 78 Dye, Daniel - Senior
  • 67 Mitchum, Kyle - Junior
  • 63 Person, Ben - Junior
  • 71 Rehring, Steve - Sophomore
  • 79 Skinner, Jon - Junior
Centers
  • 64 Cordle, Jim - Sophomore
  • 57 Malone, Chris - Sophomore
Tight End
  • 86 Ballard, Jake - Sophomore
  • 46 Larson, J.D - Sophomore
  • 82 Miller, Andy - Freshman
  • 88 Nicol, Rory - Junior
  • 87 Smith, Brandon - Junior
Quarterback
  • 17 Boeckman, Todd- Junior
  • 14 Bauserman, Joe - Freshman
  • 7 Henton, Antonio - Freshman
  • 13 Kacsandi, Ben - Junior
  • 11 Schoenhoft, Rob - Sophomore
 
Running Back
  • 46 Christian, K.C. - Freshman
  • 35 DeLande, Bo - Freshman
  • 33 Gantz, Joe - Sophomore
  • 2 Herron, Daniel - Freshman
  • 16 Robinson, Trever - Senior
  • 3 Saine, Brandon - Freshman
  • 28 Wells, Chris - Sophomore
  • 34 Wells, Maurice - Junior
  • 24 Williams, Marcus - Freshman
Fullback
  • 49 Johnson, Dionte - Senior
  • 43 Olson, Aram - Freshman
  • 48 Smith, Spencer - Freshman
  • 42 Whaley, Tyler - Senior
Defensive Lineman
  • 92 Daly, Brett - Senior
  • 92 Denlinger, Todd - Sophomore
  • 50 Gholston, Vernon - Junior
  • 90 Gray, Bryan - Sophomore
  • 95 Rietschlin, Chris - Junior
Defensive Tackles
  • 93 Abdallah, Nader - Junior
  • 97 Heyward, Cameron - Freshman
  • 72 Larimore, Dexter - Freshman
Defensive End
  • 78 Barrow, Alex - Junior
  • 57 Ingham, Tom - Sophomore
  • 9 Rose, Robert - Freshman
  • 98 Thomas, Solomon - Freshman
  • 87 Wilson, Lawrence - Junior
  • 84 Worthington, Doug - Sophomore
Cornerbacks
Defensive Backs
  • 5 Chekwa, Chimdi - Freshman
  • 32 Clifford, Eugene - Freshman
  • 36 Daniels, Matt - Junior
  • 39 Dougherty, Michael - Junior
  • 30 Evege, Donnie - Freshman
  • 41 Haslam, De'Angelo - Senior
  • 24 Schwartz, Grant - Freshman
  • 11 Scott, James - Freshman
  • 20 Washington, Donald - Sophomore
  • 17 Willis, Zach - Junior
 
Linebackers
  • 1 Freeman, Marcus Jr.
  • 37 Gibson, Thaddeus - Freshman
  • 6 Grant, Larry - Senior
  • 7 Hines, Jermale - Freshman
  • 51 Homan, Ross - Sophomore
  • 44 Johnson, Mark - Freshman
  • 33 Laurinaitis, James - Junior
  • 59 Libby, Kyle - Freshman
  • 49 Lukens, Ryan - Junior
  • 26 Moeller, Tyler - Freshman
  • 36 Rolle, Brian - Freshman
  • 38 Spitler, Austin - Sophomore
  • 55 Terry, Curtis - Senior
Safety
  • 8 Gant, Aaron So.
  • 3 O'Neal, Jamario Jr.
  • 14 Oliver, Nate Fr.
  • 23 Patterson, Nick Jr.
  • 25 Pentello, Rocco Fr.
  • 21 Russell, Anderson So.
  • 10 Torrence, Devon Fr.
Long Snappers
  • 52 Curtis, Don - Freshman
  • 61 Haas, Jackson - Senior
  • 53 Howe, Patrick - Freshman
  • 56 Makridis, Dimitrios - Senior
  • 96 McQuaide, Jake - Freshman
Kickers
  • 12 Barclay, Devin - Freshman
  • 39 Good, Andrew Jr.
  • 41 Mattimoe, Matt - Sophomore
  • 20 Pettrey, Aaron - Sophomore
  • 85 Pretorius, Ryan Jr.
Punters
  • 15 Trapasso, A.J. - Junior
  • 48 Thoma, John - Sophomore
  • 94 Bartholomew, Benjamin - Freshman

2008 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Vernon Gholston 1 6 Defensive End New York Jets
Larry Grant 7 214 Linebacker San Francisco 49ers
Kirk Barton 7 247 Tackle Chicago Bears

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Draft data