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2015 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented The Ohio State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Buckeyes' 126th season overall, the 103rd as a member of the Big Ten Conference, and second as a member of the Eastern Division. The team was led by Urban Meyer, in his fourth year as head coach, and played its home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. They finished the season 12–1, 7–1 in Big Ten play, to finish in a tie for the East Division championship with Michigan State. Due to their head-to-head loss to Michigan State, they did not represent the East Division in the Big Ten Championship Game. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they defeated Notre Dame.

2015 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten East Division co-champion
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 44–28 vs. Notre Dame
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
2015 record12–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachUrban Meyer (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorEd Warinner (4th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorTim Beck (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorLuke Fickell (10th; 15th overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorChris Ash (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple
CaptainJ. T. Barrett
Jacoby Boren
Joshua Perry
Tyvis Powell
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 104,944)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PersonnelEdit

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was his fourth year as the Buckeye's head coach during the 2015 season. In his previous three seasons with Ohio State, he led the Buckeyes to an overall record of 38 wins and 3 losses (38–3) and the 2014 national championship. On December 16, 2014, offensive coordinator Tom Herman accepted the head coaching position at Houston.[1] On January 11, 2015, Ohio State announced the hiring of former Nebraska coach Tim Beck to replace Herman as co-offensive coordinator.[2] On February 2, 2015, Stan Drayton accepted the running backs coach position with the Chicago Bears, and was replaced by former Notre Dame coach Tony Alford.[3]

 
Head coach Urban Meyer

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Ohio State
Alma mater
Urban Meyer Head coach 4th Cincinnati (1986)
Luke Fickell Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 14th Ohio State (1997)
Chris Ash Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties 2nd Drake (1995)
Larry Johnson Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line 2nd Elizabeth City State (1973)
Kerry Coombs Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks 4th Dayton (1983)
Tim Beck Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1st Central Florida (1988)
Ed Warinner Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 4th Mount Union (1984)
Tony Alford Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs 1st Colorado State (1992)
Zach Smith Wide Receivers 4th Florida (2007)
Tim Hinton Tight Ends, Fullbacks 4th Wilmington (1982)
Quinn Tempel Offensive Graduate Assistant 1st Ohio State (2013)
Mickey Marotti Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance 4th West Liberty (1987)
Reference:[4]

RosterEdit

2015 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR, QB 1 Braxton Miller   Sr
HB 2 Dontre Wilson Jr
WR 3 Michael Thomas   Jr
RB 4 Curtis Samuel So
WR 5 Johnnie Dixon   Fr
QB, WR 6 Torrance Gibson Fr
WR 7 Jalin Marshall   So
QB 10 Joe Burrow Fr
QB 11 Justin Cook So
QB 12 Cardale Jones   Jr
QB 13 Stephen Collier   Fr
WR 14 K. J. Hill Fr
RB 15 Ezekiel Elliott Jr
QB 16 J. T. Barrett   So
WR 18 Kato Mitchell Sr
WR 19 Joe Ramstetter So
RB 20 Mike Weber Fr
WR 21 Parris Campbell   Fr
WR 23 Devlin McDaniel Jr
TE 24 Rashod Berry Fr
RB 25 Bri'onte Dunn   Jr
RB 26 Patrick Wise So
RB 28 Warren Ball   Jr
WR 33 Austin Clutter Fr
RB 35 Jeffie Johnson Sr
TE 44 Guy Ferrelli Jr
C 50 Jacoby Boren Sr
OL 51 Joel Hale   Sr
OL 54 Billy Price   So
OL 56 Matthew Burrell Fr
OL 57 Chase Farris   Sr
OL 59 Isaiah Prince Fr
OL 60 Blake Pfenning Fr
OL 62 Aaron Parry Jr
OL 63 Kevin Woidke Fr
OL 65 Pat Elflein   Jr
OL 68 Taylor Decker Sr
OL 69 Brandon Pahl Fr
OL 71 Kyle Trout   Fr
OL 74 Jamarco Jones So
OL 75 Evan Lisle   So
OL 76 Brandon Bowen Fr
OL 77 Kevin Feder Fr
OL 78 Demetrius Knox   Fr
OL 79 Brady Taylor   Fr
WR 80 Noah Brown So
TE 81 Nick Vannett   Sr
WR 82 James Clark   So
WR 83 Terry McLaurin   Fr
WR 84 Corey Smith   Sr
TE 85 Marcus Baugh   So
WR 87 Alex Stump Fr
TE 88 A. J. Alexander Fr
WR 89 Jeff Greene   Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 1 Erick Smith So
CB 2 Marshon Lattimore   Fr
CB 3 Damon Webb So
LB 5 Raekwon McMillan So
DE 6 Sam Hubbard Fr
CB 8 Gareon Conley   So
DL 9 Jashon Cornell Fr
DL 10 Jalyn Holmes So
S 11 Vonn Bell Jr
CB 12 Denzel Ward Fr
CB 13 Eli Apple   So
CB 14 Joshua Norwood Fr
DB 15 Cameron Howard Sr
S 16 Cam Burrows Jr
LB 17 Jerome Baker Fr
S 18 Michael Lawless Jr
CB 19 Eric Glover-Williams Fr
S 20 Khaleed Franklin Jr
CB 21 Trevon Forte   So
S 23 Tyvis Powell   Jr
S 24 Malik Hooker   Fr
CB 25 Logan Kelleher So
S 26 Jarrod Barnes Jr
S 28 Michael Cibene Jr
S 29 Mike Maduko So
LB 30 Jared Drake Fr
CB 32 Elijaah Goins Jr
LB 33 Dante Booker So
LB 34 Nick Conner Fr
LB 35 Chris Worley   So
LB 36 Zach Turnure Jr
LB 37 Joshua Perry Sr
LB 38 Craig Fada Jr
LB 39 Kyle Berger   Fr
LB 43 Darron Lee So
S 46 Cin'Quan Haney Jr
LB 47 Justin Hillard Fr
LB 48 Joe Burger   Jr
DL 52 Donovan Munger   So
DT 53 Davon Hamilton Fr
LB 55 Cam Willams Sr
DT 57 Robert Landers Fr
DL 59 Tyquan Lewis   So
DE 70 Chris Fong   Sr
DL 77 Michael Hill   So
DL 86 Dre'mont Jones Fr
DL 90 Tommy Schutt Sr
DL 92 Adolphus Washington Sr
DL 93 Tracy Sprinkle   So
DL 94 Dylan Thompson   Fr
DL 97 Joey Bosa Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 30 Tyler Durbin Jr
LS 41 Bryce Haynes   Sr
LS 44 Aaron Mawhirter Jr
LS 49 Liam McCullough Fr
P 95 Cameron Johnston Jr
K 96 Sean Nuernberger So
K 98 Jack Willoughby   Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Ed Warinner (Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line)
  • Tim Beck (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Tony Alford (Assistant Head Coach / Running backs)
  • Tim Hinton (Tight Ends / Fullbacks)
  • Zack Smith (Wide Receivers)
  • Luke Fickell (Co-Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers)
  • Chris Ash (Co-Defensive Coordinator / Safeties)
  • Larry Johnson (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line)
  • Kerry Coombs (Special Teams Coordinator / Cornerbacks)
  • Mickey Marotti (Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance)
  • Vince Okruch (Quality Control Coach – Kicking Game / Defense)
  • Matt Thurin (Quality Control Coach – Defense)
  • Jim Cordle (Graduate Assistant – Offense)
  • Brian Mason (Graduate Assistant – Defense)
  • Matt Merritt (Graduate Assistant – Offense)
  • Vince Oghobaase (Graduate Assistant – Defense)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: January 5, 2016

ScheduleEdit

The Big Ten Conference released the schedule for the 2015 season on June 3, 2013.[5] Ohio State will face all six Eastern Division opponents Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers.[5] Ohio State will also face two Western Division opponents: rival Illinois and Minnesota.[5] Ohio State will play four non-conference games: Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Hawaii of the Mountain West Conference, and Northern Illinois and Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference. Ohio State has one bye week during the season between their games against Rutgers and Minnesota.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 78:00 p.m.at Virginia Tech*No. 1ESPNW 42–2465,632
September 123:30 p.m.Hawaii*No. 1BTNW 38–0107,145
September 193:30 p.m.Northern Illinois*No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABC/ESPN2W 20–13104,095
September 263:30 p.m.Western Michigan*No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABC/ESPN2W 38–12106,123
October 33:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 1ABC/ESPN2W 34–2752,929
October 1012:00 p.m.Maryland No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
BTNW 49–28107,869
October 178:00 p.m.Penn StateNo. 1
ABCW 38–10108,423
October 248:00 p.m.at RutgersNo. 1ABCW 49–753,111
November 78:00 p.m.MinnesotaNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABCW 28–14108,075
November 1412:00 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 2ABCW 28–351,515
November 213:30 p.m.No. 6 Michigan StateNo. 3
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABCL 14–17108,975‡
November 2812:00 p.m.at No. 12 MichiganNo. 8ABCW 42–13111,829
January 1, 20161:00 p.m.vs. No. 11 Notre DameNo. 7ESPNW 44–2871,123
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
  • Sources:[6]
  • ‡ New Ohio Stadium Attendance Record

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 1 (61) 1 (61) 1 (61) 1 (59) 1 (42) 1 (45) 1 (38) 1 (27) 1 (28) 1 (39) 2 (26) 3 (23) 8 6 7 4 
Coaches 1 (62) 1 (62) 1 (63) 1 (62) 1 (61) 1 (61) 1 (50) 1 (47) 1 (48) 1 (49) 1 (34) 2 (32) 8 6 5 4 
CFP Not released 3 3 3 8 6 7 Not released

Game summariesEdit

Virginia TechEdit

1 234Total
#1 Ohio State 14 01414 42
Virginia Tech 0 1707 24
  • Sources:

HawaiiEdit

1 234Total
Hawaii 0 000 0
#1 Ohio State 7 7321 38
  • Sources:

Northern IllinoisEdit

1 234Total
Northern Illinois 7 303 13
#1 Ohio State 3 7100 20
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 104,095
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Light Rain
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham
  • Sources:

Western MichiganEdit

1 234Total
Western Michigan 0 660 12
#1 Ohio State 7 1777 38
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 106,123
  • Game weather: Cloudy
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Adam Amin and Kelly Stouffer
  • Sources:

IndianaEdit

1 234Total
#1 Ohio State 0 61414 34
Indiana 3 7710 27
  • Location: Bloomington, Indiana
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:10
  • Game attendance: 52,929
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Light Rain
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham
  • Sources:

MarylandEdit

1 234Total
Maryland 7 777 28
#1 Ohio State 7 141414 49
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 107,869
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • TV announcers (BTN): Eric Collins, Glen Mason
  • Sources:

Penn StateEdit

1 234Total
Penn State 3 070 10
#1 Ohio State 0 21017 38
  • Sources:

"Dark Night at the Shoe" – Ohio State wears all-black uniforms for the first time in school history.[7]

RutgersEdit

1 234Total
#1 Ohio State 7 14217 49
Rutgers 0 007 7
  • Sources:

MinnesotaEdit

1 234Total
Minnesota 0 0014 14
#3 Ohio State 0 1477 28
  • Sources:

IllinoisEdit

Illibuck
1 234Total
#3 Ohio State 7 777 28
Illinois 0 300 3
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 51,515
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • TV announcers (ABC): Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
  • Sources:

Michigan StateEdit

1 234Total
#9 Michigan State 0 7010 17
#3 Ohio State 0 770 14
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Heather Cox
  • Sources:

MichiganEdit

The Game
1 234Total
#8 Ohio State 7 71414 42
#12 Michigan 0 1003 13
  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 111,829
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (ABC): Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe
  • Sources:

Notre Dame–Fiesta BowlEdit

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl
1 234Total
#8 Notre Dame 0 1477 28
#7 Ohio State 14 1479 44
  • Sources:

2016 NFL DraftEdit

The Buckeyes had 12 players (5 in the first round) in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Number NFL Team Player Position
1 3 San Diego Chargers Joey Bosa DE
1 4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott RB
1 10 New York Giants Eli Apple CB
1 16 Detroit Lions Taylor Decker OT
1 20 New York Jets Darron Lee OLB
2 47 New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas WR
2 61 New Orleans Saints Vonn Bell S
3 80 Buffalo Bills Adolphus Washington DT
3 85 Houston Texans Braxton Miller WR
3 94 Seattle Seahawks Nick Vannett TE
4 102 San Diego Chargers Joshua Perry OLB
4 139 Buffalo Bills Cardale Jones QB

In addition, 3 players were signed as undrafted free agents

Position Player NFL Team
OL Chase Farris Detroit Lions
WR Jalin Marshall New York Jets
S Tyvis Powell Seattle Seahawks

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mark, Schlabach (December 28, 2014). "Tom Herman focuses on Buckeyes now, Houston later". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Schad, Joe (January 11, 2015). "Source: Ohio State to hire Tim Beck". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ohio State hires Tony Alford to coach running backs". USA Today. February 10, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "2014 Spring Football" (PDF). The Ohio State University Department of Athletics. p. 2. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Big Ten Announces 2015 Conference Football Schedule". Big Ten Conference. June 3, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "2015 Ohio State Football Schedule". FBS Schedules. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  7. ^ FoxSports.com. Retrieved 2016-Oct-09.
  8. ^ "2016 Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State Stats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Undrafted free agent signings 2016: Every team's pickups in one place". Undrafted Free Agents. Retrieved May 3, 2016.