The Houndie: Week One

By Corey Carpenter on September 14, 2010 at 1:00p
The Best Award in the NFL

The Houndie is an award formerly known as the Buckeye NFLer of the Week.  After 2 years of existence, we searched for a catchier name, so with the help of a well placed typo and the ensuing 11W comments, the current title was created.

After taking a few months off from 11W to take care of my real job, I Brett Farve'd out of retirement to help with the 2010 Houndie Award. Unfortunately, it was a slow opening week for the Buckeye alum, as some of the top names were injured or didn't play, while others simply had a Hurricaine Hangover and didn't perform up to par.

Beanie Wells was on the shelf with a knee injury, but should return this week and Brian Hartline didn't record any stats, so it was left up to 3 young wideouts to bring some offensive Buckeye Glory to Week 1 of the NFL season, as Santonio continues his 4 game suspension.

Last year's season ending injury may have really hurt Gonzo coming into 2010, as he caught only 1 of Manning's 40 completions, accounting for 12 of the Colt's 433 passing yards, in the Colts 24-34 loss to the Texans.  He was the 6th leading receiver and may be relegated to spot duty as Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie have developed into prime Manning targets.

Meanwhile, Teddy Ginn also caught just 1 ball for 12 yards in his 49ers debut, while returning 2 punts for 27 and 3 kickoffs for 54 yards. San Fransico got their butt's whipped by Seattle 31-6 and Teddy did himself no good by putting up lackluster numbers. Meanwhile, one of the bright spots of Browns camp was suppossed to be the play of Robo, but he also struggled in week 1, catching 1 ball for 6 yards in Cleveland's 17-14 loss at Tampa.

For starters on defense, A.J. Hawk's days maybe numbered in Green Bay, as he didn't see any defensive snaps, giving way to Clay Matthews' 7 tackles, 2 sacks and a FF in Green Bay's 27-20 win over Philly. The 5th pick in the 2006 draft was held to 1 solo stop on special teams, while his former college teammate Bobby Carpenter found himself in Miami for week one after being cut by St. Louis and was credited with 2 solo tackles in Miami's 15-10 win over Buffalo.


The defending Super Bowl champs got the season started last Thursday, as Malcolm Jenkins and Will Smith were each credited with a solo stop and an assist. Jenkins made his mark in the secondary with a bone crushing hit on Minnesota’s TE and a near pick along the sidelines, as the Saints beat the Vikings 14-9. Also in that game, Antoine Winfield had 7 solo tackles and 2 assists, proving once again he is still pound for pound one of the game’s best tacklers.

In other secondary play, Chris Gamble had 3 stops in Carolina’s 31-18 loss to the Giants, in a game that featured 9 turnovers and 16 penalties. Nate Clements was credited with 3 total tackles and an INT in the 49ers loss, while Donte Whitner had 4 solos and 5 assists in Buffalo’s loss. Kurt Coleman made his NFL debut with the Eagles, getting credit for 1 tackle, but was seen on the field quite a bit. And in Monday’s action, Donald Washington had an assists, while Mike Vrabel had 4 total tackles in KC’s upset win over San Diego.

And before we hand out this week’s award, a special mention goes out to Mike Nugent, who is finally healthy again and connected on a 54 yard FG, while also going 3 for 3 on extra points in Cincinnati’s loss at New England.

As most of you know, the St. Louis Rams have a Buckeye flavored linebacking corps, with Na’il Diggs, Little Animal and Larry Grant. While the Rams aren’t expected to be that good again, they gave the Cardinals all they could handle in week one, losing 17-14. Diggs was credited with 3 stops and Laurainitis had 5, but this week’s award goes to Larry Grant, who had 4 solo stops and forced 2 fumbles, recovering 1 of them. Both fumbles were forced in the second half as St. Louis tried to pull off the upset. Though we try to give the award to a winning performance, we just couldn’t pass over Grant this week, as he looks to have finally found a home in St. Louis and we wish him nothing but continued success.


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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Kinda concerning that so many Buckeyes are not seeing much playing time in the league. Seems like a bad trend for Tressel players. Hmmmmm.....

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

buckeye33's picture

Mark May picks Ohio over Ohio State in big upset.........not really but would it surprise anyone if he did ?

BTwrestle04's picture

Shit. CJ Barnett having surgery today. Likely out for the year. Total bummer.

ToledoBuckeye's picture

I thought they said it was a twisted knee and he would only be out 1 or 2 weeks!  Man, that guy was bringing the wood Ronnie Lott style!

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

dmurder's picture

Wow... Your telling me. Was loving the way this kid was playing.

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I just read that if he doesn't play anymore this year he could be eligible for a medical redshirt.

ToledoBuckeye's picture

I can only think of Mangold and Holmes as being superstars.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

How wrong was SI picking AJ as a player to keep your eye on on something like that?  They basically said he would be performing much better now that they have a different scheme for the D but they pretty much played in the Nickle against Philly all day.

Sucks for CJ, kid played his rear off Saturday and looked good.  Now maybe O Johnson (how do you spell that first name?) can step up.

Max's picture

Good rundown - only missing Ryan Pickett (Green Bay) with 2 tackles, and greybeard (also personal favorite) Joey Galloway getting playing time but no catches with Washington.

Corey Carpenter's picture

Thanks Max, I think I was so shocked Hawk didn't get any PT, that I over looked Pickett and his fat new contract.

btalbert25's picture

You would like to see the guys make it in the NFL, but at the end of the day does it really make Tressel look bad if his players aren't great in the NFL?  They still get a lot of kids to the league what happens from there is on the guy getting drafted.  You also have to consider luck into the equation.  Troy was going to be the Ravens starting QB, then he gets tonsilitis loses 15lbs in one week and never gets that opportunity.  Gonzo misses all of last year with an injury and a guy like Pierre Garcon comes in and tears it up.    Beanie is injured and misses. 

I just don't worry about things like that.  Not to mention all of the talent that is on this team right now that will be getting drafted.  I don't know, it could be a bigger deal than I'm making it I guess, but I just don't see how it is.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I think it helps with recruiting. 

Jason Priestas's picture

Yeah, it most certainly helps with recruiting. When OSU was still printing football media guides (which are also sent to recruits), the Buckeyes in the NFL were featured prominently.

btalbert25's picture

I understand it helps with recruiting but it's not like there aren't any Buckeyes in the NFL.  We aren't losing out on recruits because AJ Hawk hasn't panned out though.  I really don't think a little bad luck and a couple guys that were drafted into systems they don't fit will negatively impact the team.  Especially since 3 of the last 4 years the recruiting has been excellent.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

What no love for the two Saints that came all to the 'Shoe this past Saturday?  2 tackles 1 solo and one pass defended for Jenkins.  Smith got pressure on Farve and ended with 2 tackles one solo. 

BucksfanXC's picture

Did you read the whole article?

The defending Super Bowl champs got the season started last Thursday, as Malcolm Jenkins and Will Smith were each credited with a solo stop and an assist. Jenkins made his mark in the secondary with a bone crushing hit on Minnesota’s TE and a near pick along the sidelines, as the Saints beat the Vikings 14-9.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

that's what I get for having no short term memory -- I fail

failing even harder for forgetting about Winfield

tampa buckeye's picture

teddy had 1 catch for 19 yards was thrown to twice.  i cant wait for Troy to get in there with teddy you know he'll get him the ball.

OHIOST1087's picture

49ers would have better results with our boy Troy Smith than they have had with Mr. Alex Smith who hasn't done anything in with his many "opportunities"... Hey Mike Singletary - Let Troy start!

Ctown_silver_bullets's picture

I think Hawk is trade bate for a 4-3 team next year needing a MLB, then he'll be 10 year baller, maybe no hall of fame, but he's solid

The big thing I miss seeing in the NFL that big programs typically produce is the RB position...tons of Corners and Receivers, some lineman- no real solid headliner since Eddie

Jury's still out on Beanie,  but we haven't had the big flashy names- biggest chink in the armor.  The younger guys we have should ball in the NFL, Rod Smith, Berry, Saine could if he lands on a team like the Eagles, in a Westbrook role