The 2013 Buckeye Beck-Ski Award Watch List

By Jeff Beck on August 5, 2013 at 2:00p
Who Wants To Win A Beck-Ski

The long and winding pre-season has almost come to a close. The unbearable summer days without football have given way to hope, optimism and endless awards watch lists. You’ve seen them all, but I’ve saved the best for last. Without further adieu I give you the first annual 2013 preseason Beck-skis.

Andy Katzenmoyer RIP Corby Jones Award

The venerable honor of receiving the AKRIPCJA will be given to the player who makes the biggest hit during the 2013 season. If you’re a Buckeye and have a history of forcibly bashing snot out of another man’s nose, you’ll probably find yourself on this list. The candidates are:

Ryan Shazier: No. 10 is a bad bad man. You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it. We all grimace in fear after witnessing one of his masterpieces.

C.J. Barnett: The strong safety has been known to lay the wood from time to time. Just take a look here.

Christian Bryant: The upperclassman made it a really bad day for a nameless faceless UAB player last season.

Darkhorse - Corey Linsley: Because this.

John Simon Bulging Bicep Award

Simon’s arms are bigger than your head. End of story. Here are the players who have a chance to follow in his flannel-wearing man-sized footsteps. Ultimately one will go on to grow the largest biceps on the team (if they’re not there already).

Get oneYou get a Beck-Ski, and you get a Beck-Ski

Ryan Shazier: Exhibit A

JT Moore: While he hasn’t seen much playing time, look at these weapons of mass destruction

Armani Reeves: Have you seen Armani Reeves’ bi’s. Get ‘em young blood

Noah Spence: Putting in work with Marotti

Freshman who wears the threads best

Sunday brought us the first look at the new crop of Buckeyes in Scarlet and Gray. Admittedly it was an early look without pads, but here are the newbies wearing it best thus far.

Dontre Wilson: You’ve heard all the stories, the kid is fast and could be an asset early. But did you know he also rocks the greatest uniform in football with the best of ‘em.

Mike Mitchell: Get after it.

Ezekial Elliot: Looking strong to very strong

Von Bell: Doing that No. 7 justice

Michael Thomas Player You Completely Forgot About Award. Presented by Michael Thomas.

Remember Michael Thomas? That freshman everyone was hyped about last year? No? Yeah I didn’t think so. Lost in the whirl-wind of 2013 expectations, a star-studded incoming class and off-field issues are a few players who might just make an impact this season...but they absolutely fell off your radar.

Michael Thomas: It’s only right to put MT up for the award that bears his name. After a strong Spring Game he was the new-comer everyone was hot on. He went on to make some catches in big games last year...and everyone has completely forgotten about him.

Jordan Hall: Lost in the Carlos Hyde saga was the fact OSU will finally have their former No. 1 running back suiting up. Hall was the starter before his injury and NO ONE seems to remember that.

Archie Griffin He Got Style Award

Look at this photo of Archie Griffin with his Heisman. Just look at it. Fu-man-chu, pendant, ring, out of control blazer, turtleneck under out of control blazer and flawless hair. The man was a style icon. These are the players who could follow in his footsteps.

Braxton Miller: Did you see this dapper dude at B1G media day?

Jeff Heuerman: Former Twitter avi says it all

Ryan Shazier: This hat. Seriously this hat.

“Boom” Herron Best Nickname Award

Carlos “El-Guapo” Hyde: Johnny came up with it. And you love it.

Braxton “X-Brax” Miller: He does things you can’t do in a video game. This is the night it was born

Corey “Don’t Call Me Philly” Brown: This nickname is great because its everyone’s worst nightmare: a nickname bestowed upon you that you hate. Philly Brown simply isn’t a fan, giving rise to the ultimate nickname…a nickname trying to rid oneself of a nickname.

Dan “Boom” Herron: I don’t care that he’s not on the team anymore. He’s still eligible because Boom Herron is the best nickname of all time.

Orlando Pace Most Likely To Be Drafted Highest Award

It doesn’t get much higher than No. 1, the draft spot the Big Pancake garnered in 1997. While I’m not sure the Buckeyes have a true No. 1 this season, these are the players most likely to go off the big board before any of their teammates.

Bradley Roby: He’s got first round potential. This was a no-brainer

Ryan Shazier: While I would hate to see the Jr. LB go, if he has a great season in 2013 it could happen

Carlos Hyde: Even with his three game suspension, Carlos could rack up a ton of yards this year. NFL teams are always looking for bruising backs

Jordan Hall: He’s got big play potential. If he puts it all together  there’s no telling where the ceiling is.

Braxton Miler Golden Mohawk Award

Miller’s golden mane had a short shelf-life, but my oh my was it majestic. This award has nothing to do with his hair, but it was imperative to get it in here somehow. These are the players most likely to help Braxton Miller in the upcoming season.

Carlos Hyde: Again, even with the three game suspension El Guapo is the guy you want to count on in crunch time. He’ll almost always deliver

Philly Brown: He led the team in receiving yards last season. He might do it again

Devin Smith: If he can do things like this, you can never count him out

Corey Linsley: Don’t underestimate the guys doing the protecting. Corey Linsley is set to have a break-out senior season at center

Taylor Decker or Chase Farris: One of them will be protecting Braxton from behemoths. That’s the definition of helping out No. 5.

Jordan Hall: He might finally live up to that Percy Harvin moniker. If he does, the Braxton Miller Golden Mohawk award is as good as his.

So there you have it. The candidates are primed and ready. Only time will tell which Buckeyes will have the honor of placing a 2013 Buckeye Beck-Ski on their mantle. Let's get this season started all ready.


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Northbrook's picture

Not everyone forgot Michael Thomas. Not me. Lots of talk about recruiting a big strong wide out this year & I'm thinking 'You mean like Mike'?

bucknasty13's picture

Agreed.  I'm still excited about Thomas, it's just not his time yet.

Northbrook's picture

Barring injury probably not.

RedStorm45's picture

Armani Reeves is a returning player, not an incoming frosh.
I'd put Josh Perry up for that John Simon Beck-ski.  And Jalin Marshall for the Griffin style award.
Also...sick Dontre Wilson pick on the 11W Flickr.  Love seeing Drayton in the background on one knee.

Jeff Beck's picture

Good call on Reeves, revised. Thanks 

Gametime's picture

A personal favorite X-Brax moment @ 4:00min in.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

USMC11917's picture

So can the community get in on some of those awards? I am thinking about competing for the John Simon BBA haha!! After the enthusiasm shown on the Ryan Shazier Bicep threat I am a little hesitant to step on stage!

BuckeyeSki's picture

I stopped reading when I realized it said Beck-Ski and not BuckeyeSki #Conceited

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GoBucks713's picture

What about the Position coach that is the Baddest Man on the Planet Award?

-The Aristocrats!

nfischer's picture

I think Corey "Philly" Brown doesn't truly mind that nickname. If he did, why would he where a shirt to FNL that said "Phillies" over the entire front? I know it's a team that he is probably a big fan of, but if he were truly trying to discourage the association, he wouldn't make it so easy to do the exact opposite.

Hovenaut's picture

I usually don't get all involved with preseason individual awards watch lists, but when I do I prefer Beck-Ski's.

Stay in The Chase my friends.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Biceps don't do anything for football players.  This is the most meaningless award ;-)  
I'm going with Shazier...for most define.  I'd go with Moore for biggest though (biceps btw before we get dirty minded). 

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

Gametime's picture

Jordan Hall: He’s got big play potential. If he puts it all together  there’s no telling where the ceiling is.
Jordan Hall: He might finally live up to that Percy Harvin moniker. If he does, the Braxton Miller Golden Mohawk award is as good as his.

Can we please be honest about Jordan Hall? He's a consistent, savvy football player - but he is NOT a "Percy Harvin" type of playmaker; he doesn't have the acceleration, speed, burst, or wiggle that will maximize that position - that's why we have Dontre Wilson & Jalin Marshall.
Hall has excellent vision and good hands and positive gains when he touches the rock, but there's a vast difference between 5.5ypc versus 9.4ypc rushing and 10.3ypc versus 16.1ypc. (Harvin) not to mention he scored 10 TDs rushing on 70atts, meaning he scored a TD once every SEVEN touches. 
Heck even Steve Savoy who played that position at Utah averaged 14.0 (307yds on 22att, 6TDs) and 14.3ypc respectively proved a bigger play-maker at the position thus far.
I'm really not trying to get down on him, but everytime it's brought up, it reminds me of the same hype Brandon Saine would get in the same vein. Let the guy produce and then let's see what we've got! If not, let the Freshmen get their shot - heck even Braxton already said he believed that Dontre should be starting.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

InHartWeTrust's picture

I love this comment.  I was one of the J Hall "he's going to be great" guys a couple years back, but now it's come to a point where I need to see it.
...especially when trying to compare him to someone like Harvin.

otrain2416's picture

Great comment Hall is very shifty and is better in open field, but can't run between the tackles.  Last time I heard Hyde ran a faster 40 then Hall cuz his straight away speed is not great by any means. Harvin could pretty much do it all so there is no comparison. I think we'll see Wilson take over that pivot roll and see Marshall go more the play making receiver route that is a threat to run the reverse IMO. Also in Saine's defense Tressel did not use him well in our offense at all I truely believe he could have been "the guy" in an offense if used properly

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BUCKfutter's picture

speaking of hats, the one reeves has on is pretty sick too

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Dayton Buckeye's picture

Watching some of the games from last year on BTN I noticed Michael Thomas has some bad penalties, late hit, not getting set ect.
I hope those were just Freshman mistakes that will be corrected for this year.  He has a lot of potential.

Young_Turk's picture

Don't count out Braxton on the highest player drafted.  QB's always go high, and he has the potential to go high if he has the Junior year we hope he has, and decides to declare, like we hope he doesn't.  


laser17's picture

Decker and Farris are competing for the RT spot which would not be Brax's blind side FWIW

BassDropper's picture

In regards to that Corey Linsley hit
oh thats nasty
I saw it live and went cray cray, but then I noticed I was the only one who noticed it in my section.


CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Some serious contenders for those awards!  Can't wait to see some football and pick 'em!!  Go Bucks!!

pjtobin's picture

I love that Shazier hit! That kid he hit tried to play it off by bouncing right back up. Then he fell again! Awesome hit and funny ending. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

BME_Buckeye's picture

That was a pretty good list. I would have like to see "The Penn State interception award". Seem like we always get a pick six again them. Its never to late to nominate who may do it this year. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


MN Buckeye's picture

And a pick six against them always is so very sweet!

Jeffs GF's picture

Thanks for incorporating my love of award shows into this post. Love you!

Tony's picture

Don't Decker/Farris guard Braxton's front side? What's the opposite of blind side?
Anyway, aren't they gunning for RT? Unless XBrax is lefty, or I'm an idiot... either are possible, I suppose.

LVbucksNV's picture

Jeff cool article. I however want to state my disagreement with those who are still referencing Jordan Hall and "percy harvin role". Why exactly? Listen I like Hall as a football player who is "shifty". These two players shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath for position filling or athletic ability people. Please reference Halls 40 time, lack of breakaway speed and stats for obvious proof. Hall is your grider who has intangibles and is just a football player which I love, just not close to being a lethal "take it to the house anytime" first round nfl guy. Lets not saddle Jordan with these references anymore, please.
Dontre, Clark, Marshall, maybe one of these who is actually sub 4.4 can fill the role for starters. Go Bucks.


SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

I think we are all missing the big picture here. I mean how cold blooded does a dude have to be to do what Andy Katzenmoyer did to Corby Jones? In the words of Alvin Mack "hit him so hard his girlfriend died". 


1967Buck's picture

  Very nice write up Jeff.... Go Bucks.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Love that Boom Herron is still legible to win his own award.