Buckeyes in the NFL, Week Seven: Hartsock's Future as an MLB Ump and Nugent Remains Clutch

By Mike Young on October 21, 2013 at 11:15a

The rest of America dreads the day racist St. Louis Cardinals fans or racist Boston Red Sox fans celebrate a World Series title, but Ben Hartsock is still excited about baseball. His imitation of an MLB umpire came after Chris Long punched a Panthers player, which resulted in Long's ejection. 

Meanwhile, one of Hartsock's former teammates is riding a streak of hitting game winning field goals. He is the most dominant offensive force in the AFC North.

DeVier Posey has, apparently, made a full recovery from a major injury. Plus, Eleven Warriors has stats from Posey and all the former Buckeyes in the NFL.



In many ways, Mike Nugent is just like you. Don’t you wish you could relive your glorious collegiate days?  When you crushed an epic amount of Natty and tail, bro?

Nugent does too, which is why he’s replicating his college kicking performances. Calling back to a 2004 game against Marshall, "Nuge" nailed a fifty-plus yarder to win the game for his team.

It’s the second straight week he courageously led Cincinnati to a victory, making up for Andy Dalton’s lack of a "clutch gene" (Nugent can’t do anything about Dalton’s "gingervitis," however).

The 2004 Lou Groza Award winner has hit eight of his 10 field goal attempts on the season.

Roster Shakeups

NFL teams were busy shifting around Buckeyes last week, and that momentum carried over to this week.

The Packers added Jake Stoneburner to their active roster, and outfitted him in pants that are not flattering for tight ends (certainly not a result of being scared of their week seven opponent).

To the dismay of those in his home state, Stoneburner’s first NFL highlight was a roughing the punter penalty. To his credit, the flag brought Brandon Weeden back onto the field, and he promptly threw an interception.

New England is the latest victim of Geno Smith’s late-game heroics and controversial football rules. Buckeye defensive backs are no stranger to the latter, so it made sense to bring on Travis Howard.

The undrafted Howard entered training camp on the Texans roster, but was waived in one of Houston’s final rounds of cuts. He was a free agent until the Patriots added him to their practice squad. 

Justin Boren participated in training camp with the Broncos before injuring his toe. Denver placed him on injured reserve, where he sat until being waived. Boren, who previously played for the Ravens and Lions, is now a free agent.

Highlight of the week

Case Keenum made his first NFL start and didn't consistently throw it to the other team – the opposite of what Matt Schaub did. One of his passes went to DeVier Posey, who is coming off a torn Achilles tendon. Posey had his first notable highlight of the year, with this nice catch and run

How ex-Buckeyes Fared During Week Seven 

Player team position stats/Notes
Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers OT Stepped in at RT after an injury in win over Ravens
Will Allen Pittsburgh Steelers S Active for Steelers, still drawing ire of Cowboys fans
Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers OG Affectionate with Kapernick in win over Titans
Michael Brewster Jacksonville Jaguars C Jags still awful, Brewster still not starting 
Chimdi Chekwa Oakland Raiders CB Raiders on bye week
Kurt Coleman Philadelphia Eagles DB One tackle, still adored by Eagles fans in loss to Dallas
Jim Cordle New York Giants C Giants play tonight vs Vikings
Nate Ebner New England Patriots DB Active on special teams in loss to Jets, stalked by fans
Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers WR 2 rec, 34 yds, 2 KR, 54 yds in win over Rams
Johnathan Hankins New York Giants DT Giants play tonight vs Vikings
Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins WR 6 rec, 69 yds in loss to Bills
Ben Hartsock Carolina Panthers TE Gave Chris Long the "heave-ho" in win over Rams 
A.J. Hawk Green Bay Packers LB Team leading 12 tackles in win over Browns
Boom Herron  Indianapolis Colts RB Active on special teams against Broncos
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers DE 1 tackle and an 11 yd kick return in win over Ravens
Santonio Holmes New York Jets WR Inactive in win over Patriots due to hamstring injury 
Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints S Saints on bye week 
James Laurinaitis St. Louis Rams LB 11 tackles, 1 sack and anti-Superman in loss to Panthers
Nick Mangold New York Jets C Shared a tender moment with Geno Smith after win
Jake McQuaide St. Louis Rams LS Snapper on 2 FGs, 1 XP in loss to Panthers
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals K 2-3 on FGs and – yawn – another game winner
Ryan Pickett Green Bay Packers DT No listed stats but I assume he picked off Weeden
DeVier Posey Houston Texans WR 1 rec, 42 yds in loss to Chiefs
Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders QB Raiders on bye week
Brian Robiskie Atlanta Falcons WR Made debut with Falcons in win over Bucs
Dane Sanzenbacher Cincinnati Bengals WR Key 7 yd reception on game winning drive
John Simon Baltimore Ravens LB Active in loss to Steelers
Rob Sims Detroit Lions OG Stafford sacked 0 times and threw for 357 yds in loss
Jake Stoneburner Green Bay Packers TE Flagged for roughing the punter in regular season debut
Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers S 3 tackles, suffered minor knee injury in win over Titans

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

And the Houndie goes to Nuge, Hawk, or Little Animal.  Or perhaps Boone for pulling a Vrabel.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

toad1204's picture

Cam Heyward fielded a KR???  Wheres the video?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Paulillo's picture

Haha - he showed off his wheels back in college on that interception against Miami. I remember him huffing and puffing for a while after that play.

GoBucks713's picture

The Houndie is Dead. Long Live the Houndie.
Also, don't forget about Jim Cordle and Johnathan Hankins still has to play tonight...
Does a former writer own the Houndie name or something? I'm still wondering why we haven't been told what happened to what was once my second favorite posting (welcome back Situational Bourbon) on 11W.

-The Aristocrats!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Funny, but that question gets asked every week, and I have asked for a while for a new t-shirt, but there is never any response.
The first rule of the houndie is that you don't talk about the houndie.

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

yrro's picture

The real truth is probably that the staff always thought it was a dumb name. :) We should have remembered to ask at Eat Too Brutus.

GoBucks713's picture

If I were able to go, I would have pulled Jason aside and held his beer hostage until I got an answer.

-The Aristocrats!

AndyVance's picture

Let's drink a toast to the Houndie. May it forever love on in our hearts, and in the comments section. Let us keep it a weekly tradition here, as we've done with the legendary Bucksfan Icon thread, which is itself so far Out of Hound that it deserves its own award.

GoBucks713's picture

That's my plan, or until we get an answer as to what happened to the Houndie.

-The Aristocrats!

Earle's picture

The Houndie only dies if we let it.  Long live the Houndie!!
My Houndie vote for this week goes to A.J. Hawk.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

droessl's picture

I think Kap peed himself a little bit after that headbutt from Boone. 

Spriggz's picture

"Ryan Pickett  Green Bay Packers  DT  No listed stats but I assume he picked off Weeden"...It's funny because it's true.

Patriot4098's picture

Ah, ya' beat me to it. Thought this was pure gold.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

hit_the_couch's picture

Dane keeps getting 1 rec a game for the Bengals, but at least it's key to the winning drive.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

JozyMozy's picture

It's true! Both of the past weeks, his one catch was super clutch. Love it. 
Don't love all the Dalton hate. I'm not talking about here per se, just in general. Media/fantasy football types keep painting him as more of a hurdle than an asset. Could he be better on deep throws? Absolutely. Does he have a great supporting cast? My oh my, yes. Does this mean he's plug-and-play replaceable?
*thinks back to Ryan Fitzpatrick filling in for Palmer*
*thinks back to post-knee injury Palmer*
yeah, nah. The kid is good. Not elite, but pretty damn good. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Honorable mention - semi pro ball:  CFL - Troy Smith had an outstanding day for the Montreal Alouettes!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

45has2's picture

Nuuuge, put those DeRiot kitties in a Strangle Hold. Ironic no, Teddy?

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

pjtobin's picture

I love both Mike and Uncle Ted. I use Teds patent arrows. They are zebra looking. Heavy, but they hit as hard as a Roby ejection hit. They are gold tips Carlos Hyde. 

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

IBleedSandG's picture

...making up for Andy Dalton’s lack of a "clutch gene"

Lol. I'll take 24-34 for 372 and 3 TDs on the road all day.


You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Nugent, making field goals against M*chigan teams since 2001

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