This Week in Twitter is a look at some of the week's best and most entertaining tweets from Buckeyeland and beyond.
The start of the Ohio State football season is now officially less than a month away, with this week marking the start of training camp for the latest group of Buckeyes to take the field in Columbus.
Conveniently, the basketball team finally answered C.J. Stroud's call-out for an inter-squad scrimmage between the gridiron gang and hoops troupe, right as the former's practice responsibilities are starting to pick up. Likely having witnessed what Marvin Harrison Jr. brings in his dunk package, Zed Key and Chris Holtmann made sure to time their response in letting Ohio State's latest Heisman hopeful know that they are now ready for a showdown at any moment.
@CJ7STROUD I got my team ready Where your team at— Zed Key (@iamzedkey) July 31, 2022
Chris Holtmann jokes about C.J. Stroud challenging the Ohio State basketball team to a 5 on 5 game against the football team:— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) August 1, 2022
We have the most confident QB1 in the country and I love it! pic.twitter.com/edxU8nIqaT
Holtmann did give out more than just sly compliments this week. He and his wife made a donation to the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in helping restore the basketball court at the Feddersen Community Center, with many Buckeye basketballers taking part in the celebration of its re-opening.
In partnership with @ColsRecParks, @ChrisHoltmann and his wife Lori helped provide funding to resurface the outdoor court at Feddersen Community Center and joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday.#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/4JmKaXPMl7— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) August 4, 2022
Meanwhile, the rest of Ohio State's basketball team continued to prepare for their upcoming exhibition games in the Bahamas — the first of which takes place today against the Egyptian national team.
Even further across the Atlantic Ocean, more good news came for Ohio State basketball this week when former Buckeye Deshaun Thomas became the latest signing for Olimpia Milano of Italy's LBA.
Getting back to training camp(s), plenty of professional Buckeyes have been lighting up the NFL on the precipice of preseason play. However, no one has been quite literally turning more heads of late than Chris Olave.
Chris Olave my lord pic.twitter.com/8kCQ4wnimF— Beckett (@410Beck) August 5, 2022
Given Michael Thomas' rep around league circles and beyond as the "Slant God," it appears he may soon have some competition for that title in the form of a fellow former Ohio State receiver. Given the abundance of short route prowess on display for the Saints, it's fair to wonder if Drew Brees currently spends his days pondering if he should have put off retirement.
Then again, Bradley Roby seems to be having more success sticking with the wideout formerly recognized as CO2.
Roby vs Olave pic.twitter.com/Hu8XpatWkf— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 1, 2022
Eli Apple seems to be having similar success sticking with his elite NFL teammates on their practice routes, given recent comments made by last season's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Ja'Marr Chase.
Not to be outdone by his own former Buckeye teammate in New Orelans, Garrett Wilson continues to make a splash in his new home with the New York Jets while still showing respect to fans of the program that witnessed him build himself up to a name worth national recognition.
Word around the Bay Area is that Trey Sermon also appears to be having an impressive start to training camp after garnering plenty of praise last offseason as well.
Trey Sermon is having the best training camp practice of his career today— Jordan Elliott (@JLeeElliott) August 2, 2022
He looks incredible out there, running with power and conviction, being decisive with his cuts, and displayig explosion when bouncing to the outside
Even outside the highest level of professional football, former Ohio State players made plenty of noise this week. Cardale Jones teased a return to the XFL for the league's planned comeback in February 2023.
Dear— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) August 5, 2022
See you Spring 23
While out of playing football entirely, Harry Miller clearly seems intent on continuing the trend of retired offensive linemen making substantial slim-downs soon after their playing days have come to a close.
260 lbs (-60 from March 31). 4 months of training and finally achieved a sub 6 minute mile. Sic Parvis Magna. pic.twitter.com/HvmKp6BTiz— Harry Miller (@h_miller76) August 1, 2022
Speaking of dramatic offseason transformations, Gene Smith became a cowboy this week at the Ohio State Fair!
Enjoyed my experience at the Deans Charity Steer Show at the State Fair.— Gene Smith (@OSU_AD) August 2, 2022
Thanks Ashton Bain for showing me the ropes on how to show a steer! You are a pro!!! pic.twitter.com/FtSLam423F
The rest of the week saw an abundance of Buckeyes land on several key preseason outstanding player award watchlists, including Zach Harrison and Ronnie Hickman as names to track for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
The Maxwell Football Club today announced its watch list for the 28th Chuck Bednarik Award presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football. Check out who made the list here— Maxwell Football (@MaxwellFootball) August 1, 2022
For more information on #MaxwellFootball head to...https://t.co/WLP97u1LVJ pic.twitter.com/KnE8Avqnia
Also among the Ohio State players earning preseason positional distinction included:
- Luke Wypler for the Rimington Trophy
- Noah Ruggles for the Lou Groza Award
- Kamryn Babb for the Wuerffel Trophy
- Bradley Robinson for the Patrick Mannelly Award
- Denzel Burke and Ronnie Hickman for the Jim Thorpe Award
- Dawand Jones and Paris Johnson Jr. for the Outland Trophy
The volume of preseason standouts for the Buckeyes makes sense given not only the consistent success of the team, but also the abundance of quality leadership among its most senior members in recent seasons.
.@OhioStateFB is tied for second-most prospects in @seniorbowl over past 4 years w/ 13, including WR Terry McLaurin & Pro Bowl OG Jonah Jackson. This year we like EDGE Zach Harrison, DB Josh Proctor, OT Dawand Jones, CB Cameron Brown, & DT Taron Vincent.#TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/Uc3ShcUBC4— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) July 31, 2022
That standard of excellence seems to permeate throughout all the upperclassmen at Ohio State. Though Harry Miller announced his retirement in March, the remaining linemen still appear eager to continue echoing classical literature and philosophy quotes.
Though for some the college football season may still feel further away in time than the days of Ancient Greece, rest easy knowing that the first kickoff sits only four weekends away from today.