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Former Ohio State star Sam Hubbard signs lucrative extension
Sam Hubbard went from an Ohio State star to a third-round pick with the Cincinnati Bengals.
He has proven in his three NFL seasons that he deserved more money and a longer deal. He got just that Sunday, inking a four-year, $40 million extension with the Bengals that will keep him in Cincinnati for a long time.
Hubbard, a former star defensive end for the Buckeyes on some of their best defensive lines ever, has 16.5 career sacks along with eight passes defended and three forced fumbles. He has also had 22 tackles for loss and 33 quarterback hits in his three seasons with the Bengals.
Now he has a chance to keep causing havoc in a Bengals uniform for the foreseeable future. Hubbard is locked in to a massive extension with the Bengals.
Most Buckeyes players are vaccinated
Ohio State had disruptions last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Buckeyes are trying to make sure their players are safe this year, as well as making sure there are fewer — if any — disruptions due to the disease. Most of the Buckeyes players are now vaccinated, according to coach Ryan Day.
â€œThe majority of our team is vaccinated,â€ Day said. â€œItâ€™s one of those things where I think you really have to take a look at the certain risks. Thereâ€™s certain risks with everything. I think thereâ€™s risks with the virus, thereâ€™s risks with the vaccine, thereâ€™s risks with testing positive, thereâ€™s risks with contact tracing, not being able to play. And we have left that up to the players and we try to do everything we can to educate them with our medical people, sports medicine.
“I feel like weâ€™re in a pretty good place. I think the majority of our guys have been vaccinated and a few more are continuing to get vaccinated. I know itâ€™s something thatâ€™s unique to each guy and we have kind of left it up to them.â€
If a majority of the players are vaccinated, the Buckeyes should have few — if any — disruptions this season.
Buckeyes getting J.T. Tuimoloau up to speed, ready for season
The recruitment of J.T. Tuimoloau lasted into July, and he didn’t get on campus until just the last couple of weeks.
The five-star defensive end is certainly talented enough to play as a freshman this fall. And the Buckeyes are working to make sure he’s ready to do just that. Lettermen Row’s Birm has more:
Now that the wait for J.T. Tuimoloau is over, the expectations and the hype train can begin. To make an impact for Ohio State this fall, heâ€™ll have some catching up to do.
â€œWe know he fits in with the team,â€ Day said. â€œThat was the first concern about coming in as late as he did. Now itâ€™s about chemistry and finding a role for him. But heâ€™s got to be physically ready, because thereâ€™s a lot that goes into that.
â€œWe will be working with him through the preseason and then see where heâ€™s at in the first game or two. Thereâ€™s a long way to January. Itâ€™s too early for any kind of talk about how heâ€™s looked or anything like that, but he certainly has a lot of ability. He is special.â€
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