Scarlet Sunrise: Another Rushmen product signs massive NFL extension

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Sam Hubbard signed an extension with the Cincinnati Bengals. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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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.

“The majority of our team is vaccinated,” Day said. “It’s one of those things where I think you really have to take a look at the certain risks. There’s certain risks with everything. I think there’s risks with the virus, there’s risks with the vaccine, there’s risks with testing positive, there’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 we’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 it’s something that’s unique to each guy and we have kind of left it up to them.”

If a majority of the players are vaccinated, the Buckeyes should have few — if any — disruptions this season.

READ: What We Learned from Ryan Day about Buckeyes at Big Ten Media Days

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, he’ll have some catching up to do.

“We know he fits in with the team,” Day said. “That was the first concern about coming in as late as he did. Now it’s about chemistry and finding a role for him. But he’s got to be physically ready, because there’s a lot that goes into that.

“We will be working with him through the preseason and then see where he’s at in the first game or two. There’s a long way to January. It’s too early for any kind of talk about how he’s looked or anything like that, but he certainly has a lot of ability. He is special.”

READ: ‘Unique’ recruitment of J.T. Tuimoloau worth wait for Ryan Day, Buckeyes

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