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Scarlet Sunrise: Former Buckeyes win XFL debut for DC Defenders

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Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and the DC Defenders won their first XFL game. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Former Buckeyes win XFL debut for DC Defenders

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Former Buckeyes win XFL debut for DC Defenders

Ohio State has plenty of stars in the NFL. Now, former Buckeyes are making plays in the newly-launched XFL, too.

Cardale Jones went 16-of-26 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns for the DC Defenders in their 31-19 win over the Seattle Dragons. Jones’ win in the XFL was the first start of his professional career, and he has still never lost as a starter in his college and professional career. Jones wasn’t the only former Ohio State player making plays for the Defenders. They have three former Ohio State stars — Jones, defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle and cornerback Doran Grant. Sprinkle had a tackle and a quarterback hurry, while Grant had two tackles.

The Defenders are 1-0, and they’ll take on the New York Guardians on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Is Ohio State interested in Zachary Evans?

Ohio State was originally going to take two running backs in the recruiting class of 2020. But when plans fell through, the Buckeyes still came away with Miyan Williams, an in-state, three-star tailback who adds a physical running style to the running back room. But there’s still one big fish out in the recruiting pond of 2020, and that’s five-star back Zachary Evans, a talented player that will bring baggage to whatever school he chooses. Could he pick the Buckeyes? Well, Lettermen Row recruiting aficionado Birm has the latest on the ongoing saga between Evans and the big-name schools around the country, primarily Ohio State:

So, what’s what? Has there been a continued conversation between Zach Evans and Ohio State? Yes, according to Lettermen Row sources, there has been. Does that mean that the Buckeyes are reconsidering their position on adding another player to the 2020 recruiting class?

No, it doesn’t. Would Evans have an interest in Ohio State? Sources indicate that he would, but to this point the message from the folks in command of the Buckeyes has not changed. Could that position eventually change?

Maybe, but it’s hard to see that occurring unless Evans were to spend the next year in a prep-school program or junior college program that allows him to develop himself from a maturity standpoint and provides him a chance to prove that he’s capable of the rigors of college life on and off the field.

Read the full report here.

Ohio State basketball falls at Wisconsin

Ohio State seemed to be on an upward trajectory at the right time. Then it went to Wisconsin.

The Buckeyes, entering the game with a three-game win streak that featured many glimpses of problems from January solved, went in the opposite direction on the road at Wisconsin on Sunday. They struggled to shoot, defend or find any rhythm on either end of the floor in one of their worst losses of the season.

It was going to be difficult to win at Wisconsin. Each team in the league has struggled away from home this season. The inefficient play just made things worse in the Buckeyes 70-57 loss, their first in the month of February, one that is only going to get harder moving forward. After Wisconsin beat them for a second time this season, the only thing Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes can do is move ahead to a home game against a scrappy Rutgers team on Wednesday night.

Check out Three Points about the game from Lettermen Row here.

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Shawn Oakman recorded a sack for the LA Wildcats. It was great to see him on hte field again after everything he went through.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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