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DE Vernon Gholston (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by bukIpower, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member

    WE all hope so . I Think VG will be one of our defensive stars .
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Buckeyes' defensive end has momentum

    OSU needs Gholston to lead again, this time against Texas

    By Marla Ridenour

    Beacon Journal sportswriter

    COLUMBUS - Ohio State hasn't had a feared pass rusher since the departure of All-American Will Smith after the 2003 season.
    Redshirt sophomore defensive end Vernon Gholston showed potential in Saturday's season-opening victory over Northern Illinois.
    A Detroit native making his first start, Gholston recorded five tackles (two solos), two sacks and 1 ? tackles for losses.
    ``I've been waiting for this for the past three years,'' Gholston said. ``We have a bunch of guys who could be starters on this defense. It's was definitely a great opportunity for me.''
    Defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said last month that the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Gholston had been the most impressive of those slated to fill nine open starting jobs.
    The Buckeyes will need Gholston to lead the rush on Longhorns' redshirt freshman quarterback Colt McCoy this weekend as No. 1 OSU visits No. 2 Texas.
    ``He's really fast. He's a freak athlete,'' fifth-year senior defensive end Jay Richardson said, claiming Gholston was ``my prodigy.''
    ``You can look at him and tell he's a football player,'' Richardson said. ``His thing was getting confidence in himself. The better you play, the more plays you can make, the more confidence those guys get. They say, `I can do this. I can compete at this level.' Once you have that, he'll be unstoppable.''
    Tressel might not have suspected that last preseason when Gholston broke a finger. He missed two games and decided to redshirt.
    Asked if he had any say in the matter, Gholston said, ``Kinda. Kinda not. I was definitely in the two-deep, though.
    ``Whatever's best for the team. If it came down to it last season, I could have got in there. We had Mike Kudla and he was doing pretty good. There wasn't a need to rush me into it.''
    Tressel didn't think Gholston's performance Saturday was merely a player taking advantage of a matchup. He said based on the team's grading system in spring and fall, Gholston was ``our most productive player.''
    ``Now Vernon has to pass the test of time,'' Tressel said. ``He's made excellent steps, had a good spring, a good preseason, a good first game, now his second game has got to be even better. Sometimes after you've tasted success on the real stage, maybe that can propel you. If you come through for the team, does it give you confidence? I think it does.''
  3. buckeye247

    buckeye247 # 33

    Gholston needs to have a huge game tomm night.
    EDIT- Our defense needs to have a huge game,
  4. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member

    I think VG will be a BIG player for us . But all the Bu:oh: cks need to play a great game tonite.
  5. ScarletBlood31

    ScarletBlood31 Buckeye in Blacksburg

  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator
  7. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member

  8. Tlangs

    Tlangs Owner of the Tressel Jacket

    I have 4 letters to describe gholston

  9. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    For OSU defensive end Gholston, better late than never

    By Doug Harris
    Staff Writer

    Saturday, September 23, 2006

    COLUMBUS ? Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock had pushed all the motivational buttons, but he was beginning to write off Vernon Gholston as a high-talent enigma whose laid-back style was better suited for a more leisurely activity than football.
    Like croquet.
    The Buckeyes out-recruited Michigan for the chiseled defensive end. But Heacock didn't think the third-year sophomore from Detroit was much of a prize until watching him flourish in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder, who wears No. 50, quickly seized a starting role and has been a disruptive force this year, recording 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Buckeyes' first three games.
    "He's been a surprise, and I'm real proud of him," Heacock said. "I wasn't sure he'd play this year ? I'll be honest ? and I told him that. But he improved so much from last fall until this spring. It's unbelievable.
    "I never thought he'd do that. The light switch came on."
    But the epiphany Heacock referred to actually was five years in the making.
    Gholston never played organized sports until his sophomore year at Detroit Cass Technical High School, and he needed prodding even then to finally strap on a helmet.
    "My head coach saw me walking in the hallway and said, 'Are you a parent here?' " Gholston recalled. "I said, 'No, I'm a student.' He was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.'
    "He grabbed me and said, 'You're going to have to play for us.' I didn't capitalize on it then. But six months later, he took me in his office again and put me on the team."
    Asked what his interests were before then, the well-spoken Gholston could only shrug.
    "I didn't really know what I wanted to do," he said. "I went back and forth like a lot of kids do.
    "I always liked being physical. I used to wrestle with my brother. But I didn't have any idea I'd be playing football."
    The Buckeyes are certainly glad he's found his niche. They're tied for the Big Ten lead with 13 sacks, and the defensive line is engaging in a friendly competition to see who can bag the most quarterbacks.
    Quinn Pitcock is the team sack leader with four. And although Gholston has a signature move that's serving him well, it's a closely guarded secret.
    "I don't know if I want to reveal it," he said. "We have a couple opponents coming up, and I might want to use it then."
  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0


  11. Moose

    Moose Back on track baby!!!!!!!!

    Yeah, the light switch came on, but wait until he has the "AHA!" moment. Bringing all the components together. Size, speed, strength, knowledge of the game, and that secret move he spoke of. Vernon is already being a force. The sky is the limit for him. I am enjoying watching him get better and better. Thank you Vernon for choosing OSU. Your fans love it! Get after those nittany lions today! Show them what your made of. GO BUCKS!!:biggrin:
  12. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    2.5 sacks at this point in the season is impressive when you consider:
    • NIU: Doug Free (Jon Brost(sp?)) wasn't bad either
    • UT: Justin Blalock - UT OL is among the nation's best.
    He's nearly averaged a sack a game, when 2 of the 3 games were against better offensive tackles than he'll see the rest of the year.

    He'll average better than a sack a game for the season. Not bad for a sophomore.
  13. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member

    I'ts not bad for anyone :)
    A Fantastic rush from the front four would be lights out this year. Maybe we could rename the "Shoe "Sack City".......:) NAHHHH it would always be the "Shoe"
    Hey on Oct 28th they could adververtise "watch out for the Ghol" haha:biggrin:
  14. rocketman

    rocketman flying low

    Bad ass pic of Vernon:


    I don't know if he got the tackle or not but I think that's just cool...
  15. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    Don't know if he got the tackle, but the guy "blocking" him sure did.

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