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tBBC Ohio State Moments: Michael Thomas

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Apr 27, 2016.

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    Ohio State Moments: Michael Thomas
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    (Image courtesy Columbus Dispatch)

    The NFL Draft is right around the corner and over the next few days, the staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry want to share with you our favorite Buckeye Moments from the draft eligible players from the Ohio State program.

    Today, we look at wide receiver Michael Thomas. The Los Angeles CA native finished the 2015 season as Ohio State’s leading receiver with 781 yards, which accounted for nearly 1/3 of the Buckeyes’ passing offense. His 56 receptions included 9 TD catches.

    Here are my five top moments during Thomas’ Ohio State career.

    5. October 24, 2015 – The “Sidestep-Sprint-Score” vs. Rutgers

    Ohio State was leading 7-0 midway through the 2nd quarter. J.T. Barrett found Thomas on a short sideline route. Thomas catches the pass, squares up, feints the defender then sprints to the end zone. This demonstrated his field awareness and acceleration. As a bonus, Paul Keels calls the play.

    4. October 17, 2015 – “One Hand TD” vs. Penn State

    Ohio State was already putting the wood to PSU, but the Buckeyes can always score more in this game, right? With the Buckeyes up 31-10 with 4 minutes remaining, J.T. Barrett throws a back-shoulder fade to Thomas. Michael proceeds to fend off the defender with his left arm while making one-handed catch with his right.

    The annoying thing about the telecast is that color commentator Kirk Herbstreit does not once mention what a good catch it was. Yes, Herbie, it was a very good throw, but good-god, give the receiver some credit!.

    3. September 7, 2015 – “See-ya Move” vs. Virginia Tech

    In the “Revenge Game” against Virginia Tech, Ohio State had things pretty well in hand all evening. With the Buckeyes leading 31-17, Michael Thomas absolutely freezes Kendall Fuller for a TD to ice the game for OSU.

    Fuller was one of, if not the, best corner in CFB last season. For Thomas to embarrass a player of that capability that early in the season was a confidence builder for the rest of the year.

    2. January 1, 2015 – “The Catch” vs. Alabama, National Playoff Game

    Yes, I’m sure that Herbie would agree this is a very well thrown pass, but it’s an even better catch. It showed Michael’s perfect field awareness, athleticism and ability to make a play “in the moment”. And “in the moment” gave Ohio State a breath of life in the game.

    This was quite the catch. And pass.

    1. November 28, 2015 – “The Celebration” vs. Michigan

    Probably my favorite moment in Michael Thomas’ career at Ohio State was when he took the field with :06 remaining in the game as part of OSU’s “victory” formation. The Buckeyes had just dismantled the Wolverines in the initial meeting between Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh, leaving no doubt who the alpha male is.

    This is sheer joy.

    Well done, Michael, well done. And thank you.

    What are your favorite Michael Thomas’ moments? Share your thoughts below and stay tuned for more in the Ohio State Moments series throughout the week leading to the NFL Draft.

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