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tBBC Ohio State Moments: Nick Vannett

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

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    Ohio State Moments: Nick Vannett
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    (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 tight end Nick Vannett. The Westerville, OH native emerged near the end of the 2014 season and in the 2015 season as an effective run blocker and reliable receiver.

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

    5. November 29, 2014 – The “TD Catch” vs. Michigan

    Early in the 1st quarter, Vannett slips across the formation into the left flat for an easy 6-yard TD to open the scoring. A fairly straightforward play, but a TD in The Game is always memorable. The play is the first one on the video, below.

    4. January 1, 2015 – “First Down Catch” vs. Alabama Playoff Game

    Ohio State was trying to obtain some momentum late in the 1st half against Alabama. With the Buckeyes trailing 21-13 and 1:00 remaining in the half, Nick runs a crisp post pattern and hauls in an 18 yard pass for a 1st down at the ‘Bama 40. Three plays later, the Spencer->Thomas touchdown pulls OSU to within one point. The play occurs at the 12:50 mark in the video, below.

    The next three highlights all come from the National Championship game against Oregon. I chose them, because Vannett made big plays in the biggest game of the year.

    3. January 12, 2015 – “Trap Block, Zeke’s TD Run” vs. Oregon, National Championship Game

    Trailing early, 7-0, Ohio State was mounting a threat in their second drive of the game. At the Oregon 33 yard line, Vannett came across the formation to trap block a Duck, which sprung Zeke Elliott free for a game tieing run. The play occurs at the 5:20 mark in the video, below.

    2. January 12, 2015 – “The TD Catch” vs. Oregon, National Championship Game

    Nick can open holes for running backs to score. But, can he catch passes, too? You bet. Following an Elliott run to the 1 yard line, Vannett slips from the slot into the left flat and hauls in the TD pass to give Ohio State a 14-7 lead with 1:15 to play in the first quarter. The play occurs at the 8:01 mark in the video, below.

    1. January 12, 2015 – “The Trap Block-Breathing Room” vs. Oregon, National Championship Game

    This was not a scoring play, but it was probably one of Vannett’s most clutch efforts of the game. Early in the 2nd quarter, Ohio State had just held Oregon off with a stout goal line stand, taking possession at the one yard line. On a 2nd-9 play, Vannett’s block enables Zeke to spring a 26 yard run. The Buckeyes eventually turned the ball over, but Oregon’s possession began inside their 10 yard line. The play occurs at the 11:28 mark in the video, below.

    Memorable performances in a memorable game. Thank you, Nick.

    What are your favorite Nick Vannett 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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