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OL T.J. Downing (official thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by ashlandbuck, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    I just finished watching and rewatching the 1st half of the Spring game.
    If anyone else happened to tape it, isolate on Downing at RT for the Scarlet. He looks good. I am very impressed

    Standouts for me at this point is Zwick, Hollins, Pittman, Richardson.
    Hollins looks like a kid that could get yards after the catch.
    Zwick has been very poised. The drive for a TD was masterful on his part.
  2. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    I was extremely impressed with Richardson and Frost on the defensive side of the ball.
  3. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Rivals $


    Good article detailing T.J.'s youth and close relationship with a Notre Dame fan whom he views as a second father. The man has since passed, but Downing is dedicating the game to his memory.
  4. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie

    I read the article as non-premium on Rivals.

    Click 21's link even if you're not a BSB subscriber.
  5. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    Downing talks about holidays past. Bollman gave the O linemen DVDs for Christmas.

  6. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0



  7. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0$ (Steve Helwagen)


    Downing talks about being a leader this year, the upcoming season and his feelings on the potential of the offense.
  8. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie

    When an OL's on the cover, it's gotta go into his thread, also.

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  9. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    [FONT=Verdana,Times New Roman,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Downing has spot up front[/FONT]
    Friday, August 18, 2006 [FONT=Verdana,Times New Roman,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]By Todd Porter REPOSITORY SPORTS WRITER[/FONT]

    During his six seasons in the NFL, Walt Downing can count on one hand the number of times his picture appeared in Sports Illustrated.
    With one magazine cover, his son, T.J., one-upped dad.
    T.J. Downing, a fifth-year senior at Ohio State and GlenOak High School graduate, appears on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated along with quarterback Troy Smith and center Doug Datish. The photo adorns SI’s College Football Preview, in which Ohio State is picked No. 1. The Buckeyes also were picked No. 1 in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll. The Associated Press poll comes out today.
    Downing is the first Stark County player or coach to land on the cover of Sports Illustrated since Todd Blackledge on Oct. 4, 1982. The former Penn State quarterback led the Nittany Lions to a national title that season.
    “It’s real neat,” Walt Downing said. “Some people will say they have a bull’s eye on them. You know what? They have all the talent in the world. They’ve got to raise their game to the next level.”
    The proud father went out and bought 15 copies of the magazine. He is ordering another 20.
    Dad isn’t worried about the so-called Sports Illustrated jinx — a curse that falls on some athletes who have graced past covers — in part because Ohio State isn’t the only team featured. Sports Illustrated did regional covers with each of its top six teams. Other cover teams are Notre Dame, Texas, LSU, Southern Cal and West Virginia.
    “Now, if it was a solo thing, then maybe,” Walt Downing said. “It boils down to this: They know they have to bring their ‘A’ game every week. If they do it 13 times, it will be one helluva year.”
    Walt Downing was All-America at Michigan but is a converted Buckeye fan as he draws the line at blood. He has rooted for Ohio State the last five years at the Michigan game. He wore his son’s jersey last season to at Michigan Stadium.
    T.J. Downing is entering his second season as a full-time starter. As a sophomore, Downing played considerable time early in the season, then less during a three-game losing streak. He made his first career start against Michigan State during the second half of the year and has been a mainstay since at left guard.
    “T.J. has endured a lot,” Walt said. “He’s reaping the rewards now for all the hard work. There were a lot of times the kid could’ve given up. When he went down there, the plan was to redshirt because they had a lot of junior linemen, and then he would learn from them when they were seniors. His third year, he played well in the first game, and then didn’t play. It was tough. It took them three losses to get their heads out of the butts and get the right rotation of guys in there.”
    T.J. Downing told his father about the Sports Illustrated cover shoot about three weeks ago. When the magazine was released Wednesday, T.J. called his dad.
    “He said it looks sweet,” Walt Downing said. “Then he told me he lived up to the billing, because he called after their first practice Wednesday. He said they laid the lumber in the morning.”
    T.J. Downing was not available to comment.
  10. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie

    Another picture from

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    Troy Smith (center), Doug Datish and T.J. Downing form a fearsome trio for OSU.
    Peter Read Miller/SI

    jwinslow likes this.
  11. OhioState49

    OhioState49 Newbie

    isnt the picture on the cover of them with their helmets on?
  12. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie

    The cover photo is in post #8 above.
  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    [FONT=arial,sans-serif]OSU guard Downing starts at the top

    11:10 a.m.

    COLUMBUS - Ohio State right guard T.J. Downing is a 305-pound bucket of attitude, and the senior is even perfecting a mohawk for Saturday’s opener with Northern Illinois.

    “Come Saturday I’ll tighten up the sides and thin it down and it’ll look nice,” he said. “Nothing conservative here.”

    The hair is an extension of his outlook. He wants to feel like the success of the Buckeyes’ offense boils down to the line’s ability to manhandle the Huskies. It’ll be the first time starting as a group for sophomore left tackle Alex Boone, senior left guard Tim Schafer, senior center Doug Datish, Downing and right tackle Kirk Barton.

    “It’s hard putting five guys all together on the same page,” Downing said. “Sometimes you get a breakdown or miss a certain block, but you want to make somebody else pay for it. If I slip off a block, you don’t want to hesitate. You want to go after another guy and not think about it.”

    Downing oozes confidence, happy to take on the team’s preseason No. 1 ranking.

    “I want the bull’s-eye on my back, because it’ll give me more attention when I’m taking people down,” he said.

    But he’s a ready part of the offensive game plan.

    “Yeah, you want to hurt people and punish them and put them on their backs, but you have to do your job,” Downing said. “On the offensive line, we always talk about controlled chaos. It’s punishing up there, but if you get too whacked out and go berserk trying to hurt people, you’ll mess up your assignment. So we won’t let anyone take us out of our game.”
  14. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0


  15. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Even after you get OL of the week after going up against Iowa's all-Big-10 DT King; it takes until 1315 hours on Wednesday before someone bumps your thread. I tell you, Offensive Guards get no respect... no respect at all.

    (King was Iowa player of the game by ABC, ironically)

    Mr. Mohawk did an awesome job pulling too.

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