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The Cleveland Browns will hire former OSU center Jefff Uhlenhake as an OL assistant; another former Buckeye lineman, Jeff Davidson, is the Browns new OL coach.
Hey no fair from a Bengal perspective on all the primo Buckeye pick-ups you want the Browns to get. :tongue2:HineyBuck said:I really like what Romeo Crennel (or is it Savage) is doing, and seems to be doing deliberately. That is, building a connection to the major home state university tOSU. The draft, especially, and free agent signings, will be telling. Will they pick up Buckeyes wherever and whenever they fill a need? We will never return to the days of the pipeline Paul Brown built from tOSU to the Browns. But the more the Browns recognize they are Ohio's team, and the more they build from a tOSU base, the more butts they will put in seats, and, because I'm a tOSU homer, the more games I believe they will win.
Give us Dustin Fox. Give us Thomas Matthews. Give us Brandon Joe and Simon Fraser. Give us NUUUUGE!!!
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* Former strength and conditioning assistant Joe Rudolph has left Ohio State to take a position at Nebraska. Rudolph has been replaced on the OSU staff by former Buckeye and NFL offensive lineman Jeff Uhlenhake.
Uhlenhake, who attended his first Ohio State game in 1976 when the Buckeyes lost to Michigan, 22-0, and has hated the Wolverines ever since, is just glad to be back in Columbus again. He's had lots of stuff happening lately. Ten days ago he ran off the golf course at Muirfield Village to reach the hospital in time for the birth of his second son. And now this.
"This is huge," Uhlenhake said. "There are lot of other people who aren't in who are deserving."
The group will be inducted at banquets Sept. 5 and recognized publicly during the Ohio State football game Sept. 6 against Ohio University.
Uhlenhake, an offensive lineman and Newark native, was a first-team All-American and team most valuable player in 1988. He went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL before moving into coaching. He is entering his second season as the Ohio State football team's coordinator of strength and conditioning.
He said he was "stunned and thrilled to death" to join an elite group.
"I got on the (hall of fame) Web site, I scrolled through there -- it's an amazing list," Uhlenhake said. "I'm very grateful to be on that list."
Jeff Uhlenhake, Football 1985-88
A four-year letterwinner, Jeff Uhlenhake was a first-team All-American and team MVP in 1988, his senior season with the Buckeyes. He was also elected team captain as a senior. In 1986, Uhlenhake was first-team All-Big Ten and helped lead Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten championship. Uhlenhake played in two bowl games, including the Buckeyes? upset of Texas A&M in the 1987 Cotton Bowl. Uhlenhake went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL.
Former Buckeye All-American and current strength coordinator Jeff Uhlenhake was today's honorary captain for the Buckeyes. Uhlenhake was a 10-year NFL veteran and was a four-year starter at offensive guard for the Buckeyes from 1985-88.
Newark native Uhlenhake talks about career, Klein
Apr. 12, 2011
Jeff Uhlenhake, a former Newark Catholic football standout, NFL player and current Ohio State Univeristy football strength and conditioning coach speaks Tuesday at the Newark Rotary Club. / Matthew Berry, The Advocate
NEWARK ? Former Newark Catholic standout and current Ohio State football strength and conditioning coach Jeff Uhlenhake has played and coached at every level.
He?s enjoyed a lot of success along the way, and although relishes what he does, things are a little different for the former Buckeye All-American center now.
He?s had plenty of coaching stops over the years. After a 10-year NFL career, he?s been an assistant and head coach at the high school level, as well as an assistant coach in the NFL.
But now that he has a family, moving around isn?t as easy as it used to be. He and his wife, Angie, have three kids ? all younger than 5.
?I?m staying put and I like college, but I don?t how much I can handle the demands of being a strength coach,? said Uhlenhake, who was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Newark Rotary meeting. ?With three small children, my life is now dictated by family. I?m just kind of taking it one day at a time.
?I enjoy where I am right now. I?ve experienced it at all three levels and enjoyed all three levels. But I definitely enjoy being a Buckeye. I?m happy with the way things are going. We just bought a new home in Columbus, and we are happy, but you never know.?
'Business as usual'
Uhlenhake said he couldn?t comment about the controversy surrounding the Ohio State football team and the NCAA investigation. He said the coaches and players are focusing on the job at hand.
?It?s business as usual, and we are just going to work every day and doing what we need to do,? Uhlenhake said. ?Nebraska is now in the Big Ten, we play at Miami and we have a heck of a schedule. Our players are inspired, and they want to win.
?They come to work every day, they go to class and they do the right things. I don?t get caught up in that other stuff, and I?m not here to comment on that. I?m there to be a strength coach and to be a mentor to these kids.?