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OL Jonah Jackson (1st Team All B1G, 3rd Team All-American)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by NorthCoastKid, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  2. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    How good must Jonah feel about his decision? Damn he went from worst to first literally.
     
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    OHIO STATE'S JONAH JACKSON HOPING FOR “A COUPLE MORE PRESENTS” IN FIRST-EVER BOWL APPEARANCE

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    Jonah Jackson hasn’t lived in Columbus long enough to know more than one Cap City Diner exists.

    “Is there more than one Cap City?” he asked on Monday afternoon.

    All he knows is he met Ryan Day there for a meal earlier this year that set him on course to change his football future.

    In an alternate reality that seemed fairly likely not too long ago, Jackson would have wrapped up a fifth losing season in a row at Rutgers with a multi-touchdown loss to Penn State on Nov. 30, concluding his college career without a bowl trip. He’d have spent the entirety of December not preparing for another game but getting ready for the NFL. What had become the norm would have remained the norm.

    Instead, because of his decision to graduate transfer to Ohio State in the spring, Jackson now finds himself in the spotlight. In less than two weeks, he’ll make his bowl debut in the Fiesta Bowl as the starting left guard for the second-ranked team in the country with a national championship berth on the line.

    “I'm enjoying a lot, man,” Jackson said. “Christmas definitely came early. Hopefully we get a couple more presents in the future.”

    Christmas came even earlier for Ohio State when Jackson chose to become a Buckeye in February, opting to play there despite considering other major programs, including Oklahoma.

    Neither Greg Studrawa nor Ryan Day announced that any offensive linemen had cemented starting spots entering the summer. But even by the time spring practices began, it was clear that Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers were in line to replace two of the four starters from last season’s line. Davis started three games at the end of the 2018 season when Demetrius Knox suffered an injury, shining in postseason action, and Studrawa had mentioned Myers as someone who had everything click for him in the middle of last season.

    With Davis seemingly locked in at right guard and Myers set at center, the uncertainty of who would line up at left guard was one of the main questions in the spring, especially due to a lack of veteran depth. The options at the time? Gavin Cupp, a fourth-year junior who took most of the reps in the spring; Branden Bowen, the starting right tackle who had experience at guard; Harry Miller, a freshman who didn’t enroll until the summer; and Matthew Jones, a second-year sophomore.

    Then came Jackson.

    The 6-foot-4, 305-pound interior offensive lineman had nearly two seasons of starting experience at center and guard, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten as a redshirt junior at Rutgers in 2018. In the mind of Ohio State’s coaches, the former team captain fit both as a quality lineman and somebody who could add experience and an elder voice on a young line.

    On Feb. 25, Jackson made it official, announcing his transfer to Ohio State.

    “Honestly when you told me I'd be here doing this right now, I'd probably laugh at you last year,” Jackson said. “It's just a blessing, man. Just have these guys, everybody here around me being in this group and being part of this culture in such a historical program, it's incredible.”

    Entire article: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019/12/110507/ohio-states-jonah-jackson-hoping-for-a-couple-more-presents-in-first-ever-bowl-appearance
     
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  4. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Congrats to Jonah on being named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press.
     
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  5. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Pretty sure Jonah is pretty happy with his decision to come to Columbus. And so are we. He had a hell of a season and was an integral part of what I feel is the beast interior OL we've ever had.
     
  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    A LONG TIME COMING: JONAH JACKSON’S FIRST BOWL GAME, FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING

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    Getting ready to leave the locker room at Ohio Stadium on a late-November game day, Jonah Jackson and Josh Myers found themselves in a familiar place.

    Side by side.

    That’s where they’d spent the duration of the game — and the entire season — on Ohio State’s offensive line as starting right guard and center, making their first year as teammates look like a rinse-repeat routine long in the making.

    But that day, the Buckeyes’ double-digit win against Penn State held a special significance for Jackson, a redshirt senior graduate transfer from Rutgers.

    “That’s the first time I’ve ever beat them,” Jackson turned and told Myers on their exit stroll. “Like, in my entire career.”

    It won’t be the final first for Jackson, who finds himself amid preparation for the first-ever bowl game in his five-year college football career after a season of individual and team accolades he once didn’t think possible.

    Of the 48 games Rutgers played in Jackson’s four years in the program, the Scarlet Knights won just 11. In conference games, Rutgers went 4-31 from 2015 to ’18.

    In his three years on the field, Jackson lost to Penn State 39-0, 35-6 and 20-7, but the Nittany Lions weren’t the only Big Ten team the Pennsylvania native never got a win against until he got to Ohio State.

    That list includes Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

    “Honestly if you told me I’d be here doing this right now, I’d probably laugh at you last year,” Jackson said. “It’s just a blessing man. Have these guys, everybody around me, being in this group and being apart of this culture in such a historical program is incredible.”

    Not only were Jackson’s Rutgers teams never bowl eligible, with their best season finish being 4-8 during his tenure, but in 2018, the Scarlet Knights went 1-11, with an 0-9 record in the Big Ten. It was the school’s worst finish since 2002 and just the fourth time Rutgers won one or fewer games in a season since the dawn of the 20th century.

    But Jackson found individual success on the field, even if his team did not. He became a team captain in 2018 and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after leading an offensive line unit that finished second in the conference, allowing 1.33 sacks per game.

    It wasn’t enough for Jackson, though, who became one of five Rutgers players to transfer out of the program following the dismal season, citing a need for change both athletically and academically.

    In February, he stayed in the Big Ten East with a commitment to the Buckeyes, a team he lost to by a combined score of 215-10 the past four years.

    Jackson said he didn’t see “an ounce of new guy” in first-year head coach Ryan Day in the pair’s first meeting at Cap City Diner in Grandview, Ohio, and Day must not have seen much “new guy” in him either: Come August, Jackson was awarded a starting spot just months into his Buckeye career.

    “That’s just a tribute to who Jonah is as a person and how he handles himself and how well he did coming in here,” Myers said. “That’s a hard thing to do, what he did, and just the way he carried himself throughout that whole process and how professional he was. We all love him so much. Just everything he’s done this whole process has been next to perfect.”

    Entire article: https://www.thelantern.com/2019/12/ohio-state-football-jonah-jacksons-first-bowl-game-five-years-in-the-making/
     
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  9. mendensa

    mendensa Senior

    Bowl Games do mean something to some of these kids.
     
  10. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Thx for the memories!
     
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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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  12. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    https://www.pff.com/news/2020-senior-bowl-day-2-practice-notes-kj-hill-jonah-jackson-troy-pride-jr
     
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  13. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    https://www.pff.com/news/draft-senior-bowl-takeaways-2020

    39. Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State
    Jackson firmly put himself into the conversation for PFF’s OG1. He doesn’t have the raw power that our current top guard — Fresno State’s Netane Muti — possesses, but he is the most technically sound pass protector in the class. He’s a sure-fire top-50 player on our board.

    https://www.pff.com/news/draft-senior-bowl-risers-fallers-2020

    Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State
    Jackson may have moved all the way up to OG1 with his performance in Mobile. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard is a bit top-heavy, but his balance is absurd. He was near-flawless in one-on-one drills and also impressed in team drills as a run blocker. He should be in the first-round conversation when it’s all said and done.
     
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  14. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Possible 1st rounder? Go get it young man!
     
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  15. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I'm def no expert but I saw Jonah locking down his man every rep he was in at both guard spots.
     
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