Skull Session: TBBITL is ready for football, a new development in the campus parking lot and Ohio State welcomes former players to practice

Ohio State football is days away from Todd Boeckman.

Did you think former Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman would attend this Skull Session? Neither did I until I wrote the intro. but there are 17 days left until the Buckeyes play their first game of the 2022 season, and he was the first player to wear that number that came to mind.

Anyway, enough about Boeckman. Let’s have a good Wednesday, okay?

TBBITL IN FOR 2022 JAM-PACKED. From scripting Ohio before kick-off to awe-inspiring creations at halftime, TBBDBITL delivers a magical experience for Buckeye fans, adding a unique layer to the football program’s rich tradition.

On Tuesday, the 145th edition of the marching band began training for a jam-packed slate of performances in 2022. The band’s season will begin with Ohio State’s top-five game against Notre Dame on September 3, kicking off five consecutive weeks with pre-game and half-time shows.

“We are truly thrilled with the 145th edition of The Best Damn Band in the Land, and look forward to a great season,” said Dr. Christopher Hoch, Ohio State Bands and Bands Director. “We’ve had a great group of students this year, and we’re proud of the work they’ve done so far.”

The marching band will perform a halftime show at each of Ohio State’s eight home games. TBBITL will also perform at University Park, Pennsylvania when the football team takes on Penn State on October 29.

Additionally, the Sept. 17 Buckeyes contest against Toledo will feature the return of the Columbus Alumni Marching Band. This will be the band’s 53rd annual performance with the student band.

Personal Note: I lived next door to a trumpeter in the Siebert Hall Marching Band during my freshman year at Ohio State in 2018. He worked incredibly hard on his studies while memorizing countless songs and formations for group performance.

Although they are not “athletes”, the band members devote as much, if not more, time to their craft than the players and competitors of the various sports teams. Additionally, they enhance football games and are now an integral part of game Saturdays in Columbus. Kudos to you if you are a current or former member of the marching band. I admire all your hard work.

CHANGING TIDES. In mid-July, several Buckeye football players collectively shared their grievances with CampusParc, the third-party service that oversees parking on Ohio State’s campus.

First to share his experience was defensive tackle Mike Hall Jr., who was fined $81 for failing to pay for parking at Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Running back TreVeyon Henderson chimed in, sharing that CampusParc haunts him while he practices or works out with the team.

Well, Hall and Henderson might get lucky.

Athlon Sports’ Bryan Fischer tweeted on Tuesday that a recent NCAA rule change will allow sports programs to purchase parking passes for their student-athletes, which is a massive development for Buckeye football players. in the Ohio State v. CampusPark.

If Ohio State chooses to take advantage of the rule change, Henderson, Hall and the rest of the Buckeyes may not have to worry about CampusParc tickets anymore.

I WANT TO GO BACK TO O-HI-O. Ohio State football welcomed former players to its practice on Monday morning. Kickers Blair Conway (1971-74) and Tom McBrayer (1971-74) and receiver Joey Galloway (1991-94) were among the players featured in a tweet from the official Ohio State football team Twitter account .

Conway established himself as a reliable kicking option for head coach Woody Hayes in the early 1970s. With two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin as the team’s running back, Hayes needed someone who can convert extra point attempts at a high rate, and he had it in Conway.

In fact, Conway’s name appears three more times in the Ohio State record books, all for his performance during the 1973 season. He’s tied for 12th all-time for the extra points scored in a game with eight against Minnesota. Conway is also tied for sixth in extra runs attempted in a game with nine against Northwestern, and he ranks 11th all-time in extra runs attempted in a season with 55.

McBrayer was a backup to Conway early in his career and ended his time at Columbus behind eventual American three-timer Tom Skladany, who is considered one of the greatest pundits in college football history.

Galloway was an Ohio State All-Big Ten wide receiver who set school records during his college career. As a junior, he caught 47 passes for 946 yards and tied Cris Carter for the program’s best 11 touchdowns at the time. Galloway had 44 receptions for 769 yards and seven touchdowns the following year before the Seattle Seahawks made him the 8th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft.

The Bellaire, Ohio native had a significant impact on multiple NFL franchises, utilizing many of the same qualities that made him a standout athlete for the Buckeyes, primarily his breakthrough speed.

But how fast was Galloway? A quick dash of 4.29 seconds for 40 yards. That’s among the best ever for an Ohio State footballer — even faster than Garrett Wilson (4.38) and Chris Olave (4.39) in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

A BETTER MEMORY. The 2017 game between Ohio State and Penn State is an all-time classic for the program. Former Buckeyes wide receiver Johnnie Dixon III reminisced about his experience in that game on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions controlled most of the game and held a 35-20 lead going into the fourth quarter. That’s when quarterback JT Barrett rallied the Buckeyes with three fourth-quarter touchdowns and led Ohio State to a 39-38 victory at Columbus.

One of Barrett’s main targets on the comeback was Dixon, who finished with three catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Those scores came at the most critical time for Ohio State and helped the team beat Penn State 19-3 in the final frame.

I will always remember that game as the loudest stadium in Ohio. When Barrett connected twice with Dixon and finally squeezed Marcus Baugh to win the match, I think my eardrums bled as 110,000 fans brought the decibel level to well over 100.

SONG OF THE DAY. “I Think I Like When It Rains” by WILLIS.

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