Welcome to Helmet Stickers, a new weekly column featuring the best offensive player and defensive player from the previous week.
Each week, the Buckeye Empire Staff will each vote on an offensive and defensive player who they feel deserves to receive the helmet sticker that week.
The votes will be tallied and the player with the most votes will be awarded the week’s helmet sticker.
As this is the first installment of the Helmet Stickers, it took a while to get everything sorted, but going forward this post will come on the Tuesday after Saturday’s game.
Of course, this post is two days late, but the substance is still the same.
Offensive Helmet Sticker: Jordan Hall, RB
Hall received the unanimous nomination for this week’s offensive Helmet Sticker and rightfully so.
In his first game back with the Buckeyes after injury upon injury took away his 2012 season, Hall reminded everyone just what they were missing.
On 21 carries- over half of the attempts he garnered last season- Hall ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns, while becoming the fifth-ranked runner in the nation when week one was all said and done.
Hall’s performance was that much more important in week one, thanks to the absence of Rod Smith- Ohio State’s bruising backup- and Carlos Hyde, who will be off the field until the Buckeyes take on Florida A&M.
Hall proved, if nothing else, that he will be a significant player on this roster and will more than make up for the absence of his backfield counterparts.
While the offensive helmet sticker was a no-brainer, the defensive helmet sticker was a free-for-all.
Defensive Helmet Sticker: Noah Spence, DE
Spence only received three of the eight votes cast by the Buckeye Empire staff, but that was enough to give him the honor.
The other five votes belonged to four different players.
Curtis Grant received two votes, coming off his disappointing 2012 season, Ron Tanner received a vote, Doran Grant received a vote, and even Ryan Shazier received a vote, despite being carted off the field with some cramping issues.
The division among the staff was well warranted- no one on the defensive end really and truly stepped up for the Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon.
Urban Meyer did call Ron Tanner out for his performance, but that was based mostly on his special teams efforts. Should we have a special teams category in the future, Tanner certainly would have won that helmet sticker.
That being said, Spence won the sticker thanks to his disruption of the Buffalo backfield.
While he did not record an official statistic, Spence was certainly in the backfield often and certainly is smelling blood, just waiting for that first taste of the opposing quarterback.
Hopefully in the coming weeks the Buckeyes will develop a couple of defensive leaders who consistently stand out among the rest.
The Buckeyes take on the San Diego State Aztecs this weekend and numerous players should vie for the exclusive honor of winning a Buckeye Empire Helmet Sticker.