Ohio State dominates Michigan with a 42-13 victory

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The Ohio State vs Michigan rivalry is know as one of the best match ups in college football. Ann Arbor and Columbus are only 190 miles apart. The two teams have been playing since 1897 and Michigan is currently leading the series 58-47-6. But the past four years, Ohio State has had Michigan’s number. Michigan can’t get over the hump and beat the team down south. Going into the game on Saturday everyone was expecting a closer game with a lot less scoring, but after Ohio State lost last weekend to Michigan State, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes need some style points in hopes to make it back into the College Football Playoff.

I have been attending the Ohio State Michigan game for over ten years and I have only missed one game and that was last year, so it felt good to be back on the sidelines photographing the big game.

Special thanks to Chef Drew, whom is the last person I would have expected to see in Ann Arbor, for the pedicab ride from my parking spot to the media entrance at the stadium.

Here are my favorite images of the game. I hope you enjoy.
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Wilson Football Factory in Ada, OH

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The making of the Super Bowl 50 football at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio. I was working for Wilson Sporting Goods to create some dynamic story telling images of how the Super Bowl and the College Football Playoff footballs are made in the little town of Ada, Ohio.

Every football is made by hand and each year around 700,000 footballs are produced for NCAA and NFL teams to be used on Saturdays and Sunday. It’s truly and amazing experience to be able to see how each football is stamped out of slabs of leather and transformed into a football that we see our favorite collegiate and NFL players catch in the end zone on Saturdays and Sunday.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

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Ezekiel Elliott for Sports Illustrated

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A couple weeks ago I got a phone call from Sports Illustrated photo editor Chris Chambers to see if I was available to head down to Columbus to shoot the Minnesota vs Ohio State game focusing strongly on Ezekiel Elliott. Focusing specifically on one player is extremely fun and also challenging at the same time. Lucky I have spent a lot of time down in Columbus this season so I know a lot of Ezekiel’s pregame rituals which always helps.

Pro tip: Always do your homework about a player, watch clips of his running style online and look at other pictures of him you or other photographers have taken to learn about his facial expressions and his on field emotions.

Thanks to Chris Chambers again for the opportunity to produce images for Sports Illustrated. Here are my favorite images from the shoot.

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Dark Night in the Shoe

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Following the Toledo Rockets game. I jumped in the car and made the 2 1/2 hour drive to Columbus for the primetime game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes. I wandered around the stadium prior to the game to see what kind of pregame features I could find before heading into the stadium.

Once inside the stadium my goal was to make a picture that represented some of the studio images Ohio State was using for promotion prior to the game.

See the above and below image of Braxton Miller.

Here are some fun stats from the image shared on social media.

Braxton Miller Instagram: 29,170 likes

Brutus Buckeye Instagram: 4,605 likes

Ohio State Sports Instagram: 8,927 likes

The image was also the top image shared on twitter and Facebook under trending topics.

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#24 Toledo Rockets defeat Kent State 38-7 on Homecoming

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The Toledo Rockets have finally taken the step into the national spotlight, the program hasn’t been ranked since 2012. But with major wins over Arkansas and Iowa State, Toledo is shaking up the rankings and climbing the ladder.

It was homecoming weekend, so campus was packed and reach to bring the noise inside of the Glass Bowl. It was great seeing some old friends prior to the game. It was a beautiful fall afternoon, the kickoff  was at 3pm which meant the light after halftime would be beautiful and it would allow me to chase the light, and that is exactly what I did.

A sidenote in the below images there was a female referee along with Kent State having a female place kicker.

I hope you enjoy the images and please share with another Toledo Alumni and fans.

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Braxton Miller for Sports Illustrated

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Over the last few weeks I have been working closely with photo editor Chris Chambers at Sports Illustrated on a photo story about Ohio State’s Braxton Miller. Braxton was the former Buckeyes starting quarterback and two-time Big 10 Player of the Year, but after a shoulder injury and a few surgeries, it was in his best interest not to throw a football.

A lot of rumors were circulating that Braxton was going to transfer because JT Barrett and Cardale Jones were going to be battling for the starting quarterback job for the 2015 season. Only a few people knew of Braxton’s intentions to switch to wide receiver, and one of them was Cardale Jones. The two of them would work out in the indoor facility at 10pm to get extra reps.

Fast forward to August. Braxton Miller felt like a seasoned veteran at his new position and he is already picking up where he left off last year.

Be sure to pick up this week’s issues of Sports Illustrated to read the excellent article written by Peter Tham.

Below are my favorite images from the story.

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