BuckeyeNation links: Boren's identity

Austin Ward writes: Ohio State Buckeyes fullback Zach Boren, who lost 25 pounds in the offseason, could fill a unique hybrid role in Ohio State's offense.

Ward and Michael Rothstein writeInsider: Ohio State and Michigan will both open the season with backups at running back -- BuckeyeNation/WolverineNation debate series, part 2.

Brad Bournival writesInsider: Three of the best linebackers in the 2014 class attended OSU’s Friday Night Lights and exchanged numbers. If all three band together and pick Ohio State, it could be a coup for the Buckeyes.

BournivalInsider: Power forward Nigel Hayes (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer), whose brother Kenny is a redshirt freshman on Ohio State’s football team, nabbed an offer from his home state school after a monster junior season.