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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | September 16, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. The first guest is rookie tackle Michael Oher, who was part of an offensive line that helped the team set franchise records in yards (501) and first downs (32) in a 38-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Oher discusses expectations, his athletic background and "The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game. " Question: There has been a lot of talk about how you could be the organization's first long-term solution at right tackle since Orlando Brown started at that position between 2003 and 2005, and there have been some comparisons to all-but-certain Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
At every stop in his young football career, undrafted rookie James Hurst hasn't had much time to settle in before being thrust into a starting role. In both high school and college, it turned out he was ready the moment he walked onto the field, and the Ravens are hoping the same proves true on Sunday when he starts in place of left tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday. "I'm going to use that [knowledge] for confidence and understanding that sure, this is a bigger stage and it's a completely different opportunity, but at the same time, the experience is similar, being a young guy and being thrust in there in a position where you're playing a really good team.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
For the second time in three years, Michael Oher has started all 16 regular-season games at left tackle. The organization's top pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Oher has yet to miss a start in his NFL career, stringing together a remarkable run of avoiding serious injury. The 26-year-old also leads the Ravens offensive line in total snaps played this season (1,058), according to Football Outsiders. But Oher finished the regular season ranked 39th among offensive tackles in pass-blocking efficiency and surrendered 10 sacks, nine hits and 26 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Scott Otto feared he was about to lose one of his most promising players to another sport, so the Nathan Hale High football coach approached sophomore Rick Wagner and offered a compromise. "I said, 'Ricky, I know you're into basketball, but I'd love for you to play football,'" Otto recalled. "Obviously, he was worried about injury, so I said, 'You know what, I'll put you at wide receiver. All you've got to do is catch passes.' At the time, he was probably 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. I said, 'This will actually help you with basketball.
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By Matt Vensel | February 10, 2011
When my editors asked me to tune into "The View" on Thursday morning to watch Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher talk about his new book, "I Beat the Odds," I said, "Sure. " After all, I never miss an episode of "The View. " OK, fine, not really. As I was forced to sit through another annoying interview with Jennifer Aniston, I got some grief from passers-by in The Baltimore Sun newsroom, who made fun of the sports staff for watching "The View" like a bunch of soccer moms and house husbands.
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Kevin Cowherd | September 26, 2012
Michael Oher strolled into the Ravens' locker room, looked at the sheet of paper taped to one wall and let loose a string of epithets that would make an entire convent faint. The draw for the next cornhole tournament had just been posted. And the big left tackle didn't like what he saw. "Morgan and I won the last one," punter Sam Koch explained to a visitor, referring to long-snapper Morgan Cox. "We beat him and (Joe) Flacco. Just crushed them. " The visitor wanted to know the score.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
A day after Ravens coach John Harbaugh jokingly suggested on his radio show that he might institute running laps in practice if Michael Oher continues his bad habit of moving early, the left tackle didn't disagree with his coach. "Something like that," Oher said Wednesday before the team's practice in Owings Mills. "You've got to get it done. But I'm pretty sure it's done after the last game. Should be done. " Asked what gave him the confidence to say that, Oher said, "I've just got to get it done.
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By Matt Vensel | May 6, 2013
Even if Bryant McKinnie does not prove to be an upgrade over Michael Oher, his return to the Ravens and the left tackle position should at least strengthen the Ravens at left guard and right tackle, where Oher will likely play. Make no mistake, though, Oher will still be in the crosshairs of formidable NFL pass rushers over at right tackle. In a story I wrote in December about Oher's future with the Ravens, I mentioned the theory that in today's NFL, the left tackle position, while still the most important position on the offensive line, might not be as valuable as it was a decade or so ago when Jonathan Ogden was steering pass rushers clear of Ravens quarterbacks.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2011
Michael Oher wants to set moviegoers straight about his portrayal in "The Blind Side. " He was never slow, mentally or physically. He did know football from an early age. Most important, many people besides a wealthy, loving couple in the swank east side of Memphis, Tenn., helped him rise from homelessness to football stardom at Ole Miss and in Baltimore. The Ravens offensive tackle tells his story in "I Beat the Odds," written with Don Yaeger. He details his hard-knocks life before he entered Briarcrest Christian School and was mentored and then adopted by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 28, 2009
W hen Michael Oher takes the field as a Baltimore Raven this fall, a national audience of readers and moviegoers even bigger than the Ravens' fan base will be cheering for him. The amazing story behind his rise to football stardom will fill the bestseller shelves at bookstores on Oct. 12, with a new edition of Michael Lewis' powerhouse piece of nonfiction "The Blind Side." And if all goes according to plan, it will also pack movie theaters on Nov. 20, when writer-director John Lee Hancock's movie version hits theaters, starring newcomer Quinton Aron as Oher and Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw as Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy - the wealthy, white, conservative, evangelical couple who devoted themselves to the happiness and success of "Big Mike," a black kid from the meanest streets of Memphis, Tenn.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Former Ravens fullback Vonta Leach held a casino night fundraiser and his foundation's ninth annual football and cheer camp in his hometown of Lumberton, N.C. over the weekend. Leach, the three-time Pro Bowl selection who was let go by the Ravens earlier this offseason and hasn't attracted much buzz on the free agent market, told a reporter from the Robesonian (N.C.) newspaper that he still is hoping to play in the 2014 season.  “It's never easy going through free agency,” Leach told the newspaper.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The mood and composition of the Ravens' offensive line have undergone major changes after a frustrating season. Pass rushers often invaded the pocket last year, either knocking quarterback Joe Flacco to the ground or harassing him into rushed throws as he threw a franchise-record 22 interceptions. The running game was stonewalled much of the season. The Ravens averaged just 3.1 yards per carry as running back Ray Rice struggled with injuries and rarely had holes to run through.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
The tweets started rolling in, not long after the news came out that fullback Vonta Leach and weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain had been let go by the Ravens. “Leach n Jameel are 2 guys I can go to war with any day hate to see this but good luck in the future I know you guys will be A ok!,” wrote offensive tackle Michael Oher . “Best of luck to @JameelMcClain . He was one guy that really helped me stay positive in rough times during my IR rookie year this last year!
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Here's a greatly abridged list of facts that set Sean Tuohy Jr. apart from your average reserve on a mid-major college basketball team: Start with the Loyola guard's 23,379 Twitter followers. For a little perspective, the team's star, Dylon Cormier, has 643. Then there are the road crowds, which alternate between calling for Tuohy's entry to the game and booing him like he's J.J. Redick. All of this for a redshirt freshman who's played six minutes in his college career. Oh and three years ago, Tuohy watched Sandra Bullock - he calls her Sandy - win an Academy Award for portraying his mother, Leigh Anne.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Ravens right tackle Michael Oher (sprained ankle) practiced for a second straight day and he remains on track to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. “Unusual guy - extremely tough, extremely dedicated and disciplined,” said offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell when asked about Oher. “He has a very, very high tolerance for pain. He's been able to get back out. He's obviously committed to this team, and he's working at it extremely hard.” Running back Bernard Pierce (thigh)
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Sports Digest | September 8, 2013
Colleges Caringi scores two more goals as UMBC goes to 4-0 Forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals for the fourth consecutive game, leading host UMBC to a 3-1 men's soccer victory over St. Francis Brooklyn in the Hampton Inn BWI Classic. The Retrievers (4-0) won their second consecutive weekend tournament, and all four victories have come by 3-1 scores. Caringi scored in the 28th and 73rd minutes and has reached the eight-goal mark in the fewest games in school history.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 28, 2012
Veteran safety Ed Reed was not the only Raven fined for actions during the team's 33-14 victory over the New York Giants last week. Ravens left tackle Michael Oher was fined $10,000 for a chop block on Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka  early in the third quarter. Oher was called for a personal foul on the play, one of his two penalities on the Ravens' 16-play, 82-yard drive that ended with Justin Tucker's 21-yard field goal. Earlier in that drive, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was called for a personal foul for a crack-back block.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
What's purple, white and can hang on your tree's blind side? It's a Michael Oher-nament! Hallmark has just released a sneak preview of it's 2012 Keepsake Ornaments -- and the Ravens offensive tackle has made the cut. It's a first time a Raven has become an ornament -- something the Hallmark company considers and honor. "We chose Michael Oher to become a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament because of his ability on the field and the story of what he had to overcome to get there," Hallmark spokewomanm Jaci Twidwell told The Sun. "He's a great ambassador for the Ravens and is an overall good person.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher's life story was immortalized in "The Blind Side," the 2009 inspirational movie about his emergence as a football star after being adopted by a wealthy family following a rough childhood. The importance of the left tackle and how much promise Oher displayed at the position was a major premise of author Michael Lewis' book and the movie. Heading into his fifth NFL season and the final year of his rookie contract, it's become increasingly clear that Oher has a chance to excel at right tackle rather than protecting the quarterback's blind side as a left tackle.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
John Harbaugh updated the status of a couple of Ravens players after Wednesday's practice. The coach said Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda is on track in his recovery after offseason shoulder surgery. Yanda hasn't yet participated in a full-squad afternoon practice during training camp, but Harbaugh said the guard has been doing work in the mornings and he is performing well. He said there is no timetable for Yanda to return, but he expects Yanda to return to full contact sometime during training camp.
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