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2017 tOSU Defense Discussion

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ScriptOhio, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. maximumblitz

    maximumblitz Buckeye Samurai of Big League Blitzkreig

    I don't see how Bosa and Tyquan can alternate/share. I might think one should play on the left, and the other on the right, and also put Hubbard and Holmes on opposite sides.
  2. TDunk

    TDunk The Dunk Abides

    They'll all be on the field at the same time in different instances. The DLine is stacked and the least of the 2017 D's worries. Let me ask you this: If his last name wasn't Bosa, would it matter as much? Because Hubbard, Holmes, and Tyquan all have experience on the lil' bear.
  3. GovTressel76

    GovTressel76 Freshman

    Name or not, he'll likely be the best player on the entire team. He was the best all around d-lineman the second half of last year as a true freshman coming off ACL surgery.
  4. buddyguy

    buddyguy Rookie

    All 4 top DEs (Lewis, Hubbard, Bosa and Holmes) will again get on the field in the "rushmen" package but OSU needs to find even more playing time for those guys. They're all future NFL draftees and have good size. OSU is set at NG with Hill and Landers but they have a big drop off at the 3 tech after Jones. Sprinkle could be the answer but his injury is very difficult to come back from, especially in less than a year.

    I think they'll find ways to rotate in one of the top DEs at the 3 in the base defense to save some wear and tear on Jones. Also, I think Chase Young will push for playing time at DE. He's now up to 6-6 255 and still growing.
  5. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I think the Buckeyes likely have more defensive end talent right now than all but a very few NFL teams.
  6. Hstead

    Hstead Senior

    Don't forget about Cooper.
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  7. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    It's crazy the talent on the outside. If we could get a true 0-technique...
  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.




    After a week off for spring break, Ohio State was back on the field Tuesday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for its third practice of spring ball. The Buckeyes will practice on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from now until the annual spring game on April 15.

    Tuesday was the first practice of the spring in full pads and the first hour of the practice was open for media to watch. Below, we've got a few notes from the defensive side of the ball.

    • Defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was running and warming up with the team, but did not participate in any contact as he continues to recover from his season-ending injury. Sprinkle was off to the side on the far end of the practice field working out with fellow defensive lineman Darius Slade and tight end Marcus Baugh, who both are also rehabbing injuries.
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  9. AirForceBuck15

    AirForceBuck15 Sophmore

    Just a homer thought but I am looking forward to this year's starting All-Ohio linebacker corps. Nothing against our past and current out-of-staters but these Ohio kids have special powers and will be fun to watch with how each are so versatile.
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  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Buckeyes Would Have No Problem Doing the Safety Dance This Year


    The Buckeyes could be rotating three safeties this year.

    Ohio State famously split their cornerback reps last season between three very talented players and the results couldn't have been any more positive. It doesn't take much of a leap to then want to apply that same practice to the very back end of the Buckeye secondary and see how it works.

    Of course, you have to have three safeties who are good enough to play, but it is beginning to look like Ohio State has that covered.

    With Malik Hooker off to the NFL, the Buckeyes have been rotating sophomore Jordan Fuller and senior Erick Smith at the vacated strong safety position. They have also both been rotating in at Damon Webb's free safety position, and so far things are progressing towards all three players rotating during games in 2017.

    "There’s no rule that if they all three play at a high level or somebody else does, that you can’t play more than two," defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said.

    This proposed rotation wouldn't work exactly like the cornerback rotation a year ago because Damon Webb is pretty much only working at his free safety spot, but the larger goal of being fresh in November would still be easily attainable.

    And even though Webb is a returning starter, that doesn't mean his job is safe. Everything is wide open.

    "I think it’s great because it’s keeping everybody on their toes," Fuller said. "Everybody is competing hard. Maybe if there’s a true starter he would be more chill and stuff like that, but it’s not like that at all."

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  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Damon Webb may be the only returning starter from last season's secondary, but he still hasn't locked up a starting spot for next season.

    Webb started all 13 games at Ohio State's falcon safety position, finishing the season with 57 total tackles and a pick-six. He's the only returning starter in the secondary and has the most game experience by far. Still, he says even he has to earn his starting spot before fall.

    "Right now, we don't have no starters," Webb said, "even me. It's a great competition."

    The reason is not because he's done anything to lose his spot, but because of the talent behind him. Sophomore Jordan Fuller and senior Erick Smith are hungry and talented and will be difficult to keep off the field in the fall.

    The three of them will compete for two starting spots, meaning all three will have to be at their best all spring, summer and fall.

    "I think it's great because it's keeping everybody on their toes; everybody's competing hard," Fuller said. "Maybe if there was a true starter we would be a little more chill or something like that, but it's not like that at all."

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  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.




    Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Denzel Ward gave Ohio State a three-man rotation at cornerback last season most teams can’t match. The production from all three was off the charts and the Buckeyes were able to keep their top three corners fresh throughout the course of the season thanks to the formula.

    Lattimore and Conley are both gone now — and both will likely be first-round picks in next month’s NFL Draft — but Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said recently the plan is for the Buckeyes to once again rotate this fall at the position.

    “All of them can play. I’m not kidding you,” Coombs said of his unit Thursday. “By Aug. 31, I truly believe they will all be ready to play and we will play them in some way shape or form if they continue to develop on this path.”

    With Ward, Damon Arnette, Kendall Sheffield and more, it doesn’t seem that crazy Coombs intends to play so many corners this fall. But that spot may not be the only place Ohio State rotates next season.

    The defensive line will obviously rotate fresh bodies in and out nearly every series, but Coombs mentioned another position that may see some rotation: safety. With Erick Smith, Jordan Fuller and Damon Webb all reportedly having strong springs, Coombs hinted at a possible rotation there, as well.

    “When you have a talented team, the more guys you can play, keep fresh, keep healthy and get experience, the better you’re going to be defensively,” Coombs said. “I would say there’s no reason to say those three kids can’t do the same thing in the back end.”

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  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.




    Ohio State received a very pleasant surprise at the end of last season when defensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard all announced their intentions to return to school. All three were NFL Draft eligible, but all three opted to hold off for at least one more season in hopes of getting Ohio State back to the College Football Playoff.

    When that happened, it became abundantly clear what the strength of the 2017 team was going to be: The Buckeyes were going to be loaded at defensive end.

    And on Tuesday, following Ohio State's ninth spring practice, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer certainly didn't mince his words when asked about the position.

    "We'll be as good as anybody in America at defensive end," Meyer said.

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  15. GovTressel76

    GovTressel76 Freshman

    All signs point to this being the best OSU defense in a long time.

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