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2019 Fall Camp and Other Tidbits

Discussion in '2019 Football Season Capsule' started by ScriptOhio, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

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  2. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    I mean, maybe defenses scheme to take the TE away from Ohio State’s offense every year?

    As B1G defensive coordinators say, you stop Ohio State’s TEs, you stop Ohio State.

    I’m not saying it’s a smart strategy, but it could explain two things 1. why our TEs are underutilized and 2. Ohio State’s conference dominance.
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  3. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I think the simple answer is that year in and year out OSU has the kind of skill position athletes that make you get the ball in their hands, not check down to the TE 14 times a drive.

    Point being the TE position at OSU is, to date, more of a check down/if all else fails guy. They are not the main offensive threat.

    Now if you are Sparty or Iowa, then maybe the TE is your go to guy.

    I know if I have JT Barrett at QB with the option to keep it, hand off to Zeke or throw it out wide to Mike Thomas, the TE's aren't going to get much action.
  4. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    That's likely it, there's only one football and you can't argue our offensive production lately. That being said, hard seeing a future where we don't try to utilize the shit out of Ruckert.
  5. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    But when the play is drawn up for them (e.g. Baugh at the pig house) it goes for big yards because everyone is surprised. Hell, I’m sure Hairball complained that they ran a play that wasn’t in ANY of the footage we provided.
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  6. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

  9. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    BB, Thanos, and Shrek Keeping Things Fresh for Buckeyes
    August 13, 2019by Tony Gerdeman0 comments

    Ohio State defensive linemen Robert Landers, Davon Hamilton, and Tommy Togiai are together plenty.

    They are friends and teammates, after all.

    The one place you generally won’t see them together, however, is on the field during a game.

    Playing the same nose tackle position as they do, they will be cutting into each other’s minutes every time they take a snap this season. Would each of them like to play more? Sure, but for an Ohio State defensive lineman, rotating is no big deal.

    In fact, it’s a way of life.

    One guy goes all out for a series or two, and then the next guy comes in and does the same thing.

    Not every team can afford to rotate their defensive linemen the way the Buckeyes can, but this is the way defensive line coach Larry Johnson has designed it. And it works pretty darn well.

    This year, things have gotten even deeper. Johnson is planning on going threedeep at nose tackle this season.

    Fifth-year seniors Robert “BB” Landers and Davon Hamilton rotated last year, and this year they will be joined by sophomore Tommy Togiai. Togiai played some last year, but the plan this year is for all three to shoulder equal loads.

    Finding a way to make sure all three get their reps is simply a matter of planning ahead.

    Making sure they stay there is up to the players.

    This isn’t anything new, either.

    “We were always competing, even when Tommy first came in,” Hamilton said. “Me and BB were always competing. Then Tommy added in and it made it even more of a battle. If we’re not competing, we’re not getting each other better. It’s kind of a love-hate type of thing. You’re pushing me to get better, but at the same time I’m trying to keep my spot, but you’re trying to come after me. Overall, it will make everybody better.”

    Johnson has already laid out how things will work. Each guy will get at least two series in a row before coming out. That doesn’t mean the other guys will just be sitting and waiting, however. There will always be situations where one of them will need to be ready to jump in.....
  10. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Colin Hass-Hill on August 13, 2019 at 8:59 am @chasshill
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    Ever since Mike Weber missed the 2017 season opener with an injury, leading to J.K. Dobbins starting his first-ever college game and rushing for 189 yards, Ohio State essentially housed a backfield with two starters.

    It had Dobbins, and it had Weber. Two worthy options.

    Neither running back was the full-time starter, leading to Tony Alford splitting their carries. Last year, they combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards with Dobbins accumulating 1,053 yards – crossing the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row – and Weber racking up 954 yards on the ground.

    Ohio State won't need to split carries in a similar fashion this fall. Only Dobbins is back for the 2019 season.

    Weber choosing to forgo his fifth year and leave for the NFL following the 2018 season clarified what at times became a running back situation for the Buckeyes. Dobbins, after splitting time with Weber the past two years, finally has his own backfield. He'll have one or two other players to complement him on the ground, but he's the sole focus at running back. If teams want to stop Ohio State's ground game, they'll be thinking about Dobbins and Justin Fields.

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    Dobbins is the undisputed starter, a title no Buckeye running back has held since Weber ran for 1,096 yards as a freshman in 2016.

    Both he and Weber spent the past two years trying not to cause a ruckus by never complaining about split carries. They toed the company line. But it wasn't difficult to see that they both would have preferred being the clear lead back. After Dobbins' 37-rush, 203-yard performance against Maryland that came due to Weber missing the game due to an injury, he gave off an invigorated vibe in his post-game interview.

    He might never hit his career high of 37 carries again, but Dobbins will have a chance to power the ground game without a clear partner at running back with whom he'll have to split touches.

    “I loved having Mike here, and there was benefits to sharing carries,” Dobbins said. “But knowing that I'll be getting more carries than my first two years is kind of a good feeling because I'll be able to get into a rhythm and stuff like that. I think that helps a lot.”

    If Dobbins cracks 1,000 rushing yards for the third season in a row, he'll be the second player in Ohio State history to do so three straight seasons. Only Archie Griffin has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in back-to-back-to-back seasons.

    Redshirt junior Demario McCall joins Dobbins in the backfield. He has bounced around between running back and H-back in his first three years at Ohio State, but his immediate future remains at running back.

    Redshirt freshman Master Teague, freshman Marcus Crowley and freshman Steele Chambers round out the backfield. Teague had 17 rushes for 106 yards in his redshirt season.

    As a freshman, Dobbins rushed for 7.2 yards per carry, and as a sophomore, he only averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

    The decline in production led to some harsh self-critiques from the rising junior.

    “I think I needed last year,” Dobbins said. “You say it wasn't failure, but to me it was failure. Definitely. I rushed for 1,000 yards, but I feel like I can rush for way more yards this year because it was a failure. Last year was a failure to me. More pop, more explosion, more everything, you'll see this year.”

    A failure.

    That's how much Dobbins expects from himself. 1,000 yards isn't enough. He needs better play-to-play performance.

    By remaining at 215 pounds while dropping his body far percentage from 12 to 8, Dobbins has seemingly taken the correct steps for a rebound. But while we know he wants to get back to his freshman productivity, until his in-game production improves, we don't actually know that will happen. He's brimming with confidence, but he has to translate the work he did this offseason to the field for his junior season.

    Given how many carries he expects, there's also the possibility they wear on him by the end of the season.

    “Maybe I'm not as fresh at the end of the year,” Dobbins said. “But we'll see.”

    Getting into better shape should help with that concern, Dobbins believes.

    Beyond Dobbins, Ohio State has plenty of other questions in the backfield. Namely, who backs him up?

    “We don't have that,” Day said on Tuesday. “We have a lot of guys battling for it, but we do not have a legitimate backup running back right now.”

    McCall, Teague, Crowley and Chambers are vying for the spot.

    Now in his fourth year, the pressure is on McCall to earn the job. Both injuries and a lack of a clear position have hurt him in the past, but he both is healthy and has an open job in front of him. It's up to him to capitalize.

    Teague, in his second year, entered the fall with many people assuming he'd lay claim to the job. But he has missed multiple practices thus far in preseason camp, which naturally puts him at a disadvantage in the competition.

    The uncertainty with McCall and injury to Teague has opened up an opportunity for Crowley and Chambers. Can either of them become Dobbins' backup? Don't rule it out.

    Defenses know to fear Dobbins, but nobody else currently in the backfield has rushed for more than 115 yards since McCall had 270 yards as a freshman in 2016.

    Opponents will have to learn about Ohio State's other running backs throughout the course of the season.

    2 J.K. DOBBINS 5-10 217 JR La Grange, Texas (La Grange)
    22 STEELE CHAMBERS 6-2 215 FR Roswell, Georgia (Blessed Trinity Catholic)
    23 MARCUS CROWLEY 6-1 205 FR Jacksonville, Florida (Trinity Christian Academy)
    25 XAVIER JOHNSON 6-2 212 RS FR Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day)
    28 AMARI MCMAHON 6-0 205 RS JR Dublin, Ohio (Scioto)
    30 DEMARIO MCCALL 5-9 195 RS JR North Ridgeville, Ohio (North Ridgeville)
    33 MASTER TEAGUE 5-11 220 RS FR Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Blackman)
    34 MITCH ROSSI 6-0 240 RS SO Franklin, Tennessee (Franklin)
    43 ROBERT COPE 5-9 200 RS FR Dublin, Ohio (Jerome)
    If McCall can finally put it all together and become the player so many expected of him as a top-50 overall recruit in his class, the Buckeyes would have an intriguing complement to Dobbins. Teague, Crowley and Teague are built like typical between-the-tackles running backs. McCall, given his 5-foot-9, 195-pound frame, doesn't thrive in that role. Instead, he's more of a speed-reliant game-breaking back who can also catch passes out of the backfield.

    “The first thing (McCall has) got to do is he's got to become the backup running back,” Day said. “That's the first thing he has to do, and that's what he's working on right now. But he's worked at receiver for different camps, whether it was spring camp, bowl practice or preseason. So he has a wide variety of skills, and so there's a lot of things that we can do with him. You saw that toward the end of last year. We're really just focusing on him being the backup running back because J.K. can't handle all of that by himself. He's going to need help.”

    Teauge, like McCall, thrives with his straight-line speed, which led to him clocking a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at an Ohio State camp before committing. But at 5-foot-11, 220-pounds, he's much more of a workhorse running back, built to do damage up the middle.

    Crowley, the 2018 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year, and Chambers, an athlete who begins his career at running back but has the skillset to play defense, are the other options in the backfield. Neither of them were top-200 prospects out of high school, but given the uncertainty behind Dobbins, both have a shot to earn carries as freshmen. Crowley got a quick start, too, as an early enrollee.

    It's Dobbins, and then it's everybody else.

    Of course, the Buckeyes both need and want a backup running back to emerge. With McCall's inconsistency, Teague's injury and the inexperience of Crowley and Chambers, they don't have many answers behind Dobbins, which naturally breeds concern.

    But more than anything, in order to be as successful as it wants to be in Day's first full season as a head coach, Ohio State needs Dobbins running at peak performance. Both he and his coaches have put loads of pressure on him to have a renaissance year in the backfield.

    “There's a lot at stake,” Dobbins said. “My main goal is to win a national championship, of course. With that, I just feel like I'm the best running back in the nation and I want to prove that, and I didn't last year. And I have a chip on my shoulder because I know I can do better.”

    1. J.K. Dobbins
    2. Master Teague
    3. Demario McCall
    4. Marcus Crowley
    5. Steele Chambers
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  11. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I've been waiting 3 hours for a different outcome. No luck.

    Is this week a quiet week for media??
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019
  12. TS10HTW

    TS10HTW Senior

    Quiet for a teusday.:lol:
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  13. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  14. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I could go find mistakes of yours if you'd like?lol
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  15. HorseshoeFetish

    HorseshoeFetish Silver Bullet Supporter

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