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2020 tOSU Defense

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ScriptOhio, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  3. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I think Vincent is primed to show up big in 2020. He was turning lots of heads before being lost for an injury.

    I'd guess.. which isn't different than what the article has.


    LB-Borland (I'd love to see Mitchell start but that won't happen)

    CB-Banks or Brown (would love to see Johnson make a push)

    Overall it's pretty easy to determine the depth chart and IMO that's a good thing. We will not face one elite offense this year either which plays right into letting this defense gel a bit. I really think we can be a top 10 defense again because we have a difference maker at all 3 levels of our defense (Harrison/Cooper, Werner/Browning, and Proctor/Wade).
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  4. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    I think we'll see Mitchell getting rotation minutes early in the season and, depending on how that goes, more or fewer (fcuk you, Stannis) minutes in conference play. He's the guy in 2021 so at a minimum you get him real game minutes to get him ready for that or maybe he earns splitting time with Borland.
  5. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    We will need to use the depth in the front 7 very very liberally because this season does not have 2 bye weeks like 2019 did. Having a BYE week early means we will really have to rotate guys and get the starters out early during the stretch were we play 9 straight weeks.

    I fully expect 8-12 guys on the DL to play and we have lots of depth at LB too (probably 8 or so).

    Luckily we have a few pretty easy games late in the year like Illinois and Maryland.
  6. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

    Proctor is a huge key for me. Needs to hit the film room and get the reps to be where he's supposed to be so his talent can shine.
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  7. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    If one-high safety is going to be our base, Proctor's got to excel in open field tackling. He doesn't yet. That's critical.
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  8. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    I want to add to my earlier post that I don’t take the one-high safety responsibility lightly. Open field tackling against B1G and better talent is no joke. I spent a couple of seasons as a rugby fullback (essentially the same responsibility- last line of defense and no one there to help) and was less than optimal in that role. We were fortunate to have that with Fuller. Proctor’s got all the physical skill and I hope he gets coached up on technique and can execute what is not an easy job.
  9. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    I hope that Coombs can convince Day to use multiple sets so 2 S can be used at times.
  10. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I think we will get our best 11 on the field and IMO we have the LBS to put an extra on the field. Maybe we see Werner drop more who knows? Wouldn't mind seeing a bit more of a 4-4 look myself.
  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  12. jebussmurf

    jebussmurf Junior

    I did a bit of research on the Titan's defense now that Coombs is coming back. I would be pretty happy if we started incorporating a big dime package (I want to keep 4 DL on the field to maximize LJ's influence on the game). So Browning at MLB, Wade and 2 of Brown/Banks/Riep as the CBs, then some combination of Werner (since he played some safety on certain blitz packages), Proctor and someone else (maybe Johnson or loser of the CB competition?) as the third safety. Not sure if they are the best players, but they probably are the most athletic.
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  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    One of my least favorite things that we sports words writers do in the offseason is overdramatize roster attrition as if this the first team in college football history that lost a sizable chunk of its defensive production and there's absolutely no answer for it.

    The reality is, that's just how college football works. Players leave, and teams have plans in place to deal with it – it's called recruiting and development. If you do your job in those areas, you replace outgoing talent with new talent without missing a beat.

    And it sounds like that's exactly what Shaun Wade expects to happen this year.

    Of course, the players who will be stepping in for the departed Buckeyes received plenty of snaps this past season, so that is going to help as well. Cornerbacks Cameron Brown and Sevyn Banks saw more fourth quarters than many fans. Tyreke Johnson is a former 5-star prospect who is about to receive more spring reps than he’s ever had before.

    Amir Riep is heading into his senior season and played more snaps on the inside than Banks did on the outside. Safeties Josh Proctor and Marcus Hooker each had at least four games this past season when they played 10 or more snaps.


    “They can be great players here,” Wade said. “At the end of the day, they had great players in front of them, but they’re young. They still have time to progress and get better. Sevyn and Cam are going to be some beasts on the outside. Tyreke is going to be a beast on the outside. And you got Amir in the slot and he’s going to be a beast on the inside. And you can never forget about Josh and Marcus. People really sleep on Marcus, so he’s going to be a great, great player too."

    And it certainly isn't going to hurt that the "new" defensive coordinator recruited most of these players in the first place. He knows what he's working with, and he knows how to turn them into first-round picks.

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    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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