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DB Josh Proctor (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Smudger, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Ohio State will be counting on its class of 2018, which is the highest-rated recruiting class OSU has ever signed, to step up in a big way as it looks to make another run to the College Football Playoff despite the departures of many key players from last season.

    Each of them have now been with the Buckeyes for two years, and by the end of the upcoming season, all of them will either be on the back end of their Ohio State careers or off to the NFL. So while most of them haven’t played major roles for the Buckeyes yet, the time for them to deliver on their potential is now.

    Among all the third-year Buckeyes who haven’t yet played major roles, Josh Proctor might be the one who Ohio State most needs to have a breakthrough season and perform up to his potential in 2020.

    In a secondary that’s replacing three starters from last season, including three-year starting safety Jordan Fuller, Proctor is expected to be a crucial player on the back end of Ohio State’s defense. He’s demonstrated the talent to be a standout playmaker, and has been projected as a future star safety since he arrived in Columbus as the No. 71 overall recruit in the class of 2018, but he still has to prove he can be relied upon on a consistent basis, and whether he can could be vital to the Buckeyes’ defensive success this fall.
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  3. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Proctor has all of the talent in the world to be a great S at OSU. It helps that he has a warmup game in game 1, and Oregon is starting a new QB under center, and then there are 4 more games until a decent QB is played and thats at Happy Valley against an average at best Sean Clifford. By the Ped St game, I can see Proctor coming into his own, if he hasn't already by Iowa. Proctor could have a monster season
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  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    With the talent Ohio State has at cornerback, the Buckeyes can get away with playing with just one safety on the field, which is good because the Buckeyes are a little short when it comes to depth at safety, especially after the transfers of White and Pryor. With having guys like Shaun Wade, Cameron Brown, and Sevyn Banks at corner, it allows the Buckeyes to not have to force two safeties on the field, instead letting the best athletes try and make life miserable for opposing wide receivers and quarterbacks.

    Josh Proctor will get the first crack at replacing Fuller at safety. While Fuller was a little more reserved, preferring to clean up any messes that got behind his teammates ahead of him, we’ll likely see Proctor take more chances at the position. Proctor had an interception last season, but could have had a couple more, as he registered three passes defensed on the season.
  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Tim May: Josh Proctor thrives in starting safety role
    Any good doctor has to serve an internship, because experience is the key. So it has been for Ohio State safety Josh Proctor. He came from Owasso High School outside Tulsa, Okla., two seasons ago considered to be one of the better nationally at his craft, oozing hard-hitting desire and field-roaming prowess. He watched the way one of the nation’s elite safeties, Jordan Fuller, handled rounds the last two years while Proctor also gained some valuable playing time, especially in the College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson. Now it’s time for Proctor to become “the Doctor” of the defense, to diagnose, direct and when needed, surgically strike. He seems quite capable.

    “He’s one of the most talented individuals you’ll ever come across in my opinion — and in a lot of people’s opinion,” Fuller said. “Just how big he is, how long he is. But the speed and agility that comes with it and his competitive nature is off-the-charts. Really can’t say enough about him.

    “This year especially, he’s really focused a lot more on the playbook and I know that’s going to keep going in an upward trend. So, yeah, Josh Proctor, I expect big things. And I know he expects big things out of himself, too.”
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  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    DB Josh Proctor
    The ‘eraser’ of last season’s dominant defense, Jordan Fuller, is gone to the NFL. He was a captain for the Silver Bullets and a key piece to what the Buckeyes did defensively. Enter Josh Proctor, who has all the physical tools needed to be an All-American safety candidate. Last time Proctor was on the field in a game, he struggled against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. With no spring practice to grow more comfortable as the last line of defense, Proctor needs fall camp in order to patch up what needs to be worked on and find a groove at safety. Ohio State needs Josh Proctor to be a force in the secondary. Training camp will be a big time to decide if that will be the case.
  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Make no mistake, Proctor is a playmaker with a high ceiling. At 6-foot-2, 202-pounds, he is more than willing to lay wood in run support and is more rangy than his predecessor, Jordan Fuller.

    That said, he was also inconsistent in 2019 when it came to filling the right gap in run support, making a sure tackle in exchange for attempting the big hit and being a little too greedy in pass coverage. The results of those decisions sometimes led to big plays for opponents.

    If the Buckeyes continue to deploy a single-high safety look more often than not, the safety needs to be steady more than he needs to be a gambling playmaker.

    Assuming Coombs can help Proctor polish up the finer points, he'll have a stud on his hands. Proctor's talent is real and a heavier dose of disciplined play will elevate him to greater heights. If he can do that to help secure the last line of defense, Ohio State will be in fine shape.

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  9. GovTressel

    GovTressel Junior

    Biggest question mark on the team. If he makes the leap this team can be an all-timer....all the covid contingencies aside.
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  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    So, the upside for Proctor remains enormous as the junior prepares for what could be a defining season for his career with the Buckeyes. But it’s the ability to tap into it more frequently that Ohio State truly needs as he steps into one of the most important positions on the defense, and he’s well aware of the importance after spending much of the offseason rewatching some clips of the Fiesta Bowl when he perhaps wasn’t at his best.

    “For me, yes, that definitely stuck with me,” Proctor said before practice on Wednesday. “I go back and watch that game quite a bit, actually, because I feel like we should have won that game. It got away from us, and I think that really motivated me.

    “I think it being my first time [in the College Football Playoff], you’re going to have those jitters. But all in all, I think the plays that I messed up on, it motivated me. It pushed me a little bit to prepare, to watch film more so I can notice plays before they come. … Just focusing on the little details. I think that was my biggest problem last year. I wanted to make that big play or just be in that moment all the time, and I can’t do that.”
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  11. GovTressel

    GovTressel Junior

    This kid is a future starting NFL outside linebacker, right?
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  12. ScriptOhio

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  13. Powair7s

    Powair7s Junior

    Josh "Business Socks" Proctor
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  14. ScriptOhio

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    We all lived it, agonizing over an Ohio State defense that couldn't consistently stop any offense of significance before it all came to a head in a 52-24 thrashing handed out by Nick Saban's Crimson Tide in the national championship game.

    Allowing 621 total yards – 464 through the air – and giving up eight scoring drives while forcing just two punts and one turnover was a bit more than usual, yet wasn't entirely shocking based on the unit's body of work to that point.

    On the season, the Buckeyes ranked No. 122 out of 127 teams in pass defense (304.0 ypg), No. 59 in total defense (401.6 ypg) and No. 43 in scoring defense (25.8 ppg).

    The sharp decline in defensive effectiveness – the 2019 Buckeyes ranked No. 1 in both total defense (259.7 ypg) and pass defense (156.0 ypg) – was fueled by the departures of Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette and Jordan Fuller in the secondary along with Chase Young, among others, in the front seven.

    Last year, with spring drills abruptly canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and an abbreviated fall camp, breaking in replacements proved an insurmountable task for defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and company.

    Despite the carnage, there were a few bright spots signaling a chance of better days ahead. One of those came as safety Josh Proctor, in his third year in the program, emerged as a starter, replacing a struggling Marcus Hooker before the Big Ten Championship Game and continuing in that role versus Clemson and Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

    It would be a stretch to say Proctor set the world on fire, but he showed flashes as a playmaker and big-time hitter who often seemed to be around the football. With that came sporadic issues of being out of position due to overpursuit in run support and/or relying too much on raw talent and not staying within his assignment.

    Truth be told, the prevailing notion leading into the 2020 season was Proctor would actually start right from the jump after backing up Jordan Fuller the previous season. That wasn't to be, however, as Hooker started the first five games.

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  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    On Matt Barnes replacing coordinator Kerry Coombs as the secondary coach -- “The biggest change right now is the extra details and being detailed in everything we do as far as footwork and the way we may flip our hips. It’s just breaking down the game and understanding what we need to do and when we need to do it.

    I don’t think it’s a big change. Coach Barnes has taken over the role of explaining things to us. It feels like he is better at explaining things to us. He breaks things down in different ways. Coach Coombs is still very much a part of everything we do. He doesn’t miss anything.”

    On his confidence going into his senior year -- “I would say I am pretty comfortable. I’m confident in what I can do and my abilities. I know I work hard. I think I have slowed everything down for myself. I get excited sometimes and my eyes get going everywhere and I start thinking about it a lot.

    “I’ve improved on my leadership in bringing the younger guys along and helping them out. I’ve tried to become a leader and take over that role.”
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