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DT Tommy Togiai (Barrel Strong)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    He immediately jumped out when he was on the field due to his sheer size. Haven't seen that since Hankins
  2. buckeyes_rock

    buckeyes_rock Great day to be a Buckeye

    He got in in the first half quite a bit. Was in there on the series when Bosa recovered the fumble 6.
  3. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    We need to see it against a more competent OL, but watch him relocate the center to where the QB began:

  4. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Really hoping this dude gets some major PT in the coming weeks.

    I think he is a future star and I think he could help us win THIS post season if he gains some momentum the second half of the season.
    1926Buckeyes likes this.
  5. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    He's a beast!
    ShowMeBuck likes this.
  6. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 It's a brand new Day!!

    Like to see him start and move Dre'mont outside this week
  7. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    Well, given that we're playing the Goophers, there's a good chance that he'd be going head to head with someone from his own class. LOL.

    But that would be totally unfair.
    ShowMeBuck likes this.
  8. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    I know he's a DT but just line him up once against Minny's 400 lb. OT and lets see who wins the bull rush.
  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Tommy Togiai On Track For Strong 2019 Season


    Defensive tackle Tommy Togiai was the first member of the 2018 freshman class to have his black stripe removed.Through his outstanding play, he had the stripe removed, which meant that he was officially an Ohio State Buckeye.

    It is a rite of passage that all OSU football freshmen go through, but the fact that it happened in the spring also meant that he was very different than most freshmen.

    Black stripes aren’t expected to be removed in the spring. Those aren’t fair expectations. In fact, black stripes can last well into the season, and even beyond.

    For Togiai to do it in the spring is a pretty good indicator of a strong future for the rising sophomore.

    Even more amazingly, Togiai had his struggles in the spring, but was able to not just overcome them, but also to continue growing and impressing.

    Much of it was thanks to the most significant lesson he was taught by defensive line coach Larry Johnson last year.

    “For me, it was during spring ball, I was struggling with the plays and he told me to just go out there and go as hard I can without thinking about the plays,” Togiai said. “And ever since then, things started clicking for me. I think that was the thing. It was mental. Him telling me not to worry about messing up. Just go as hard as I can.”

    Togiai’s understanding of the defense and his role in it grew throughout the season, but that lesson stuck with him. As he learned more and more from Johnson, his skill set grew.

    He played in 12 games last season, finishing with 10 tackles and two tackles for loss. The 10 tackles were the most of any freshman Buckeye defenders, as were the tackles for loss.

    There is no doubting Togiai’s talent, but he also credits his coaches and teammates for getting him to where he is today.

    “Coach J is my guy,” he said. “He has improved me a great amount. From getting my get off right, to my feet and footwork, just everything. I think BB Landers and Davon Hamilton have helped me. When I first got here I was playing three-tech, but then I got moved to nose guard. So those two for sure helped me get to where I’m at today. Even outside of football too, they’re really great leaders for me.”

    Entire article:
  10. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

  11. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Early line coming out of my home bunker office is an over/under for sack total at 7.
  12. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    I’ll take consuming two offensive lineman on the LOS.
  13. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Yeah. But he will still eat.
    calibuck and LovelandBuckeye like this.
  14. MSURacerDT55

    MSURacerDT55 Lineman aficionado

    The problem is, teams are going to be focusing on guys like Chase Young, Landers, Johnathan Cooper and Tyreke Smith. I could totally see him getting a lot of opportunities just because he is still a new commodity
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  15. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Colin Hass-Hill on June 24, 2019 at 8:35 am @chasshill
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    No ever wants to admit anyone else is stronger than them.

    Not kids arm-wrestling against each other. Not someone who, even though they can’t open the dang jar from the back of the kitchen pantry that feels sealed shut, doesn’t want to hand it to someone else and risk having that person twist the top off with minimal effort. And definitely not college football players.

    But even Tommy Togiai’s Ohio State teammates know it’s foolish to claim they’re stronger than the 6-foot-2, 300-pound sophomore defensive tackle from Pocatello, Idaho.

    “Tommy, that's the strongest man on the team,” Chase Young said this spring. “You can ask anybody.”

    Really? It’s that clear?

    “Strongest guy,” Young said. “That Polynesian strength? It's crazy. Crazy.”

    Young isn’t the only Buckeyes defensive lineman to hold that belief. Jashon Cornell confirmed it, treating it as if it’s a certifiable fact.

    “I think, out of everybody on the football team, Tommy's by far the strongest person,” Cornell said. “Then Davon (Hamilton), and probably me or Taron (Vincent).”

    Togiai, who enrolled early in the spring of 2018, has spent just a year and a half at Ohio State, yet he already has claimed the superlative. No one – not Antwuan Jackson, Haskell Garrett, Josh Myers, Joshua Alabi, Wyatt Davis, Hamilton, Cornell or anyone else – is stronger than him.

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    That’s certainly an enviable title to have, especially just one year into his career. Unsurprisingly, the list of areas of his game he’s working to improve have nothing to do with how much he can squat or bench press and everything to do with his days spent in Larry Johnson’s School of Defensive Linemen.

    “Everything that I need to improve on, like my get-off, my pass-rush skills, working on hands more,” Togiai said midway through spring practice. “I think those are the biggest things for me that I'm working on this spring.”

    As a freshman in 2018, Togiai sat behind Robert Landers and Davon Hamilton, both of whom were fourth-year juniors, on the nose tackle depth chart. Antwuan Jackson Jr., the top-rated junior-college prospect in 2018, was in the mix, too. Still, Togiai played 114 snaps, the fifth-most among all defensive tackles and most among first-year players at his position. He accumulated 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss.


    Despite showing promise in his first year in Columbus, Togiai’s role doesn’t appear destined to change much this fall.

    Both Landers and Hamilton returned for their fifth seasons as Buckeyes, and if all goes as planned, Landers won’t have to deal with the nagging injuries that hindered him last season. Landers will likely start and Hamilton will back him up, relegating Togiai to third-string nose tackle. Once again, Jackson also will fight for snaps.

    Johnson’s propensity to rotate his linemen will ensure Togiai’s opportunities to make plays continue, though. Referencing the depth at the position, Johnson said he has a plan to play everyone currently in the mix at nose tackle this fall.

    “I can interchange anybody and I'll get the same kind of work from each guy,” Johnson said this spring.

    Togiai still must wait for his turn to start on the defensive front, and that won’t come until Landers and Hamilton run out of eligibility following the 2019 season.

    So in the meantime, he’s doing his best to glean whatever knowledge he can from the veterans ahead of him on the depth chart.

    “Having BB (Landers) and Davon ahead of me, coaching me, it's just like extra coaches,” Togiai said. “So I use that to benefit me in ways. Even after coach J's done, I'll go to them, ask them if they have any tips for me after.”

    Once Landers and Hamilton leave, whether they end up in the NFL or not, it’ll be time for Togiai to compete for the starting nose tackle job. And unless Jackson shows he has taken a tremendous leap this fall, Togiai will enter next spring as the heavy favorite to win the spot.

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    Togiai has always been on the fast track to start, ever since entering the program last spring.

    He was the No. 55 overall prospect and third-ranked defensive tackle in the country. Given his strength and leverage, he was physically ready to play at the collegiate level. He earned more playing time than most freshman nose tackles, playing triple-digit snaps, and he carried that momentum into 2019. With Landers out for spring due to injury, he spent the 15 practices working with the first-team and second-team defenses, which he mentioned as something that helped him improve as he enters his sophomore season.

    “I think learning from the older guys and running with the ones and the twos, I think I've learned a lot,” Togiai said. “I've matured a lot from my freshman year. And then learning that and using it to my advantage.”

    Eventually, Togiai will start. That feels like a given.

    But for one more season, he’ll be an overqualified third-string nose tackle pushing the fifth-year seniors for playing time, and that’s certainly not a bad asset for Johnson and the Buckeyes.

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