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LB Pete Werner (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Smudger, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. MSURacerDT55

    MSURacerDT55 Lineman aficionado

    I like this guy, more than just a special teamer,
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  2. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Absolutely trucked that guy on the kick return today.
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    While Pete Werner wasn’t one of the more highly touted members of Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, he’s seemingly impressed Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as much as anyone in that class since he arrived on campus last summer.

    Dating back to last season and continuing this spring, Werner’s name has been one of the first out of Meyer’s mouth on several occasions when Meyer has been asked about the players from the class of 2017 – or even on Ohio State’s entire team in general – who have impressed him with their development and performance.

    As a true freshman, Werner was lauded for his play on special teams, as he became a regular on the Buckeyes’ kickoff, kickoff return and punt block/return units.

    "One of the most improved players on our team the last couple of weeks," Meyer said of Werner last October. "Buy stock in that guy for his career. He's got some good stuff going right now."

    Since then, Werner has only continued to improve his standing in Meyer’s eyes, as Meyer named Werner in a press conference earlier this week as one of several players who have made big leaps in their development from last season to this spring.

    How has Werner made such a positive impression on Meyer in less than a year on campus? Werner attributes that to giving consistent effort.

    "Coach Meyer mentions going hard a lot and excelling at going hard at your full potential," Werner said. "The one thing that I’ve been taught at a young age – from my high school, my parents – is always go hard. And I think he recognizes that.

    "Mistakes can be changed, you can learn from that, but going hard takes a little bit longer. So I think going hard is just something that he really likes."

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  4. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Dude's going to be a beast, but just have to find a way to get on the field. LB corp has no reason not to be one of the top in the nation next year on the field with all of this talent. Werner would be starting for most of the B1G this year
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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    What Enabled Pete Werner to Earn a Starting Linebacker Spot?


    On Saturday, the Buckeyes will be starting a true sophomore linebacker in the opening game of the season for the first time since 2015 when Raekwon McMillan opened at middle linebacker.

    In fact, there could be two.

    If redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland isn’t quite ready to go, sophomore Baron Browning will be in the middle for the Buckeyes. On the wide side of the field, out at the Sam, will be sophomore Pete Werner.

    While Browning may simply be a placeholder for Borland, it appears that Werner isn’t holding a spot for anybody but himself.

    What has he done this summer to make himself one of the top three linebackers on the team?

    “Well, I tell you he’s made a quite an ascension, right?” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said on Monday. “You saw him kind of grow up on the special teams last year. And that’s the history and tradition of this program. That’s how it’s been. Guys have made their name on special teams and then continued that ascension and he did just that.

    “He had a great spring, he really, really worked hard to change his body, to mature his body and he’s a much bigger man now than he was as a freshman and I think with every rep he gains valuable experience. He’s getting better and better and better and better. So his arrow is certainly pointed up.”

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  6. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Ohio State’s leading tacklers step up

    Coming into Saturday’s game, Ohio State had not had a game in which a defender has had over eight tackles in a single game. With the storyline of poor open field tackling because of bad angles taken by both the safeties and linebackers, Ohio State showed improvement against Minnesota.

    Junior safety Jordan Fuller led the team with 12 tackles, recording nine solo tackles in Saturday’s 30-14 win over the Golden Gophers. Sophomore linebacker Pete Werner added on 10 tackles, recording 2.5 TFL, including his third sack of the season.
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  7. He did not play well. Missed tackles. We’ve gotten less athletic at linebacker
  8. 1926Buckeyes

    1926Buckeyes Senior

    Has nothing to do with athleticism IMO. He just can't tackle and doesn't play consistently well.
  9. GoBux20

    GoBux20 Freshman

    Hate to bash players, but Werner and Borland are MAC talent at best.
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  10. Agreed. I think they can contribute given down/distance, defensive scheme and opponent. All that to say the coaches pull the strings. Just watched it again. We’ll get better! OH!
  11. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Wow, that's a major overstatement. Interesting that Borland wasn't MAC level talent when he came in last year and took Booker's spot and pushed Worley outside, he seemed OSU caliber then :roll1:... Fans getting delusional after losses. And no way is Werner MAC level at best, GTFOH! Kid would start at many D1 schools and most if not all of the B1G! He was headed to ND if OSU didn't come calling, and that says something, because they weren't just after him because he had solid grades.
    He and the entire LB corp have underwhelmed this year, we've all seen this. Werner has been put out of position at times, and his strength isn't being a cover LB, neither is Borland, but they're being tasked with doing so.
  12. Hstead

    Hstead Senior

    You will not find a much better high school film at LB than Pete's. He has instincts, hits like a truck, can run, and has a great nose for the ball. Unfortunately for Pete, instead of choosing any other B1G school which he could have, TTUN, Wisky, Ped State, or ND, Boston College, or Texas A&M, he picked the one school that had a position coach that sucked ass and a D Coor who was going to put him on a fucking island with no one behind him and walk him into the fucking LOS where he was going to have to go backward from the snap when he was probably taught his entire life that you absolutely NEVER EVER go backwards at LB let alone have to instantly at the snap.
  13. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 It's a brand new Day!!

    Yeah, I believe Pete has been the best at the position all year. I certainly wouldnt put things on his shoulders and he can't help it they keep running him into the line against an OT when he should be reading and reacting or blitzing from other positions.
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  14. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

  15. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Dan Hope on August 14, 2019 at 3:06 pm @dan_hope
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    Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison aren’t ready to name starters quite yet at linebacker, but it certainly appears likely that at least two of the Buckeyes’ starting linebackers will be the same as last year.

    Malik Harrison has always been expected to retain his starting job at the weakside linebacker position, and nothing appears to have changed there after 11 practices of fall camp. After the linebacker unit struggled as a whole last season, however, there was reason to believe that strongside linebacker Pete Werner and middle linebacker Tuf Borland could be in jeopardy of losing their starting jobs with a new defensive coaching staff.

    The Buckeyes have a deep group of linebackers who have been competing throughout the month of August, giving other linebackers the opportunity to potentially seize those jobs. Mattison made it clear on Wednesday, though, that Werner has done what he’s needed to prove to Mattison – who is also his position coach – that he belongs in the lineup.

    “I really believe he is a top guy at his position,” Mattison said of Werner. “I've had the opportunity to see a lot of pretty good football players and I am really impressed with him. I mean, he plays extremely hard. He's very physical. He's got great size and strength and he can run. And he's got unbelievable character. There's not many other things that you need to be a good football player, and that's what he's showing.”

    Werner’s name first came up on Wednesday when Mattison was asked about true freshman Cade Stover, who lost his black stripe on Tuesday and is also among the players competing for playing time at the Sam linebacker spot. Mattison’s face lit up with a smile when he was asked about Stover, who Mattison described as a “very, very talented young man,” but he indicated that Stover has been running behind Werner – a true junior – and learning from him.

    “A great thing for him is he gets to watch Pete Werner every day,” Mattison said in relation to Stover. “And when you’re a guy behind him and you see the way Pete plays and his dedication to doing things correctly, it’s been really good for him.”

    K’Vaughan Pope, who Mattison said has “had a very good camp so far,” has also been competing for playing time at the Sam linebacker position, while the bullet – Brendon White’s new position – will also take the place of the Sam linebacker in some packages. Werner has been running with the first-team defense throughout camp, though, and Mattison’s comments Wednesday suggested that he’s still likely be on the field for a majority of Ohio State’s defensive snaps.

    “We have a Sam linebacker that is very, very athletic and very, very fast,” Mattison said, referencing Werner. “So the bullet position ends up being a way for us to have great depth at the Sam position.”

    Greg Mattison believes Pete Werner has just about everything he is looking for in a Sam linebacker.
    When asked whether Borland was still the top guy at middle linebacker, Mattison wasn’t quite as committal. He mentioned that Baron Browning, who is also still practicing at middle linebacker, has “really, really had a good camp,” and he said Teradja Mitchell has also performed well in camp.

    Borland has taken most of the first-team reps at middle linebacker during portions of practice that have been open to the media, though, and Mattison – who doesn’t spend as much time with the Mike and Will linebackers, who are primarily coached by Al Washington while Mattison is the primary coach for the Sam linebackers and bullets – said Wednesday that he likes “everything about Tuf Borland’s game.”

    “Tuf Borland is another one that comes out to practice every day, extremely intelligent. Takes great pride in getting the front lined up,” Mattison said. “I like his physicality. I like his intelligence.”

    With 17 days still to go until Ohio State’s Aug. 31 season opener against Florida Atlantic, Mattison said the Buckeyes still haven’t made decisions about who will start at linebacker – in part because they want to have many more than three linebackers who are playing at a starting-caliber level.

    “With the tempo we're going to see, with the way teams are going to try to attack us, we'd better have a first starter or a second starter and a third starter, and that's how I look at it,” Mattison said.

    Mattison did say, though, that Harrison, Werner and Borland have earned the first-team reps that they have gotten.

    So while Browning, Mitchell, Dallas Gant, Pope and even true freshmen like Stover and Craig Young could all potentially factor into the linebacker rotation and earn playing time in various packages, it seems more likely than not that the three linebackers who played the majority of snaps for Ohio State last season will be the first linebackers on the field in their base defense to begin this season, too.

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