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LB Tuf Borland (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

  2. AuTX Buckeye

    AuTX Buckeye Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion

    I mean good for him... but how anyone on D can grade out as play of the game... just wow
  3. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Tressel Loyalist

  4. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Tressel Loyalist

    Both Tuf Borland and Dwayne Haskins received 90% grades for the game on Saturday. JK Dobbins received a 89% grade.

    Ok then
  5. Mike80


    Remember we aren't privy to their scoring criteria. It's quite possible Borland did his job at a 90% clip but the defense still got gashed.
  6. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Tressel Loyalist

    It's hard to imagine the middle linebacker doing his job at a 90% clip while giving up 339 rushing yards. If so then the scheme is even worse than I thought or the other guys should be playing peewee football
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  7. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    Why not both?
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  8. Ryan36_1

    Ryan36_1 Senior

    Based on what I saw Saturday, those 10% of plays probably resulted in almost 300 of those yards.
  9. Mike80


    Having reviewed the Eleven Warriors breakdowns of the big running plays, I don't even know if it's 10% of the plays....280 of the yards came on like 5 total plays (out of 65 or so total). Most of which went outside of Borland.

    I can pretty much tell you that if Borland made the right read and fill, he got a + for that individual play despite it potentially going 80 yards for a TD. There's more than one guy on the field who has to do his job.
  10. Woody1968

    Woody1968 Agent Provocateur

    At least Borland actually showed some effort and chased the Maryland RB, which is more than I can say for some of our guys.
  11. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Need a big game from Tuf tomorrow.
  12. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

  13. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Colin Hass-Hill on July 19, 2019 at 2:48 pm @chasshill
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    CHICAGO – College football players who become team captains as underclassmen rarely lose that title.

    J.T. Barrett didn’t. His Ohio State teammates voted him as a captain prior to the 2015 season, and the starting quarterback remained in the role the next two seasons. In 2017 as a redshirt senior, he became the first three-year captain in program history. Almost as much as anything he did on the field, he’ll be remembered for his contributions as a leader.

    Tuf Borland will likely join Barrett as the second Buckeye ever to be a three-year captain. He was one of the team’s seven captains a year ago, and it’s highly unlikely he leaves early for the NFL, meaning he’ll most likely be a team captain for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

    Even though his leadership isn’t a question, his status as a starter remains uncertain.

    “Tuf Borland played a lot for us last year and he's being pushed,” Ryan Day said on Thursday. “He's being pushed by Teradja Mitchell.”

    Nobody on Ohio State’s defense drew as much criticism from the fan base as Borland last year.

    Playing in the middle of a defense that allowed more than 400 yards per game and was more susceptible to giving up big plays than almost any other team in the country, his lack of speed and agility was evident to opponents who targeted him. He struggled when playing in space against spread offenses that wanted to force him to make plays away from the line of scrimmage.

    Even though Borland suffered an offseason Achilles injury, he rushed back to action, and former linebackers coach Billy Davis stuck with him throughout the difficulties of the 2018 season. He started 11 of 14 games and accumulated 67 tackles, the third-most on the team.

    Borland made his 20th career start in the Rose Bowl against Washington, but there’s a chance he won’t start his 21st game against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31.


    With a new linebacker coach in Al Washington, a new defensive scheme and another year of development for Mitchell and Baron Browning, Borland won’t enter fall camp in a couple weeks as the sure starter. Is he the likely starter? Sure. Anybody who has 20 starts and is a returning team captain has the edge. But he’s not locked into the job.

    Mitchell and Browning are his main competitors to start, and it seems most likely that the competition will come down to either Mitchell or Borland.

    A year ago, Mitchell entered the program as a top-50 overall prospect and the second-ranked inside linebacker in his class. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native played just two defensive snaps as a true freshman, with most of his contributions coming as a gunner on the kickoff team.

    In Ohio State's 15 practices this spring, Mitchell finally got a chance to take reps with the first-team defense. Both Day and Washington mentioned Mitchell as a player who impressed them.

    “He had a good spring,” Day said. “He made some strides. He's still learning the defense, diagnosing the plays, where to go in the pass game. He goes really hard. He's tough. He's a leader.”

    If Washington doesn’t want to solely rely on Borland, Mitchell or Browning, he could consider rotating them.

    Ohio State has had plenty of success with rotations on both sides of the ball in the recent past. Kerry Coombs and Taver Johnson rotated cornerbacks. Larry Johnson constantly rotates his defensive linemen. Last year, Day got an up-close view of Brian Hartline rotating his wide receivers and Tony Alford going back-and-forth with Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins.

    “If you look at what we did on offense last year we rotated those guys a bunch,” Day said. “I think you can do that at all positions. It keeps you fresh. It helps you later on in the game, it helps you later on in the season. But they have to earn the spot. We're not going to do it just to do it. If someone is that much further ahead they're going to play more than the other guy. If they earn playing time they're going to play.”

    With all three starting linebackers back and only one player – Dante Booker – gone from last year’s unit, Ohio State has depth at all three positions.

    Werner will likely start at strongside linebacker, and K’Vaughan Pope has made moves behind him as he prepares to enter his second year. Malik Harrison returns as the starting weakside linebacker; behind him, Browning and Dallas Gant are pushing for snaps. Borland, at middle linebacker, has Mitchell and Browning at his heels.

    “Al Washington has got his hands full,” Day said. “I talk to him all the time about you've got to figure out who's going to play, and it's a good thing. There's a lot of healthy competition right there.”

    Day’s vision is to turn the linebacker room into a competitive environment reminiscent of what Johnson created.

    “We want that room to look like the defensive line room has looked in the past,” Day said. “And Larry Johnson has built that room up to where you look at the guys who have come before and then the young guys who are there, there's a mentorship going on in that room, and we want to build that in the linebacker room, and Al Washington is working on that.”

    The development of that environment depends on Washington putting together an improved linebacker unit this fall, which begins at middle linebacker.

    He can go with Borland, one of the team’s go-to leaders and most experienced players and one of two returning team captains. He can opt for Mitchell, the rising 6-foot-2, 242-pound linebacker who said he likes to play aggressively and “thump.” Or, he could opt for both and use them in a rotation, possibly along with Browning.

    “That Mike’s got to be a dude,” Washington said this spring.

    Washington has the returning team captain and the self-described thumper.

    So, who’s the dude?
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  14. RB07OSU

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

    Borland getting pushed is a good thing for all involved. I think injuries and a poor scheme led to his poor performance last season, because we saw him look pretty impressive before then. Glad to hear Mitchell is stepping up though. Lots of talent on paper in the LB room, here's to hoping Washington can utilize it.
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  15. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    Ohio State has officially named its captains for the 2019 season.

    Senior safety Jordan Fuller and redshirt junior linebacker Tuf Borland, who are both returning captains from 2018, will be joined by J.K. Dobbins, Chase Young, K.J. Hill, C.J. Saunders and Jonathon Cooper as Ohio State's formal leaders for 2019, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day announced Monday.

    Fuller is entering his third season as a starting safety for the Buckeyes and is one of the team's most experienced players, having played 39 games in his Ohio State career. Off the field, Fuller has been named an Academic All-American and an AFCA Good Works Team nominee.

    Borland has played in all 28 of Ohio State's games over the past two seasons, including 20 starts at middle linebacker. He had 58 total tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2017, then recorded 67 tackles last season despite missing most of the spring and summer with an Achilles injury. Already a captain for the second time with another season of eligibility remaining after this one, Borland now has a chance to become Ohio State's second-ever three-time captain, a feat that has only been achieved by J.T. Barrett.

    J.K. Dobbins, Chase Young, K.J. Hill, C.J. Saunders and Jonathon Cooper are all captains for the first time in their Ohio State careers.

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