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LB Tuf Borland (Official Thread)

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

  1. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Colin Hass-Hill on August 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Urban Meyer already knew. He knew Tuf Borland wouldn’t miss a game.

    So when Borland suffered an Achilles injury during a practice in the spring of 2018, he immediately expressed confidence that the middle linebacker would return by the time the season began.

    “He’s a little bit like J.T. Barrett,” Meyer said on March 26, 2018. “You say he’s out for a while, and he’s not going to be out that long.”

    A few months later, Borland proved him right.

    His teammates voted him as a team captain as a redshirt sophomore, and he played in every game, starting 11 of them. However, Borland didn’t have a banner season on the field. Along with fellow starters Pete Werner and Malik Harrison, the linebackers drew a massive amount of criticism about their performance from the team’s fans, crescendoing in the Buckeyes’ 49-20 loss to Purdue.

    Questions about whether Borland was still hindered by his Achilles injury arose as the 14-game campaign dragged on. Throughout the hailstorm of criticism, Borland steadfastly refused to acknowledge whether his speedier-than-usual return to the field had any effect on his play.

    Now that time has passed and the Buckeyes are about to enter the 2019 season, though, it has become more clear that Borland wasn’t playing at full strength. His roommate and fellow captain, Jordan Fuller, acknowledged as much on Monday.

    “I would say he wanted to be on the field as fast as he could, and I don't think he was probably 100 percent out there,” Fuller said. “It's fun seeing him go right now.”

    Cont'd ...
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  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  3. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Tuf had a hard time of it last year with scheme and injury. It's great to hear that he is truly healthy and will not be put in compromising schemes this year. Here's hoping for the best!
  4. TampaBuckeyes

    TampaBuckeyes Senior

    My guess is he will get 60-70% of the snaps in big games to start, but by the end of the season Mitchell will be getting the bulk of the snaps. Borland has the drive and work ethic, but as Mitchell continues to refine his skills the athletic gap between the two will become more difficult to ignore.
  5. mendensa

    mendensa Senior

    I don't know, you aren't taking your defensive leader off the field as the games get bigger and more important down the stretch.

    I think it's more likely they both see a lot of time early on and then Mitchell's time gets shrunk as the season goes. Not bc of anything he's not doing, but bc I am counting on Tuf having a rebound season. Mitchell's time will come. He's going to be a star.
  6. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Tressel Loyalist

  7. mendensa

    mendensa Senior

    man, I know he isn't fast, but it looks like he is running with a flat tire....... just not fluid.
  8. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Tuf had a solid game against Cincy. Everything about this Defense is better than last year.
  9. Powair7s

    Powair7s Junior

    He got caught by an o-lineman lol
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  10. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    I hate to say it, but i’m pretty sure we all know what I’m thinking here...
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019
  11. Hstead

    Hstead Senior

    I hate to see any player get screwed.
  12. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    You know what? I do and you're right.

    I am going to have that second cup of coffee
  13. MGMT

    MGMT Senior

    Sorry, I’m lost. Is there an elephant?
  14. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

  15. MGMT

    MGMT Senior

    Five different elephants? As in this just became the fifth elephant?

    A.) what are the first four elephants?
    B.) what is the fifth elephant?

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