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RB Coach Tony Alford (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by buckeyesin07, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. TS10HTW

    TS10HTW Senior

    Don’t go giving AD’s any ideas, Script. #shhhhh
  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    How Does Tony Alford Decide Who Carries the Ball?


    Some coaches have trouble deciding which players to play because their choices are limited. Picking and choosing could sometimes be better described as scouring and scrounging. They are often looking for “Door No. 3” because they don’t like their first two options. As you might expect, Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford doesn’t have that problem.He knows what (and who) is behind each of his doorways and he has no reason to look for something better behind a door that may not even have anything to offer.

    Alford isn’t in to mystery. He’s into truths, and his truths are that running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber are two of the best running backs in the country. Dobbins rushed for 1,403 yards last year as a true freshman, leading the Big Ten with a 7.2-yard-per-carry average. The year before, Weber rushed for 1,096 yards as a redshirt freshman.

    Both players earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors as freshmen, and they are now both better than they were back then.

    Most coaches would sell an organ for just one supremely talented running back. And don’t even ask what they’d do for twoof them.

    At Ohio State, the running back options are deep, and they go beyond just Weber and Dobbins. Things are so good nowadays that the Buckeyes felt like they could move redshirt sophomore Demario McCall from running back to H-back. That’s the same H-back position where last year’s two leading receivers K.J. Hill and Parris Campbell still reside. And there are significant expectations this year for McCall, so don’t think he’s just being shuffled around like a piece of furniture.

    The running back room also featured third-year player Antonio Williams, who had his best spring as a Buckeye. Due to the depth, Williams transferred to North Carolina once spring ball was over. Some would argue that one of the additional reasons he transferred was because of the performance of true freshman Master Teague, who enrolled early.

    Teague is big, strong, and fast, and gives Alford another option if such an occasion should arise. Next month, the running backs room will add Brian Snead, who was the No. 3 running back in the 2018 recruiting class.

    It would be an embarrassment of riches if Alford wasn’t so happy to show off his players. With just one football to go round, however, deciding which player to show off when could become a problem.

    How will Alford decides who plays and who doesn’t?

    “Who I like better,” he laughed. “That’s a joke. I think it’s just the flow of the game and how things are going.”

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  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  5. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Weber looks like he's having the time of his life with the utility stick. :lol:
  6. MD Buckeye

    MD Buckeye BP Soft Verbal Staff Member BP Recruiting Team Bookie Former BPCFFB II Champ Former FF League III Champ

  7. MD Buckeye

    MD Buckeye BP Soft Verbal Staff Member BP Recruiting Team Bookie Former BPCFFB II Champ Former FF League III Champ

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Watch: The Room — Upholding the Buckeye RB Legacy

    Being a running back at Ohio State is one of the marquee jobs in all of college football.

    That fact isn’t taken lightly by Buckeyes’ running backs coach Tony Alford, and he has made sure to imprint that upon every player that he coaches.

    The video below details Alford’s lessons, as well as the feelings that his past and present players have for their coach and for his coaching style.

    Ohio State’s social media team is arguably the best in the nation and this apparent series is just one more example why.

    In the video below, former players Ezekiel Elliott and Mike Weber express what Alford has done for them, as does returning starter JK Dobbins.

    There are also clips of Alford coaching his players this spring, including true freshman Marcus Crowley, who is told “if the ball is on the ground, you will never play.”

    Weber said Alford was like a second father to him, and Dobbins said Alford is always there for him.

    Alford, meanwhile, says that coaching in his early days was about winning, but now it’s about mentorship.

    It’s one part history lesson, one part spring glimpse, and one part recruiting showcase.

    All of it is worth watching.

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  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Morning Conversational: How Is Coaching Like Parenting?

    When recruiting players, coaches from all sports have to also recruit players’ families.

    They want to know what kind of son or daughter, or brother or sister they are recruiting. A son that doesn’t respect his family is generally going to be a player that doesn’t respect his coaches.

    A couple of years ago, Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford told a story about recruiting Ezekiel Elliott when he was at Notre Dame, and how he still remembered the interactions he saw between Elliott and his sister and how he could tell just through those moments that Elliott was the type of person he would like to coach.

    When parents and guardians then sign off on their sons and daughters going to a particular school, they don’t do it thinking their child is going to be running amuck and without any supervision.

    It is at this point when coaches stop being recruiters and become extended parents. Most players are too far from home to visit when they’d like, so coaches have to fill those needs where they can. Including providing the occasionally needed tough love.

    Coaches — like parents — have to be consistent, however.

    “Coaching is no different than parenting. Everyone is treated fairly,” Alford said this spring. “People say, ‘I’m going to treat you all the same.’ You’re not. You’re not going to treat them all the same. I don’t treat my children all the same. I’ll treat them fairly. And the expectation levels are all the same.

    “The way I talk to Master [Teague] is vastly different than the way I talk to Demario [McCall]. Or how I talk to JK [Dobbins]. The way I talk to Mike Weber is very, very different than how I talk to Marcus Crowley. But you have to know your players, you have to know your clientele, you have to know your kids, and what’s going to push them.

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