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TE Rory Nicol (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by MililaniBuckeye, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Soft stretch could expose forgotten TE

    Playing for Bowling Green, Rory Nicol would be Kellen Winslow Jr. For the Buckeyes, he's Mr. Irrelevant.
    At most schools, overlooking a strapping young man with good hands like Nicol would be borderline criminal. It's excused at OSU, where the attack revolves around the sun (Troy Smith) and a galaxy of stars (Teddy, Gonzo, Tone, Beanie and Robo).
    Playing tight end in Ohio State's high-octane offense elicits a "ho-hum" from the fans and, apparently, the guys drawing up the gameplans.
    That makes Nicol the perfect poster boy for what on paper looks to be an insignificant six-week stretch beginning with Saturday's home game against Bowling Green.Stifling yawns until Michigan Week might be the Buckeyes' biggest challenge against opponents with a combined 14-16 record. Five of those 14 wins are against winless teams. Two are over 1-AA opponents.
    "He's not taking (this stretch) lightly," Nicol said, referring, of course, to Coach Sweater Vest. "He told us we're on a mission and this Saturday is about ourselves. How much better do we need to get? He's really stressing that because, believe it or not, we have a long way to go."
    Don't believe it.
    In retrospect, the decision to play practically the entire traveling party at Texas really had nothing to do with the heat and humidity in Austin and everything to do with showing off Ohio State's incredible wealth of talent.
    Jim Tressel's liberal substitutions have become a weekly staple. The Buckeyes are playing six receivers, three tailbacks, two front lines on offense and defense, six linebackers and six to seven defensive backs. What other team has a kicker with a 52-yard field goal to his credit sitting on its bench?
    One of the players lost in the swarm of scarlet and gray humanity is Nicol. So far he's got six catches for 52 yards -- nothing to write home to Beaver, Pa. about. But, hey, at least he didn't muff a touchdown pass against the 'Horns.
    Somehow, the wide receivers have even managed to upstage Nicol with their downfield blocking. Brian Hartline took out two Hawkeyes on Anthony Gonzalez's helter-skelter 30-yard TD against Iowa, and people are still talking about Ted Ginn's pancake on Antonio Pittman's 48-yard scoring run against Cincinnati.
    "I think (wideouts) coach (Darrell) Hazell does a good job of making those guys pride themselves on every aspect of the game," Nicol said. "If you can't block, you're not doing much good when we're trying to run outside. He stresses it as a group, they respond well and I think they have fun doing it."
    Fun for Nicol and other underexposed Buckeyes would be getting the chance these next six weeks to show why they're in Columbus and not at, say, Bowling Green.
    A tedious stretch ahead? Maybe, but Nicol sees it as opportunity.
  2. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 It's a brand new Day!!

    I can see us running more base offense and possible two tight end sets the next 5 weeks which might get Rory some more opportunities in play action. He just needs to assert himself when the opportunities, however few, come his way.
  3. jwinslow

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

    OSU Picture Archive

    Nicol scores first for OSU with his first td of the year...

    The guy sure can fly :p

    Last edited: Mar 5, 2007
  4. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    The guy is really athletic!
    A great weapon to add to the arsenal. :biggrin:
  5. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 It's a brand new Day!!

    Thank you Rory!
  6. Tress announced that he won the lineman of week award.

    Pretty impressive for a TE.
  7. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!


  8. NightmaresDad

    NightmaresDad Woody Rules!

    Not to take anything away from Rory, but it also might be an indication of the less-than-stellar performances by the rest of the O-line on Saturday.
  9. Padraig

    Padraig Jesus loves you, the rest of us think ur an idiot. Former FF Keeper Champ

    I didn't pay close attention to the O-Line play last Saturday (as long as Troy doesn't seem to be picking himself off his backside all game I generally assume they're doing fine and watch more for Teddy or Pitt to break open most of the game), but if you go by Buckeye Leaf production this week it seems to indicate that Rory just had a great game. He was awarded 11 Buckeye leaves while the Offensive Line starters seemed to do well themselves (8 to 10 apiece).

    So though I don't know the system to award the stickers, whether as a unit or as individuals it looks like they not only got the job done, but did well in the coaches eyes.
  10. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    IIRC this means that the Jim Parker OL of the week has been a different guy every week.

    If that is true, my money is on Boone to become this year's first 2-time recipient this coming Saturday.
  11. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0$ (Dave Biddle)

    Nice read about Nicol stepping up in a starting role this year.
  12. BiteisBack

    BiteisBack Newbie

    rory has done heck of ajob nice td catch the other day from troy mostly need him for his blocking though
  13. OhioState49

    OhioState49 Junior

    Yea, I agree he is needed more for blocking. But I think Troy threw it to him to show him that he knows he's still over there. He's a great player!
  14. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Timeout with sophomore tight end Rory Nicol

    By Staff reports

    Saturday, October 14, 2006

    How did a Pennsylvania kid end up at Ohio State?
    "I actually had a trainer at (Beaver Area) High School who was a roommate with our trainer here, Doug Calland, in college. I've always had a little bit of a tie here and have been coming to the games for quite some time.
    "When it came down to the time of my life when I had to make a decision, this was a place that had great coaches, unbelievable fans and unbelievable facilities. It was an offense that I loved. I grew up watching Ben Hartsock. I used to idolize the man. He was a dominant blocker and great receiver. I wanted to try to carry on that legacy."
    Did Penn State recruit you?
    "It came down to Ohio State, Pitt, Florida and Georgia Tech. (Penn State) offered me, but they weren?t in the final four."
    What did you like about Ohio State's offense?
    "We love to run power (plays). We love to run off-tackle. And the tight end is involved in the passing game to an extent. It was an offense that was attractive to me ? and still is."
    Even with the blocking required?
    "It's fun. It's not fun when you're getting your butt kicked. It's something I've been working on and something I've always prided myself in. It's fun any time someone 240 pounds can beat someone 290."
  15. jwinslow

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

    Great game by Nicol, but Dionte may want him to tweak his celebration technique

    OSU Picture Archive

    Ohio State tight end Rory Nicol (88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of a football game against Indiana at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Last edited: Mar 5, 2007

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