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WR C.J. Saunders (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MaxBuck, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. NYBuckeye

    NYBuckeye la leyenda 21

    He partially tore his meniscus, had surgery about a month ago. Expected to be ready for summer camp.
  2. MD Buckeye

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

    Congratulations C.J.!!!!
  3. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Totally earned!
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  4. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Congrats to CJ, he certainly earned it!
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  5. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I wouldn't be surprised to see him drafted in 2019. He'll sure test well.
  6. RB07OSU

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

    That's awesome, I'm really happy for him. I think CJ will get some serious PT this year and honestly, I think he'd be a starter in any other year where we don't have so many other seniors. Either way, well earned and looking forward to a big senior year.
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  7. calibuck

    calibuck Too soon old, too late smart

    I really enjoy seeing the walk-ons excel on the field. Against the overwhelming odds, of the higher rated schollie players, AND the prejudice against them by the coaches (who 'missed' on these guys), and don't want to be shown up by the walk-ons versus the pampered players they recruited. Speaks to me of a tremendous will to succeed, plus a higher-than-most internal drive/love for the game. I guess it does show up the coaches a bit, but it also shows that they 'mean what they say' that the best player plays. One can measure the 60 times, cone times, etc. but it's hard to measure heart. Also am kinda certain that the coaches play the walk-ons to gig the schollie players to perform better. Seems like that happens at tOSU in the receiver area quite a bit. Just sayin'.......GO BUCKS!
  8. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    You guys are both being a little too generous.
    He's going to have a heck of a time even seeing the field this year with so many guys coming back. And the talent that OSU brings in, IDK how he'd ever be able to start unless massive injuries.
    I'm rooting for him in garbage time, but god help us if we NEED him against a school like TCU, Ped St, scUM, etc
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  9. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Future Patriot who will make a Super Bowl winning catch.
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  10. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    I think recently drafted Braxton Berrios has taken that role for now, but CJ could be a UDFA that goes to the Patriots, makes a hit in the Super Bowl on special teams that causes a fumble that leads to a SB victory
  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Ever since C.J. Saunders caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s 54-21 win over UNLV last September, there have been calls from Ohio State fans for Saunders to see more playing time in the Buckeyes’ wide receiver rotation.

    Most of Saunders’ playing time for the rest of last season still came only in lopsided games, as the Buckeyes had six wide receivers on the depth chart ahead of him, but his teammates have indicated that they believe he belongs on the field more this season.

    A former walk-on, Saunders still appears to face an uphill battle to becoming a regular in Ohio State’s wide receiver rotation, as the Buckeyes return every one of their top six receivers – Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack, K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon and Binjimen Victor – from last season.

    Campbell, however, is adamant that Saunders has earned his share of playing time, too.

    "He should be in the rotation this year," Campbell said of Saunders at last week’s Big Ten Media Days. "If he’s not in the rotation, something’s wrong. He should definitely get in the rotation, for sure."

    Going into his third season as a Buckeye, Saunders – who is considered by Ohio State to be a senior, but still has two remaining seasons of eligibility – was placed on scholarship this spring, suggesting that he could be in line for a more significant role this season. And Campbell says he has seen Saunders earn that scholarship through the way he works.

    "He deserves that scholarship, and honestly, that’s why they gave it to him," Campbell said. "His work ethic, he goes the extra yard. He’s doing things that top-touted receivers aren’t doing, and that’s what makes him great."

    Entire article:
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  12. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Color me optimistic. Methinks he will be our leading receiver this year.
  13. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Dan Hope on April 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm @dan_hope
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    C.J. Saunders has one more shot to earn a spot in Ohio State’s wide receiver rotation, and it could be his best opportunity yet.

    While Saunders’ coaches and teammates have already expressed for the past couple years that Saunders was pushing for a spot in the rotation, his path to the field as a slot receiver was blocked by Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill, who played the vast majority of reps at that position for the Buckeyes in both 2017 and 2018.

    Now that Campbell is preparing to play in the NFL, however, the door is open for Saunders to potentially earn a spot on the two-deep depth chart behind Hill, which could lead to regular playing time on an offense that has employed a six-man receiver rotation in recent seasons.

    That’s no guarantee, as there are a multitude of talented receivers competing to earn their way into the rotation this spring. Saunders’ most direct competition for playing time comes from Jaelen Gill, a highly touted recruit from the class of 2018 who has the talent to play a significantly increased role this season even though he redshirted last season.

    Saunders has earned his chance to get a legitimate shot at winning a place in the receiver rotation, though, through three years of hard work since he originally joined the team as a walk-on cornerback in 2016.

    Ever since he moved to wide receiver in 2017, Saunders has pushed for playing time. He played 182 snaps that season, mostly in lopsided games, highlighted by a six-catch, 102-yard performance against UNLV.

    Saunders earned a scholarship from Ohio State last spring, and saw meaningful playing time in the offense for the first half of the season, playing 99 snaps – mostly as a secondary slot receiver in four-receiver sets – in the Buckeyes’ first eight games. He didn’t play any offensive snaps in the Buckeyes’ final six games, as they switched to playing Campbell and Hill simultaneously in four-receiver sets, but he played in all but two games on special teams, lining up as the secondary kickoff returner for most of the season while also fielding eight punts in Ohio State's first four games.

    Saunders has had to continuously work on his game in order to prove he deserves a shot to play a bigger role. In particular, Saunders has had to bigger and stronger – he’s up to 188 pounds this spring – in order to become a better run blocker, all the while also learning to play faster.

    He believes he’s now as ready as he’s ever been to make an impact for the Buckeyes.

    “There’s a lot that’s gone in over the last two years,” Saunders said while meeting with the media this spring. “Being effective in the run game was the first step, and getting stronger, and being able to be durable in my routes. And I think I’ve done that by gaining weight, gaining strength, trusting the weight staff’s process and what they had planned for me. The next step would be working on my speed, and I think with the weight room, that has became a big part of my game. Because I’ve always felt like I’ve been comfortable with my hands, my top-ends, my routes.”

    As a fifth-year senior, Saunders also believes it’s his responsibility to be a leader in the wide receiver room and be a player who his coaches can trust.

    So far, Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline says that’s exactly what Saunders has been, both on the field and in the meeting rooms.

    “C.J. Saunders does a phenomenal job,” Hartline said. “He is a guy that I use as an example a lot. Whether it be taking tests in our room, whether it be overall effort in our room, he does a great job.

    “I can’t find a half-speed rep of C.J. Saunders on film. It’s impossible,” Hartline continued. “So he’s really doing a great job of leading the room by example.”

    C.J. Saunders draws praise from Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline for always going at full-speed during practice.
    Being that leader, whether that means doing the little things well in practice or acing his tests in the film room, is something that’s important to Saunders.

    “Yeah, I think I take pride in definitely being able to be a leader and be relied upon,” Saunders said. “With Coach Hartline, his thing is, there’s so much more than just production. I haven’t had on Saturdays the most production out of the room, but that doesn’t mean I can’t influence guys and lead them in the right direction and teach them stuff that I know that helps me be a better receiver.”


    Saunders wants to earn more playing time in his final season as a Buckeye, but being a leader also means helping the younger players – like Gill – who are trying to surpass him on the depth chart. And while his role on the field for his senior season remains up in the air, he values every opportunity he has to help his team get better, whether that means playing himself or mentoring his teammates.

    “I wouldn’t even use the word competition, it’s more just helping each other get better,” Saunders said of working with Gill. “I think I have a lot that I can help give to him … How can I help him become the best receiver he can be? And he’s doing the same thing pushing me.”
  14. 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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  15. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

    Would have liked to see an OL on that list.

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