PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Some nice bits from The Ozone at this link.
Looks like they expect Klein to compete with Grant at MIKE, and Klein (as well as Sabino and Grant) have lost weight since last season. I kinda hope Grant wins that battle...
"* When asked if he still talks to former defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, since Heacock is still in Columbus, Fickell said that he was surprised that Heacock wasn't on hand, and that they will definitely have to get him to practice. He said that coaches always have to rely on every resource they have, and that Heacock would certainly fit that bill for him."
I know that Coach Heacock really wanted to stay on the staff, I hope Urban brings him in for a few practices, he is a great buckeye!
I know coach Meyer wants the Linebackers as fast as possible..but correct me if I'm wrong, I remember most great college linebackers being all 240 lbs +. Two really great linebacking corps come to mind: USC's with Cushing , Mauluga, Matthews, Rivers and Our group with Hawk, Carp etc. All those guys were in the 240-250's but fast and explosive. There is such a thing as being big AND fast as well. I just hope we don't get steam rolled by big power running teams like Wisky.
it didn't look like shazier had a problem last year when he was only 210 or so
@Wside, probably weight to give him a little more endurance to take hits, he did get banged up a little last year.
Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens
Shazier, "I like to hit". Me like.
WSide..he didnt have a problem until he was injured...he wouldn't make it in the big ten for 4 years at a weight of 210lbs at 6'2".
Big AND Fast is possible, as seen by BuckeyeJason's examples, but the majority of LB's = young. I feel like they will get there in time. Also, being between 220-240 and fast is great. Getting that one extra step from speed workouts can be the difference between beatig a block and stuffing a hole or allowing a FD or TD. But, BuckeyeJason, I do understand your point, and I do agree, to an extent :)
What's important for LBs is finding the natural tension for their body in terms of weight vs. speed for football. Guys like Grant or Sabino or Klein could naturally get out to 250 pounds easily on their frame, but they would lose significant quickness overall. The previous 2 staffs prized brawn/strength in the LB corp moreso than speed, thus we saw thicker LBs. This staff is trying to find the APPROPRIATE TENSION between brawn and speed for each player. For Grant/Sabino/Klein, that's probably mid-230s. For Shazier, it's probably mid-220s. For a guy with a bigger frame like Josh Perry, it might be mid-240s.
People have always had good things to say about klein, but he did not play well last year IMO. I would much rather see Grant in there at MLB to see what he has, he was highly praised coming into last year. we saw what klein had last year and it wasn't great, it could have been his weight he was at 250 that is pretty big. Would love to see Shazier,sabino,Grant as the linebackers. I think sabino has gotten a lot better with more playing time.
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