Underwood, Baldwin Discuss New-Look Offensive Line

By Kyle Rowland on March 22, 2014 at 2:22p
33 Comments

A special guest took in Ohio State’s Saturday morning practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL whose heroics are the basis for the movie “Lone Survivor,” watched the Buckeyes scrimmage and delivered a stirring 20-minute speech to the team on leadership, teamwork and camaraderie.

Every person in attendance was rapt with every word Luttrell uttered, including head coach Urban Meyer, who was jotting down notes.

“They’re a good bunch of guys, and they’re going to do well this season,” Luttrell told reporters. “It’s an every day thing. You don’t come in giving 60 or 70 percent one day. It’s the whole play like you practice, practice like you play thing. They put everything they have into this part of it. When they get into the games, it’ll come out when the rubber hits the road. It’s the same thing we do in the SEAL teams. We train like we fight. Everyday is as hard and as fast as we can possibly go.”

NOTES:

  • The defense won the first offense-defense scrimmage of the spring. The end result for the offense was extra running after practice.
  • Cardale Jones was impressive again, as he continues to keep hold of the second-string quarterback position. Reserve running backs Rod Smith and Bri’onte Dunn also performed well in the limited time the media observed practice.
  • Marcus Baugh is another guy who’s done well throughout the spring. He won’t be taking Jeff Heuerman’s spot in the lineup, but he could get playing time. At worse, he has a future. Very athletic.
  • Doran Grant was in sweats and did not practice. No word on a possible injury.
  • Antonio Underwood said he doesn’t feel too limited after coming off ACL surgery. The only issue is bending down low. At times, he said he can’t get as low as he’d like, plays too upright.
  • Adjusting to the culture change when the new coaching staff took over was a plus, Underwood said. He said it had to be beaten into him, but he was happy with it at the end of the day.
  • It was all about choosing the right path, so Underwood feels fortunate. Ed Warinner stresses keeping the culture going, and that’s what Underwood and the new starters on the O-line are trying to do.
  • Underwood said his consistency and work ethic have improved immensely under Warinner.
  • Darryl Baldwin said being penciled in at right tackle is exciting. He’s taking his most reps since high school.
  • When the staff opted to move him over from defense, Baldwin said the message was he had more potential on the offensive side of the ball. But he said he feared getting lost in the shuffle and never playing.  
  • It took Baldwin nearly two years to become comfortable on offense. He said all he knew was defense. He was very hesitant in the beginning.
  • The spring has brought out the competitiveness in everyone, Baldwin said. There are four open spots on the line. So far, there’s been plenty of rotating. Baldwin’s chief competition is Evan Lisle.
  • Baldwin said the goal is to take over where the former linemen left off. Everyone on the line is high on character and abides by Meyer’s 4-6 seconds of relentless effort mantra.
  • Consistency is the biggest hang up. If players can’t perform well with regularity, the line will suffer.
  • When Noah Spence and Joey Bosa are lined up across the line, Baldwin said it can be a bit overwhelming. But he grows more comfortable each day.
  • Tyquan Lewis and Rashad Frazier are two defensive linemen who’ve been surprises, according to Baldwin. 
33 Comments

Comments

rdubs's picture

It is unsurprising that our OLine continues to be a strength.  With a great coach in Warriner and the opportunity to go up against athletes like Spence, Bosa, Washington, Bennett, Marcus, Schutt......

+3 HS
JohnnyKozmo's picture

I follow the team and recruiting closely, maybe not as close as others on this sight, but I don't remember the name Rashad Frazier.  Was he a walk on?  Or transfer?

BuckFly's picture

Award this man a Buckeye Leaf.

 

+30 HS
DLJad's picture

Great opportunity for the young Bucks!

i highly recommend both of Luttrell's books, "Lone Survivor" and "Service".

We should thank our Creator daily for men & women who prepare and sacrifice to defend the USA.

+5 HS
Silver Bullet 10's picture

The Buckeyes' defense beat OUR offense? I love hearing that.

+4 HS
Toilrt Paper's picture

No Braxton, the D BETTER beat the O.

+6 HS
TMac's picture

and an essentially, completely new O-Line

+1 HS
bigbill992001's picture

LOTS of questions this yr. on BOTH sides of the ball.    And, a new kicker.

KBonay's picture

Did any of the on-campus recruits get to meet/hear Luttrell & the SEALs?

+3 HS
Wesleyburgess1's picture

Im pretty sure that if the media was able to take a Video of hom speaking then the recruits should have been able to be there as well. I know they all watched practice.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Long way from fall, but I love the Cardale Jones news.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+6 HS
PittBuckeye's picture

He's one of the guys I'd really like to see get a real shot at some time actually running the offense.

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Also nice to see that Dunn and Smith have stepped their game up. Horses will be ready in the stable.

+4 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I won't get too excited about Rod until I see it on the field. Same with Mike Thomas.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+2 HS
rufio's picture

Me too. I was really down on him after the tweet, but he looks like he's legitimately the same size as Cam Newton. And his arm looks really strong. He definitely isn't the shifty kind of runner that Braxton is, but he's got some athleticism too. He could be the downhill power runner that contrasts guys like Dontre, Curtis Samuel, etc.

+3 HS
hetuck's picture

I've said it before, but it bears repeating he could be a great red zone QB a la freshman Tebow. It would save hits on Braxton and if combined with power back Smith/Dunn, be very hard to stop. Teaching a jump pass to the TE as a change up wouldn't be hard.   

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

PittBuckeye's picture

I'd love to sit down and listen to Luttrell speak.

And It has to be intimidating having never started a snap in college and going up against our D-line. Good reps.

+1 HS
Nick's picture

Go on youtube, many long sitdown talks with Luttrell on there.

+2 HS
BUCKSOMIES's picture

Thanks Kyle.  Great stuff as usual.

seafus26's picture

How is Barrett looking at QB?

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

osubuck57's picture

Good news all the way around and a few surprises. Honestly thought JT would beat out Cardale, but good for him for growing up. Frazier and Tyquan will be plusses in the rotation .Honestly believe our 2-deep on defensive line, would be starting anywhere in the country. Definitely our biggest strength.

SCOTTC.

+2 HS
Kingbuck12's picture

Just glad no one got hurt today. Seems like everyday someone else goes down. Would love to hear more of what the Navy Seal said to our guys. If anyone can elaborate that would be much appreciated thank you. 

Kingbuck12

+1 HS
southbay's picture

Nice to hear positive things about guys like Cardale, Underwood, Baldwin, Frazier.  Sounds like they are all working very hard.  And Marcus Baugh too, I hope he keeps heading in the right direction.  

+1 HS
luckynutz's picture

I understand we are replacing 4 starters on the o line. But any fears should be subsided by the end of fall camp and the line being set. Think about it...what other team has the kind of depth and talent to replicate what our d line brings to the table? And they face them EVERY day in practice. Would love to see what these battles look like daily, and cant wait to see the trench wars on April 12th!

Nick's picture

True they go against the best line in the B1G everyday in practice

Hovenaut's picture

Great stuff all around, very happy to read positive news regarding Marcus Baugh.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

DenBuck's picture

What a GREAT guest speaker! It is awesome new on Cordale...he's such a horse...the spring game should be fun with Barrett vs. Cardale. 

Buckeye For Life

The Clean North's picture

Him speaking has to be good for recruiting 

CC's picture

If you guys are Luttrel, Chris Kyle is another seal who wrote 2 great books in his short time.

+1 HS
chirobuck's picture

I really think we might have the best d line in the country this year.....and it sounds like that is really going to help the development of the young o line

 
^ best post ever ^