Jeff Greene Could Be a Special-Teams Game-Changer

By DJ Byrnes on April 7, 2014 at 1:55p

We have to wait until Saturday to get our first glimpse at the 2014 Ohio State football team, but we will always have practice highlights uploaded to players' Instagram accounts.

The latest is from Jeff Greene, a 6'5" wide receiver transfer from Georgia Tech. Greene is eligible to play this year, and he's often seen as a red zone threat. But, it appears Ohio State coaches have more than just that role planned for him:

In other news: Jeff Greene has crazy hops.

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Jordan Wagner's picture

Watch Urban Meyer's reaction in the video. Greene's block sure got his attention. 

GVerrilli92's picture

I think that's all you really have to see.

Greene taking special teams seriously is going to go a long ways towards solidifying his spot in the WR rotation. If he comes out and does this a couple of times early in the season on ST, he can prove to Urban that he's not afraid to step on the field in a more extensive role for the offense.

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Waltbuck's picture

I am thinking fade route to corner of endzone

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Hovenaut's picture

Wow, that's some vert.

I hope Ohio State isn't in a situation (anytime soon, ev-ah?) where we're relying on a blocked FG to secure a win, but good to know #89 is available.

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CGroverL's picture

I'm with you but then again, turnovers as well as FG blocks are the kinds of things that change the game in a big way because of the excitement and momentum factor.... That's one reason why I think that the defense will be a team strength. I believe that even if the pass defense is not 100% corrected, that the hard hitting and aggressiveness of the defense will cause fumbles, interceptions, along with FG and punt blocks. This may sound a bit out of line but the Buckeyes have more athletic ability on this team than I have seen on ANY Buckeye squad. That ability HAS to show SOMEWHERE if it doesn't correlate into direct perfect offensive and defensive execution....if it does, this is how it will show....I hope.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



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Hovenaut's picture

This is true - good point. Still in that "close game, nail-biter" mode.

Turning in my Special Teams aficionado badge, hope to re-earn it again someday.

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hit_the_couch's picture

Just hope something that resembles a defense make an appearance this year.

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otrain2416's picture

I like Michael Thomas on one Side and Greene on the otherside for the end zone fade routes

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BuckeyeJ's picture

He will def help brax passing %! 

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CGroverL's picture

I hear you but Miller's completion percentage really is a product of the offensive system. Miller misses out on big plays from short passes as our receiving corps is normally tackled by the first defender, and that lack of 5 yards turning into 50 here and there is the real difference in what makes Miller's passing numbers small. Sure, Miller's best year when it comes to comp.pct. was last season's 63.5%. But Mr. king of college football, Tim Tebow (I live in SEC country so I never hear the end of it) had completion percentages of (taking away his freshman year when he was Chris Leak's back-up and threw just 33 passes) 66.9% in 2007, 64.4% in 2008, and 70.1% in 2009.

Now, Tebow was never the greatest passer but he did throw for 9,286 yards in his (really) 3 seasons. The reason was that his receiving corps turned nothing plays into big plays often. The real reason why Tebow is thought of so highly and Miller isn't is 100% because of the difference at RB and WR. Tebow's skill players broke tackles and turned 2 yard screen plays into 50 yard TD's. Miller hasn't had that kind of help. Of course, you were just speaking of completion percentage....that really is a product of the offensive scheme. If Miller was not in this "option and read EVERY down" offense, I'm sure he would have had a 75% year by now. He has a strong arm and really doesn't make dumb decisions when he passes.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



Mean Mr Mustard's picture

I think the athlete at QB peaked during the Tebow years.  Nowadays, most of these kids are used to defending bubble screens, jet sweeps, etc. in high school, so it is naturally losing SOME of its effectiveness.  O-St getting more explosive athletes will start helping also, since this offense is mostly about creating 11 vs 11 and getting athletes out in space.


I really doubt Braxton completion % would be much higher in a different system.  One of the tweaks that you see the NFL and Meyer both try to make to this offense is to complete more passes down the field.  Braxton is just not there.



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Kid has got some hops!

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beamga's picture

I bet he would be a heck of a rebounder.

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IGotAWoody's picture

I was thinkin' the same thing, Beam! Can we let Thad talk to this kid?!

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

Wait, did he no-look catch the ball as well or am I blinded with hope?!

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AndyVance's picture

It looked like it to me, and whoever was talking in the background said something about "recovering something like that," so I'd say we're all thinking the same thing...

Poison nuts's picture

Definitely caught it too. Damn. I mean DAMN!

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Mark's picture

Wow, that is impressive.  This film alone can cause fear in the minds of opposing coaches lining up for a long field goal at a crucial part of a game.


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TUNBUCK89's picture

He'll have competition from Marshon Lattimore in that department.

FROMTHE18's picture

geesh, hope he has a great year, freak athlete. 

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

The one armed instantaneous catch was more impressive then the block itself.

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cronimi's picture

Are we sure that wasn't Slam Thompson in Greene's jersey??

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teddyballgame's picture

thad, you might want to take a look at this

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Horvath22's picture

I want to see me some Jeff Greene on the field this fall.

Bags5150's picture

HE has freakishly long arms too!  He looks like a basketball player but Marotti has put about 20 lbs on him!

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BHT's picture

Throw the ball into triple coverage and we know who will catch it. On second thought, to be safe, don't throw it into triple coverage...

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MikeNugents BigToe's picture

Somewhere in Akron, Ohio Jim Tressel is watching this video with a small tear rolling down his cheek and uttering "That was beautiful, special teams really do matter..." 

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Hell...i'm more impressed with that no-look recovery at the end lol. Jeeeeez that boy has some ups.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

That's good stuff.  Hopefully he can come up with a big block in a big game where it's needed.

Class of 2010.

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Art Harrell's picture

His knees were above the lineman's shoulder--dam we have lift off---Go Bucks

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gosolow2000's picture

Damn!!!! That's all I've got to say.

Knarcisi's picture

Or he can stand near the goal post and return it. Of course this never happens ...

Nick's picture

I wonder if he will have a scholarship this season

Seattle Linga's picture

This kid can jump higher than other kids jumping off other players butts, just like old school