Why Rod Smith's 11-Second Block On a Punt Return Against Navy Has Urban Meyer Smiling

By Patrick Maks on September 3, 2014 at 9:45p

Just how impressed is Urban Meyer with Rod Smith’s 11-second block against Navy?

After practice Wednesday, the Ohio State head coach invited a handful of media members into the team’s meeting room to watch film of the play. Over and over, Meyer, clicker in hand and with a wide smile on his face, replayed the clip of Smith beating down a defender on an otherwise trivial punt return.

“It was one of the greatest efforts I've ever seen on a play,” Meyer said Monday. “For 11 seconds, he locked down a defender and then knocked him down at the end of the play. One of the greatest plays I've ever seen.”

For Smith, it was a moment of on-field success that earned him a standing ovation after Meyer showed the film of the play to the team.

“I thought the play was still going, I ain’t hear a whistle. That’s what we teach, go 4 to 6, point A to point B. That’s how long it’s usually supposed to last, but it went longer so you just gotta keep going,” he said.

“I was like, ‘I just messed him up.’ I defeated his will, that’s what we call it around here. I defeated his will, so he didn’t have too much to say.”

Rod Smith defeating a man's will.

On the flip side, Meyer, if you let him, could gush about the play for what seems like an eternity. He’s obsessed with it and called the effort one of the finest in his coaching career.

“Rod Smith had the play of the day,” Meyer said. “And the way we do our business here, that entitled him some carries.”

But for Smith, touches haven’t come easily. Whether it’s been playing second-fiddle to Carlos Hyde or off-field issues, his career hasn’t lived up to the buzz that accompanied the former four-star recruit. Coming out of high school, Smith was touted by some as the second coming of Eddie George with his tall, muscular frame. That hasn’t happened.

But Smith’s heroic special teams play offered Meyer a chance to gush about Smith for something other than missed opportunities or his struggles in the classroom. 

For the first time in what’s seemed like a while, Smith got singled out for the right reason.

“It’s just good to hear that I’m noticed and that I can contribute other than on offense. It was good to get called out, but at the same time you just help out the team any way you can,” he said.

Still, Smith is competing with sophomore Ezekiel Elliott and freshman Curtis Samuel for playing time at running back.

“It’s real hard. You can’t just come out there in one day, you’ve gotta like be consistent. I definitely feel like I’ve been consistent throughout camp, you know what I’m saying, to get right going into this season so I’ve just gotta keep doing it,” he said.

In turn, Smith could find a role on an Braxton Miller-less offense in need as many playmakers as it can get. 

And for Meyer, who can't get over or get enough of Smith's effort on the play, it's a real reason to smile. 


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DerryKing's picture

Was that block shown on T.V? I don't remember seeing it.

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BayArea_Buckeye's picture

Is there a video of the play? 

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CTBuckeye's picture

Spent the last 10 minutes searching and nothing yet - hopefully it will pop up somewhere in the next couple of days.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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Homey1970's picture

No but here's a simulation provided by Mr. Pancake. (w/ Larry Johnson !@%#ing his pants on the State Penn sideline)   

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daytonbuckeye1983's picture

Best tackle in college football history, I will never be convinced otherwise

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Hard to argue. Might make the top 5 of an all time NFL list too. Such a monster offensive lineman.

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nickel beer's picture

John Hicks--and then you have an ultimate pair.

No Sleep Till Blacksburg

theopulas's picture

there was a time i argued the best positional player ever....he was to dominate to believe today....from the moment he walked in he was the best we had seen....then he went to work to get better....


GoBuckeyes1020's picture

According to 11W rules I am not allowed to award helmet stickers yet so in the meantime I'll just watch this pancake clip for a few hours! This clip certainly deserves several stickers. We are still waiting for the next Orlando Pace.....could be a while! What a beast.

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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Boom777's picture

The flip side is a lot of teams never had anything close to him. I get your honest and wishfull thinking waiting for the next though. 

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

He also played basketball in high school, our high school (Bellevue) played against him... Talk about a big man that could move his feet!

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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SteelBuckeye's picture

Witnessed from the Willard side also.  It was so odd to watch him play basketball.  Made moves that should not be possible. 

GoBuckeyes1020's picture

Could not agree more. I hear the terms once in decade or once in a generation talent thrown around a lot. I can't imagine it applying to another player as accurately as it applies to Orlando Pace. Go Buckeyes!

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

GoBuckeyes1020's picture

This was meant for your comment Boom777!

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

dubjayfootball90's picture

Such a mean man on the field, such a gentle giant off of it

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

SnooBucki's picture

Yes lets see this glorious block

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Yea, I would really like to see this block. Hearing so much about it

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CGroverL's picture

Meyer mentioned it once and showed what he could of it to some people. The only people that are really making a big deal out of it are the #7 haters that do not want to see Ezekiel Elliott's number of reps decrease even if #7 is the best pure power rusher on the team. Everyone hates hearing it, but #7 is 6'3", goes between 231-240 pounds, and until last season (as I saw no real "official" Buckeye 40 times for 2013's squad) had fast 40 times beaten by only 2 Buckeyes on the squad (Hyde once ran a sub 4.35 and Roby ran 4.18 during the official runs of 2012). #7's 40 times of 2012 had 2 runs under 4.4 seconds, a run at 4.4, a run under 4.45 and a slow run of under 4.5 seconds. Normally, a player gets 5-6 runs and what is announced is an average of them all...of course though, they have what they call a "fast", a "slow", and then the average of them all. #7 has always been fast as he was Indiana's best RB coming out of high school. That is why he became a Buckeye...he has always been big framed, heavy, and very fast. His size makes him a "typical" Buckeye RB. I'm just glad that coach Meyer doesn't hate him like Buckeye Nation does.

Don't hate me and dv me just because I'm a stat guy that reads a lot and watches every Buckeye game at least 3 times. I'd rather you do it just because you hate me for no good reason.

Do you hate Rod Smith (#7)? If so, why? Also...if you do hate #7, would you rather him sit the bench even if he was the best RB on the squad? If you don't hate him, you are part of the minority. If you hate him just because you want to see the kids play, then you are in the majority....and that is the very sad truth. I think of Buckeye Nation as a family (since I lost my Mom on April 5th, Buckeye Nation is my only true family), but I'm learning quick that this family I love so much hates me just because I write long comments that normally state facts, are the truth and make sense. That is extremely sad.

Bring on the dv's.

Oops...#7 (like I said) is 6'3", 230-240 pounds, and is a very strong 5th year senior. Him holding an 11 second block on a punt return and then putting the opposing player on his ass is something that he is very capable of. Besides that, he has averaged a respectable 5.3 ypc and caught a pass that Braxton Miller threw 50 yards for a TD in one of his few chances to play out wide once. He obviously is a player...but no one gives him a chance. Elliott had a 20 yard run against Navy....and finished with 44 yards on 12 carries. Elliott also had a 10 yard TD run. Erase those 2 runs and Elliott had 14 yards on 10 carries. #7 has just 85 carries as a Buckeye, but I GUARANTEE that you won't see him with 10 carries for 14 yards against Navy...ever. Hell, against Navy, #7 was stopped or stalled in the backfield TWICE (on both of his only 2 carries of the game) but still managed to leap linemen on one play and break tackles on the other play, turning both runs into 3 yard carries when they should have been losses. If those carries were Elliott's they probably would have been losses. Hate who you want, but let the best players play...or our beloved Buckeyes will have such a rough time against Beamer and Foster that Buckeye Nation will wish their opponent was Navy again and Elliott was losing yards just as many times as he was gaining them. Buckeye Nation needs #7.

Please give the ball to #7, coach Meyer. Rant over.

Rant over.

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



UrbanRenewal's picture

I'm getting the feeling more and more that Bri'onte Dunn is gonna transfer. Could see him going to a MAC school. I just don't think he's gonna get to play especially with Curtis Samuel playing the way he is. Warren Ball may even get carries before Dunn will. And we didn't even see Ball run on Saturday. 

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Said it last year Dunn is Done

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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rampageripster's picture

He's a sophomore... so he could transfer, lose a year, and have 2 years to play 1... that's a pretty big risk to take

Cause I couldn't go for three

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CTBuckeye's picture

Props to Rod Smith, and congrats on the shout out!

As an aside I love how our coach notices every detail of the game - I have to imagine it earns him even more respect from his staff and players.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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txbucknut's picture

I re-watched the game last night and looked for it, but could't find it.

allinosu's picture

11:00 min mark second Quarter.

DannyBeane's picture

I bet it was probably when the announcers were giving stats and/or showing a replay.

jralvarez's picture

Love this kid.  Keep it up TBs!


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buckeyedude's picture

When I saw the title of this article, Patrick, I thought there would at least be a link to view the superb block. Can somebody help a brotha out?



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fishleehooker's picture

If coach is looking for men to hold ten second blocks, he should sign Logan Steiber. 

I like Rod and hope he can get some TDs this season. 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

This situation is a microcosm of Urban's ultracompetitive coaching style.  You were a 4 or 5 star recruit???  You want playing time-go earn it on special teams.

Pain don't hurt-Dalton

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chemicalwaste's picture

Let's find this video. I just watched the game today because I was working on the house all day Saturday and didn't see it. Obviously they're concerned with where the ball is going on tv so they didn't care about the rest of the game going on on the field do I understand.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I don't recall that block but I do remember him wiffing on a block that got either Dontre or Jalin killed for a loss. It was bad. Not saying it was all Rod's fault but if u look at it again he missed really bad.

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GVerrilli92's picture

I remember this vividly, I believe it was a lead arc block for Jalin. It was one of those painful things to watch because his man was literally the only person that had a chance at making the play. JM would have gone for a TD for sure.

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OH1O State's picture

I want to hear CGroverL's take on all of this.
...in no less than 500 words.

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JSTANBUX25's picture

Major +1 here.

How Firm Thy Friendship...O-HI-O

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CGroverL's picture

Well, you obviously are reading my posts. Like I said, I really do apologize for the length of my comments. It doesn't mean that you automatically have to dv me though. I've seen a ton of garbage comments here at 11W and I think I have given out a total of 2 or 3 dv's. If you are reading my posts, and you thought that I was out of line, making wild accusations that were wrong, or was 100% wrong, you wouldn't be reading them, right?

I don't waste my time writing stupid B.S. even if you think that is what it is. I take a point and use facts to back it up and it takes more than just 3 sentences, sometimes. I don't misspell much or use improper grammar much AND...I don't mind at all being made fun of. You may hate me because of my posts and you may hate what I say in my posts BUT....

I truly thank you for reading them, if you do. Even if you dv me in the end. Thanks again. Good luck and as always....GO BUCKEYES!!!

A MAJOR +1 from me to you as well. I'm at around 500 H.S. now. Some people do like my writings, even though they may hate the length. Trust me...I'm not the enemy here. I want what is best for the Buckeyes...just like you. I'm sure that my novel that I wrote a few minutes ago will get no upvotes, but that's not why I'm here. I'm here to talk football about the best football team in the history of CFB.

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



JSTANBUX25's picture

Lol!  No worries!  I just chuckled a little because you do seem to have some quite lengthy posts. :)  Not necessarily a bad thing, and yes, I do appreciate how straightforward and honest you are.  Go Bucks!

How Firm Thy Friendship...O-HI-O

CGroverL's picture

I know. I'm bad. I don't count my words but almost never could make a 1 sentence comment here. I do truly apologize for that. You guys (and gals) can always not read what I write though no matter the length. I watch each game 3 times before I comment usually. I saw #7's whiff on a block where he fell on his ass. I saw #7 miss a block where he chose to block a man further downfield, and I also saw #7 run through the line on a receiving route where Barrett took a sack. I have yet to see a whiff by #7 that caused a loss to the point where a block by #7 would have changed a play (except when he chose to block the DB on a big run that was an outside run...a LB made the play and #7 could have made a block and made the play gain a few more yards before the DB that #7 did block stopped the play).

My point about #7 is way more simple though. He is a 5th year senior that is most probably in the best shape of his life. Remember that since he is a 5th year senior, that he is 23 years old now. I was much stronger at 23 than I was at 19 like Elliott is. I look at the roster and I see just ONE power RB on the entire team. There is tons of speed, but this is Ohio State. Ohio State is a power run team and need to be especially now that Miller is out.

Of course I have more to say, but I'll just be repeating myself. Thanks to all of you that haven't been downvoting me "just because". I love all of you guys (and gals) and I really can't see how anyone has the balls to dv someone for telling their opinion, ESPECIALLY when they back their opinions up with facts, stats, and truths. Thank you all for putting up with me. I'm 41, I really do know football very well (offensively and defensively) plus I'm a "stat guy" so I know a lot of weird stuff that people don't normally even think about...On top of that, I'm constantly researching because I'm not lucky enough to get first hand info...

Think about it. I'm a 41 year old with 20 years of plumbing experience that lives in what would be called Gator/SEC territory. YES, I stick my hands in SEC fans toilets for money, but I do give Buckeye fans a minimum of a 40% discount. I'm 15 minutes away from the Daytona/New Smyrna Beach area and I hate 3 things in this world more than TSUN. Those 3 things are sunlight, sand, and saltwater. So...I was born in Ohio and I'm living in the WRONG PLACE. It makes me miserable. I have 2 things...Buckeye sports and Buckeye sports.

I was "invited" here by a guy that realized that I knew my football because of my novels that I used to write at Bleacher Report. Unfortunately, at B/R, there are tons of trolls and even your best writing is put down and starts arguments (which I do really try to avoid). After 4 years of writing there, I came here. If you guys (and gals) really hate me, I'll split. I don't want to though. I love the site, even though I think that it used to be better and I don't know when the change here happened or why. Remember though...you all know me. My name is Chris Grover Lane, everybody calls me Grover, thus the username, and I almost never write just 2 sentences. So...when you see my username, skip over it. You aren't forced to read it. My writings will never contain lies, guesses or opinions that aren't backed up by facts of some sort, and you will never see me write something like "take out Curtis Grant after he finally played a decent game" just because I want to see how RaeKwon McMillan plays. I want to see Buckeye wins and Buckeye wins are normally going to happen with upperclassmen playing. McMillan and Dixon will get their chance.

I know that it was out of hate or humor, OH1O State, but I still appreciate you calling me out. I love to talk and write about Buckeye football (obviously) and although I really shouldn't care what you and everyone else thinks, I do care. I've been writing here for years and still feel like a "guest" when I come here. I'm not being a know it all, but I know that the bulk of the people here could learn some football things from me, the problem with that is simple: EVERY BUCKEYE FAN THINKS THEY KNOW EVERYTHING.

I defended E. Gordon Gee (because of how he was respected by his staff at Ohio State and because of him giving his bonuses and raises to the scholarship fund) and people here hated me. I defended Jim Heacock. People hated me. I did and still defend Luke Fickell. That makes people hate me. Right now, I'm trying my best to get all of you to realize that #7 is the best RB on the squad. That is getting me even more hate. It's OK though. People hated me when Carlos Hyde was a sophomore and got pissed because his reps were getting cut. Because of Boom Herron and Jordan Hall, people hated me. I was definitely right when it came to "El Guapo" (I should have trademarked that nickname because I gave him that name before he ever even put on a Buckeye uniform), I still think I was right about Gee and Heacock. I believe that I'm right about Luke Fickell, and I'm 90% sure that #7 is by far the best RB on the squad. Time will tell. #7's time is running out though and the truth is that #7 is the total package. Maybe he isn't the best blocker. Did you expect Hyde to be the best blocker? Normally you don't expect your #1 RB to be the greatest blocker, do you?

#7 can catch, run, make people miss, run for power, and he runs a fast 100 as well which is just a way of saying...."Carlos Hyde exploded through the line and then punished the secondary...but #7 can explode through the line, sidestep or stiff-arm a guy and then have the top end speed to turn that play into a TD". See...that is the one thing that separates the 2 RB's. #7 can take it to the house when El Guapo was getting caught from behind.

Was that 500+ words? I got lost? Please...downvotes on this are not fair. I wrote only to be part of the family. I don't mind being made fun of. I'm a pretty cool old dude as well. You really shouldn't hate me because my comments are long when you can just ignore them. If I wanted to dv people, I could dv 100 times a day. I'd rather have it that when someone says something dumb, that they are corrected and taught. Like I said...I know my football pretty well and I have learned a lot from the writers here at 11W. In the end, I just do not like hate especially among Buckeye Nation. My H.S. went from 450 to under 420 because of writing my opinion, explaining with facts why I thought that way and it took a novel to explain it. If I had just said "Luke Fickell won the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2010" and then just posted it, the person I was explaining my side to wouldn't have gotten the entire story. It took a while to explain why I think Luke Fickell bleeds more Scarlet and Gray than any Buckeye involved in the football squad. So if I have to take a bunch of dv's because I wrote a novel...so be it. I spoke the truth, I used facts and accomplishments to back up my view...And unfortunately for me...THAT TAKES MORE THAN 3 SENTENCES.

That has to be more than 500 words, Mr., Miss (or whatever you are) OH1O State and the 10 people that upvoted you for MY SAKE and carpal tunnel syndrome. I hope you enjoyed it, it was informative, and it suited whatever need you wanted. See though...now I'll get -100 H.S. for that. From now on, whenever I see someone write something that I think is dumb or makes no sense, I'll just blog a novel about it while using their username so I can make REAL ENEMIES here. Hate me all you want because of my super long comments, just don't hate me because of how sexy I am.

Thanks for giving me some time to write about my most precious thing in the world (N0, I'm not speaking of the ring in TLOTR), which of course is my beloved Ohio State Buckeye football team and you guys and gals, the members of Buckeye Nation that truly make our Buckeyes who they are no matter what the ignorant pollsters decide to say each week.

Go Buckeyes.....+1 from me to you as well. Take care...if you made it to the end of the novel.

"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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BeijingBucks's picture

Chill honey bunny...

This is not bleacher report we are all Bucks fans here (even the few Blue surfs hanging around trying to balance the UM vitriol are closet Bucks fans).  Most of your rant is preaching to the choir.

The art of being a good writer though is learning to convey your point with brevity using concise language and specific examples.  Look at Poetry for example... conveys vivid images and ideas but every word must carry weight.

I guarantee most people will not read your posts as you tend to ramble and repeat a lot.  take it for what it's worth as this is not meant as criticism of your writing... just merely an observation that if you want to have a dialogue over your perspectives your typical ADD 11Wer gets fatigued after one paragraph, not one chapter.  then again if you are just writing for your own catharsis... carry on brother.

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Tim Shoemaker's picture

Since people are asking, we weren't allowed to film Urban showing us the block. Understandably, Ohio State doesn't want it to appear like it is showing up the Navy player.

mthompson331's picture

So the block was not caught by the TV cameras?

Can you... I dunno... *not* whine after a win?

Tim Shoemaker's picture

It was on a Navy punt when OSU was trailing 7-3, I think. I'm not sure if the telecast caught the whole thing, I'd doubt it. They usually like to follow the ball like someone pointed out. What we saw was a coaches film, it wasn't what was shown on TV so I'm not sure if it's available to see anywhere as of right now.

dubjayfootball90's picture

meh that is understandable

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

chemicalwaste's picture

I like his style. I hadn't thought about it like embarrassing a navy player, but more as celebrating a play by an osu player, but it's easy to see how someone would take it otherwise, and there isn't much more of a dick move than embarrassing someone who puts their life on the line for all of us.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

11 second gif to follow?

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

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gumtape's picture

In my day, some ohio state games weren't even televised, here we are whining about not being able to see something that probably only exists on all-22 coaches film.

Does anyone remember having to watch WOSU on sunday or dealing with the crap telecast that was Raycom Sports and Wayne Larrivee (oh wait that guy is still around)?

High and tight boo boo

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NitroBuck's picture

At least some of those old WOSU broadcasts on Sunday mornings had Paul Warfield doing color commentary. 

Ferio.  Tego.

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Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

Heck ya Rod Smith way to put on your big boy pants and make that grown a$$ man play!!! Got me pumped for V-Tech, now run the ball like an animal. 

By the way EL Guapo and RDS in the new episode of the League, EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brother man, I have MADE and LOST millions in my lifetime.... Brain cells that is! How I made those millions I do not know because the secret has been lost in the millions I have lost!!!! ~ Taco

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Nice to see Rod Smith giving it his all, regardless of playing time and carries. GO ROD!

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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DEF D's picture

Can't believe Rod didn't get any carries against Navy. I get him not getting any run last yr because the best back in the country was in front of him, but come on man. You have to give that hog the rock. He will steam roll anyone who tries to tackle him. Over 5 yds a carry every time he touches the pigskin.

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darbnurb's picture

Smith had a nice run in which he hurdled a defender at the line and gained about 5 yds.  It was a nice play and I thought we would see more of him.   

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Jason Priestas's picture

I added a GIF to the story from what we could pull from the telecast. Unfortunately, it's just the beginning and end of the 11-second block, but it does feature two pancakes.

GVerrilli92's picture

Just saw that. Defeated his will? More like stripped him of his manhood. That poor guy was outclassed... GOOD SHIT ROD!!

I got a gray kitty, white kitty, tabby too, and a little orange guy who puts snakes in my shoes. Got mad MC skills, that leave ya struck, and I roll with my kitties and I'm hard as f*ck.

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GVerrilli92's picture

I just don't know what the RB position is going to look like going forward. If last year was any indication, you would expect Urban to develop a favorite and ride him out like Hyde. But I don't see that happening for this group for a couple of reasons. Meyer's recent teams were more successful when there was a high level of distribution. There's a reason he had more National Championships than thousand yard rushers. Also, there isn't any one standout ball carrier (between all positions) at this time in my opinion. Dontre has the chance to be that guy on the offense, but he still won't get close to 50% of the touches. However IF Dontre becomes the go-to ball carrier, the RB position will need to be manned by the best blocking back. So if Rod can make blocks on OFFENSE, it's his job to lose. This offense right now is reminiscent of the later USC teams under Pete Carroll. They were characterized by having 5 or 6 game changing ball carriers, with 2 or 3 of those lining up in various places on the field. Joe McKnight still terrorizes my dreams.

I got a gray kitty, white kitty, tabby too, and a little orange guy who puts snakes in my shoes. Got mad MC skills, that leave ya struck, and I roll with my kitties and I'm hard as f*ck.

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buckeyepastor's picture

I agree with you that Meyer definitely wants to have several guys sharing the load at running back.  I think he said as much at times last year.   Hyde was just so far and away the most complete back last year.   In terms of running, blocking, knowing where to be on the field, making the right reads.    All year we heard that while Wilson showed great promise, he just hadn't mastered enough of the offense to be out there too often.   The trend on both sides of the ball is towards specialization, guys coming in to fill a unique role in the offense or defense.  But you still have to be well rounded.   As Wilson and Mitchell and others become productive without the ball in their hands in terms of how well they block, find openings on pass plays, come back to help Barrett, etc., this offense will really take off. The USC comparison is a great one.   It was emotionally taxing just to watch them play.   One guy would shred you, then he'd leave the game and the next guy would be just as dangerous.  And then the next.  I'd imagine it takes a psychological toll on the defense.  I know it took a toll on me just sitting in my living room.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

BroJim's picture

Damn, that's awesome.

I season my simple food with hunger

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buckeyepastor's picture

Happy for Rod.   Plays like that are what get you reps from Urban, I reckon.  And as electric as EzE and Samuel and Marshall and Wilson promise to be as playmakers, in the heart of conference play we're going to need a bullish back that can beat up on the opposing front 7 a bit.   Smith brings that more than the others.   What's more, his size and running reminds me so much of Eddie George, how could you not want to see him get opportunities.    

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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Earle's picture

Unfortunately, the other part of that play was the senseless block in the back by Apple, which nullified great field position and the great effort by Smith.  Nice to see Rod still bringing the effort on special teams despite scant playing time on offense.  That's good senior leadership.

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UrbanPirate's picture

Good for Rod! I love this sort of thing when coaches take pride and really give credit for pure effort plays; you won't see it on any highlight reels, but this praise from Meyer will payout ten fold as they (younger players especially) realize you don't have to be driving in a grandslam to earn "play of the game" respects. Good work all around, and I'll be looking forward to seeing what Rod can do with a few extra carries and a shot of confidence!

Just... Go Bucks.


BuckeyeJAK's picture

Its great to see someone who has struggled help themselves and move forward.

Mark May is a mental midget

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gobucks96's picture

Urban proving he is mentally still the top of his game... If you watched Rod come off the field after each of his carries, you'll understand why he did this.

rosycheeks's picture

I'll care about this A) if I see the video, or B) if he actually sees an increase in carries. I'm not sure either will happen.

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GOOMBAY's picture

Junkyard dog. That's gettin' after it!

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Anyone else think this is kind of a shot at EzE? This kind of gives Urban an excuse he didn't otherwise have to give Rod carries in response to #15's lackluster game running the ball.

Not a complaint or anything, because I think EzE will be a stud. However, I think it'll be interesting to see how many carries Rod actually gets.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Dmac3212's picture

I wonder who's going comment on this page, saying how Rod Smith is the second coming of Eddie George but just better? I personally think Rod could be a stud, and still has a bright future in the NFL (probably undrafted), i.e. Arian Foster. There is a lot of talent at the RB position. I Personally think Zeke and Samuel should get the carries. Sometimes i think to much of a rotation hurts the rhythm of Ohio States Rbs. I think Zeke and Rod smith are the type of running backs who gets stronger with more touches, i.e. Carlos Hyde/Eddie George. I love the thunder and lighting I would just like Urban to stick to the 2 Rb system in the majority of games. Same can be said at the Wr/h-back position, but obviously Dontre and Jalin both need touches. I am going hope the lack of rhythm and momentum was due to playing Navy and it being the first game of the year. The spread offense is all about pace and timing hopefully we get it going against a tough Va tech defense (probably top 5 secondary). 

KB3RG's picture

Give him some reps at LB....

Bourbon Meyer's picture

Seeing that Orlando pancake made me think of
"If a dogs gonna bite, he'll bite as a pup!"

Indy_Buck87's picture

We need more of this "I ain't hear no whistle" Awesomeness !

I know of only two things that are infinite, space and human stupidity.....and I'm not sure about space". Albert Einstein.

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CGroverL's picture

Why is an 11 second block such a big deal to all of you for #7. He is the same size Eddie George was. He may not have Eddie's overall strength, but that overall size and strength made Eddie a notch down in the NFL when it came to RB's. Eddie George had that Roger Craig running style to an extent (Don't take this wrong, but Roger Craig was the RB in the Joe Montana/Jerry Rice days for the 49ers...I say that only for some of the younger crowd that may not know who or how great Craig's running style was). Eddie George was a monster that continued to put muscle weight on in his NFL days. It made him almost too big. What helped George was Roger Craig-like lifting of his knees/feet making him harder to tackle. We ALL love Eddie George but I think we can all agree that we all figured that Eddie George would average better than 3.6 yards per carry over his NFL career.

I'm certainly not making REAL comparisons between #7 and our legend, but they are the same size almost to the inch and pound. There is just one difference...#7 is faster than Eddie George ever was. #7 is a big, strong RB that probably would have been a 3 year starter at most schools as long as he kept up with his grades. If he hadn't chosen to go to Ohio State, there is a good chance that #7 is in the NFL right now. Not too many 230-240 pound RB's capable of running a sub 4.4 second 40 yard dash do not end up in the NFL. That is the truth whether you want to believe it or not.

My point is simple....#7 is a redshirt senior. There are players 2 years younger than him in the NFL and as I said, if he went to a different school, he may be in the NFL now. Everyone thinks he is weak when he is the biggest, strongest, and fastest RB on the team. He should be eating up almost any player he runs into on a punt return in that position. Why is everyone so surprised?

Big, strong, fast, Buckeye....need I say more?

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



ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Of course Urban would love it. He asks for 4-6 seconds and Rod essentially gave him double. It's like if I ordered a large pizza and they decided to give me two without charging me extra.

Rod Smith gettin' it on special teams. That will always lead to good things.

Class of 2010.

rosycheeks's picture

Look at all those extra Rod Smith carries tonight!

Haha. Hahaha. Oh Urban...

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brandonbauer87's picture

As soon as he gets one carry, he'll have a high percentage of RB carries.