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buckeye phi

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Member since 21 August 2014 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Ohio State National Championships
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Comment 23 hours ago

The point was that we wouldn't be as inexperienced as a lot of fans seem to think.  The wide receivers are a perfect case in point.  Smith, Brown and Campbell all have some experience.  They won't be coming in to the season completely raw.  And Dontre Wilson was playing fairly well at H-back when he got hurt .

I didn't say that it would be an entirely veteran offense -

Comment 23 hours ago

I think it's possible to survive a loss to Oklahoma and make the play-off - as long as we go on and win the rest of our games - therefore, being the champs of the B1G -

Comment 10 Feb 2016

According to the depth chart projection 11W's Eric Seger released as recently as this Monday, Donovan Munger and Tracy Sprinkle are in an "OR" kind of situation as to who will start and who will be the back-up at one tackle (probably a rotation).  And he has Michael Hill slated to start at the other tackle - with Nick Bosa listed as his back-up, interestingly enough.

Eric doesn't designate on this chart which position is which.  However, he has Munger and Sprinkle at the position listed next to the WDE, Tyquan Lewis, which of course, in a '4-3 over' (which I believe we'll still be running in 2016) would be the "1 technique tackle".  Naturally, that would mean that Hill and Bosa would be at the "3 technique" spot just inside of the SDE, Sam Hubbard. 

I find that to be a little strange, though - since Hill is our only remaining proven player in that "1 techique" role.  As we've seen in the past, not just any DT is capable of playing both positions well.  I'm afraid Adolphus Washington spoiled us to a degree. 

Now, it could be that we're going back to the '4-3 under' (like we ran a few years ago - and in which, the tackle positions are flip-flopped from the 'over') - but this would be the first I've heard of it.  Plus, at 265lbs (and as a true freshman coming off major knee surgery) I seriously doubt we'd be playing Nick Bosa at a position typically reserved for 300lb-ish juniors and seniors who have to be big and strong enough to demand a double-team for the scheme to work properly. 

I believe Eric has good connections with the team - so his chart has a lot of credibility as far as I'm concerned.  It's going to be very interesting to see how this develops. 

Incidentally, to answer one of your more fundamental questions:  The "1 technique" defensive tackle has traditionally been considered to be similar to a true "nose tackle" or "nose guard"(which is more often associated with "odd front" defenses - like the 3-4 or the 5-2) - but the positions are not identical.  You can tell this by the designation. 

Of course, it gets more complicated than this - but the "1" in "1 technique" generally refers to the inside shoulder of the offensive guard.  Naturally, the "nose" generally refers to the foremost point of the o-line - the center.  However, many coaches refer to the two positions interchangeably since there's not a lot of difference in physical requirements. 

For instance, ideally - we'd like our 1 technique tackle to be so disruptive (right in the middle of everything) that he'll demand a double team.  That then frees up our quicker 3 technique tackle and defensive ends to defeat their one-on-one match-ups - and really wreak havoc. 

It should be noted, though - that Coach Johnson sees the differences in the roles of the two tackle positions becoming more blurred down the road -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

Having a ton of bodies at any position isn't necessarily a great thing if you're uncertain whether most of them can excel at this level or not.  I'm not saying that is the case with our current crop of defensive tackles - but we don't know that is not the case at this time.  Adding a 5-star recruit would have helped to address some of those concerns.

If we're hoping to keep playing at a championship level, we can not have a weak spot right up the gut of our defense.  If you think teams like Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan State and ttun arent't well coached and talented enough to expose something like that, you haven't been paying attention.

I think we're good (not great) - and deep - at the 3 technique spot with players like Munger and Sprinkle who have shown some promise (although, admittedly in limited play, so far).  I believe Landers could end up being very good at that position, too.

But name a player you have complete faith in at that 1 technique spot after Michael Hill.  If you can't - then you share my concern about our depth at defensive tackle in '16 -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

Well put, Chuck.  There's no shame in admitting we tried to land a couple of 5-star DTs from out of state and missed.  And being concerned about the quality of depth at DT does not necessarily translate to "freaking out".

Comment 09 Feb 2016

I'd say he'll be moved around all over the place. 

I think that's the most likely scenario.  Especially, coming from a football family, it should be easier for him to learn to excel at more than one position -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

Another 5-star receiver!  At his size, he must have speed to burn.  This is very exciting stuff. 

Who knew we'd have a major day in recruiting news on a Tuesday in February? 

Hopefully, Birm will hurry up the Hurry Up tonight -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

Perhaps the commitment of Garrett pushed Birm into solidifying his thoughts with a CB.

I believe you may have hit on it right there.  I've read that Garrett and Lindsey are close -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

I've seen him listed at no bigger than 6'4", 265, currently.  That'd be kinda small to come in and play tackle right away at the major college level.  Plus, he probably isn't able to train legs all out yet (due to the ACL surgery) - so gaining significant weight could be kind of tricky right now. 

However, I'd agree - from everything I've heard/read, he could end up playing some 3 technique tackle eventually -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

"Since the introduction of electronic timing" are the key words.  To the best of my knowledge, nobody at the NFL combine has beaten Johnson's official 4.24.  Everything else is either from before the introduction of electronic timing - or merely hearsay. 

However, I would really love to know who would actually be the fastest man in pads.  I'd appreciate it if the combine would time guys in full football gear - on grass (or field turf).  That would give us a better idea of a player's true football speed -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

Agreed, Johnny.  That would be highly unusual. You'd think there'd be some video on something like that - I'd love to see it. 

Years ago - I had a gymnast buddy who was pretty good at that kind of thing, by the way.  He prabably could have made it to 40 yards - but we'd have been talking minutes - not seconds -

Comment 09 Feb 2016

From everything I've heard/read, he'll be ready for fall camp (barring some sort of setback, of course).  Like his brother, I expect he'll get a fair amount of playing time as a true freshman. 

But this notion that he'll just show up (as a true freshman - and coming off an ACL reconstruction) and beat out the likes of Sam Hubbard and/or Tyquan Lewis (who led the team in sacks last season) - is not based in reality -