Instead of using an undersized player to set the edge and they subbed for Berger and played more or less a 53 look
Also...the Mike and Will position have evolved since Ash took over...
The Sam and Will are mirrored except one aligns to the field and the other boundary
The Mike is now really just the only "true" linebacker any more
Even though Perry played the Will spot for 2 seasons under Ash, I would not expect to see another Perry type person at Will. I think Baker could be more the norm
That being said, I wonder if Harrison could grow into a Mike..or maybe Jones..
With the Quarters scheme Ash implemented and the Cover 1 Schiano has hung his hat on, the Will needs to be able to Cover and Cover well...
3 Deep==How many defenders played the deep zones
2 Under==How many defenders played the underneath zones
Everybody else rushed the passer
Cover 1...1 deep safety
CBs play man to man on the outside most WR
Safety has TE (or a slot WR) man to man
LBs will play what they call "banjo" on the RB(s) and if the RB releases to their side, they will take them man-to-man.
Whichever running back does not have a RB release to him will play, basically, zone defense underneath and break on the QBs eyes/throw
I do not know if Booker has the vision to really ever turn the page at LB.
Has all the physical tools and then some but he just does not see the windows well
Reminds me of Curtis Grant in that regard
However, he might be the best (only) option unless Connor can stay healthy or Borland is the real deal
Middle linebacker is going to be an interesting position battle in the spring to watch
Also worth noting that the reason the LBs had the chance to be so productive was because the DL did such a good job destroying the blocking scheme so that the LBs could run clean
Hooker's pick 6 was the Chris Ash favorite 3 deep/2 under 6 man pressure...they have used to sparingly this seaosn
Baker's pick came from playing Cover 1 Rat coverage
since the RB did not release into a pass route to Baker's side, he basically becomes a "free dropper" as he does not have a man to play...and robbed the QB's eyes perfectly
Hooker wasn't Hooker last season
He really came on late in the season and the momentum carried on through the spring
Hooker took over Powell's position
Webb took over Bell's
The most they have given up this year is 23 points...
That is damn good, I don't care who you are...
I am not crazy, at all, about Ohio State's current home uniform...I'd actually vote in favor of a different home uniform every week...
Go all East Coast Oregon
The away uniform, on the other hand, is as slick as it gets...
Helmet is supposed to look like a Cannon Ball...
Good ol Cover 2 or QQH would have been a simple answer to the Jet Sweep...
Chryst did a good job of taking the Defense's rules and beating using it against them
Wisconsin did a very good job of using Ohio State's Cover 1 defense to its advantage...formation Ohio State's defense to get a soft edge and then attack with the jet sweep
Going to Cover 2/Cloud force against the compressed formations really could have helped slow things down on the edge
This would really shock me...
What I heard about Brown was he was a grinder who the coaches loved
we have had the same problem down here in North Carolina
Has not gone this far, however
you can move a WR back and make him eligible and step the TE up on the line to cover the OT...you run the pass out of that formation if you catch a defensive back not covering the "covered" WR
It is an old Wing-T/Veer formation & play
Baker is better...
It has everything to do with his VISION...he is able to see the windows open faster than Booker and is not afraid to run through and close the window...Booker, for all his physical gifts is more often a step behind the play.
As a result...Baker, although smaller than Booker, is better against the run than Booker go back and see how often Baker is in the backfield...
Not to mention, Baker is also fast/athletic enough to be used a "spy" on Baker Mayfield...
This has Schiano's fingerprints all over it...
They also went back to their Quarters Coverage to start the 2nd half
They will fit in just fine...
Both are great TEACHERS of the game...
I could also see a situation where Worley move to Will and Baker to SAM in order to get the best 3 LBs on the field
Tuf Borland might just be the real deal...early returns from spring ball were very positive...
I do not see him taking a spot from Booker, yet, but Booker needs to prove he is a linebacker and just a big athlete
If MIke Weber wants to change his number he needs to become "elite"
the DE will be inside the puller if he is worth his salt...
what you can do is run the "inverted veer"
I believe with the back-up situation OSU has, or lack of...we see a lot less QB runs and a lot more RPO