This isn't a knock on EzE, just how legit of a back Coleman is at this point. He's going to start for someone on Sundays next fall, even if he is only a third round pick. EzE could absolutely be at his level (or past) by the time he's done at OSU, but RIGHT NOW, I have to give the edge to Coleman due to his speed and home run ability.
From what I saw on the tape, it looked like MSU was playing Man-2, and that safety had the deep half to the wide side of the field.
Undoubtedly, his absence helped spring that long run, but the hole was there regardless.
As Ross mentioned, I wouldn't be shocked to see a lot of Cover 1 (man coverage with one deep safety), with a cornerback assigned to Williams. They often use 22 personnel (2 TEs, 2 RBs), leaving only one WR on the outside, so it makes sense for Grant or Apple to take him on.
I think there will be a lot of Buzz coverage looks from OSU, with Bell or Powell dropping into the box after the snap with the other playing deep middle.
Haha I'll say it once, I'll say it again: That 4th down call only failed due to Heuerman missing his block. If he stays on the MSU linebacker, Braxton probably doesn't get touched on that play, as everyone else made their block.
There was an extremely small window in which that ball could be placed. Throw it a foot short, and both defenders can make a play. Throw it a foot to a side, and he goes right into the path of one of the defenders. Throw it long, and he can't catch up to it.
It's really easy to take the timing and practice that goes into a throw like this for granted, but not many guys in the NFL can make that throw regularly. JT had about a 2 foot window in which he had to place the ball 45 yards away, which is why it's so rare to see it completed. Most college QBs can't make that throw in practice, so they never try to do so in the game. Usually when you see a college WR make a deep catch, they've tracked the ball in the air and adjusted to wherever the throw goes. JT hit Devin perfectly in stride.
I wouldn't expect to see OSU try this all the time, since it's a low completion %, but defenses have to account for it, knowing it's in the arsenal.
The offense should go as fast as they can. But that doesn't mean lining up as quick as possible and snapping it right away, it means going as quickly as possible as long as all 11 guys are aware of the call and able to execute. Against a team like MSU, you can't just figure it out as you go, you must be able to identify fronts, coverages, etc, and be able to adjust as necessary before the snap. With a young QB and a bunch of young receivers, that's more important than getting the snap off quickly. They must find the intersection of the two.
As another poster pointed out, crack back blocks are only illegal when they're cut blocks, or are targeting the head of the defender. Since this was shoulder on shoulder contact, nothing illegal about it.
It's great at neutralizing any inside runs, but can leave you exposed to runs on the edges if you don't commit your safeties the way VT did. Asking them to come that far forward is basically the opposite of their normal responsibilities in the base cover 4 scheme, so it's not a great fit with everything else the defense is doing. Additionally, OSU hasn't really had problems with inside runs thanks to how well Bennett & Washington have played this year, so the need hasn't been there.
This situation seemed like a good time to call on it though, simply to create confusion for the PSU OL, which it clearly did.
The QB should read deep to short, so Post (1), Dig (2), strong-side Pivot (3), weak-side pivot (4).
You guys get it.
If there's stuff that isn't making sense, either from the way I write or simply by being too complicated, please let me know. My goal is for the regular fan to understand what's happening on the field, so if I ever get too bogged down in "coach-speak" just let me know.
Ash is calling the plays on D.
Fickell helps with the game planning, especially in the front 7, but when the game starts Ash is the one making the calls.