Across The Field: Q&A with Oklahoma State Beat Writer Mark Cooper on What Mike Yurcich Will Bring to Ohio State

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Yurcich's ideal offense: Fast, explosive, balanced.

Good to hear, particularly the balanced aspect. Simply can’t abandon the run, especially playing in the B1G. 

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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TheBadOwl's picture

Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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TPMBuck's picture

From Jim Harbaugh:  Mr. Day I don't ... feel ... so .... good

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WPB-Buckeye's picture

As long as the QB doesn't have more carries than our RBs. 

Go Bucks!

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chibucks's picture

The "OSU" for OkSU keeps throwing me off.  :)  Nice insight.

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703Buckeye's picture

Me reading this article with all the "OSU" references:

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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c92996p's picture

The balanced run-pass element of Yurcich's offensive attack is what looks most appealing to me.  It sounds like the biggest changes going forward in Ohio St's offense will probably be fewer zone reads and more downfield passes.

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Brutus865's picture

He’ll need to run the ball in the b10..

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OnPoint's picture

The only part that bothered me was this:

And there were some questionable lapses on offense this season that incensed the critics. For example: Star running back Justice Hill received only 11 carries in an inexcusable, 12-point performance at a lackluster Kansas State team this year.

Nut on top

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buckz4evr's picture

Let's not forget he has Wilson and Day helping him. The whole offense is not solely on him.

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stpetebuck's picture

He won’t usurp Day. He will focus on qb play utilizing rpo and mesh concepts. For now he is doing Ryan Day’s bidding and keeping the Texas region in play for recruiting. 

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milhouse4588's picture

Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson will have a say in the offensive balance as well so I don't think that'll be an issue.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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B-Well's picture

Remember when Zeke got like 4 carries against Michigan State in the 2015 loss. I remember just sitting there watching the cameras zoom in on him on the sideline and screaming feed the beast!

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stpetebuck's picture

He will not come close to calling plays 

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Homey1970's picture

How much does this ‘beat’ writer know anyway?  He’s based in Tulsa, not Stillwater, for crying out loud.

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BucksLover0214's picture

Yurcich is the passing game coordinator and QB coach.  There's still a chance Day calls the plays.  Wilson will have input on the running game and tight ends.  At least as far as we know now.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Dare I bring up we did that ourselves v MSU x 2

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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KBonay's picture

He will have to recruit harder here. That’s for sure. 

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DCBuckeye33's picture

Agree for sure. The good sign for me was he sounds like a willing recruiter. I like the 'search far and wide' approach. Coach will be racking up those frequent flyer miles at osu!

GO BUCKS

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LouBuck35's picture

I think some of these negatives will be washed out working with Day and Wilson. Just as Day probably never had the keys 100% of the time, I assume this will be more of a collaborative effort with plenty of input from Day/Wilson.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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mittenst8buck's picture

Yep...no way does Ryan Day gives up all control of the offense

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Silver Sniper's picture

Yes, Day is still in the “call all plays” phase of his career. Doubt he gives up those reigns until much later on in his head coaching tenure. 

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kmp10's picture

Yes. Yurcich is the passing game coordinator, not the OC. This Q&A, while interesting, isn't a ringing endorsement of the guy, nor is it an indictment. To be totally honest, this hire, in addition to Mattison, left me personally wanting more... so I'll wait and see. I'm pumped, however, about the Washington hire, and what's to come from LSU, hopefully. 

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B-Well's picture

There is only one true OSU! I think we need to play them to determine it once and for all.

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703Buckeye's picture

We already have an answer on this:

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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gobucks1966's picture

Our OSU recruits itself pretty much but I get your drift. Until the last decade or so getting qb's here was a chore let alone signing them. Krenzel and others not house hold names during recruitment and Ohio doesn't produce a ton of them either on a yearly bases..

Denny

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Well, that was something of a mixed review.

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BucksLover0214's picture

I don't think so.  Sounds like he struggled a bit at first coming from such a small school.  But he's got 6 years of experience now as a P5 OC.  Sounds like a slow start alienated a part of the fan base.  But he wasn't named a co-OC here.  Good chance Day is still calling the plays.  We need to keep recruiting QBs hard, but Day will have a hand in that.  I have to believe he'll be able to coach up Fields and Miller is already in the fold.  He discovered and turned Rudolph into a stud.  It's going to be a lot easier coaching up the talent at his disposal here.  

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Yeah, he did a lot of great things, so ultimately I'm glad he was hired.  I trust Day.

But, my comment was more thinking of these things, making a mixed review: him recruiting only QBs, and whiffing on three straight (when I think he'll have to recruit a region, not a position at Ohio State), and the inexplicable loss to a relatively pedestrian Kansas State team on the road.  Those things jumped off the screen at me.

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Silver Sniper's picture

3M, inexplicable losses to pedestrian teams, huh? For some reason that feels vaguely familiar. 

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

Day and Wilson will help him shore up some of those “adjustment” deficiencies. 

And we are infinitely more talented than OkState.

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Yurcich might've suffered from Mike Gundy's inability to compete in recruiting. Despite that he still helped lead some very good offenses. Just imagine what he could do with the guys we have. One has to think that we have Kevin Wilson for one more season and Yurcich becomes full time OC in 2020.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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Exile's picture

I thought it was an interesting note that 

When Mike Gundy hired Yurcich, it was both because he was someone who had a lot of success with a similar, up-tempo offense at Shippensburg, and because he was a young coordinator eager to learn and mesh with what OSU had already established under Holgorsen and Todd Monken.

Although he's been seasoned by his time there, perhaps this is part of what Day values, that he's flexible enough to learn from Day and his approach, while already having a similar up-tempo philosophy and perhaps some of his own ideas to bring to the table?

Also

He also had to work around subpar offensive line play for the first half of his tenure.

so maybe he's well-prepared to work with our young line next year. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

Yeah, the working around subpar Oline play is all I needed to hear! Welcome aboard!

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Gflbuck's picture

Yurcich just didn't seem to get off on the right foot with a faction of OSU fans and it never changed during his six years.

That never happens here

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faux_maestro's picture

They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.

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adrianbuck's picture

lol,theres a picture I haven't seen in a while,on a serious note,the cupboard is far from bare,plus miller coming in 2020,he should be pretty well set. in DAY we trust.

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NOBLUE's picture

top 10 offenses ... how many big 12 championships or natties in that time ...stats are one thing winning is another

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Seattle Linga's picture

Can't wait to watch this unfold. Gonna be a long off season 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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