Next in Line: Ohio State's Breakout Candidates for the 2019 Season

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hetuck's picture

I'll add Zach Harrison to the Rushmen package in obvious passing downs. His length and speed opposite Young will keep opponents from doubling Young. Plus the occasional drop into coverage.

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Bucks19's picture

Zach will probably be a special teams guy and a few mop up opportunities 

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chemicalwaste's picture

Sevyn Banks looked awesome in high school. Just very fluid and quick. Jean-Baptiste has some promise, but he needs some muscle still, more than likely.

And I also can't wait to see Gill on the field regularly. He should be fun to watch eventually.

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iwearatophat's picture

I am really high on Jean-Baptiste once he puts on the weight.  He was 6'5 215 lbs coming out of high school but his roster page has him up to 235 lbs already.  He isn't too far away from being on the field and making an impact.

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chemicalwaste's picture

I like his motor, speed and length, for sure. He was a bean pole, but still a beast on the d line, so the sky is the limit with an extra 40 pounds.

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IGotAWoody's picture

Chris Holtmann could use him right now! We lack size big time on the hard court.

I recall some stellar bball highlight videos of Rashod Berry too. Hey coach, give Ryan Day a call and see if Berry can be 'borrowed' for the next 3 months!

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NHBuckeye's picture

I’m hoping this is the year that Baron Browning puts it all together and has a breakout year.  The kid is uber talented, hopefully Coach Washington can get the best out of him.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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stpetebuck's picture

Browning will be the measuring stick for Al Washington as a lb coach. 

I’m optimistic ! 

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Major H's picture

I am so excited to see this next batch of super sophomores! Olave and NPF will be contributing, too!

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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SC Buckete's picture

After his special team performances this past season can’t wait to see Teradja Mitchell hit the field at LB

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Buck298's picture

With Prince gone (and three other OLinemen), we are going to need Nick Petit-Frere to really step it up. But my sleeper candidate is the walk-on Lloyd McFarquhar to burst onto the scene, play lights out, get a schollie, and challenge the other CB's to start. Just based on his name alone, I want to see this kid on the field.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Kinda feel like his name should be preceded w “Sir”. Sir Lloyd McFarquhar. 

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

 

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Spivan's picture

I first read his name as Lord Farguaad.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

No, Lord Farquaad is in the transfer portal. 

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buckeyedude's picture

LMFAO!!! 

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Bucknut20's picture

Interesting that Banks was the cornerback on this list instead of Tyreke Johnson. I have heard literally nothing about Johnson. I was the most excited about him in his class.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Me as well. He and Chris Olave were my preseason picks for most underrated incoming freshmen. Even though Johnson was a 5-star on some recruiting lists, no one was talking about him. He sounded like he was insisting on playing cornerback but I’ve always thought of him as a safety. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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bucks15's picture

You might have answered your question with that last sentence.

If I recall correctly, even Brown was ahead of him before he got hurt. 

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STU10's picture

Maybe you should go back and find the video of the Rose bowl practices with the DB's going thru "Tackling Drills" lol -- Tyreke Johnson, to my dismay, looked HORRIBLE! he literally Ty'reeked' -- "WHIFFED" badly on two/three tackles in the practice video,lol falling flat on his face out of bounds,lol -- and we're talkin' bout practice!! and he can't even make a tackle of a WR going at about 70% effort in a closed area practice drill -- I highly doubt he could tackle anyone in a game with much more space and everyone going @ 100%!! 

After watching that video, I don't expect to ever see him on the field in Columbus -- transfer candidate for me unless he steps it up big time -- he needs to wake up fast.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I missed it. Can you kink it?

And good for you for ridiculing and rooting against a guy.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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swainpm's picture

I don't know about that Stu. He missed 1 tackle at a practice for a game he knew he wasn't gonna play in. And yes I saw the video you referenced...he didn't look good. He knocked one guy out of bounds and missed the next guy...seemed to rely too much on the boundary and not enough on wrapping up. Could have come from an hs where that kind of thing was acceptable. As is, from that limited sample you are correct he looked bad.

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Canukbuck's picture

I think you've missed listing Tommy Togiai, as a key member of the interior of that D-Line group for 2019 .... He doesn't get moved from his gap easily (great center of gravity at 6'2" and 300 lbs) and will only get bigger, faster and stronger for next season.  For a big man, he's got great quickness and a very fast first step.  I predict we'll be talking about him more than any of the D-Line, including our fantastic DE's .... He's Robert "BB" Landers + ......

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree. Larry Johnson does not seem to favor the oversized >320 lb nose tackle types. So, Togiai could be his prototypical 1-technique DT and the closest thing we’ll see to a “space eater” under his system: super strong and powerful, low center of gravity, but not fat and sloppy. 

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DatBlasian's picture

Haskell Garrett could be the NT too right? Off the top of my head I remember seeing him more this year but not sure if he was at NT or playing DE.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I think Garrett is a 3-technique, but I could be wrong. He is in line for a lot of playing time in 2019, with Dre’Mont gone, although Vincent will probably be in the mix, too. 

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chirobuck's picture

Hamilton really came on strong down the stretch too.....good lord are we deep at DT

 

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DatBlasian's picture

Sorry but whats the difference between a 1-technique and a 3-technique DT? Dont know that much about the different types of DTs lol

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dan_isaacs's picture

Yep, Togiaig, and let's not forget the lazy Editor's favorite headline machine: Tyler Friday

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SilverHaven's picture

Mahalo, Canuk, I don't know how Togiai was left off the writer's listing.  He is definitely my pick for a rising star that will shine.  Aloha.
 

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Canukbuck's picture

No'u ka hau'oli, SilverHaven !!!

I'm guessing that you're not currently staring out your window at a blanket of white snow and temperatures today of -17 degrees (C) ??

Love Big Tom and know that he's going to leave a BIG impression on every lineman he goes up against.  Pretty soon they'll figure out that one lineman isn't enough to stop this powerhouse - he'll be eating up double-teams every game.

All the best from The Great White North !!

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SilverHaven's picture

You guessed correctly.  Off the lanai looks nice. Aloha.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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buckeyedude's picture

He is definitely my pick for a rising star that will shine.  Aloha.

I thought he was from Utah?

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SpiderBuckeyes's picture

I agree. He was the first to have his black stripe off way back last spring. I watched his high school video, I knew he'll be a star.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Realizing Dobbins is back, still like to see Master T get some opps. And possibly Proctor on the D side. The real group of interest is what happens w the LBs. Much debate/discussion but we’ll have to trust the process in the end. 

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

 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Right. Outside of QB and possibly OL, LB is by far the biggest question mark for Day’s first team. While the problem with the OL is serviceable depth, that’s not the case with LB. When I think about who’s there—Borland, Browning, Gant, Harrison, Hilliard, Mitchell, Pope, and Werner—I have to believe that it’s been a coaching issue, not talent, and as much as I like Tuf Borland because he’s an old school plugger, I have a hard time believing he’s more talented than Baron Browning, especially since Borland couldn’t have been 100% healthy. The problem was obviously Bill Davis.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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dan_isaacs's picture

Borland shouldn't even starting for Hilliard.    My starting 4 are Harrison, Browning, Hilliard, and Pope.

Dan Isaacs

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mtrotb's picture

Who said Hilliard was even getting a 5th year?

mtrotb

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Iowa - interesting that last season I thought going in our 3 biggest concerns were OL, LB, and WR. Obviously the WRs became a strength, but I may pick the same 3 going into this season. First two for sure...

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

 

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Bucks19's picture

So you think if Browning was better than Borland, he’d be sitting. Really??

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STU10's picture

Baron Browning CANNOT PLAY LB! -- that requires instincts/thinking/reading plays, etc...it pains me greatly that TOSU have coaches making hundreds of thousands of dollars that can't figure that out !! -- HE HAS NO CLUE what he is doing out there -- he should have been moved to DE edge rusher a long time ago by the Defensive coaches and just told him, "when the ball is snapped just go get the QB! -- you know, that guy who passes the ball !! "....

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mittenst8buck's picture

I didn't realize DE was an idiot position...thanks for clearing that up.

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OldTownBuckNut's picture

Let’s not forget Corey Linsley at Center for the Packers! Cupboards are ALWAYS full here at OSU. 

Round on the ends and "HI" in the middle. O-HI-O.

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Bucks19's picture

Not on our OL. Sorry. We are hurting with depth big time 

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CorchUrb's picture

Teradja Mitchell, and Dallas Gant needs to show up ready to play. This team will go as far as the defense will take them. And the biggest problem right now is the linebacker play. I don’t think Borland is the guy. I hope Washington can come in and develop these guys. Lots of young talent. I wonder if they’ll consider moving Browning around to get him on the field 

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

The best thing about Washington coming in is everyone has a clean slate. I can't imagine Washington being a worse evaluator/developer of talent than Davis. All LBs start from scratch which means that Borland and Werner will have to prove their worth to Washington if they wish to remain starters.

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BuckeyeRocket's picture

Borland will be needed against Wisconsin, Michigan and other power running teams. Not sure about his playing time against the rest of the slate. Werner may be best suited to covering a TE  in certain passing situations. He is out of position a lot as an every down LB, but did have a great strip against TTUN saving a sure TD.

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CorchUrb's picture

Werner needs to get in the weight room and add at least 15 lbs. There we’re way too many times lineman would swallow him up and he couldn’t get off blocks. I still think he could be a good player but he needs some work. I think under Washington we see him take a few steps in the right direction 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Andrew, I agree that the surprise on this list is Gill. If he gets significant minutes, he will have really impressed and truly earned his time.

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

If Gill doesn't see the field a lot this season than he is not the player he was projected to be.  Who is going to keep him on bench?  It is time to admit that Victor and McCall are not the players people hoped they would be.  Cooper liked to say "if a dog's going to bite he will bite as a pup" and those words are true more often than not.

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Chewbucca's picture

I don't know about your take on McCall.  He has shown play making ability in his few touches.  Getting him some regular touches is the only thing he is lacking.  He's very dangerous in the open, it's up to the coaches to get him the ball where it makes sense.  Running between the tackles is probably not it.

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WezBuck28's picture

I disagree, McCall is a stud, he just never gets in the game..that kid could house it at anytime and I never really understood why he didn't get more PT, I'm guessing due to Urban's"loyalty" to his older players..

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Qb Spy's picture

I think the answer is, we need more football. More months.

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buckeyedude's picture

I think the answer is, we need more football. More months.

Best, most correct fu king answer on 11W, on any thread, on this day. That deserves a BOOM! 

 

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steveoz49's picture

With Tate in protocol and Fields not yet cleared, I would suggest Baldwin.  Plus, I don't think it matters if all three are on the roster, I think Baldwin is going to make his case.  On the defensive side of the ball, I think Vincent will take a big step and made a difference. 

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

You never know when a player will hit his stride and make that leap. Those bowl practices and spring practice really give players time to develop physically and learn the system. Want to see a lot of new players on the field this year.

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rblackbu's picture

The Buckeyes have an EMBARRASSMENT of riches at ALL THE POSITIONS and I feel that it runs 3-Deep except OL. It’s on this staff to evolve the team to play at the bar we set for ourselves and not down to our competition like we saw in 2018 (Indiana, Minn, Maryland, Nebraska etc). Excited to see who steps up...pretty much clean slate for all 11 positions on Defense. Go Get’em!!!!

"When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself..."

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Ohbucksclan20's picture

My breakout candidate on defense is josh proctor. On offense, I believe Jeremy Ruckert is going to flourish in the new offense.

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Having a breakout TE has been a running wish since Rickey Dudley was menacing defense for John Cooper. Ruckert may be the most gifted receiving TE we've had in the last couple of decades, and I hope we take advantage of his skillset. But I remain skeptical until we actually start featuring a TE.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

I truly think Ruckert should be used as a WR and lined up as such.  Slot, out wide...forget the blocking...just let this kid catch the damn ball.

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tampatom's picture

I am hopeful the new defensive coaches have a break out year and we get back to the Silver Bullets we remember...any breakout at LB and CB will be much appreciated!!

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Big Horn Buckeye's picture

Interesting picture of Fields on that twitter video. Mechanics need to improve with the ball below his shoulder showing that he winds up to throw, which means a long delivery.

Always and forever, Go Bucks!

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Colortv1967's picture

Fields is the man if he gets immediate eligibility. He was greatly misused by the clowns in Georgia. He is very raw but there are strong coaches around him to develope him into a first class QB. Ohio State has not seen a dual threat like him. Btw, what’s going on with big mouth Martell. He is that guy that tried to bully Justin from coming to OSU and now may be turning tail and running out of dodge. Way to show your character. 

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Double OH Seven's picture

Love the Gill pick. My candidates: Ruckert, NPF, Teradja...and obviously, Garrett Wilson.

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Chargerbuck's picture

After reading this article and the comments, clearly the cupboard is not bare!   The next two years look fabulous!   OSU is loaded with young talent...  gonna be fun!

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stpetebuck's picture

Master Teague. 

He has shown so much potential. Eddie George-esque power back with a name to boot. Coukd see playing time if Alford wants to rotate like last year. My pick for break out guy, but probably 2020. . 

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Jcole737's picture

I was hoping to see a LB or two on this list.

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novabuckeye's picture

We all have great expectations for Fields, but I was a bit mystified in the video that he was run down from behind by a couple of UMass players.  Either he isn't that fast, or he wasn't trying very hard.  But maybe his stature as a runner isn't built so much on speed as it is on shiftiness.  Guess we'll find out more when we see him in action for the Buckeyes.  I sure hope he produces great things for us.

Go Bucks!

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Chillicothe67's picture

To my eyes Fields seemed to have a great initial burst and lateral quickness but not as much sustained downfield speed.

Interesting that his most consistently effective plays were pulling it down and taking off, often ending with him taking big hits rather than avoiding contact or sliding. Will Day encourage that?

Thanks Coach Meyer. A new Day has dawned. Go Bucks, beat ttun!

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BigJoe21's picture

Chris Olave & Garret Wilson

Our Honor Defend

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STU10's picture

Was Chris Olave "active" for the Rose Bowl? -- practice injury? -- where was he!??

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

There once was a running back named Snead.....
Hopefully good news follows.

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James Varney's picture

Fields is obvious, though still a question mark.

Not a question mark, in my mind, is Togiai, who I really think is going to a beast and a possible 1st round pick in 2 years.

I'm also pretty sold already on Olave and Ruckert, who I hope emerge as sophomore stars.

If Petit-Frere is as advertised and Browning can realize his potential? Ohio State is a playoff caliber team, again.

Beat Michigan!

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BelowAverageJoe's picture

I feel like a lot of people are forgetting about Marcus Williamson. I think he would be a perfect nickel corner.

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SpiderBuckeyes's picture

I pick Togiai, Garrett Wilson and Fields as the candidates. Either Browning or Teradja as the leading LB. Either Chase or Z. Harrison as DE star. The latter seems he's ready and has speed. On the other hand, Chase has more experience and is more developed. I think Harry Miller is a good candidate for OL. He's quick. I watched last Spring Game, Shaun Wade is the best CB. It's hard to pick a RB/APB star. I think it's Teague III. We have an embarrassment of riches, I believe it's on some of coaches. I'm glad we had these coaches replaced.

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BuckFanInRichmond's picture

Actually I don't care where the players come from as long as they are good, but for those of you who think we need recruits fom Ohio, 3 of these 5 are Ohioans.

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wizard of zoz's picture

Nice call Stpetebuck, went to last year's spring game and Master Teague just dominated! Love him between the tackles, always moving downhill, need a yard, he will get three!! Nice compliment to JK Dobbins in the backfield, they could use them both at the same time.

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mmp15f's picture

I think Togiai and Vincent will become Ohio State's best combo at defensive tackle I've seen in my lifetime

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dvo45's picture

Whatever happened to J. Cage?

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I kind of wonder the same. He's a big kid, not CRAZY highly recruited, but I loved what I saw of him coming out of high school.

Honestly could just be the numbers game if you look at who Ohio State has long the DL. There are plenty of reps to go around because of how quick the rotation is... Does certainly make you wonder.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I really like Tyreke Smith and Tyler Friday to push hard for a heavy spot in the rotation. I think Cooper's snaps are the most likely to get limited if they emerge, but it'd be great to keep Chase Young fresh later in games if Smith and Friday are up to the task.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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bucknutz18's picture

The amount of talent we have on defense from the 2018 and 2017 class is scary.  Hopefully the new staff knows how to use them.  This is a big year for guys like Browning, Proctor, Tyreke Johnson, etc.  If they don't make a huge leap this year then they will get passed up quickly. 

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OHinKS's picture

I look forward to being wrong, but is Fields THAT much better than Martell? They seem pretty similar based on the video here. As Tate said, he already knows the playbook and has two years of relationships with the players. 

You either are, or you're not. 

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Korean Ghost's picture

I'm hoping Nicholas Petit-Frere breaks out with Josh Myers. Munford-Bowen-Myers-Davis-Petit-Frere up front. Dominant run game + solid pass protection + Justin Fields = a lot of points

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