Demario McCall Expects To Finally Play “Bigger Role” In Ohio State Offense

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Zone's picture

Glad to see this, finally. He's a very dynamic player and nightmare match up for linebackers.

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buckeye1964's picture

i've said it before but it bears repeating: mccall, olave, wilson, dobbins and fields on the field at the same time.....wow. and i didn't even mention kj hill or J. ruckert.

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Silver Sniper's picture

To be honest, if we'll be real with ourselves, let's talk about the depth we had this year,” McCall said

To be honest, McCall was bungled in his time here. He is a straight up playmaker and has done nothing but make plays in his limited time playing. Wish the staff would have done more to get him involved.  

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BucknutinNC's picture

Absolutely! Couldn't agree more!

A.E. Porter

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

He needs to stop fumbling the ball. That fumbled kickoff return in the TTUN game was the only thing that kept them in the game.

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

Has he had other fumbles?  Honest question, can't recall.  And yes that was an epic flub, but it wasn't even a fumble, he dropped the kickoff.

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

He lost the starting PR job b/c of his hands.  I hope he gets another shot at it this year though

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awlinBrutus's picture

He was said to have had  ball control issues his freshman year which limited his playing  time. That fumble on the kickoff may have been a blessing in disguise. Gave the skunk weasels a false sense of confidence going into halftime. Hard head Harbaugh stayed with the same plan. 

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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PhillyNut's picture

He redeemed himself on the next set of plays with that 33 yard reception which positioned the Buckeyes to score that TD right before the half which I think broke ttun.  They thought they had the momentum and it got sucked away.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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GeorgiaBuckeye2114's picture

It actually only led to a field goal. Still, I agree he redeemed himself in a big way and it shifted momentum back to the Good Guys.

"We talkin' about practice?!" -Allen Iverson 2002

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Gobucks54321's picture

And the return against Maryland was a big reason they didnt lose that game. These guys aren't robots and will make mistakes. I'm sure IBSAG is perfect at everything he does

Love couch potato coaches

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GeorgiaBuckeye2114's picture

I love this kid. That play he made shortly after his kickoff fumble against TTUN showed his heart.

"We talkin' about practice?!" -Allen Iverson 2002

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McGrind's picture

Hype train stuck at the station so looooong...let’s get this moving. KCP...kid can play.

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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Yoda888's picture

Feel bad for the kid.  But he's demonstrated that he's willing to do whatever asked of him, and good things come to those who wait and put in the effort.  Good luck this coming season, young man.

Yoda888

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Everyone loves this young man. I hope he has a great year and becomes a valuable tool for our new head coach.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Unleash the Goat!  Can't wait to see what this kid can do with more opportunities.

Fields of Dreams

 

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Chewbucca's picture

That goat is quite the athlete!  That is a damn impressive transition from ice to turf.

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allinosu's picture

I feel confident that we see him contribute much more this year barring injury.

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

Glad to see Demario is working hard to get playing time, not complaining, and doing what he can to help the team.  Seems he has matured a lot from his early days.  

You can tell that being from Ohio and playing for Ohio State means something to McCall.  He has put in his work and it hasn't turned into significant playing time, but he isn't giving up or transferring.  

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BucknutinNC's picture

I agree, this kid is lightning in a bottle. You can see it every time he gets the ball he is a big play waiting to happen. He has been working and doing what's asked and hasn't truly seen the pay off yet, yet! He could have transferred and probably started somewhere like UC but being a Buckeye means a lot to him. I know we have to go National in recruiting to get the best team possible, to stay at the upper tier of the FBS, but we also need guys from Ohio with this kind of heart who grew up bleeding Scarlet and Gray! We need to keep the best in Ohio at Ohio State, especially in the trenches. When going out in recruiting obviously you dont turn down a 5* for an in State kid that isn't rated the same, but when you are looking at an OOS 4* rated at 96.33 and an in state kid at 94.9 is there really that big of a difference? I can tell you one difference for sure 99.9999% of the time being a Buckeye and representing the great State of Ohio will mean so much more to that kid. He will fight harder for it! He won't leave because he doesn't start right away, he will put in the work and fight harder. There are tons of examples, Pat Elflein, Sam Hubbard, Billy Price, Darron Lee and many more weren't necessarily the highest rated guys coming out of HS but it would be hard to argue thatbthey weren't some of our besr and most influential players. It also would be hard to argue that being a Buckeye didn't mean absolutely everything to those guys. I hope McCall gets his chance to go out and show what he can do, every time he's been in a game he's made big plays, you can see he is a playmaker. I'm not sure why he hasn't been given more opportunities at this point but it's obvious how much he wants to be a Buckeye and get on the field. Hopefully this fall we all get to see him used meaningfully and show out!

A.E. Porter

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PhillyNut's picture

Rooting for him.  It is hard when you get bounced around like he has, especially when your time is limited to be able to show what you can do and knowing every year there are more players coming in to challenge you.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Keze's picture

He brings quickness along with speed  to the backfield which has been lacking IMO.

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Defiance's picture

He brings quickness along with speed  to the backfield

Hell yes, this GOAT has wheels!!

"Defiance in Silence" 

Shhhh

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The GOAT is upgrading his wheels for this upcoming season!!

tOSU via LINY

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

Just seems like the kid is a gamer, might be undersized, might not even run a blazing 40.  But he has great agility and short area speed and from a small sample seems like great vision running the ball. He's pretty much always making plays when given a chance.

Seems like he was often slightly in the doghouse with Urban for whatever reason, so I am hopeful that changes with Day at the helm and he gets more of a chance to shine.

But then you have Gill coming up behind him who is basically the same guy maybe with even more potential.  Always a loaded position at OSU.

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Tree_Trunk's picture

“To be honest, if we'll be real with ourselves, let's talk about the depth we had this year,” McCall said. “The guys, the athletes we had. It's crazy. From J.D. to Parris to K.J. to C.J. (Saunders) to Mike Weber, J.K. We had athletes. This is the Ohio State University. And that's what we breed: athletes. Sometimes, you've got to wait your turn. I feel like my time was coming.”

I love this kind of humility.  I've always hoped we could find a bigger spot for him in the offense because his upside looks enticing, but like he pointed out we have an embarrassment of riches at The Ohio State University.  I'm pulling for him next year!

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Yep. Many choose to shit on others to prop themselves up. 

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Major H's picture

I don't care if you hand it to him or throw it to him, just get the ball in his hands! He'll take care of the rest!

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

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subUrbanBuck22's picture

He should get more touches next year and he deserves too, things have been tough for him but you have to admire his team spirit and unselfish attitude.

Go Bucks!

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

I'd rather see him return punts than KJ Hill.  I think that is a great way to get the ball in McCall's hands but he needs to hold on to the ball. 

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buckeyepastor's picture

I like him for the clear #2 at the H-position.  Saunders is not the sort of dynamic player that we need to play the H, and Gill doesn't have near the reps and experience as McCall.  I also love him as one of the running backs.  I know that Dobbins wants to get 30 carries a game and be THE running back for us, but I watched Bama and Clemson and saw these offenses with several talented backs all getting their turns to attack the opposing defense with their unique skill-set.  Dobbins, Teague, and McCall each present a different look for the defense to deal with.  What's more, being able to bring Teague and McCall in fresh after Dobbins has spent about a half or a little more than that beating them down.  Teague and McCall have both shined in "garbage time" situations, but maybe it's more than just that they were playing in a blowout.  Maybe it was also that they were fresh legs, gutting a tired defense like a fish because they were giving them a dimension to the offense that wasn't there before.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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ToetotheFace's picture

I only see Saunders playing H in passing situations. He is a crossing route slot type WR, not a guy you would want to run screens or sweeps with.

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Gametime's picture

RUN DMC!!! It's your time kid! GO GET IT!!!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

He didn't get a lot of runs in the Rose Bowl, but when he did, I was impressed with him. I believe that he will have a much bigger role next season. We shall see.

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jdecot's picture

Sometimes our coaches tend to overthink things. I would like to see coach Day use some two back sets with the QB under center with Dobbins and McCall split in the backfield. This could lead to multiple options in the pass and run game through wheel routes, quick pitches, screens, etc.

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Sims_tOSU's picture

Feels like another Michael Thomas situation. Talent through the roof. But under utilized by coaches. Loyalty needs to pay of. He will have a huge year and be a later pick in the draft. Then could be like mike, shine. 

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Ohbucksclan20's picture

Can't wait to see McCall this year. With Snead most likely gone, he will be at rb, which is where he should have been from the beginning. Looking forward to breakout year from McCall. Think about field's, dobbins and McCall all in the backfield at once. Yikes!!!

Go Bucks!

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Ethos's picture

Snead gone?

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

W/ Campbell gone, he could get more of the hybrid reps.  IMO, KJ Hill and Saunders are more of your traditional slot WRs. 

McCall could be more of real H-B Curtis Samuel-type where the defense does not know if it is 21 to 11 personnel or vice versa.  We might bring some of that back b/c Fields is the QB

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BigJoe21's picture

This dude would be an absolute nightmare for defenses via screens and wheel routes out of the backfield. Also, his elusive running style is a nice compliment to that of Dobbins power. I hope to see big #30 with a lot more touches this year!

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Defiance's picture

 DMC has it in Spades in the patience, dedication and loyalty departments.

He's never once complained, always came to grind and waited for his turn to shine.

Instead of going the way of the transfer portal, he went the blood, sweat and tears route and I am excited to see his hard work and dedication finally pay off!!

"Defiance in Silence" 

Shhhh

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Apparently he didn't get the memo from Tate.  You don't sit and wait for your turn quietly.  You go on a social media tirade ripping on a future teammate, claim you are the man and will win the starting job, then run away when you realize you won't.

All jokes aside, I hope this kids patience pays off and he can become a tool to be used in multiple spots on the field.  Not like the Jabril Peppers kind of tool, I'm thinking more along the lines of the physical sense of the word, not the adjective version.

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Bucky Baller's picture

This kid could our Tyreek hill if he finally bulks up a bit

Gregory anderson

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That's_Mr_Donald_Nicholas's picture

Made even more intriguing by a timely union with a guy (Yurcich) that knows a thing-or-two of the value of said hybrid player(s).

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HCAR's picture

I can see him getting about 100-125 touches this year. Since he redshirted (didn't realize this), maybe he'll stick around and battle to be Thee guy in 2020 if JK goes pro as expected...?

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WezBuck28's picture

Please..just put the kid in the game..not just once or twice, regular PT..he has "housing" potential Everytime he gets the ball in his hands..

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

He had two huge plays down the stretch after his kickoff snafu. As others have mentioned, the wheel route against Michigan and the clutch kickoff return against MD. His kickoff return set us up to win that game. Without it, who knows what the outcome would have been and the what our mental mindset would have been going into the following game.

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Brandon26841's picture

I can't say that I've ever really seen it with McCall. Most seem to think he's this game breaking, explosive player that's been held back for 3 years, but if he was ever going to have a breakout season this is the year. RB and H-back have just been too log-jammed but both positions are now wide open depth wise. Start the dude off as a 3rd down pass catching RB and go from there; I haven't seen much on special teams from him. 

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script-ohio's picture

I can't say that I've ever really seen it with McCall. Most seem to think he's this game breaking, explosive player that's been held back for 3 years, but if he was ever going to have a breakout season this is the year. RB and H-back have just been too log-jammed but both positions are now wide open depth wise. Start the dude off as a 3rd down pass catching RB and go from there; I haven't seen much on special teams from him. 

Yeah - I know it's not the most popular opinion here, but I agree.  I wish him the best and hope he explodes and has an insanely productive year, but I haven't seen it from him.  He looks pretty average.  Frankly, I'm a little worried about our backfield.  Dobbins looked dangerous his freshman year and has regressed a bit imo, and I've never really seen it from McCall.  Put a revamped OL (probably our thinnest position group, outside of QB) in front of them and there's a little cause for concern I think.  I'm sure I'll grab some downvotes but that's what I see right now.  I'm really glad KJ is back, I think his experience, leadership, and consistency will be extremely beneficial to the offense.

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RK84's picture

Always wondered if he was in some kind of dog house with the Urban staff.

Kid was lightening as a freshman, hope he gets some shine, he's due.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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BuckShotGinn's picture

Seems very reminiscent of Dontre Wilson with regards to lofty expectations and results. Probably not fair as Dontre had much more playing time opportunities.   Hoping he comes up big in 2019.

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12egulator's picture

Yes, similar hype. But I would argue that at least in the tiny sample size that we’ve seen of him, that he has shown a burst and acceleration that Dontre never  had (Dontre showed quickness/elusiveness) but never that “could take it the house every time he touches it” ability. 

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Tulsinator's picture

He has a little Dontre Wilson going in that he shows sparks of promise but has never been able to get it going consistently. What I can say is that Ryan Day made the most out of each skill player last year in the passing game all season, and the running game in the latter part of the year.

No Weber and Campbell means he will definitely get more touches. He's definitely someone who can take advantage in one-on-one matchups in the short passing game and be productive in the running game a la Curtis Samuel.

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Run DMC.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

I love his attitude, humility, and hunger. Man, I hope to see him get his next year. He is our Rondale Moore if only given a chance - ie Swiss Army Knife. Let's kill slower OLBs with his wheel routes.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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Kalmar's picture

A guy like him should be playing in the MAC or the like. He should be using his talent and not just hanging out. To play on the field is what it's all about. Just think what kind of impact he would have at a Louisville or Cincy.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I'll say for sure, for what he was expected to contribute, McCall has handled himself very well. A lot of players in that position could be frustrated by their lack of touches and let it affect their attitude, so good on him for being patient.

The sky is the limit for a kid with his potential.

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Cooper's picture

I would honestly prefer him to be the backup running back to Dobbins. Not every back that gets carries has to be a big, marauding guy. I think McCall's the perfect change of pace RB to complement J.K.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

"So, I feel like I'm a tailback who can do receiver things” . . . Dobbins will be the bellcow in the backfield, but Ohio State will still need a backup, and McCall might be that guy. His skillset could allow him to effectively serve as third-down back.

McCall will make a big impact in 2019 as a "change of pace" RB and third-down back. I'm sure it was frustrating for him bouncing back-and-forth between H-back and RB, but all that work in the receivers' room is about to pay off. Very few RBs have the ability, as McCall does, to catch passes out of the backfield while running full speed without even slightly breaking stride. Except for the rare times when he gets the dropsies, the ball seems to suck into McCall's hands like a vacuum cleaner.

Come to think of it . . . I could see the h-back/3rd down RB position(s) evolving under Day/Yurich/Wilson. You saw signs of that evolution late in 2018. A lot 11W regulars keep saying that Day will shift the offense away from read option runs toward a pass-first approach. But I suspect it was more a product of Dwayne Haskins and his particular skillset. Now they have a dual threat transfer QB coming in who runs a 4.5 and is lethal running the ball. Don't be surprised when Fields gets 8+ carries a game, while the biggest shift in the offense is how they use h-back/RBs in the passing game.    

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stpetebuck's picture

Yes please. 

More RUN DMC

He’s one of the shiftiest open field runners since brax imo. 

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another-navy-buckeye's picture

I hope he gets a real opportunity to play.  I think most of us agree on one thing, it's been frustrating the last few years (at least) wondering why some of that young un-tried talent wasn't on the field having to the chance to play.  For whatever the "reasons" were.  This is one of the guys I've wanted to see more of on the field the last couple of seasons.

Blessed to be a Buckeye

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cmillertime247's picture

I don't understand why McCall has been so hard to figure out by the staff especially since Urban is so close with Belichick. He is every bit of what James White is with the Patriots. A RB who will get 5 carries a game but is heavily involved in the passing game. He is a nightmare match up and very dangerous in space. I think Ohio St finally started to do some of this late last year. The staff just has to figure out how to balance that with a back like Dobbins and make sure you are not completely being obvious with the play calling when one is in over the other. The Patriots have great balance with Michel and White, I think Ohio St can mirror that same model with Dobbins and McCall. 

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BAS's picture

Not sure how much of a nightmare matchup he is when you look at results on the field.  Theoretically, he should be.  He is shifty and quick, but he lacks strength and durability - and neither has improved much over the years.  I love the kid.  He's stayed, worked hard, competed, but it just hasn't worked out in any sizable way for him whether he's H, RB or returner.  Bouncing around doesn't help, but he really seems to have a strength and durability issue that dates back to HS.  I only pray he's another James White and that, if so, we utilize him like the Pats.

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cmillertime247's picture

But I would argue he hasn't quite had the chance either  . Between being buried in the depth chart and injuries he hasn't been on the field much. But when he has we've seen explosive plays out of him, that is what I'm imagining. The key here is they use him as an actual running back in those scenarios instead of pushing them into the H-Back role. In passing downs and strategic plays I think he can be very dangerous (Like a James White). 

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FlyerBuckeye's picture

It’s hard to believe that he will now be heading into his Senior year it seems like he just got here. I think in the little bits that we got to see him he did show his explosiveness and I could certainly see a comparison between him and Clemsons, Etienne. In that they both seem a little skinny for the position but they are home run hitters with their elite speed and explosiveness. I think this will fit perfectly in Day’s pass first offense because the goal won’t be to wear down the other team with the big bruising running back instead the goal will just be to keep the defense honest and a long run here and there can help with that a lot. I think Dobbins still has a lot to offer next years offense, but I wouldn’t be surprised if McCall takes his fair share of snaps. And also with how often the transfer portal has been talked about recently props to McCall for sticking it out and I hope he gets rewarded for his decision next year.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

If Fields is QB next season . . . when McCall is in at RB, one running play that could devastate defenses is inverted veer.

Cam Newton is maybe the best all-time at this play (apologies to Vince Young). Fields isn’t quite as big and strong as Cam, but he is close and runs a 4.5. Factor in the GOAT running horizontally to the edge and this would be tough to defend! 

They could also develop an RPO constraint of inverted veer. 

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WoullyBear's picture

11W keeps mentioning Snead in articles but everything I've seen in the forums says he's gone. What's the deal????

If Ann Arbor is a whore, what's Harbaugh for going back to her?

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BTBuckeye's picture

Rooting for this kid. Make it happen DMC. 

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Steelydan54's picture

Be good to see him subbing in for a possession or at least a series of downs to keep him from being 'typed as pass catching back, etc...  DMC has such quicks that the change of pace opens doors for bursts and big plays. Want to avoid not using JK in pass situations as he has very good hands also. 

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Steelydan54's picture

Be good to see him subbing in for a possession or at least a series of downs to keep him from being 'typed as pass catching back, etc...  DMC has such quicks that the change of pace opens doors for bursts and big plays. Want to avoid not using JK in pass situations as he has very good hands also. 

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Bigmarty's picture

Weber and Dobbins were tuff anuff to block.  Can he do that?  Don't know...maybe someone on this Board really knows.  If he's not maybe that's why he was in the doghouse.  A little more muscle and wanting to block on pass pro???????

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BucksHave7's picture

Ohhhh Yeah !   Its time....

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BucksHave7's picture

Ohhhh Yeah !   Its time....

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

Seems like the perfect replacement to Paris Campbell..

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Seattle Linga's picture

Your time is coming young Buck - a new regime means a new style offense.

See you in Indy !!

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

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BAS's picture

Unfortunately, he is a tweener, which makes it hard.  He's not big enough or durable enough for RB.  And, we've had talent at WR & H.  Also, I remember when he committed to us in HS and noting how often he got dinged up and had to miss games.  It's too bad, but my concerns of this carrying into college have been right.  I wish nothing but the best for this young man because he has stayed, fought, and competed.  I just don't see anything big for him in the future.  That said, I think he can carry the ball a few times and catch the ball a few more, and he may help us win a game or two, but not much else.  There always seems to be the promise - or hope - that he's going to bust a couple either as H or returner, but it just doesn't happen.  KJ will be the H with Gill behind him.  JK, Teague and our 2 frosh will be the RBs.  McCall will get some touches at both positions, but he won't be Campbell or JK.

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buckbornbred's picture

This is so biased. He had a nice kickoff return against Maryland that saved the game. Also, you've anointed Gill as Hill's backup when the former hasn't even played a college snap. Demario, by contrast, has already made big plays in important games (i.e., Maryland and Michigan).

You've seemingly anointed Teague as Dobbins's backup, but Teague did not look particularly good this year. Demario looked better as a true freshman. It's similarly absurd that you've already elevated two incoming freshman above him on the depth chart.

Oh do I hope that McCall shuts you up and shuts you down next year.

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buckeyedownunder's picture

Urban Meyer always placed a huge emphasis that any running back or receiver has to block effectively to gain significant playing time.  Seems that Meyer felt that both McCall and Saunders were not big enough to block effectively. That may have kept him off the field as much as anything.  McCall has also shown good hands as a receiver.  He flashed in the spring game with Burrow showing an ability to track deep balls as well. Fielding punts is a different skill. I would rather have KJ Hill there and give up a little explosiveness.  Jaylen Marshall made us all hold our breath on every punt.

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