Film Study: By Compressing More Formations, Ohio State's Offense Opened Up in 2018

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DroneBuck's picture

This is how i like to do it on NCAA '14 Playstation. Ryan Day knows what he's doing.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Run trips hail mary... route audibles from there. Send one guy from the cluster side on a slant across the field... or send the solo guy from the other side on a slant underneath the 3 streakers.

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

I feel a little smarter today. Thanks for the good read.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Good read.

Those crossing routes were daggers for opposing defenses at times. I'd like to see a good share of that next year again.

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

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MountainsAwait's picture

Mesh please!

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..." -John Muir

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HowSheGoneEat's picture

Great read. Definitely a lot to learn from the Rams this year

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WezBuck28's picture

I'm all for young offensive minds, and Ryan Day has that..

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FeedZeke420's picture

I love these film studies, thanks for the great read  Awesome job!

Go Bucks!

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Will be interesting to see how much more these pass formations and the running game are opened up with the threat of Fields taking off running. Defenses will definitely have to pick their poison.

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

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Sanitarian2's picture

If he's able to read the defenses and make the throws the defense will not be able to spend the resources to shadow him and he should be free to run at will. I DON'T want that to be the norm though but if flushed or if the pass is not there, taking off when it's called for and running for 10-15 yards would be a nice additional weapon in the arsenal. Keeping the defense honest with a few called QB runs is one thing, 15 times a game is yikes.

Sani

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I dont see Day calling QB runs 15 times a game. That was all Urban. During the first 3 games Day was HC I think Haskins ran the ball twice. Fields may run but I think he'll just take off if the WRs are covered instead of it being an RPO.

 I suspect opposing defenses will dare Fields to beat them with his arm and try to stop the run again like they did this past season. Hoping Fields' accuracy is up to the challenge. If it is no defense can stop this offense.

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

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Thank God. That's so 2006. Clemson laughed before crushing us 31 - 0. We and the rest of the world moved on. 3 - 5 times per game is fine. If we wanted a running QB Tate would still be here. We're better than that.

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Stoicpaisano's picture

I think this is a place where McCall could shine. We’ve run empty sets with 11 personnel since the title year, (Elliott/Heuerman) but RB/TE are usually the final reads and they’d split them wide.

As Kyle noted, employing bunch formations and lining them up tight can cause mass hysteria for the defense while making reads and throws exceptionally easy for Fields. You don’t even need 6-4, 220# WR (they’re nice, but rare) here, just guys who run routes at the correct depth and maximize YAC. 

If McCall has good body control and doesn’t “fight” the ball on passes, I think he could be an asset in the mold of Curtis Samuel-lite. CS really struggled tracking passes but got the hang of it by his junior year. I’m not expecting 1600 yards from scrimmage, but McCall is the RB who can do the most damage in space, and is the best candidate to backup JK.

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buckzilla1's picture

With what the Patriots did in the Superbowl against the Rams offense, variations of this offense to meet the Zone disguises will be imperative for our OC to help the new QB. 

The only true worry we should have about this 2019 team is this:

Why is Sevyn Banks wearing number 12?

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Hovenaut's picture

Man.

This offense is going to be fun to watch.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Those with input this year have great concepts. Hopefully the new guy gets to add some valuable ideas too. They were explosive at his last stop. A perfect blend of Day, Wilson, and the new guy who's name eludes me at this moment.

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Cincybuckeye's picture

If you wanted to show someone a picture as a testament to the S&C staff at OSU, show them this header pic.  

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BuckeyeJAK's picture

How will these concepts mesh with what Yurcich brings to the table

Mark May is a mental midget

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Kyle Jones's picture

Well played...

To answer the OP, given what I've heard from Yurcich in only a handful of interviews thus far, it does sound as though this is going to stay as Day's offense, with the head man continuing to call plays. Yurcich has stressed that his role is to learn the current system and teach it to Fields and Baldwin, and his primary duty will be to develop those QBs, not re-write the playbook to look like OKST. I'm sure he'll be heavily involved with game planning, but I don't expect much to change, other than they'll try to take advantage of the QB's strengths as they did for JT in '17 and Dwayne in '18.

Zimmy07's picture

Nebraska’s DE:  Ah, Crap!  That was the droid I was looking for.

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CowCat's picture

Great article. We still make opponents defend defend the whole field, but we do it in a different way. We're creating chaos. It's not just zone-read + four verticals. This is a very sophisticated attack.

What surprises me is that college quarterbacks like Haskins could pick this all up. It's complex like the NFL and they're college students, after all. But I guess that speaks to the level of coaching.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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JoeyD's picture

Love these type articles. Cant even wait til late August. GO BUCKS!

Yuh

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McGrind's picture

Blu.fan..says looks like a mirage. 

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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Qb Spy's picture

How is the whole world not infatuated with this game?

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Buctor's picture

Certainly the heart of it all is!!!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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SilverHaven's picture

Once again: Mahalo nui, Kyle.

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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LWiegand91's picture

Also something that is great about these concepts is that they work against zone and man, as long as the receivers and QB can make that read - do I continue on the route or sit down in space (Northwestern) or take it to the house because a slow guy is chasing me (TTUN) 

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BuckeyeJAK's picture

Kyle Jones thanks for the answer. I think it could be a nightmare for big ten teams if the Buckeyes can manage to marry in some of the OKST offensive concepts as well

Mark May is a mental midget

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