C.J. Saunders Leading by Example, Competing for a Spot in Ohio State's Receiver Rotation Entering Senior Season

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youra6's picture

He might not have great straight line speed, but he sure is quick. Has what it takes to be a great slot receiver.

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Hovenaut's picture

You know, in a not-too-far-off-in-the-distant-future version of another universe Brian Hartline heads up the Buckeyes, with C.J. Saunders on his staff as WR coach...

But for now, in this universe, we're pretty damn fortunate to have leaders like Saunders within the program.

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Trebor40's picture

CJ is the only reason I was even slightly OK with KJ heading to the NFL from a Buckeye standpoint! 

I can only hope CJ gets plenty of reps in the Two Deep as we do a better job on defense and leads are created that they can actually play throughout the roster! 

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Ole Buckeye's picture

Saunders has good hands, and doesn't seem to make mental mistakes.  Is he the fastest or strongest guy on the team? No. But you can count on him. 

Won't play a snap in the NFL but every year he plays an important part in at least a couple of games. 

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

You never know.  He might get invited to some camp somewhere and all it takes is one team to take a shot on him.  

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

and all it takes is one team the Saints to take a shot on him.

FIFY

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brutus360's picture

The Patriots might be ready for a new slot guy by then.

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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CowCat's picture

Won't play a snap in the NFL

We can't tell the future, but Saunders reminds me of a certain Brian Hartline, who was productive in the NFL despite not being the strongest or the fastest. Given that Hartline is our WR coach, I'm sure he's teaching Saunders the little things you have to do.

I think if Saunders proves he has great hands, great technique and runs great routes, he has a chance. He could be a steal late in the draft or as an UDFA.

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

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youra6's picture

Brian Hartline ran a 4.5 at the combine and was consistently on of the fastest players on the dolphins roster. Hartline is also about 4 or 5 inches taller. Point being, physically speaking these guys are very different.

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youra6's picture

Brian Hartline ran a 4.5 at the combine and was consistently one of the fastest players on the dolphins roster. He also had the fastest 60 yard shuttle and the second fastest 3 cone drill at the combine. Hartline is also about 4 or 5 inches taller. Point being, physically speaking these guys are very different.

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Extramedium's picture

Given his dedication and work ethic, I wouldn't count him out.  Unless he has the season to end all seasons we won't hear his name on draft day but he could very well end up on a roster.

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Sdoles's picture

Love the work this kid puts in.

Ohio born and bred- "Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn" - Woody

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NHBuckeye's picture

Impressive and well-spoken young man.  Go lead that room, CJ.   I look forward to seeing him get his chances this season.

Fields of Dreams

 

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FrankTheGrimes's picture

Sounds like a great future coach someday.  Can’t help but root for the local walk on.  Hope he gets a shot at the next level but reality tells me he won’t and that’s a shame.  

“Feeling cold is psychological” -Woody

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

More 4-wide double slot formations?  It was rare but it was used w/ Campbell and KJ HIll on the field at the same time vs Indiana 2017. 

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stpetebuck's picture

Question, anyone know his 40 time?

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I'm glad to see hard work and dedication pay off.  If he's the best guy, then let him take his reps.

Keep up the good work!

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Ruby5's picture

I lost my concentration on what CJ was talking about at 2:03 into the video.  Well hello there. 

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buckeyeinWI's picture

LOL!  Oh to be that young again.

GO BUCKEYES!

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Extramedium's picture

People really need to get out of house more.

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dmiller2345's picture

Why? LOL

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Dilbert's picture

Nice article in the Dispatch today profiling CJ and his father Tim (baseball coach at Dublin Coffman High School).

https://www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20190408/rob-oller--dad-taught-ohio-s...

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dwersch11's picture

Respect this kid. 

dannywersching

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dwersch11's picture

Reminds of me of Nick Williams. From my hometown 

dannywersching

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buckeyedownunder's picture

Saunders could have easily been Ohio State's version of Hunter Renfrow who put up huge numbers for Clemson after walking on.  Renfrow is even smaller than Saunders.  Urban was never going to play Saunders much as he thought he was too small and not strong enough. (McCall's issue as well)  It will be interesting to see what this staff does with him.  He can be a major contributor, but our receiver room is very crowded. I do believe he can have a great leadership role in helping coach up the other receivers.

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buckeyedownunder's picture

Saunders could have easily been Ohio State's version of Hunter Renfrow who put up huge numbers for Clemson after walking on.  Renfrow is even smaller than Saunders.  Urban was never going to play Saunders much as he thought he was too small and not strong enough. (McCall's issue as well)  It will be interesting to see what this staff does with him.  He can be a major contributor, but our receiver room is very crowded. I do believe he can have a great leadership role in helping coach up the other receivers.

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