Ohio State Counting On Damon Arnette For Key Role As Experienced Starter On Revamped Defense

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I think as a Buckeye fan it's logical to appreciate that Damon Arnette cares a lot about being a Buckeye. He could've left this past year and probably been a 5th-7th round pick, maybe a UDFA, but he wanted to come back and show that he could play more consistently.

While I respect that, no player on the defense last year had me ready to pull what little hair I have left on my head straight out. Not just when he got caught out of position, but getting caught out of position and then getting a penalty when you try and compensate.

My hope is that Hafley is the missing piece and he finds the greatness in Arnette that makes him a consistent player. He's got the tools, I'm just not sure he's been shown the best way to use them.

Cautious optimism for Arnette, I hope we haven't seen all he has to give, it would be great if he put it all together this year, but he's in a room with some straight up studs, if he doesn't find a way to put it all together, he can get lost in the shuffle quickly. 

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

I’m in the camp of being happy that Arnette came back, and I expect him to take a big step forward. He might not be the best corner on the roster, but I do think he’ll be a respectable all Big-Ten selection.

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TraptnMI's picture

Sounds like a wet dream that’s  long over due for Arnette and myself.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

He has intercepted four passes and defended 14 passes as a Buckeye.

This is telling...a guy that has played 1100 snaps.  Arnette has been pretty solid in defending the run, but has always seemed a step behind in the passing game.  Hopefully he knows this, has acknowledged it, and is working to turn that part of his game into a strength.  It would really be great if he showed out in his final year.

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OH-IO's picture

"Defensive Pass Interference, # 3. 

15 Yard Penalty

First  Down" 

Lather, Rinse, Repeat. 

OH-IO living in SEC! SEC! Ville

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stpetebuck's picture

Same could be said about #7. He’s a pro now. 

Arnette isn’t the best, but new coaches and scheme can make a big difference imho. 

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JoeAndSo's picture

funny how easy it is to remember some things. I can't remember every players number but JB Shugarts #76 will always be burnt into my memory.  

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Buckeye_bob's picture

One of the most undisciplined DB's I have ever seen,  he tends to do things that coaches tell you not to do. That's the reason he has spent a large portion of his career on the bench! He can get drafted but that style of play will guarantee you won't get through NFL Mini Camp. So why not just buy in and play he game like you are supposed to?

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GVerrilli92's picture

We have no idea what the coaches were teaching for the last two years.

He has the most snaps of any member of the current defense.

The NFL is renowned for allowing CBs to be more handsy and physical.

Literally what are you talking about?

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BuckeyeNTexas's picture

Handsy? That is an understatement, he looked like he was dirty dancing most of the time LOL

 on receivers 

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BucksHave7's picture

Greg Schiano's defense gave up over an avg of over 400 yards per game last year.  That is The WORST in tOSU history.  So Schiano is literally the worst DC in the history of tOSU football. 

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Buckeye_bob's picture

I'm talking about being technique sound, being in position to make a play, playing team defense (which is Arnette's biggest issue). He is a risk taker and he prob gave up more big plays because he took chances than any DB we have.

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BucksHave7's picture

Now that our DBs are allowed to look back for the ball, this defense is going to be the difference!

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Buckeye_bob's picture

I think that you will find that 75% of coaches teach that technique now a days. That may not change! We had guys with no ball skills trying to execute that technique! Last year we were also not very physical at the line of scrimmage at the CB position!

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BucksHave7's picture

9 times outa 10, our stars are higher.  Use our athleticism as an advantage. 

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milhouse4588's picture

New coach (and better, presumably), new scheme, and a year of growth physically and mentally.

Arnette is going to be fine. If he's the "worst" in our secondary and has typical year-to-year improvement our secondary is going to be dirty.

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

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BornAndBredABuckeye's picture

I really hope our secondary gets a spark with the new coaches. They definitely have the talent.

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huffdaddy's picture

I would like to think that it's a true clean slate - meaning Arnette has to audition for his starting spot. And if Hafley thinks he is one of the 2 best CBs on the team, then let's go. But there are some other very high potential guys not seeing the field, so I hope we are doing a real competition. 

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TraptnMI's picture

I always believed Arnettes skill set was more in line for playing FS. #thumper

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Buckeye_bob's picture

He's hardly a Thumper he isn't big enough to play safety and too risky playing him at safety

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TraptnMI's picture

Thumps as well as Ward thumped. An excellent tackler and plenty big enough for FS. No he’s not a SS thumper type. Has trouble when his eyes aren’t in the backfield.

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BruhWhat's picture

Arnette is literally preventing Ohio state’s secondary from starting 6’3, 5-Star Okudah on one side and 6’3 5-Star Wade on another. Instead, we have a short, easily lost, frequently penalized journeyman cornerback taking reps away from NFL caliber players. Makes me sick.

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Maka's picture

Relax. DAA is going to be one of the top corners taken in the draft next year. The reality is he is one of the hardest working players in the room and a leader. Plus just imagine how thin we would be at cb had he left. I wouldnt be opposed to moving him back to nickle back if Wade can prove himself on the outside. But that hasnt happened yet. The new system and techniques will be a breath of fresh air for all of us. Denzel Ward, Eli Apple and Gareon Conley were all heavily flagged as well. 

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Cooper's picture

Wade and Okudah are both listed at 6’1”. I do agree both of them are better than Arnette but I’m willing to give the latter the benefit of the doubt due to new coaching.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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BbBnD's picture

Short? As long as we’re making up heights for players, I hear Arnette is 10 feet tall!

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Brandon26841's picture

In what world is Okudah and Wade 6-3? They'll probably be 6-0 flat or a little over in socks at the combine next season.

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IGotAWoody's picture

Ummmm.... No. Okudah is 6'1", and played plenty of snaps last year. Wade is also 6'1", and also played plenty of snaps. Arnette is 6'0". So...

Last year Okudah and Arnette rotated with Sheffield. This year, they'll rotate with Wade or several of the other talented but younger corners. Relax, dude. 

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SuperFanBuck's picture

What makes me sick is posts like this, Bruhwhat.  Try gaining some maturity and football knowledge instead of just trashing our own players for the sake of complaining because OSU doesn’t win a national championship every season (I’m sure you’re probably one of those types based on your comment).

 I guarantee you the coaching staff is glad to have Arnette back this year and his experience on the backend, he has played a lot of football.  You can never have too many cover guys.  As others have said he might not be the most purely skilled corner on the roster but personally I was damn glad he decided to return. We will need 3-4 mainstays at the position to be ready at all times. 

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BuckZealot's picture

This^^^.  +1000.

Enjoy the wins over *ichigan, ....I still remember the dark days of the 1990's....

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

The thing I never quite understood about some of opponents last season, specifically in the Michigan game, was why they didn't throw more against us. There were times in the MI game where Harbaugh's offense went so basic, even after we had 3-4 pass interference calls on consecutive drives. Arnette and Sheffield both have all the physical skills, but seemed to lack technique. Hopefully for Arnette his technique improves and he plays like a legit CB #1 or CB #2.

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JoeAndSo's picture

Probably because of how Larry Johnson's boys were schooling Michigan's OL.

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Brohio's picture

Live footage of B1G referees welcoming Arnette back this season: 

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Hovenaut's picture

Call me overly optimistic, scarlet shaded glasses in hand, but I feel Arnette and the d-backs make big strides this coming season.

Maybe the new staff, maybe the experience Arnette has, but just seems like he's due to close strong.
 

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chibucks's picture

arnette's underboob with nips showing isn't something i wanted to see first thing in the morning.  :)

i think he'll have a good season - athletic enough, and with some new technique and a simpler defensive plan, hopefully he'll flourish.

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Gflbuck's picture

I didn't notice, but you almost made me look.

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Turfgrad's picture

He can wear anything he wants if he plays well.

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letsgobucks's picture

I've always thought Arnette would be more fit for safety. The most frustrating thing for me is when he holds as the ball is coming even after he's played good defense pre-throw. If he can reduce the passing penalties I think he'll have a good season.

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DroneBuck's picture

It’s instinctual. He panics and grabs. Many here seem koolaid positive that 22 yrs of habit are going to change for Arnette this yr because he now has 1 off-season of work with Hafley under his belt. I’m a little less optimistic. Everyone has there own baseline & standard operating mode; and he is very panicky and grabby when the ball arrives at the point of contention.

Now compare Arnette’s mannerisms to Shaun Wade’s. Wade is a smooth operator, who stays fluid throughout the play, all the way from start to finish. Whether he’s also panicking below the surface is irrelevant because on the exterior he exudes confidence and rather than holding/interfering with his man, he looks to make a play on the ball, or secure a tackle if a catch is made. Comparatively Arnette bails out at the last second & gives up on making a legal play in the confines and he commits a foul to alleviate the pressure valve, relying on the refs flag to end the play.

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bd2999's picture

Really, the defense needs to make strides all over the place in the secondary and LB groups. Arnette needs to play better, but so does everybody.

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sstein55's picture

Trying to be positive about him, but seems a step slow and has never shown any coverage skills. Seems more suited for a safety position.

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blocko330's picture

Keeping my fingers crossed that a new coach and scheme can help him out this year.

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THEOSUfan's picture

DA's, and the struggle of the entire secondary last year (and maybe the entire defense), makes me think that Kerry Coombs was a helluva coach.

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McGrind's picture

He is consistently inconsistent squared. 

ttun 2019 offense...same pig, different lipstick.

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Buckeye_bob's picture

I for one could care less if he came back!

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