Ohio State Has Variety of Options Beyond K.J. Hill to Challenge Defenses at H-Back

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Major H's picture

Lots of talent to put at the H position. KJ is an excellent choice, but I'd like to see McCall and Ruckert get lots of targets, too. McCall on a wheel route was nice last year. Ruckert up the seam on a safety makes me salivate. 

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Steel City Buckeye's picture

Hard to believe that KJ Hill could become the leading receiver in OSU history with 3 different QBs.

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hnyg8modonwelfare's picture

I love this quote: “I've got to come off the field. That's too much running,” Hill said in March. “We've got C.J. Saunders and Jaelen Gill, so I feel like we all can rotate, especially with how fast we're playing, we need fresh legs on the field at all times. So I feel like that should be a rotation.”

A rotation would be sweet.  I'd love to see more of Gill too.

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

I like the idea of playing fast = up tempo.  More often than was done in the past. Get the defense on their heels and keep them there.  Use a "normal pace" as the change pf pace.

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Sanantonefan's picture

Our skill positions are SO loaded! You really can't double team anybody.

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MercyTex's picture

Pity the D Coordinator that has to scheme for Hill, Ruckert or Gill in motion from the same formation.  The variation in size and speed will make a safety too small or too slow to cover one on one.  Linebacker or Corner coverage would be exploited even further at the extreme.

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buckeye phi's picture

I like the idea of mixing in a tight end body type at H-back a bit more often.  Besides the mismatches a player like Ruckert can provide in the passing game (as mentioned above), I like the idea of having a bigger player provide a little additional power to the running game.  Wham blocks, anyone? 

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brutus360's picture

I'm getting soooo excited! Love how Day wants to keep defenses off guard.

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tGW's picture

Excited about Gill. The kid is a burner. When is he switching to #21 (HS number)?

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KBonay's picture

Ruckert at H is a nightmare for D's.  I really like this idea.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

Ruckert NEEDS to be on the field for at least 15-20 snaps this year....if not we are wasting the most talented player that has come to Columbus since Zeke.

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

5 wide- H,Y, Z line up on field side

Ruckert at H

Berry or Ferrell at Y

screen pass to the Z

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Smitty516's picture

It’s hard to imagine how teams are going to cover us. I see the H-Back position being such an advantage for us with the talent we have for Fields to settle in. Once he does, look out. If defenses are able to shut down Mack/Victor/Olave, etc. then that leaves Hill, McCall and hopefully Ruckert to just run rampant. Oh and by the way, that doesn’t take into account Dobbins and Fields running. I’m sure teams are going to try and make Fields beat them with his arm to start the year, so good luck with that defenses...

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Extramedium's picture

I wonder if Percy Harvin has a Google alert set up for the term "H-Back" so he can make sure he's been mentioned at least once, as is required by law.

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ibuck's picture

I wonder if P— H— has a Google alert set up.

Darn right. 11W & others should call it the Curtis Samuel position.

Don't wanna hear that PH name anymore.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

A guy like Ruckert playing the H-back role is intriguing indeed.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I've been touting this since last season. Couldn't see any reason why he couldn't get some reps in the slot, he's a matchup NIGHTMARE. Hell line him up in an offset I and make a LB cover him out of the backfield! Give them multiple looks and things to worry about. 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I'm all-in on Demario McCall. I think he's got the talent and experience to be a Darren Sproles type of weapon for the offense. He'll be able to take carries out of the backfield, catch it out of the backfield, and the slot, and has a shot to be a weapon in the return game. Just has to stay healthy!

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bonebuck's picture

Fields just needs to distribute the ball to all the talent. Bucks have a ton of talent on the offense. 

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