Demario McCall In Line to Be Ohio State's No. 2 Running Back, Marcus Crowley Third on Depth Chart

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Browns88's picture

Time to earn the G.O.A.T

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Brutus865's picture

This actually says a lot about tony alfords lack of recruiting..

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Dc_Bucks's picture

I’m actually very intrigued and excited by this news. Always wanted to see what Demario could do with a regular workload. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

I’ve always felt like McCall has been criminally underutilized, some of it due to injury, and some of it due to whatever reasons the staff had. All I know is that when he played, he made big plays. One of those mysteries that we don’t know all that goes on behind the scenes. I’ve always rooted for McCall and would love to see him become the weapon I’ve seen flash. 

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Das Hufeisen's picture

Now's as good a time as ever to buy some billboard space in Times Square to start the Heisman campaign.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Let’s go Demario!!   Now is your time.  

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weimerad's picture

Awesome to hear that McCall will finally get some significant playing time now that he’s healthy and can stay healthy.  However, I also hope there’s no cause for concern regarding Teague.  I realize he’s been hurt during camp, but the kid can flat out play when healthy as well, and I hope he doesn’t consider a transfer option if he doesn’t play this year 

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lippertini's picture

I find it VERY hard to believe McCall will be able to get much in the way of inside yards/YAC, and therefore will be very limited in effectiveness; almost certainly not an effective full backup to Dobbins. 

Bucks really need Teague to get healthy fast if they want quality depth, imo.

Before you go after me too hard, I'd love to be proven wrong, let's see what happens and check back in here after November.
 

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buckbornbred's picture

Fair enough, but he averages over six yards a carry. I was concerned about his low weight, though. They should have had him on a proper nutrition plan.

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Extramedium's picture

The world class athletic trainers on OSU football’s staff definitely should have consulted with you on McCall’s diet.  Some people just have smaller frames

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Gametime's picture

Dude was like 175lbs when he got to OSU, now he's up to 196lbs, I think his nutrition plan is going well.

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Archerm's picture

got bigger, got stronger and faster. So I’ve been feeling pretty healthy

This makes me think they did OK with his nutrition.  Really looking forward to a HEALTHY and "bigger, stronger, faster" DMC.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

McCall could handle 5-8 off-tackle runs every game and be ok. Hes not that tiny. Hes just not built to do 30 like Dobbins can.

Really wondering what happened to Teague and his injury for him to fall to 4th on the RB depth chart. Were gonna need him.

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12egulator's picture

Warrick Dunn played 12 years in the NFL listed at 5'9" 187, and rushed for nearly 11 THOUSAND yards in his career; many of them between the tackles. 

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ELJTSA76's picture

He was very good at avoiding a direct hit. He knew how to use his vision and quickness to usually angle his body just enough, and really didn’t get hit hard very often. Not a lot of guys can see and react quickly enough to do that like Dunn did. But his 11k yards on that small frame are really just as more evidence of his vision and intuition and quickness, than anything else. 

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buckzilla1's picture

I wouldn't worry to much about between the tackles or much else with McCall now being healthy and 196 pounds. I dare say that if you were looking for the sleeper surprise on this years team you shouldn't look any further. Bigger, faster and most importantly healthier is a clear sign this is the dude. Sit back and enjoy folks, that early hype wasn't just funning, McCall is the real deal. See ya at the end of November.

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brothadudeguy's picture

Lippertini, I highly doubt Day is going to call plays that have McCall running up the middle. I see McCall as a change of pace back catching balls out of the backfield, getting outside runs and getting him more in space. He will complement Dobbins nicely with his different style.

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Dmac3212's picture

I disagree there have been many examples of college backs under 200 pounds having great success. 

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allinosu's picture

Fair enough and I like Teague also but you ignoring times when McCall created place in tight situations with his quickness. Sometimes small and elusive gets the job done also.

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fritziebuck's picture

You can't convince me Mccall can run between the tackles at this level   He's listed on the depth chart as 5'9 195.  The 195 is probably a little generous.   He's a great fit for the H back position, but the guy isn't a running back.   If he's going to be a scat back, that tries to get around the edge every time, that's not going to work.   

It concerns me the staff wants him to play RB.   Sounds like we have so little depth at RB, he's only choice.  Very concerning.   

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wilzmcgee's picture

Fritzie, McCall is going to be a match up nightmare for defenses on 3rd down.  There are not many linebackers in the B10 that will be able to cover him out of the backfield.  If Dobbins goes down, I would suspect one of the other backs would assume his roll and McCall will remain the 3rd down/passing down back.  I'm guessing they will try to keep McCall running 15-20 plays a game.

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Buckeye06's picture

I find it VERY hard to believe McCall will be able to get much in the way of inside yards/YAC, and therefore will be very limited in effectiveness; almost certainly not an effective full backup to Dobbins.

Agreed.  I also found it very hard for Barry Sanders (200) to be an effective running back, or Thurman Thomas (205), or Warrick Dunn (187). 

The backup needs to get between 8-12 carries a game if he's backing up Dobbins' 15-25.  If we get 30 carries out of these 2, then maybe 5-8 from our other RBs and another 5-8 from Fields/jet sweeps, then we are at 40+ running plays which is perfect.

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fritziebuck's picture

Buckeye06 - Let's not kid ourselves.  Demario McCall isn't the next Barry Sanders.  Based on the small sample size we've seen, he's no where near that level of athleticism.   We're going to see McCall struggle to get yardage between the tackles.  Small backs just don't work.      

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Buckeye06's picture

There are legit dozens of examples proving you wrong.  Since you won't listen, then there is no point in continuing this farce.  

Trayveon WIlliams of A&M is barely 200 lbs and was 3rd in the country in rushing yards

Gaskin is 193 lbs and was 16th in the country last year

JJ Taylor of Arizona is 185 and had 1400 rushing yards 

Those are 3 guys in the top 20 last season.  It's just not true 

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buckzilla1's picture

Small sample size against our own here but there is more tape such as the Rutgers game ect. He is healthy this year and he will run between the tackles. 

Jim Harbaugh is to coaching what Lou Glutz is to Motor sales. 

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BuckNut_1974's picture

Not sure why, but nobody hypes up McCall more than this board does.

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Buckeye06's picture

Beanie Wells on LettermenRow LOVES HIM and says he will be a breakout star this year.  

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OfficerRabbit's picture

Queue another RunDMC article from 11W...

 

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buckeye phi's picture

Always happy to see a senior (or rs junior as the case may be) getting his shot - especially, one who's been set back by injuries. 

Sure, McCall is a little on the small side, but I don't imagine he'll see enough meaningful action for that to be too much of a factor.  Sounds like he's buttoned up his issues in pass protection and ball security. 

I think this is great news -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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SpaceBuckeye's picture

McCall is heavier than Warrick Dunn was and a little lighter than Bryce Love, all 5'9". I'd say he's just right for his skill set.

Those who say they can and those who say they can't are both right. Which one are you?

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ollie81's picture

I'm not sure you really make your case when you bring up a RB who last played college football almost 25 years ago.  Warrick Dunn was the exception not the rule. Bryce Love did suffer a major injury his SR year so durability is a concern.  I'd be more concerned about McCall if he was expected to carry the load of the offense.  As long as he is used sparingly I think he'll have some really big moments this year. 

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Dmac3212's picture

Steve Slayton, Donnel Pumphry, Lamichael James, Ray Rice, and Dexter McCluster. Just to name a few guys under 200 pounds who had successful college careers.  

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SpaceBuckeye's picture

25 years ago or today, weight is weight. Additionally, ankle concern has nothing to do with weight. It's a danger for any position. That's like saying Zeke broke his wrist because he was 220 not 225.

Those who say they can and those who say they can't are both right. Which one are you?

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Bucksknowwhatitis's picture

Not saying that Master Teague isn’t going to be a good back at Ohio State but Crowley looks like the real deal in the spring game. Granted its just a filmed practiced but I’ve got a good feeling about Crowley. 

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Extramedium's picture

But Master Teague is just a much cooler name

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buckbornbred's picture

The only name cooler than Mr. Crowley is Run DMc.

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Buck298's picture

Steele Chambers would like to have a word...

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carmenohio88's picture

Crowley is the one to watch here, in my opinion. One cut and then he hits the hole with purpose. If your o-line has the advantage, that running style can be lethal.

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Major H's picture

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Heck yeah, can't wait to see what he's got. Been hearing about him for so long but seen him so little. Season just got a little more exciting. So close...!

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SpaceBuckeye's picture

Alford said Teague is the fastest RB and was clocked in the high 4.3s.

Those who say they can and those who say they can't are both right. Which one are you?

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Brandon26841's picture

Not totally surprising (although he doesn't look anywhere close to a 4.3 runner). That's an OSU time, so we're talking probably 4.50 electronically. I've always wondered why people thought McCall was a burner; he's never shown up on the speed leaderboards in the WHAC and I've never seen elite speed out of him, but then again we've rarely seen him healthy.

I'm interested to see him play this season strictly as a RB. 

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UrbzRenewal's picture

McCall has the short area quickness/agility/elusiveness, not necessarily long speed.

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Silver Sniper's picture

Brandon, Teague was clocked running 4.31 at a camp in Tuscaloosa in high school and then clocked a 4.31 when camping with the Buckeyes the same year. He has been hurt a lot but by all accounts, Teague is very fast. 

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Brandon26841's picture

Oh yeah, I know all about his times. You know how some guys just time out faster in a 40 than you'd expect? Really good form and all of that? I think that could be Teague, but I'm basing that off of a very small sample size (last season). I wouldn't say he looked like a 4.3 kinda guy in high school either, but he did seem to pull away from dudes a good bit. As we all know a 4.31 is a freaky fast time usually only 1 guy reaches per year at the NFL combine (Campbell, Samuel), so if this dude is actually even a mid 4.4 runner at 220 that's moving

Hoping he gets healthy. 

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

I always thought he would be a great 3rd down back. I'm shocked that Teague didn't crack the 3rd slot. Not exactly sure what to think about that.

Noon games suck

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Steel City Buckeye's picture

Alfred just said if they played today that would be the order. Teague is hurt so therefore not available if they played today. I anticipate that Teague will be the #2 back when healthy

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

It doesn't need to be a bad thing; these are all talented backs. As a fanbase, we fall in love with recruits and, later, players and while this is totally natural, we can sometimes forget about guys who end up being terrific players. 

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Having McCall spell Dobbins or simply sub in on package plays will allow for his H-back skillset to be used out of the backfield and keep defenses on edge. I see a lot of little dink and dunk plays with him in the line-up coming...

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Love the combination personally.  2 different styles.  Reminds me a lot of Ingram/Kamara in NO the last couple of years.  Wouldn't be surprised to see the RB Screen Game take a step forward this year...especially early in the year to get Fields into a rhythm. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Oh, that sounds dangerous. He blocks for a second and then a quick screen pass and he's off to the races with some blockers in the open field.

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Port Richey Buckeye's picture

Hartline should start recruiting Eddie George to be rb's coach soon. What a 1-2 punch they would be for recruiting.

Fuck eSECpn and fuck Mythigan.

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Bucksknowwhatitis's picture

That’s like Deion Sanders being FSUs DB coach.. unfair. Get Orlando Pace for o-line. Get Eddie for running backs, AJ Hawk for LBs or if the comeback doesn’t work, Ryan Shazier. DBs could be just get Kerry back? I think that would be fair.

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BornNbredAthensBuckeye's picture

I prefer proven coaches, not exclusively great players with no coaching experience. Hartline is not the norm. Let's enjoy how rare it is to have hire a first time coach who ends up being one of the best in the biz.

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KBonay's picture

I like how we continue to pursue dual backs with different skill sets. 

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Man.. if we don’t hear some Ozzy playing every time Marcus Crowley scores this year, I am going to be extremely upset...

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NOBLUE's picture

so 2nd string...in blowouts DMC will be the guy running the ball the most......

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

I have been a skeptic of McCall.  I don't think it's even anything about the kid himself, I think it's because for years this site has blown a lot of smoke about him for seemingly no reason.  I still think his size limits him to a situational back.  An undersized, injury prone RB can't carry a heavy workload.

HOWEVER, I would gladly take a crow pie to the face if he proves me wrong.  There is no denying that in the open field the kid can house it.

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allinosu's picture

He has shown to be good in tight spaces also.

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allinosu's picture

As long as he can find the right hole.

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OSU56's picture

I really want to see him do well with the speed that he has- Hopefully he has learned to find space, because he can gobble up yards quick when he does.

Enjoying daily the 62-39 ttun beatdown.

 

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tGW's picture

Ok, season can start now. 

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740_J_614's picture

LOVE THIS! 

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rkylet83's picture

I’m happy to hear he’ll be getting the ball more.  

Not to rain on McCall’s parade, but we do need a quality power back to be available on short yardage...so I hope Master Teague can get healthy soon so we have that option later in the season.  

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allinosu's picture

Having Teague healthy and a choice is a very good thing but sometime speed kills. Having Fields and McCall's speed to the edge can be lethal. 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

In an ideal world, by the second half against FAU, Dobbins has carried the ball 14 times and has gobbled up 170 yards and 2 TDs, then in the second half we see McCall take over and Teague, Chambers, and Crowley all get looks as well so we'll know what we're dealing with. 

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lippertini's picture

i highly doubt FAU mop-up duty will tell the coaches more than they already know from practice and scrimmages. Unless you mean so we can get see more of the boys ourselves, in which case I agree to a point. Cincinnati and Indiana's defenses would tell us considerably more, hopefully we'll get that same chance ;)

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I was actually more talking about us as fans, seeing the fellas in live game action, even against FAU, is going to give us more of a look than reading a practice recap.

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Brutus Bigfoot's picture

I have to think that the read option is perfectly suited to his skills.  Looking forward to seeing him on the field more this year.  

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ras's picture

I dunno, every time I hear he’s going to be a rb, I see the 2014 version of the Oregon ducks. Light ass running backs are not what the BIG requires in November.

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Tresselball4life's picture

This oline was built to open up gaps and shot a RB out of the backfield.  Time for McCall to show everyone what happens when the Oline opens those huge gaps.

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