2019 Season Preview: Experienced Group of Ohio State Linebackers Seeks Redemption in New Defensive Scheme

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oldebucke's picture

I'm ready for noon on 8/31. Nuff said.

If you have two people that agree on everything, that only means one of them is not thinking at all.

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MercyTex's picture

Turn the page to 2019.  Learn and improve from last year and Go Buckeyes!

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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tcm1968's picture

The only thing that's important to me is what happens if Tuf or Werner struggle. We never had a plan B last year. A lot of people point to coaching and scheme and stuff but Schiano led defenses were pretty solid until last year. The one thing we will never know is if Schiano knew it wasn't working and Urban wouldn't let him veto Davis.. 

Obviously hoping we don't need a plan B or plan C but we should learn a lot about Coach Day if either of them struggles and how he handles it moving forward. is he going to be a "best guy on the field" Coach or a Coach who sides with seniority and captains? Hoping it's the best guy on the field at all positions.

Will Werner be able to be more than a coverage linebacker? Will Tuf be able to track plays sideline to sideline with enough speed? How does Tuf hold-up on passing downs against tight ends or running backs?? The good thing is we should know early. 

Go Bucks!

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allinosu's picture

Maybe you should talk to coach Washington. He challenged anyone to go over last years tape with him and he will show you how Tuf was unfairly judged and that he gets to the ball as well as anyone he seen. 

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Major H's picture

Insane amount of talent in that room. No way should they be the weakest link.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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okiebuck's picture

The 2018 defense was an ABERRATION; that's the word that comes to mind for me. I'm done talking, listening, reading, or hearing about last year's defense once the ball is kicked off next Saturday.

2019 = the return of the Silver Bullets; book it and Go Bucks!!
 

The only hard day was yesterday

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buckeyedexter's picture

I agree the 2018 defense was a mirage.

I just watched an Al Washington interview and he's really high on Tuf, so I expect good things from him.  I think what happened last year was a combo of bad scheme, coaching and injury. 

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BuckeyeatTSUN's picture

Borland was hot garbage last year.  I hope he’s slightly less awful tris year.

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tcm1968's picture

He was fine in between the tackles and with plays in front of him. Solid against the run. All those big plays we gave up to Maryland last year were almost all on the DBs..  Tufs problem has been speed east to west and then can't track down plays once they get past him.  If teams can bounce plays outside they'll have to get him out of there.. he just doesn't have the foot speed to beat anyone to the corner ( anyone with any kind of above average speed).. 

The thing that will be interesting to watch will be how they handle Tuf when teams aren't throwing on the obvious 3rd and longs.. 

I'd rather see one of the kids with more speed but they must be really behind understanding the defense... 

Go Bucks!

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Mikus_Aurelius's picture

He completely transformed the defense the year prior. 

If the only adjective used was leadership, there’d be a problem. Tuf is a stud. 

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Sterve's picture

Couldn’t agree with you more Okiebuck.  The Silver Bullets are going to dominate teams this year.  Bold predictions - 3 shutouts this year and no team scores over 20 pts  in the regular season.  Go Bucks!

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Hovenaut's picture

Brand new year, fellas.

The LB gang rides high again.

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JackIsWayBetterThanTiger's picture

I don't mind Brendon White playing bullet as long as he stays on the field when he is not playing bullet. Dude is a playmaker, and he needs to stay on the field making plays. I'm sure Werner is a great guy and does all the right things in practice and in the classroom, but he just doesn't make plays at the same rate as White. The same thing is true comparing him to the safeties, even though Fuller is a terrific player. Keep Brendon On The Field.

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DS117's picture

Good news is that all the LBs are back. Bad news is that all the LBs are back. Still, I think more good news than bad.

I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. - Rodney Dangerfield

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Cooper's picture

Seeing Teradja as a third string makes me sad. It seems unfathomable that he would have to wait until his senior season just to get some meaningful playing time.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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JimmyVanP's picture

Hilliard is still listed as a LB?

"I feel ready for whatever awaits me on the other side. I don’t fear adversity. I don’t fear the spotlight. I don’t fear success. And I don’t fear failure." - Braxton Miller

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Dstacify's picture

He's expected back midway through the season so why wouldn't he be?

11 Strong.

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Brandon26841's picture

Is he? I thought he ruptured his achilles and was almost certainly finished for the year?

I know Borland did something similar but from what I recall he had injured his achilles as opposed to Hilliard rupturing his, but then again both injuries were kinda shrouded in mystery. 

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Dstacify's picture

From what I understood Hilliard is projected to return midway through the season. The Achilles injury happened fairly early on in the Spring so that could be why he's shooting for a midseason return.

11 Strong.

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c11058's picture

Tommy Eichenberg is injured?  What is it with St. Ignatius linebackers when they become Buckeyes?  Injury jinx?

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RBurgundy4's picture

I'm not gonna lie; this scares the shit outta me. Would love nothing more than to be wrong, but this is unsettling, at minimum. Could The Groomsman and Schiano have been that wrong and that bad last year ( and 2017, which people forget)? No one wants to be negative, but Jesus, that corps was beyond bad and now they're really good? Speechless.

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Brandon26841's picture

Remember how people used to talk about Paris Campbell ("can't catch a damn thing. How many drops does he have?") and McLaurin ("zero special traits whatsoever. Why is he still playing over Mack and Victor?"). They turned out alright, and the coaches always praised those guys and they kept playing them over all of the better players on the bench

Scheme changes can make a huge difference, but also an extra year of experience can make a huge difference. Remember Gareon Conley as a redshirt freshman? Or how about the fact that All-American free safety Malik Hooker said he had NO clue what the hell he was doing his first 2 years in the program. 

I can't really ever recall coaches praising players over and over like this and those players not end up becoming good players at the end of the day. But I'm ready to see it actually happen on the field and I think we'll see a big difference. 

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RBurgundy4's picture

Of course players can improve, and they should. I am very hopeful that the change in scheme will help and I'm optimistic about that, to be sure. But it's undeniable that 2 of the 3 LB's were flat out bad last year. No getting around that. I'm fully in no matter what, but it is a leap of faith when it comes to those LB's. Gotta have faith in the new staff. No other choice.

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kybuckfan's picture

I think flat out bad is an overstatement, given the overall defense's performance.  It's not like the DB's and DL's were kicking butt.  I think the LB's were exposed because of the DL not penetrating.  Too easy to isolate and pick on the LB's from last year.  So excited to see new schemes and "chip on shoulder" attitudes from entire defense.  8/31 can't come soon enough!

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