Chris Olave Back for More After Last Year's Performance Against Michigan Springboarded His Ohio State Career

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stlbuckeye15's picture

An unheralded recruit who became the best receiver on the team. I love watching this kid play. Can’t wait to see what he does the rest of the season and next year. Go Bucks!

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Scarlet'n'Gray's picture

Olave is like butter running routes. My guy!!

Rock ‘Em

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BucksHave7's picture

Chris Olave folks.....Like Butter, silky and smooth!

BucksHave7

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KENTACOHUT's picture

“Oil of Olave “

Ageless".  "Your best beautiful", "Challenge what's possible" and "Love the skin you're in".
 

"Vitalum Vitalis "

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stpetebuck's picture

^^^This. 
in fact , I’d say (rather than 50/50 jump balls), route running is what he thrives on. Other fan boards comment on how he seems to be always wide open!  Then his body control when adjusts to the ball and the side line is so good it looks effortless  

Warfield , Holmes, Gonzo, Olave   

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JM's picture

Legends are made in this game. Such a soft spoken fella but a tremendous warrior.

Go Bucks!

Once a Buckeye, Always a Buckeye

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analyticalguy's picture

But why can't we get only 4- and 5-star recruits?

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Dillon G's picture

They can’t cover him. 

#walkaway

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TheNomadicBuckeye's picture

Needs to trademark Can’t Cover Chris. 

It’s pronounced “Thee”.

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TigerSweat's picture

It's hard to believe that he was only a 3* recruit. His natural ability and next level route running, soft hands and elite speed is evident.

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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Major H's picture

He must be in a good program!

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

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BucMan's picture

Also proves that the people handing out the stars don't always get it right either!

Year for what?

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

I believe that he was injured and missed his entire Junior year of football. No camps, no film, equals lower ratings. 

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Extramedium's picture

Stop it with the clear headed logic

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MN Buckeye's picture

The guy just glides through his routes and makes it all look so easy. A great player and even better person.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

They know he's coming... and there's nothing they can do about it.

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Major H's picture

Just like Chase Young!

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

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andretolstoy's picture

Someone remind me. Was Olave not even on Ohio State's radar and Day found him while recruiting one of his teammates in California?

If you die before you die, then you won't die when you die. 

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Yep. Day was scouting his QB and had to convince Meyer to offer him. Good eye for talent, that's for sure.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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analyticalguy's picture

It is examples like this which allow me to trust more the elite talent evaluation of the coaching staff for a top-level program than that of the star-giver-outers. Sure - often they will reach the same conclusion on a player, but not always.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Re-reading that article and the comments, a lot of people on here nailed his potential, despite the undersell. Buck68 and SilverSniper, in particular, were almost dead-on.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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MichiganBuckeye222's picture

Even controlling for the new redshirt rules, this is a clear redshirt in 2018. Ohio State returns effectively everyone from last year's receiver rotation. Ohio State signed Olave more for his potential in 2019 and 2020 than any immediate concerns on the roster. Don't expect to see Olave on the field this fall.

ok, boomer.  

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SilverHaven's picture

Mahalo, San Antone! 
Good read and reminder that he was a hidden, developing gem that suddenly moved from 3 to 4 stars and got offers from top football programs.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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dgreenq's picture

incredible to watch and so reliable. it was surreal and so much fun to watch him break out against that team last year

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

I could listen to Gus Johnson talk about how smooth Chris Olave is all day long.

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Dillon G's picture

I also like

JK....all day

#walkaway

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Dillon G's picture

That team up north is about to find out they can’t cover Garrett Wilson either.

#walkaway

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Buckfrombirth's picture

That would be sweet. And I wouldn't mind seeing Williams pull off a Terry Glenn vs. '95 Notre Dame-style catch, turn and sprint TD on Saturday too.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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buckeye phi's picture

Beat me to it by a hair, Dillon G.  While there's every reason to believe Olave will continue to impress this Saturday, I think it may be time for a freshman to shine once again in this one.  Could be Wilson or and/or it could be Williams. 

My reasoning is that I think Coach Day will do what he did in last year's game - match-up some of our faster WRs on their slowest DBs.  Of course, that's in spite of the fact that I looks like Don Brown will not be running the same man-coverages so much this time around. 

However, if Brown does go to more zone, his opportunities to crowd the box (his bread and butter) will be somewhat limited.  I'm thinking our young WRs will get their best opportunities after Brown is forced to change tactics in order to keep Dobbins from running wild. 

The real key will be how effectively Fields reads Brown's changes -

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

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Buckfrombirth's picture

And if Fields reads things correctly, look out. It'll be damned hard to contain that much firepower all game.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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Dillon G's picture

Ruckert has shown he knows how to unto the seams. So does Victor.

#walkaway

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Dillon G's picture

Worthless damn iphone.....he knows how to run into the seams.

#walkaway

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SilverHaven's picture

And so when Don Brown has them go to a double-safety zone, then just run wild with RBs Dobbins and Teague.  Like you said, Phi, the key will be QB Fields reading the coverage.  And I think OSU going up-tempo will not allow them time to adjust their defenses.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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MGOBLUE0205's picture

I was just going to say Olave isn't going to fly under the radar this time, so I expect Garrett Wilson to have a breakout game depending on how dumb Don Brown gets in this game.

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Hoody Wayes's picture

TBDSNITL: The best damn screen name in the land!

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Olave will make significant plays in The Game and help Ohio State to another win. #developedhere

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Elguapo's picture

Cannot decide who he reminds me of more Devier Posey or Terry Glenn. Both were extremely smooth, Terry possibly had a little more big play capability, but I think with with route running, speed and body type Olave is very similar.

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nickel beer's picture

You're right.  I was going to post this same question about him.  I like your comps--maybe, for me, leaning more toward Posey.  Olave's coordination brain to toe and fingernails is something I haven't seen except in the very finest dancers (I mean that, too.)

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Dillon G's picture

What? Posey showed heart in coming back, but he was quite the underachiever. It is t a dig, his career timing didn’t work out. 
 

Underachieving meaning get didn’t live up to the potential of his talent. His passers were Pryor and Miller. 2 QBs who lost track of all their wins, but much better runners. I wish Pryor could have that last year back. He did improve each year.

#walkaway

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nickel beer's picture

As far as I go, I wasn't thinking stats or career, just physical-abilities package.  I rather think one really has to dig backwards for someone quite as gifted as Olave the athlete.  I'm thinking of Tim Fox, too.

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Buckeyeman95's picture

Idk why but I’m extremely nervous and anxious for this game I just want this game to be done and over with.

Caleb nause

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Elguapo's picture

I feel the same way every year because I know that if we somehow slip up I'll have to hear about it from them idiots for a whole year.

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analyticalguy's picture

Yep. I much prefer them hearing about the opposite for a whole decade (or decades).

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Buctor's picture

Good Lord no!  I want to revel in each minute.  Then watch and rewatch it over and over.

Am I anxious, hell yes, but that changes nothing, my anxiety has absolutely no impact on the result.  Preparation is the key!  Heard that from most of the Coaches.

Win this one and find out who the opponent is for the next, two goals for Saturday.

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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Buckeyeman95's picture

Same but this year is different we been great all year and our national title hopes are on the line we lose all the dreams of a title and undefeated season all crushed, and It would literally be the first loss I would cry if we lost, last loss I shed tears in was the MSU game in 2015

Caleb nause

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Elguapo's picture

If we lose we still would have a good shot at playoff assuming LSU takes care of Georgia. Definitely do not want it to come to that though.

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buckeye phi's picture

Anyone who lived through the 90s is anxious for this game. 

Seriously though, it looks like the skunkweasels have been playing well over the last few weeks.  But even though they're much improved, recently - I do not believe they have the horses to hang will our team this year. -

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

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YinzerBuckeye's picture

If Michigan can't hold Ohio state under 30, this game won't be close.

"Why doesn't Ohio State put a logo on their helmet? Because they'd rather cover it with your misery.
Block by block, hit by hit, score by score. Football is art, and the helmet is their canvas." - Doug Stamper

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SilverHaven's picture

Very understandable, Buck95. It's Charles Dicken's tale with visions of the ghosts of big games past.  OSU had the #1, undefeated, all-world super sophs, now juniors, lose to TTUN in Ann Arbor in 1969.

However, that 1969 team had little to play for.  They already had the Big 10 championship and they could not go to the Rose Bowl, or any bowl for that matter, due to Big 10 rules.  So the incentives were not there.

This 2019 team has the incentives.  Sure they are already the B1G champions, but they still have the goal and motivation to make the college football playoffs.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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THEGAME513's picture

Continuing in Olave's footsteps, could we possibly see someone like Jameson Williams or another secret weapon come into his own on Slayer Saturday?

Veni, Vidi, Vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.
The Buckeye Way

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

OOOOH-LAAA-VEEEEH (as the one doofus on The Buckeye Fever likes to sing).  Incredible hands and reflexes.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Buckeyeman95's picture

And this guy I work with who is a scum fan guaranteed Michigan would win, and said he will come to me about it on Monday he also said chase young won’t do anything in that game, and would only have one tackle if that.

Caleb nause

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MGOBLUE0205's picture

Ya I agree Patterson is gonna throw dimes left handed to catch the Buckeyes off guard

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Trebor40's picture

The truth is always, who can run the ball. During the Cooper years he sacrificed size often for quickness which paid dividends throughout the season yet had a terrible repercussion. They were better at running and stopping the run than we were, this effected EVERYTHING else. During the Tressel era, we could run fairly well yet we were tremendous at STOPPING THE RUN! Big physical LB's and a dedication to ball control. Then came the death machine Urban Meyer and his devotion to NFL D-Lines and power runs by QB and TB. NOW we shall both see how Day approaches this vision!  

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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Buckeyeman95's picture

And this guy I work with who is a scum fan guaranteed Michigan would win, and said he will come to me about it on Monday he also said chase young won’t do anything in that game, and would only have one tackle if that.

Caleb nause

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Olave needs to have himself a big game then take his rightful place as the wolverine killer

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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Maka's picture

Love what Austin Mack has done for this program. That said, Olave should see three times as many reps from now on and should be named a true starter....no co-. Better hands, routes and doesnt commit penalties. 

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TheJOAT's picture

Jameson William's turn.

I may give out but, I'll never give up

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SilverHaven's picture

BTW, Colin, mahalo for a well-written article! 
Not that you need an English professor's positive critique of substance and form, or a teacher's gold star on your forehead.
The article was insightful, the style was crisp, and it progressed well from point to point.
And any writer would love the return to the lead metaphor: starting with "you have to lean forward to hear him."  And ending with "they hear him coming."
Aloha, and watch out, Ramzy.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Aloha and go bucks, I'm heading out to eat some poi.  BTW ... I live in Hawaii ... is that apparent to everyone I hope?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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SilverHaven's picture

Paakai? E komo mai.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

If that was Hawaiian for "Jealous bro?" the answer is a resounding yes!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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