Ohio State Tight End Nick Vannett Could See An Increased Role Against Virginia Tech

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InHartWeTrust's picture

I like Nick to have a big game and a big season, especially relative to what OSU's TE's have done over the past 5+ seasons.  He is good at finding space in a zone and has good hands.  With all of the other attention on the WRs and QB/RB run threats, I think he will find himself open quite often.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

All this talk about Bucky Hodges and we have the #1 TE. Me thinks they worrying more than we are.

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TCOB_6's picture

I was thinking this same thing when I read the article about stopping Hodges. Nick is a big experienced guy with good hands. Get him behind the defense that will be stacked in the box.

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buckeye phi's picture

How many times do you see it happen, GB.  "Everybody's" talking about one player - and the corresponding, more unsung player from the other team shines brighter that night.  Remember Melvin Gordon? 

 

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

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grangel's picture

Was that the guy that ran for less than 3 yards per carry in the B1G championship? 

R.I.P. AfroDuck and Harambe

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TCOB_6's picture

Or how about Emmitt Smith's "Hot Take" on the the 2 great running backs in the Sugar Bowl? Elliott didn't make that list either.

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Remember Melvin Gordon? 

Never heard of her

Shandy is not beer

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Breakawayspeed's picture

Me thinks?  Me thinks?

Don't you mean.... I thinks? :>)

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Nope. Me had it right the first time...

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

You talks good

Shandy is not beer

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I was coming to post: "I thought Bucky Hodges was the only tight end playing Monday night"...BMTI, well done, sir.  Well done. +1

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ARowBruce's picture

Vannett is just ferocious with the WHAM block, he annihilated Oregon defenders when we were on the goal line in the National Championship. I'm expecting a solid game from the big guy. 

WB

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Buckeye419er's picture

I see a lot of Nick Vannett TD's in the near future. Go Bucks!

There can be only one

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bsanders2519's picture

near future.

The season IS nigh, and for VaTech...the bell tolls for thee!!!!

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blocko330's picture

Totally agree Hart - I think with all of the other weapons we have he may just fly under the radar Monday night (that felt so good to type).

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

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InHartWeTrust's picture

No doubt, my 330 brother.  I think Vannett will play a big role early on this season, with his production diminishing marginally as the season goes on - not due to any fault of his own, I just think he will warrant more attention after he really breaks out early in the season, so he will see slightly decreased production as defenses key on him more.

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blocko330's picture

I feel it'd be smart to really target him early and often too.. Not only will we need to in that game, but it will also give future Def. Coordinator's an extra wrinkle to prepare for (since I don't really think defenses fear our TE that often).

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

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Sonof'47alum's picture

He had the TD reception that gave the Buckeyes the lead in the BCS title game--a lead they never relinquished.  I would not be surprised to see Nick do that again on Monday night.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

That's my favorite throw from Cardale.  He had a little trouble getting a grip on the ball I believe, and was late with the throw-especially out where that one was, and he threw a missile out to Vannett.  

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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Sonof'47alum's picture

Yes, he did bobble the snap.  I was a surprised by and a bit apprehensive about that play call but obviously it worked out just fine. I just figured they would let Zeke power it in from so close.

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OvalBeachBum's picture

And if my memory serves me he was slightly falling off to the side/backwards as he was throwing, I remember being taken aback at the amount of zip he put on the ball...

"Well, thats just like, your opinion, man."  -The Dude

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Wear the seams out with him, forcing the Hokies to adjust. 

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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Bucky's's picture

I like that plan!

In Urban We Trust.

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Dillon G's picture

We have the slobs. I keep not seeing when comparing to last years loss how they were 4 new starters. It will not be the same up front.

#walkaway

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TraptnMI's picture

Two tight end sets with Baugh and Vannet, Miller, Thomas, Hill and really test the linebacker's coverage skills. If the line dosen't give the Q.B. enough protection, then the 2 tight end set will help with that. Aggressive D will be vulnerable to misdirection and screen passes which I am pretty sure I have never seen Ohio State implement. I know it works on us every single time. Just something we should add to our arsenal IMO.

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

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Or just blow open holes and have Zeke or either QB go right through them. Good luck covering all the playmakers. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

The Hokies will be focused on stopping Zeke, Braxton, and Michael Thomas.  That opens the door for some guys to step up.  Ever since Noah Brown's injury I have wondered if that would be Vannett.  He will have opportunity for 6-8 catches for about 80-100 yards.  I know Beamer and Foster out-coached the Buckeyes last year.  DON'T count on that happening again.  Urban, the coaching staff, and the players will see to that!

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bboston's picture

Oooohhh the yearly pre-season tight end impact article. Never gets old.

"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." - Vince Lombardi
 

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Kind of like all those Braxton articles...

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Getting Vannett down the middle of the seam isolated one on one with a LB is a dream come true. Come on Urbz.......

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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Mirror Lake Man-Child's picture

Vannett is up to a solid 6'6" 260, if he can find a wide open seam against the blitzing safety's from Va Tech, along with his usual 5 yard out routes, and blocking on misdirection plays, I expect him to have a HUGE game!

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

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Bucky's's picture

Nick will have a solid game. I can see him running over their safety after a catch on their goal line.

In Urban We Trust.

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Buck68's picture

"hidden" ... by who... from who?   ;-{)}

how can that "be" ...how can that "happen" ... when he's standing there, right in front of us?  ;-{)}

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buckeye phi's picture

I read an article last year following the VT game in which Bud Foster said he was nervous the whole night that we'd hit them for a big play with our tight end. 

Obviously, the defense he was using made them suseptible to that - but he felt it was worth the risk because, with such an inexperienced offense, we' probably have to keep our tight end in to block.  Clearly, that was a smart gamble on his part - last year. 

We should remember - Zeke was starting for only the second time in last year's VT game, also.  I'm sure his ability to pick up the blitz has improved dramatically since then (plus, he can use both hands now). 

Virginia Tech's front seven isn't that big.  At over 225lbs now, Zeke should be able to pick up an extra Hokie pass rusher with ease - thereby, freeing up Nick to get open for a big play. 

Again - because he can use both hands, now - I expect Zeke to be used as a receiver much more, as well.

I also think it would be funny after all the talk about VT's tight ends, if we burned them with Marcus Baugh out a two tight end package a few times -

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

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Gratefulbuck's picture

I was waiting for you to post this. Just so I could agree. And, not have to type so much...

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Buck68's picture

Phi... excellent example of 2014 comparative thinking:  one guy was "nervous" about what he knew was an effective counter to what he thought WAS "worth" DO-ing.  He based this on the natural, traditional to INCREASE protection and avoidance when you 'feel' 'inexperienced'.  "Probably...HAVE to".  

In tactical terms, when you are 'reacting' to an opponent's actual OR PERCEIVED relative advantage, you are 'playing his game'.  Patton's genius was "attacking and annihilating them... before he does the same thing to me".  Either beat them to the punch, or hit them where it hurts worse to them.  "Fight back" presumes reacting to what they did to you.

This also applies basic human... psychology.

 read an article last year following the VT game in which Bud Foster said he was nervous the whole night that we'd hit them for a big play with our tight end. 

Obviously, the defense he was using made them susceptible to that - but he felt it was worth the risk because, with such an inexperienced offense, we' probably have to keep our tight end in to block.  Clearly, that was a smart gamble on his part - last year. 

was it "smart" or "not smart"?  Or, did it become a repeated tactical outcome because Team A failed to either effectively adjust, or try regain the initiative by out-punching Team B?  Last year... we chose to play checkers with a chess player.

and yes, i totally am a 'so loyal' member of the Legion of Mensas that 'knew it woulda been different, if only...'.  ;-{)}

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bucknutgolfer's picture

I suffered through last years game again and it wasn't all Zeke. C. Samuel was in at RB a lot and didn't do much. Also, at least 1 of the sacks was a missed block by R. Smith. Won't be the case this time, I believe they will get a healthy dose of Zeke!

O-H!

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Squirrel Master's picture

Vannett will stretch the Hokie defense laterally. He is so good at running a 2 yard out or curl. He gets lost behind the receivers who will stretch the field.

What I do love though is that he is bigger then EVERY HOKIE DE! He is 6'6'' 260. They only have 1 hokie DE who is 6'6'' and only one hokie who is 250+ (not the same player)((stats from the team site)). He could block the edge like a OT compared to their ends. Their best are between 225-245lbs. With the size of their Dline, Vannett will make a 6th Olineman.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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ZekesAbs's picture

I had a chance to work with Nick a lot this summer with my internship, he's an awesome guy that definitely has his head on straight.  Freak athlete too, can't wait to see him this season.  My prediction is 8 scores for the big fella. May seem like a lot at first but we should be playing 15 games and he'll be a top red zone target.

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Clinger76's picture

I had said this last year but it bears saying again. Vannett is our best TE. was last year and is again this year. He is so under used. He catches everything thrown at him and is a big dude who can run! he will abuse their Lb's and will score twice in this game Monday night. (or we need to target him so many times that happens) cause they definitely wont be looking for it! I'd be surprised if we dont win by 3 td's in this one. Let's Go Buckeyes! Take it to 'em!

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."

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jascott14's picture

Underrated!
LOVE me some Vannett!!!

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Projected as the #1 TE and he's underrated. Beautiful!

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

I always post this so I gotta stay consistent ... representin' DVille!

Great kid and great player.  Was at our house once when he was in high school, was a big boy even back then.

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

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Beth_Mowins_Beard's picture

Can't wait for more 'ville representation!  I.E. Marcus Williamson & Jaelen Gill (hopefully)

And Kaleb Wesson as a Basketball Buckeye! Should be able to post a lot more of this soon!

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Buck68's picture

GIANT LEAP INTO... SPACE?

A lot of Questions about our 2015 DL.

If the candidates for NG [1 tech] are... inadequate....

If  Adolphus does not 'dominate' at the 3 technique...

If Hubbard and Holmes are adequate at DE and continue developing each game...

nb report of Bosa's workouts 'much better' than last year...

looking at last 3 games & other 2014 replays, Bosa's a terror at the LOS, but average in pursuit.  And Adolphus was barely average at 1 tech... but consistently showed better endurance than whoever how manny he faced

====so...option after VaTech:

BOSA to 3 tech, Adolphus to 1, DE rotation adds LB Perry... until one or more of those DT's meet Meyer's expectations?

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OurHonorDefend09's picture

Once again (as we fans state every year), I just hope we get our talented TE's some quality targets.

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Kentucky Buckeye's picture

Nick V is Ryback

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DaiTheFlu's picture

I've been saying since the suspensions were announced that Nick Vannett would have a HUGE role in this game. If VT goes with the bear again, he'll be especially crucial, as the TE seam route and flat routes are often left open due to the constraints of the scheme. We didn't use them much last year because our OL got hammered so badly, the TE had to stay in and block. I don't see that being quite as necessary this time, what with us having the best OL in the country and all.

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SilverHaven's picture

Vannett is hardly a "hidden gem" by any stretch of the imagination.  Last year Vannett had more catches for more yards and more TDs than the injured "starter" Heuerman.

  REcepts Yards Tds
Vannett 19 220 5
Heuerman 17 207 2

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bucknutgolfer's picture

I believe the fact that he has only 19 catches on the season makes him a "hidden gem." Honestly, I wish we would use the TE more regardless of who is in there.

O-H!

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