Home Grown: Tough Love From Maple Heights Coaches, Attitude Change Gets Kierre Hawkins to Ohio State

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Browns88's picture

Nice article.   Shows the importance of high school coaches in developing player futures athletically and educationally for the next level.  Easy to see why College and High school coaches need to have the relationships.   Always a diamond in the rough out there somewhere.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Much credit to Coach Culliver for not treating Hawkins as a Prima Donna. Hawkins is a better man and a better player because of it.

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buckeye phi's picture

I'm not sure he'll necessarily have to beat out Hausmann and Farrell to see some significant playing time down the road.  I imagine he's going to fill a slightly different role in the offense than a traditional tight end. 

I see him more as a kind of TE/WR hybrid.  UFM has had some success with that kind of player in the past.  I believe we had a bit of an advanced look at that kind of thinking when we went to two tight end sets last season -

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

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SoulPatrol32's picture

I'm right there with you Buckeye Phi. He seems to be a true H-Back in the making. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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buckeye phi's picture

Years ago, I read something in which UFM described the two different types of H-backs he likes to have available.  There's the super-quick, running back/wide receiver hybrid (Dontre Wilson, for example).  But there's also the bigger, taller, tight end/wide receiver kind of hybrid. 

I think we'll see some of the latter this year with AJ Alexander, when we go to two tight end sets.  In fact he's my candidate for the "break-out player on offense nobody's talking about" -

(By the way, I deliberately chose not to use the players who filled those roles for UFM at Florida as examples)

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

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Good choice to leave those Florida examples off but I'm following you. I agree I'm not sure he will impact this year but I could certainly see him breaking out at some point. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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Buck68's picture

agree, the 'beat out' mindset presumes a win or lose framework.  Rather, agree Phi... KH [and others] bring VERSATILLITY of multiple roles in multiple positions.

and this intangible, attitudinal approach is a product of individual attitude and perseverance... come what may.  Heck, KH may even 'get a pass' or two... if it ever 'comes to pass'!  And if it does not - the intangible KH described here will succeed all the more in the adversity of 'less'.   ;-{)}

GO BUCKS!

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buckeye phi's picture

Yeah, Buck68.  Will this be the year a passing attack that targets the tight end more frequently "comes to pass"?  Or is all this talk just a passing fancy?

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

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Buck68's picture

so we see what the other did there....  'The Attack of the Pass' ...singular, plural, or a facet of a versatile offense?  ;-{)}

Looking forward to a fascinating season of intangibles... and that single weekly "data point"... W's.

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Sanantonefan's picture

If the spring game is any indication, this might be the year. With so much inexperience on the o-line, JT will need to get the ball out quickly, especially early in the year. As the o-line continues to gel, he'll have more time, but if the relationship he develops with the TEs is positive, I think he'll continue to go to them.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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buckeye phi's picture

I agree, SAF.  I hate to read too much in to a spring game - but it makes sense in a lot of ways. 

I've been a little concerned that if the o-line struggles, it might force JT to run the ball more than we'd like him to this year.  Remember how, even though the o-line was obviously struggling, everybody jumped on Beck for running JT so much in the MSU game?  

Perhaps the thinking is - that instead of keeping the tight end in to help with pass protection as much as we did last year - this year, the plan might be to target the TE with quick, short passes (like we saw in the spring game).  The proverbial long hand-off, if you will -

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

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Sanantonefan's picture

Right BP. That might tone down the pass rush as well.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Great read Eric! I applaud the decision by the coach to give Kierre a life lesson so early in his career that he's not bigger than his team and his attitude must change. I'm excited to see Kierre grow and develop as a player and student athlete. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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Buck68's picture

Kierre was free to choose:  take his coach's discipline as "against me, keeping me down" ... or "a wake up call i do not yet understand... or i wouldn't have needed it".

KH chose the narrow, unpopular, accountable way.  What irony - not to be a 'special', a 'minority'... but a person, choosing to believe in another when it appears and feels like he's being... 'singled out'?!   Well... aren't 'we' 'always being singled out' ...as EACH PERSON COUNTS, and each of us carries his own load?

Thanks, Eric, for the relay.  And thanks KH, for "the child is the father of the man...".

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

Another good one, Eric.  Love reading these.  Keep up the good work!

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ScarletGray43157's picture

This young man has some character already learned.  I look for him to do well in life, and in football. 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Steelydan54's picture

What a great look at the heart of a HS coach who develops talent instead of exploiting it. And develops character instead of enabling bad behavior. 

This is how to make "black lives matter".  Black men instill pride and character into the lives of young black men. Our own LJ being another prime example. Thank you, men, for making a difference in the lives of so many young men of All races and colors. 

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McGrind's picture

Can already see the wheels turning...how do I get a big fast body 1 on 1 with Peppers in the flat. 

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Certainly Coach Culliver deserves a lot of recognition and praise for how he applied "tough love" to Kierre; but I have to give the young man props for actually embracing the lessons. The best athlete on the team surely knows he's the best athlete on the team - taking his "medicine" as he did shows he's not only coachable, but motivated to become the best he can on the football field. And, of course, the lessons learned will undoubtedly pay dividends for his life outside of football.
Again, UFM is identifying and going for high talent/high character guys in his recruiting. It is highly improbable (though anything is possible) for a repeat of the well-known incidents that took place with his players in Gainesville.

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TraptnMI's picture

I see the next Devin Funchess, the ultimate TE hybrid I ever saw.

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

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CowCat's picture

Sounds like the kid has a good attitude.  He didn't have to be sold on Ohio State, and knew had to work for it. He won't need to be "de-recruited" like some of the out-of-state kids.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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