Film Study: Tracing the History of the One-Back Passing Game Through Two of the Big Ten's Best Quarterbacks

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Buck68's picture

and your homework over the break is...    ;-{)}

Beautiful description, Kyle.

RunEddieRun1983's picture

I never get sick of the expansive universe of X's and O's on 11w. Well done!

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

flying-banana's picture

Always my favorite content that Eleven Warriors produces, thank you as always, Kyle! In particular the short videos/gifs you produce highlighting the route trees and the decision making are some of the best I see across college football journalism.

STARDUST's picture

Thanks, Kyle. I always like to see Tiger Ellison get credit thrown his way. Would have liked to see his last 4 Middletown teams in the playoffs on the field like today. He said he only spent 10 minutes a practice on defense.

hetuck's picture

It's not well-known Tiger Ellison was OSU's freshman coach in 1968. Woody's Robust T was as far from run and shoot as I can imagine. 

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

I was just about to echo your statement myself.. As any fan of the history of tOSU can appreciate, I've always loved reading up on "Tiger" Ellison.  

Here's a link to an article that first appeared in The Evening Independent, on May 30,1970 about his career and history with coach Hayes and those Buckeye teams.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

Hovenaut's picture

Echo the sentiments, KJ... definitely put the leg, er, armwork into this one.

Those Erickson offenses were nasty.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

danmas's picture

GREAT.  Best writer of any Buckeye related web site.

JoeAndSo's picture

I heard Bozeman is also known for their low crime rates.

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WhySoSerious's picture

I went to Granada Hills High School. Elway was a legend.


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ChristianHaven's picture

Great history lesson, Kyle. I was looking for Xs and Os, and instead found out about the names we've all heard: Sweeney, Elway, Erickson, Tiller and Price. 
By the way what happened to Mike Price after the lap dances at strip joints?

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Crimson's picture

He must have shot out of the public eye. I'm sure something came up.

BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Coach Meyer is excellent at assembly of a staff. Hopefully he uses their ideas to make us the best that we can be. Expecting major offensive improvement this season.

Buck68's picture

Kyle - have you ever considered compiling your articles into a book w/video clips & diagrams?

MtWashBuckeye's picture

Terrific, as always.

I have a Program from the 1970 Ohio State vs. Duke game, and there are no Wide Receivers listed on the roster. Ends, yes, but no WR.

Jack Tatum was an Education major, by the way. And as we know, he did some educating of his own at Ohio State and elsewhere. 


ohiobobg's picture

Awesome read, Kyle!!!!

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

I knew JTB played more games than Brees, but wow... Brees threw the ball so much more. This paragraph is a critical piece of data about the significance of JTB’s breaking records:

Though Brees still holds the Big Ten career record for passing yards with 11,792, a total of over 2,300 more than Barrett, Brees also attempted 467 more passes over the course of his four years at Purdue. But despite throwing it less often, Barrett still managed to finish his collegiate career as the Big Ten's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 104 to Brees' 90 and actually ended with a career passing efficiency rating of 152.33, 20 points higher than the Boilermaker legend.

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seafus26's picture

Our coaching staff at our high school came over from Rice during a staff change rather from Rice to Duke, rather than leaving Texas. They had learned Erickson’s system from him at Miami  and used it to take a back named Trevor Cobb to a heisman finalist before leaving to start our high school program from scratch. We were limited with size but had speed and depth to burn at the skill positions on both sides of the ball. Since it was a new school we only had freshman and sophomores the first year. Then we moved up to juniors the next and finally had a full 4 class high school by our senior year. We’d already been beating, actually running up the score on city varsities for a couple years at that point. The running game and zone locking scheme was the key. The A back slot receiver on reverses with blind side crack blocks and short screen passes slipping the inside receivers behind the line of scrimmage while the small  but athletic OL formed a wall of open field blocks up field were killers. Receivers stalking, cutting and rolling up the legs of defenders in the open field led to long TDs for the B back (RB) if he made it trough the second level. Was a fun time because every school we’d came from in our freshman year sent us off to this upstart school away from the traditions we grew up wanting to experience as cast offs. Was fun to spank their asses up and down the field. This was the early 90’s

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BrownBuckeye's picture

Very interesting read Kyle, thank you!

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Mean Mr Mustard's picture

The strange thing is that Air Coryell's offenses were sometimes called spread.  They threw the ball down the field more, so it didn't stand out as much.  I believe Kellen Winslow was one of the first hybrid, joker TEs alos

CowCat's picture

Great article. It's interesting to see how the same concepts live on even in today's OSU offense.

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

Woody_to_Urban's picture

Great interesting  history lesson. Thanks Kyle for your impressive work!!!!

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