Pro Football Focus Names Nick Bosa As College Football's Best Player

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Knarcisi's picture

Great hands, the underrated part of his game. 

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milhouse4588's picture

It's probably the single, defining factor that makes him so dominant. There are quite a few DE's that are more athletically gifted than him, he's just technically off the charts in comparison.

Same reason Jerry Rice was so good...he wasn't close to the fastest, biggest, highest-jumping, but he had great hands and was technically beyond anyone else by a longshot.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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NYWoodyFan's picture

Interesting, we have one player on the list—Michigan has three. 

Matt

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BuckeyeInDenver's picture

Seems like every year, Michigan’s top returning players get billed above OSU’s in these preseason rankings, but we all know how things look at the end of the season. 

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NHBuckeye's picture

Their problem is they always have about 3-4 stud players and the rest are pretty average.   OSU’s roster is loaded with guys that they would kill to have.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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skinnytrees's picture

Who could ever forget their most recent Heisman hopeful

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booj's picture

They always talk about baseball being a sport where you need to accept the likelihood of failure. But if you look at Bosa's numbers, the best player in college football is getting to the quarterback (sacks + hurries (i'm assuming hurries don't also include sacks because i'm not sure how those are tabulated)) at a .158 rate. Pitchers hit better than that. Point being, defensive line must be a staggeringly frustrating position to play.

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milhouse4588's picture

I disagree because even if you don't get the "hurry" it doesn't mean you didn't disrupt the QB. If you just focused on your personal accomplishments then yes, it'd be frustrating. But if you occupy two guys on the line and watch your teammate get to the QB or rush the throw you know you did you job.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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MD-PAbuck's picture

Exactly, stats paint less than half the picture of a good D linemans value.

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RBurgundy4's picture

I'll be that guy. Nick Bosa's PT and lack of a starting role represents example 176 of Urban's "loyalty to a fault" management style. Bosa was better than both of the DE starters in 2017 and should have played more snaps than either if the goal is to put the best players on the field, which is what Urban has been selling since he set foot in Columbus. Lost opportunity for the team, IMHO.  Other guys were terrific and deserving, but Bosa is clearly better.

#CalpoppyStrong

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Damn right, and anyone that isn't in the know better recognize.

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

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