Ohio State's Offense Finds Success With Two-Tight End Sets In Season Opener

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SoulPatrol32's picture

That first TD to McLaurin was such a great play call. Defense sold out on the run and Haskins had his choice of 2 wide open receivers crossing in the end zone. 

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Kyle91's picture

Absolutely loved that play call. Last year it would've been a read option I'm guessing.

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awlinBrutus's picture

No empty backfield with JT picking his hole, come on Kyle where you been the last 2 years,lol?

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Zimmy07's picture

I suspect that play may have the same initial action as one of our run plays.

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osu78's picture

It looked like 2 guys were open on the third possession as well. The WR on the left side was in front of and ahead of coverage in the end zone. He did a little stutter step at the one which froze the defender and let him cut right to get clear.

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CowCat's picture

It was a little risky to only have two WRs on that play, but it worked. Me like.

That play also shows why Haskins is so dangerous as a QB. He was patient, let the play develop, and the moment McLaurin got separation. ZIP!! The ball was there instantly. There were several throws like that on Saturday, where I could barely see the ball in the air.

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JoeAndSo's picture

Hopefully this means the defense will be better prepared for this. TE's killed us last year.

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Hovenaut's picture

I like where you're at with this.

Ruckert will get live game reps in time, but he should also be used to prep the defense.

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NatiBuck's picture

I love Berry with the ball in his hands but he CANNOT block to save his life. There was a series of plays during the Oregon State game, (I think during the second quarter) where me and the buddy I went to the game with saw Berry whiffed on his blocks like 3 plays in a row.  There were other plays where we noticed he missed his blocks too, on several instances his assignment stopped the run for a short gain.  The dude puts his head down and tries to launch  his shoulder into whoever he is trying to block.  If he can get his blocking sorted out, he would be a much more useful TE

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I have to respectfully disagree with you there. Albeit being the first game, I'll give Rashod a break (as I am the entire back D, but that's a different story for another day...).

You might want to go back and watch some film from his blocking last year. I do believe that's why the staff have him and Farrell in, because they are both WAY better blockers than the other TEs. One for instance on Berry; last year against UNLV he blocked a guy into to sideline because he blasted him off his feet (this was a standing, not running block). This was on botched FG. His blocking was by far the best last year and I'd bet my bottom dollar he had a bad blocking game in the home opener. He's a beast man...straight out beast. Or he wouldn't be OSU's starting TE (or at least one of them). 

It is time!!!!!

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seyekcuB's picture

I dont really care how he blocks, he could be Antonio Gates like out there catching it.

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I'd have to respectfully disagree with you as well. Good thing you're not the oline or TEs coach at OSU lol, jk. I have a feeling they may disagree with you, too. Blocking as a TE is vitally important to keeping DEs and OLBs off the Qb, and run blocking is sort of important too.I see your point about Gates, but catching is just part of a TE's job. 

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allinosu's picture

He's right though about Berry missing blocks badly in this game.

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Jamie Lannister's picture

Blocking is def important and as a former D Lineman i'm sure that's the toughest part of the job to pick up, but he's a game changing athlete and we have to find a way to have him on the field. There's quite a few TE getting hefty checks who can't block a soul, hell Jimmy Graham has had an all pro caliber career and he can't block you and I lol. Utilize what he does best until his blocking improves

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Markos's picture

Disagree...look at the 3rd TD featured on this page...Berry clearly and effectively blocks his man into the endzone which enabled Webber to run into the endzone untouched...didn't look bad to me.

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Larryp713's picture

I was thinking the same thing - that was a solid block on the edge that close to the end zone. 

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NatiBuck's picture

Can we agree to call him inconsistent then? 

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c11058's picture

Luke Farrell made a very good block on the third film clip to seal his man to the inside.  This is one of the hardest blocks for a tight end to execute.  

It's exciting that we're finally showing some new offensive looks and that we're able to have our skilled tight ends participate!

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45has2's picture

Hoping that twin Tights leads to more passing to Tights.

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ChristianHaven's picture

Twin tight ends sounds very intriguing to me, especially when making passes.
Is that better than two unrelated tight ends? 
And are three tight ends better yet? 
Or how about just one too tight end?

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Defiance's picture

Not to take away from the crux of the article because I love nothing more than two-tight end formations that result in TDs (especially to Rashod Berry who seems like a dark horse candidate to be a HUGE offensive weapon this year) but what caught my eye was the third TD has Dobbins lead blocking for Weber who comes across the formation and takes it in for 6!!

Dobbins and Weber in the backfield at the same time is going to be a headache for any defensive coordinator facing the Buckeyes in 2018 and I for one would love to see more of it!!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Facing 3rd-and-goal at the 3-yard line on their fifth possession of the game, the Buckeyes put “22” personnel . . . into the game, and that resulted in a touchdown, too . . . Mike Weber . . . caught a pop pass from [Haskins] and ran behind blocks from Berry, Farrell and Dobbins to the end zone.

Man, Farrell completely owned the LB on this play! He turned the LB away from the play and drove him backward.

Ohio State’s reputation in recent years has been that it hasn’t thrown regularly to its tight ends, and that might not change even if the Buckeyes use more two-tight end sets this year. Out of 25 combined pass completions . . . on Saturday, Berry’s touchdown catch was one of only two receptions by tight ends

Keep in mind, though, that the WRs/H-backs were constantly either breaking open or Haskins had a nice window through which to "throw them open." On most plays, the TE is not going to be the primary option, although Berry appeared to be the primary option on his TD reception. When the defense can't cover the primary receiving options, the TEs aren't going to see many balls. The TCU game will be a better barometer of how TEs will fit into the passing game as well as Haskins' reliance on the TE as an outlet.    

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osu78's picture

I'm guessing the TE's will see more designed plays in the red zone / short yardage situations given the compressed field ad the desire to make D's try to cover everyone and watch for the run. When you can stretch the field the short TE throws are more of an outlet than a primary target, IMHO.

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sharks's picture

On Run TMC's score, he just flat out beat the cornerback. On Roughshod's, the LB was totally cheating up for run support and Berry ran right by him. Lastly, big #13 just roadgraded two guys to spring Weber. I know everyone is aflutter about this Ruckert kid, but Berry is a load: strong, fast, and aggressive.

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Jamie Lannister's picture

Our play action game should be damn near unstoppable

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analyticalguy's picture

So the Buckeyes "ran 12 total plays in which it had two tight ends on the field against Oregon State," and "all three of those plays resulted in touchdowns." Got it.

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faux_maestro's picture

Read that first paragraph again. Unless it was changed it makes sense because of 2 words you left out.

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Defiance's picture

In the first half of Saturday’s season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State ran three offensive plays in which it had two tight ends on the field simultaneously. All three of those plays resulted in touchdowns.

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Seattle Linga's picture

The more creative we can be (within reason) the better !!

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

The goal of the offense is to employ its talent to score TDs.  Two TE sets is a great way to do this.  Short yardage situations with two TEs screams 'run' but using a pass out of this set will keep the defense off balance.  Keep the innovation rolling. 

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Zimmy07's picture

The 3rd video may have a counter option with the QB keeping & walking in if an inside read defender bites too hard to his left after the RB.  The QB could basically jog in for a score.

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Buckeye06's picture

2TEs AND 2RBs...be still my heart 

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bakerjon's picture

The play where we passed to Berry for the touchdown was a naked bootleg with the TE coming across the backside of the line. We ran that play with different routes for the receivers for positive yards 3-4 times Saturday. Looked like an entirely new wrinkle in the offense that we didn't see much of last season.

Also the look on pop pass to Weber was a new twist on an old favorite. Putting both RBs on the field but one ostensibly at the H-Back motioned into the backfield for the exchange - I don't believe we've done that before. It was a great way to disguise the jet sweep and have the Defense guessing with both RBs out there. I'm hoping to see these and other new wrinkles described in detail in a Film Study, soon. 

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faux_maestro's picture

At some point we will see the counter off of that pop pass too, fake it to Weber and hand to Dobbins, or maybe a pass outside off of that fake.

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Romanovich54's picture

not here to bash or talk shit. but its an amazing thing to see Kevin use this deep arsenal to his advantage. constant read options and designed QB runs arent bad, but when they spread the ball the way they did saturday, its simoply a beautiful thing to watch. stress that D!!

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Sanantonefan's picture

So. Many. Weapons.

Who do you key on as a defense? Who do you try to take away? Take away one and the others will burn you. It's great to be a Buckeye fan!

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Browns88's picture

Since I was a TE in high school, scoring 4 TD's in 1 game.  This makes me happy

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Sanantonefan's picture

Since I was an offensive lineman...ahh, just forget it. ;)

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CreekBuck's picture

Spread the ball around keeps everyone happy and harder to defend.  Just hit the open guy, don't force it until there's no choice.  But even then sometomes it's good to eat it rather than get it picked.

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stpetebuck's picture

While I am happy to take 724 yards anyway we can get it, if opponents are fearing our tight ends as serious threat it can open things up elsewhere, like take linebackers out of run support. 

It is good !

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Steelydan54's picture

When the blocking, run game and passing are as crisp as they were Saturday, it doesn't really matter who you're playing against (outside of other top 5 teams) only mistakes can slow us down. Then you add innovative play calling and multiple sets and you have a CFP caliber team. I recall many past years where the offense was decent early, but often bludgeoned inferior teams into submission. This was surgical and a beautiful thing to behold. Opponents are shaking their heads, saying "how are we gonna even slow that offense down"?

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Since64's picture

Dang talk about a doggone headache for other teams to coach up now 2 TE sets 2 RB's that can gash ya and the WR's whooo weeee ....Haha but do we care hmmm how bout ....NO

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CowCat's picture

This was a great article.

What I really like is that our 2 TE formations work within our existing system. Most of the time 2 or 3 TEs means run, TE pass in the seam or max-protect.

In the first GIF above, two TEs = pass blocking. In the other 2 GIFs we have 2 TE's but we're using them to stress a defense horizontally. That's got to be a headache for opposing defenses, because they won't know what 2 TEs are being used for.

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stpetebuck's picture

You’re right. And the 22 becomes way more effective if they pass to the tight ends with frequency. 

Gonna be fun !

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WestSideTower'79's picture

On Berry's TD, 2nd read Farrell was wide open after a spin move on the LB, as was 3rd read (Mack, I think) dragging the goal line from wide left. Really nice use of the (stationary) field judge as a pick.

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