Michael Jordan Getting Comfortable In New Role As Ohio State's Center

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Baroclinicity's picture

Looked pretty seamless to me watching on Saturday. The guy's been a stud since he got here, so I'm not surprised at his grade.

Priority #1:  Beat Michigan

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IGotAWoody's picture

Because of his height, his transition from guard to center is even more impressive. It amazes me that guys that big and tall can also be as flexible and athletic as they are. Kudos to Jordan, to Price and Elflein before him, and to all those huge dudes on the OL that can do what they do.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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BuckEif4Life's picture

I remember reading an article about him starting as a freshman saying he could either be really good, or our entire O-line could be really bad. I am glad he lived up to the "hype" of a starting freshman O-lineman 

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CowCat's picture

Seeing Michael Jordan doing yoga classes would be priceless. Go get 'em, big man!

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

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Keyser Soze's picture

either that or you would see he is as flexible as a 175lb man and your jaw would drop to the ground.

We did yoga in college for football and had a samoan guy David that was 6'6 355 and he could do everything the instructor asked of us. 

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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Buctor's picture

This sounds like,it would be a serious challenge.   But it's hard to not like Mr Jordan's attitude!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Team first mentality. That is leadership. Very impressed with Jordan's selflessness.

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Hovenaut's picture

Lead the way, MJ.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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BigBuckFan25's picture

300lb 1st Class Road Graders, just what JK and Mike need

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NHBuckeye's picture

Love his attitude!   It’s what being a Buckeye is all about.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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Hang On Sloopy's picture

Enjoyed the read Dan Hope. Thanks. Go Buckeyes!

"I think angry is the way to play...The best teams i've ever coached, the best players, are the ones who are always trying to prove something." -Urban Meyer

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D-Day0043's picture

I love how the Bucks place so much value on the center position. It’s the quarterback of the offensive line. They make all of the line calls and handle the ball on every play. I always thought it made sense to put your best interior lineman as center. 

I think it is a position that is highly undervalued in the NFL. You never notice how important the position is until you see a mistake. Being able to be perfect on every snap count and snap, 60 to 80 times a game and then have to block a guy is not an easy task.

When you lose, say little. When you win, say less.

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hetuck's picture

Don't be surprised to see QB under center like the Cotton Bowl for the Wisconsin fly sweep/off tackle option. Also, I continue to maintain the QB under center sneak with a "Bush push" back is the surest way to gain several inches. Having Jordan able to master both snaps is important. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

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Buck68's picture

Dan, enjoyed the range and details in your article about Jordan's switch.

You covered the situational & comparative what, when, and how!

Especially enjoyed you positively debunking the 'too tall for center' mantra.  Citing "going against BB" illustrated 'in the dirt' testing, not just the usual 'my mantra/feelings vs yours'.

In his decisionmaking, you pointed out how team and individual interests coincided, worked together; much better than a bipolar 'my motive is this or that'.Well-written and concise, descriptive post!

"Not bad for a start".  Reality perspective!  Jordan will be tested in his agility, reads, leadership... and very soon...in various kinds of ways.

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silverbullets47's picture

I really like this offensive line.  All are big and athletic.  Could be one of our greatest lines, if they continue to get better as a unit.  

"You win with people" — Woody Hayes

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Sanantonefan's picture

Going against BB has to be challenging--that guy is quick. Love the team-first attitude. Go slobs! Go Bucks!

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

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Steelydan54's picture

Like when Rocky was chasing that chicken around the yard getting ready to fight Apollo Creed?

Steelybuck54

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Ole Buckeye's picture

Kudos to Coach Mick.  Our 300+ pound  O Linemen don't really look fat, do they?

Awesome, and playing with tempo.

Reminds me of how much fun it was to watch Oregon's two big linemen (#9 and #44) wheezing and gasping through the second half of  the NCG. 

I think we're going to do that to several teams this year.  Wear 'em down, take the fight out of them.

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Steelydan54's picture

This O line gets to take it a bit easier on Saturdays after practicing against our D line all week. What an advantage!  Great in depth article about MJ. Even if he doesn't witness the R, he will be a great pro player after showing the versatility he has developed. OSU is OLU!

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Keyser Soze's picture

The NFL coaches and GM's have to be jumping out of their skin to draft a kid that has this much talent with a lay down in traffic for my teammates attitude to boot. MJ is going to leave here one of my favorite linemen. Keep up the great work young man!

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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