Skull Session: Quincy Avery Talks Dwayne Haskins, Jared Sullinger Eyes an NBA Comeback, and Long Snapper Bradley Robinson is Returning

By Kevin Harrish on January 26, 2021 at 4:59 am
Haskell Garrett and Taron Vincent are getting right in today's skull session.

Your mission today: be as kind to a stranger as Taylor Decker was to this fellow.

Personally, I plan to autograph one of my shirts and send it to a random person. You're welcome in advance, and please don't call the police.

Word of the Day: Vicissitude.

 QUINCY AVERY TALKS DWAYNE. Quincy Avery helped get Dwayne Haskins this far, and now that things have gotten a little tough, it sounds like he's prepared to help him push through it.

You still work with Dwayne Haskins as far as I know. You guys still together?

Yeah. I mean, well, I texted him, so we’ll figure it out. We’re gonna figure out a plan in order to help him out.

Dwayne has obvious arm talent, but he didn’t have a great second season and Washington ultimately decided to move on for reasons that also included off-the-field issues. What’s the difference between where Deshaun is as a QB and where Dwayne is?

Some of the things that Dwayne struggled with had been well-chronicled. Like, people have a really good idea. It wasn’t just the football part. In terms of talent, he’s one of the most talented guys I’ve ever been around. I think he’s going to have a tremendous opportunity to improve on the maturity side, both off the field and on the field, and that will allow him to have real growth at the position. … (Dwayne’s) got to start — we’ve got to focus on the basics on a real rudimentary level and then continue to stack on and add development pieces after that. I think that he’s going to be able to do it, because he is that talented, and I hope we’re able to figure out a way in which we can get the task done because there are few people in the world with as many physical gifts and talents as Dwayne.

What stood out to you this year watching him play?

I wanted to see what other people wanted to see. I wanted to see him just play a little bit better. I want him to consistently show improvement. And I think he flashed. There were times where he flashed and showed people that he was able to do some things. But I wanted to see that play in and play out. I wanted to see that guy who had a process. … That’s what separates people at the highest level is being able to have a process.

First off, I'm not sure comparing one of the most sought-after available players in the NFL to a guy who just got unceremoniously cut and signed to a minimum contract was really the best way to ask that question. Like, what isn't the difference between Deshaun Watson and Dwayne Haskins' situations right now?

Anyway, I appreciate how Quincy answers these questions candidly about what he needs to do to get better instead of just stumping for his guy. And he's right – if you could bioengineer a throwing arm, it would be Dwayne Haskins'. And that arm alone might shred every Big Ten passing record in the book, but it'll only get you so far in the NFL.

 DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK. To put things in perspective, the last time Jared Sullinger made an appearance in an NBA game, Thad Matta was still the head coach at Ohio State.

Needless to say, it's been a minute. But he's not giving up his comeback just yet.

Sullinger is not ready to call it a career and is looking to make an NBA comeback.

"I'm definitely trying to get back to the NBA," he said. "I feel like I've still got a lot of basketball left, I can help a team, I feel like me being not the biggest guy but still strong enough to guard a five and be able to stretch the floor, I'm in better shape."

The 6'9" Sullinger still has the same agent he had years ago, David Falk, and is committed to going any route he has to take in his pathway back to the NBA, such as playing in the G-League, and as of today, he says he feels "amazing," and this is the best he has ever felt health-wise.

"I'm just looking for somebody to give me an opportunity," Sullinger said. "If I get the opportunity, I promise I will seize the moment at that moment."

Personally, I'm all for it if only because the all-Buckeye NBA team is currently missing a big man.

D'Angelo Russell, Mike Conley, Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate and Sully – that 2K team would be fun as hell.

 BOOM! If I had it my way, this would have been red banner news. But either way, we're celebrating, baby!

Long snapper Bradley Robinson is returning for a fifth season with the Buckeyes, his father confirmed Monday.

While Robinson, a walk-on, was listed on the roster as a senior this past season, he has remaining eligibility.

In my personal opinion, this is a #BOOM right up there with the return of Chris Olave and Haskell Garrett – possibly even bigger.

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 THAT'LL FIX EVERYTHING! Michigan really hasn't had any semblance of an offense since they put a wide receiver at quarterback eight years ago, but don't worry, they've presumably solved all their offensive problems with a quick staff reshuffle.

Harbaugh also announced that the program has reached agreement on contract extensions with Jay Harbaugh and Sherrone Moore. Jay Harbaugh will coach the tight ends and continue to coordinate the special teams units, while Moore will shift over and coach the offensive line and assume duties as co-offensive coordinator. Recently hired alum Mike Hart will mentor the running backs, and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis will work with the wide receivers alongside Bellamy. Head coach Jim Harbaugh will coach the team’s quarterbacks. Those movements complete the Wolverines’ offensive coaching staff heading into the 2021 season.

So to recap, Michigan let the guy Ohio State fans used to praise as the best offensive line coach in America walk and brought in high school coach instead, hired a guy who is 0-9 lifetime against the Buckeyes, extended the coach's son, made the former tight ends coach its co-offensive coordinator, and brought back the offensive coordinator that had Michigan in the bottom half of the nation in scoring offense last year.

Oh, and they gave sole control of the most critical position on the field to the potentially sociopathic head coach that Michigan just gave a 50 percent pay cut who also spent the past month soliciting himself to any NFL team that would listen before reluctantly returning.

I keep thinking they've hit rock bottom, and they keep proving me wrong.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z

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