Skull Session: Jon Kitna Talks Dylan Raiola, Chris Olave Tosses Opening Pitch, and Ohio State's On 10-Year Pick Six Streak

By Kevin Harrish on May 13, 2022 at 5:35 am
Brutus is posing in today's skull session.

This. This is a work of art.

Word of the Day: Lagniappe.

 WHAT YOU DON'T SEE. Listen, I'm the furthest thing from a certified football-knower, but even I can take one look at freshest Buckeye commit Dylan Raiola on film and say "Yes, I would definitely like that teen to throw the ball for my favorite football team."

But according to Raiola's former head coach Jon Kitna (yes, that Jon Kitna), those film clips and eye-popping stats aren't even the things that make him a special player.

“The things you don't see are better than the things you do,” Kitna said. “People are going to see the film. They're going to see him at practice and see how he works. But it's the stuff you don't see that you can't necessarily measure – the character, the work ethic, the ability to retain information and process information, his leadership in the locker room, his leadership on a field. All those things are what really make him special. That’s the thing I tell everybody that wants to talk about Dylan Raiola.”

If he has a criticism of Raiola, he said, it’s that wants to work too hard.

“The only time I've ever had a problem with Dylan is that he doesn't stop,” Kitna said. “There are times that I’m like, ‘Man, you've got to take a break. Not just for you, but for your receivers.' Because he'll throw every day at 6 a.m. He's organizing throwing sessions. At 6 a.m., he's got these kids up here and going, and he works hard at it.”

“The things you don't see are better than the things you do.”

That's pretty wild, because the things I do see are pretty damn good!

 STOCK TO FOOTBALL. San Diego native Chris Olave got the honor of tossing the ceremonial first pitch for his hometown Padres on Thursday.

It's a cool honor, but let's just say he should probably stay on the receiving end of things.

I've seen better! But then again, I have certainly seen worse.

 PICK SIX STREAK. Ohio State's defense has been baked ass for three of the past four seasons, but at least they've managed to do one thing right – keep the pick-six streak alive.

This is fun and all, but I would gladly go without a single pick-six for the next decade if it meant Ohio State would have a top-10 defense. Hell, I might even just settle for top-50.

 SCHEDULE PROTECTOR. I am of the belief that the NFL schedule release is one of the most overhyped things in all of sports, but if it continues to produce glorious content like this, you can hype it however you want.

Cam Heyward is a national treasure.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals.

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