Skull Session: C.J. Stroud's First Career TD is Funny in Retrospect, Jim Knowles Drinks a Lot of Coffee and Devin Smith Torched Michigan State As a Buckeye

By Chase Brown on October 5, 2022 at 5:00 am
C.J. Stroud

Jim Knowles might be my favorite Ohio State assistant coach.

This video is a significant reason why:

I'll also mention another reason later in the Skull Session. How's that for a tease?

Let's have a good Wednesday, shall we?

 TIME IS A FUNNY THING. When we were first introduced to C.J. Stroud, a five-star quarterback from Inland Empire, California, perhaps you were like me in assuming he would be a similar archetype to Justin Fields rather than the pro-style pocket passer he is today.

That thought process is warranted and can be attributed to a 48-yard touchdown run he scored in Ohio State's 52-12 win over Michigan State on Dec. 5, 2020. It was his first career score as a Buckeye, and it was quite the impressive showcase of athleticism from a true freshman.

That's right, folks. Knowles drinks six cups of coffee every day. You may be thinking: "Why would anyone drink that much coffee? Think about all that caffeine!" You may also feel bad for Knowles' mind and body, which is probably fair. But let me tell you something.

Knowles understands something that few people in this world do. You cannot dominate unless you caffeinate. I learned that during college as I fell in love with coffee, pre-workout, sugar-free Red Bull and Celsius.

Wake up? Caffeinate.

Exercising? Caffeinate.

Working? Caffeinate.

That's why Knowles is a worthy challenger for my caffeine intake. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), he has me beat. But at least I know the defensive coordinator at Ohio State is dominating every day. That's a massive win for the Buckeyes.

 DEVIN SMITH, EVERYONE. Michigan State has provided Ohio State with several quality games over the years, which has required countless players to step up in big moments to help their team beat the Spartans. I'm not sure anyone stepped up more than former Buckeye wide receiver Devin Smith.

As in every other game during his Ohio State career, Smith was a touchdown magnet anytime he competed against Michigan State. Whether it was Braxton Miller or J.T. Barrett throwing him the football, Smith found his way to the end zone with extreme efficiency against the Mark Dantonio-led Spartan teams.

 OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State women's soccer had two (!) athletes named Big Ten players of the week on Tuesday after a 3-0 win over then-No. 6 Penn State, which was also the No. 16 Buckeyes' fourth consecutive shutout.

Graduate forward Kayla Fischer hadn't scored in eight straight games entering last week's matches against Indiana and Penn State. Still, she netted two attempts in her team's two victories over the Hoosiers and Nittany Lions. Fischer now has 23 goals in her career, which is the 12th most in the program's history.

Senior defender Talani Barnett has been an All-American caliber player for the Buckeyes this season and continued that level of excellence last week. She was the anchor of an Ohio State defense that allowed only three shots on goal to Indiana and five attempts on the net to Penn State.

The Big Ten weekly award was Fischer's first of the season. Meanwhile, Barnett claimed her second of 2022, making her the first Buckeye to win multiple defensive player of the week honors in a single season since Lauren Robinson won the accolade four times in 2009.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Fall, Fall, Fall" by CAAMP.

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