Pete Werner has played well and Tuf Borland played his best game of the season, albeit in limited snaps, against TCU.
Harrison is such a freak athletically that Schiano and Davis must feel the benefits of his presence outweigh the negatives, but he does seem to get caught out of position more often than you'd like. It also doesn't help that the secondary doesn't have their eyes in the backfield thanks to all the man-coverage, meaning any mistake over the past couple of seasons has been amplified greatly.
I think Patterson admitted they simply screwed up. Both teams were thrown off by the fast tempo and gave up plays.
Had OSU not gone as quickly, TCU likely would've gotten the call in to alert the defense to recognize the new formation and account for it.
Excellent question and I was waiting for someone to notice.
As "Ass" call is for the center to block back on the nose guard before working up to the linebacker, even though he'd normally step in the direction of the play like everyone else. It's a common call in zone-blocking schemes, and although there are countless different names for it, I've heard that this name is to help the center to remember he's going 'ass backward.'
TCU was completely caught off-guard by the adjustment to put 3 WRs into the boundary. OSU never lines up like that.
However, the second the ball was snapped, Haskins knew where he was going. As long as the corner stuck to Victor on the hitch, that ball was getting thrown to the pylon for Hill.
Good catch. In my excitement, I forgot they moved it off next year's schedule.
I don't think the offense was to blame in the Oklahoma game. The Sooners made some adjustments of their own on offense and absolutely cooked Schiano's D in the second half, racking up 386 passing yds that night. OSU still went 7-15 on 3rd down that night, but only scored one TD in four red zone trips. Not sure I'd call that a 'debacle' though.
IMHO the 2017 offense was cursed from the anemic outputs in the 2016 Penn State game (which looks more like a fluke the more time goes on), and the horrific showing against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl that followed. In all three of their "poor" outings of 2017, though (Oklahoma, Iowa, USC), the offense still averaged over 5 yards-per-play. The big difference is the defense held their own against USC while they looked clueless in the first two contests.
Haskins appears to be living up to his potential, but let's not act like the coaches made a grievous error by letting Barrett maintain control of the ship last fall. They still finished with a top-10 offense.
It's not low-to-high, it's side-to-side. The first read is always some kind of high/low combo to the boundary, such as a bubble + fade, arrow + fade, or the fade + hitch we saw here. Usually, the defense has to roll an extra safety over to defend both receivers, so that leaves the middle or backside post wide open.
This is absolutely correct. Larry Johnson gave a number of clinic speeches last fall showing how far Joey came from the time he arrived on campus to the time he left, as he made a number of undisciplined plays similar to what we saw from Young last Saturday. Meanwhile, Nick seemed to pick up on those details early on, and put on a clinic himself when it came to playing the run last Saturday. He and Dre'Mont were brilliant as pass rushers, but also did everything right from a fundamental standpoint when filling (and closing) run gaps as well.
There have been a number of comments critical of Wint in this thread, which has been a shock to me, honestly. His job was to play the deep, centerfielder role on the majority of clips, not fill run gaps on a draw play. Additionally, he is being criticized for filling on Jackson's missed tackle when he, like everyone else here, expected the runner to get tackled, and was then knocked off path by the receiver on a crack block.
It should also be noted that these GIFs are slowed down to about 70% speed to make it easier to watch, so calling him slow is simply unfair.
I, for one, thought he played a solid game at Fuller's position while Pryor really seemed to struggle on a number of occasions.
Yes, Chris tweeted out a link to the 2014 playbook, which is very similar to what they still run today. While coaches are freakishly competitive by nature and don't like to give away anything close to a secret, there was very little in there that couldn't be found by watching film of the team since Meyer took over.
The real issue is whether or not the game plan for a given opponent is leaked, as the playbooks themselves are so big that it doesn't help to know all 30 run plays OSU could run, but it does help to know which 5 they plan on running against your team. Rarely does this happen, but given the length of time before bowl games, game plans have slipped out from other programs in the past.
Navy, appreciate the thought that went into this comment, and I think I should clarify my stance a bit more here, as I agree with much of what you're saying.
Of course the 18 years prior to college have more of an impact on how you'll spend the rest of your life than the 4 you spend in college. That's not really up for debate. Additionally, as a nation, we've all agreed that an 18-year old is an adult, who is given the full freedoms of citizenship, as well as the responsibility that comes with it.
Maybe saying "adult life" wasn't the correct choice of words, as I didn't intend to say that college students aren't already capable of making decisions. However, the biggest factor in a person's development often comes when that safety net is removed for the first time when they leave for college. They may know right and wrong, but have never been asked to make those decisions without the help of a parent or mentor nearby.
I'm obviously just guessing with this statement, but I'd assume the structure in place at the Naval Academy helped refine your experiences prior to it, and if nothing else, reinforced them through clear disciplinary consequences. But with the help of fellow students, upperclassmen, teachers, or in this case, coaches, students are forced to live up to the ethics and values they'd spent the previous 18 years developing.
If those around them aren't willing to hold a person accountable for their decisions, however, that person may feel it's less important to stay true to those values (i.e. don't steal, fight, or deceive another person), which can shape the way they choose to act in the future.
Look at the second down clip above. The two safeties have eyes in the backfield and are essentially the 7th and 8th defenders in the box. Even against Arkansas' big personnel with 2 TE, they both get involved in the play. This is very reminiscent of MSU from '13-15 with their safeties staying home against the run and daring the offense to take shots on the outside in 1-1 battles with the corners. That's not a winning recipe for Ohio State's offense, regardless of who is playing QB.
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I think the answer is two-fold:
- The coaches would rather get the ball in the hands of Parris Campbell or KJ Hill than Marcus Baugh
- Many of the OSU run plays were effectively 2-back concepts last year (lead zone, split zone, counter). By removing Baugh from the blocking equation, they lose his valuable versatility as an end-of-line blocker, lead blocker like a FB, or puller