2019 Ohio State Buckeyes

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  1. Shadowlight

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    In 2016 and 2017 Ohio State started three white players to open the season. Last year it was either three or four. A drop in the ocean. This season it jumps to five. Time to party. Ha.

    That said I instinctively like their new Head Coach Ryan Day. When he filled in for Urban Meyer ( so glad he is gone) Day did a terrific job. Only time will tell but I get the sense Day will be very fair to the white players on his teams going forward. Much like Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, I trust that Day won't become a full fledged caste whore.

    While the overall numbers don't add up one can't deny that this program has churned out some top quality white DEs the past several seasons like the Bosa brothers and Sam Hubbard.

    While QB Justin Fields chased exciting Tate Martell out of town, ( now at Miami and poised to start) QB depth is poor. The two back ups are grad students Gunnar Hoak and Chris Chugunov. I would have preferred for Tate to have stayed. Day seemed to have liked him and I suspect he would have earned substantial playing time but we will never know. Hope he fares well at Miami but cripes that is one odious program.

    Small note. Ex Buckeye Brian Hartline is the WR coach. Expect senior back up WR CJ Campbell to play an expanded role this season. I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes their main punt returner.

    But overall depth is lacking on both sides of the ball. TE Jeremy Ruckert (6'5" 250) was talked up last season as a freshman but has yet to get playing time.

    The JR LB duo of MLB Tuf Borland and Pete Werner are already on the NFL radar. Borland is a classic MLB and Werner is a rangy edge type who broke up a team leading seven passes last season.

    May not see them this season but remember these freshman names. DE Noah Potter and LB Cade Stover are athletic rangy highly rated prep stars.

    Offense:

    OG-Gavin Cupp
    OC-Josh Myers
    TE-Luke Farrell


    Defense:

    LB-Tuf Borland
    LB-Pete Werner
     
  2. Leonardfan

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    Looks like Fields was gifted the starting job. Hopefully we see sub 60% completions and OSU having a mediocre season!
     
  3. Leonardfan

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    Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus and ESPN ranks Ohio State senior LB Pete Werner seventh among off-ball linebackers for the 2020 season.
    A former four-star recruit for the Buckeyes, Werner (6'3/242) took a big step forward in 2019 as Treash notes, improving his PFF grade from 60.8 in 2018 to 74.9 last fall. " He was allowed just two explosive plays in coverage, and allowed 15 or fewer yards in 10-of-14 games played. "In the two biggest games of his 2019 season -- the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin and the College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson -- Werner didn't allow a single yard in coverage and contributed five defensive stops over those two games," Treash writes. As the analyst notes, he should have a bigger role in 2020 considering all of the talent Ohio State allowed on defense.
     

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