Two-Minute Drill: Updates from Buckeye Football Assistants

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Nine of the 10 Ohio State football assistant coaches met with reporters on Wednesday to put a cap on spring football and take a look forward to the coming months for the Buckeyes. Has a decision been made at quarterback? Why was Isaiah Prince back at right tackle in the spring game? How tough is it to keep players happy if they aren’t playing? That’s just some of the questions answered today. Here are some highlights of what the coaches had to say.

Kevin Wilson

There is no new news about the quarterback battle. Coaches will meet with the quarterbacks this week after they evaluate all of the data from the spring. The coaches haven’t “physically discussed” the starting quarterback yet.

Wilson was adamant that it takes more than one quarterback to win. “You better have more than one.”

On keeping quarterbacks happy, he said when you try to make everybody happy, you make everybody mad.

There is always value to the team in simply being a good teammate, but it is tough to stack talented quarterbacks. “It is fragile.” You have to be transparent and honest with the quarterbacks on where they stand.

Ryan Day has done a great job of developing the quarterbacks.

Kevin Wilson

Posted by The Ozone on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Larry Johnson

Junior defensive end Nick Bosa did a great job this spring of leading by example. Fourth-year junior defensive tackle Robert Landers has been a very good leader as well.

Year two to year three is the biggest jump for players, and that’s where Nick Bosa is right now. There is still room for growth.

Incoming freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith is very reminiscent of departed defensive end Tyquan Lewis.

Incoming freshman Alex Williams will likely start out on the defensive line.

Bill Davis

There is no top three at linebacker.

The players running with the twos don’t view themselves as backups. Davis doesn’t see them that way either. This is a deep group that will continue to evolve.

Sophomore middle linebacker Baron Browning took some big steps this spring. The spring game may have been his best practice of camp.

Had Tuf Borland not gotten injured, Davis would have kept Baron Browning at Will linebacker. Instead, Browning and fourth-year junior Justin Hilliard will continue to battle for the middle linebacker spot throughout fall camp.

Ryan Day

The good news is that everyone got better this spring.

He would tell us if he knew who the starting quarterback was. They haven’t finished their full evaluations of everything.

Joe Burrow wants to be a Buckeye. Burrow’s ability to leave doesn’t change OSU’s schedule in deciding on the quarterback. They’ll know more this week when they finally go through all of the data.

Leadership is evaluated as well.

Alex Grinch

When it comes to recruiting, Ohio State is very picky with the players they offer scholarships to. “We don’t have to make compromises.”

Taver  Johnson

Johnson has taken over Kerry Coombs’ old Detroit stomping grounds on the recruiting trail and the high school coaches in the area have embraced him.

Second-year cornerbacks Marcus Williamson and Shaun Wade are much closer to being part of the starting rotation than they were before spring. They both took jumps during camp.

Taver Johnson

Posted by The Ozone on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tony Alford

Sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins improved as a pass blocker this spring, but still has a ways to go.

Alford attributed Dobbins getting caught from behind at times last year to a need for more stamina. They put a huge workload on him last season as a true freshman and that probably impacted him. It’s not a speed problem at all.

Freshman running back Master Teague has to continue working on his “strain to finish.” He needs to finish better, but he doesn’t look like your typical freshman. Alford is happy with where Teague is at right now.

What determines who plays when? “Who I like better,” he joked.

Greg Studrawa

As of now, sophomore Thayer Munford is the left tackle and senior Isaiah Prince is staying at the right tackle spot he has played throughout his career. Prince is capable of playing either spot, but this move was made for the comfort of the younger players.

Not knowing who his five starters are going to be this season is not a concern because of the depth that they have. Ideally, he would like to rotate players, but you have to make sure you have the cohesion in order to do that.

The center job is back up for grabs based on the last two weeks of camp for redshirt freshman Josh Myers. Myers became more consistent as a snapper and he also gained a better understanding of the offense. Once both of those attributes improved, he began to flourish. Myers and fifth-year senior Brady Taylor will continue to battle for this job in fall camp.

Greg Studrawa

Posted by The Ozone on Wednesday, April 18, 2018


3 Responses

  1. Joe Burrow should be quarterback.He passes better, runs better and is smarter. Remember Bobb.y Hoying.

  2. Joe Burrow should be quarterback.He passes better, runs better and is smarter. Remember Bobby Hoyi\ng.

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