Ohio State returns all three starting linebackers from last season in Tuf Borland, Malik Harrison, and Pete Werner. In fact, they lost just two linebackers from last year’s team. The Buckeyes were two or three players deep this spring at each linebacker position, which gave new linebackers coach Al Washington plenty to watch throughout camp.
Ohio State entered spring ball with a two-year starter returning at middle linebacker in Tuf Borland, as well as his top two backups. Borland finished third on the team with 67 tackles last season, despite returning while still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. While Borland got up to speed, it was Baron Browning starting in his place…
Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington, along with Tuf Borland, Teradja Mitchell, and Dallas Gant break down the changes in their unit this spring.
Even though he’s only been on the job for a little while, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has already made an impact on the recruiting trail. Along with defensive line coach Larry Johnson, the two of them were instrumental in keeping Central Ohio defensive end Zach Harrison from heading out of state. Harrison is not the first Columbus-area…
Borland has generally downplayed talk that the injury hampered his play, but Thursday, he acknowledged that it may have had an impact. “I think when you have an injury like that, you sit out a bunch of times, it’s going to show. You’re going to be rusty,” Borland said.
Thursday morning, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano met with the media, along with defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, defensive ends Jonathon Cooper and Chase Young, and linebacker Tuf Borland. It was the first formal press conference in the lead-up to the game.
Bowl practices serve as a second, much less intense version of the summer training camp. It’s a chance to work on things your team didn’t do well during the season and get young players some valuable reps.
It wasn’t that long ago that trying to convince a running back to split carries was a fool’s errand. For a long time, running backs wanted to be workhorses. They wanted as many carries as they could physically handle. Time and change have surely shown, however, that there is a reason Woody Hayes always wanted a pair and a spare.
Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was fond of saying that players don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. In other words, before they are willing to put in the necessary work for a man they don’t know, they want to know they’re doing it for a coach who has their best interests at heart.