Ohio State football: Why Buckeyes’ pass rush will be dominant again in 2018; Demario McCall to get chance in spring practice
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Why Ohio State’s defensive line can dominate again in 2018
Ohio State’s defensive line likely will be one of the best in the country in 2018 — again. Sure, the Buckeyes lost some key players up front (notably Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes), but the unit can still dominate this season. Nick Bosa thinks the line can be better. And with Chase Young and Dre’mont Jones alongside him, it won’t be an easy task for opponents to slow down Ohio State’s pass rush. Land of 10’s Austin Ward explained why the Buckeyes’ line can control games again in 2018:
With the experienced trio [defensive line coach Larry] Johnson does have on hand to work with this spring, he can afford to turn his attention to the inside spot alongside Jones ― who is expected to have more of a presence in the Rushmen package this season on passing downs to show off his quickness and ability to get to the quarterback. Robert Landers has shown a knack for finding his way to the backfield in flashes during his career, and it’s looking as if Jashon Cornell finally might be ready to take a long-awaited step forward and realize his vast upside.
Demario McCall has chance to shine this spring
Demario McCall can have a breakout 2018. The Ohio State H-back has the chance to get on the field as a playmaker this season, especially on special teams. McCall still has to contend with Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill for touches at H-back, but he could make a big impact as a returner. Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn noted why it’s important for McCall to prove he’s ready to contribute during spring practice.
“I want him to be our returner — kick and punt returner,” Urban Meyer said on Tuesday. “And he’s training as if that’s the position. So he’s watching videotape. He’s training. He’s doing it no different than if he’s starting corner or starting receiver.”
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Breaking down Urban Meyer’s comments on Ohio State’s QB battle
Meyer had plenty to say about Ohio State’s quarterback battle in the first year of the post-J.T. Barrett era. Ward broke down what Meyer meant when he discussed the position battle between Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell.
Ohio State basketball to host Selection Sunday watch party
Fans can join the Ohio State basketball team as it finds out its seed for the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday. The Buckeyes announced they will have a watch party for the selection show on Sunday at Value City Arena. Doors open at 5 p.m. ET and admission is free. More information can be found here. The Buckeyes were projected as a No. 5 seed Wednesday in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology on ESPN.
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