The Wake-Up Call: Black stripes removed at Ohio State, Meyer likes his receivers and more
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 8 and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Urban Meyer is a ‘freak’ about his wide receivers
Ohio State has about a dozen receivers and so far it seems like they're all good at football.
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) September 3, 2016
With a bunch of receivers to choose from, it shouldn’t be hard for J.T. Barrett and the Buckeyes passing game to move the ball downfield. In Week 1 against Bowling Green, 12 receivers combined for 409 yards receiving on 29 receptions.
Now with Tulsa on their minds, the wide receiving corps looks to continue its success in Week 2. On Wednesday night, Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver Terry McLaurin said the members of “Zone Six” love their depth.
“We take pride in having a deep rotation,” McLaurin said. “You may only get a certain amount of plays, but when you are in there, we expect no drop-off from the (first team) to the next guy in the rotation. Everybody is expected to compete and execute at a high level.”
One of the players who made the most of his opportunity Saturday was redshirt freshman receiver K.J. Hill. He had 58 yards receiving on two receptions, including Barrett’s first passing touchdown of 2016. Even though Hill was in the right spot at the right time, he knew any member of the receiving corps could have made that play.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) September 3, 2016
“If you don’t make that play, somebody will come in right behind you and get in,” Hill said Wednesday. “They get the same opportunity and they might make the most of it. Every time you get a ball or a chance, you have to make the most of it.”
With the track record of pro-ready receivers who have passed through this program, the bar has been set pretty high for this group of guys. Hill knew this coming in.
“I know Coach Meyer is a receiver freak,” Hill said. “I know I want to be the best receiver in the country, so I know he can get me there.”
Getting rid of those black stripes
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 7, 2016
As the Buckeye football season rolls along, three more players – redshirt freshman offensive lineman Branden Bowen, freshman offensive lineman Gavin Cupp and freshman tight end Jake Hausmann — got their black stripes removed Wednesday. Bowen played a number of snaps on Saturday and took over at left tackle when Jamarco Jones missed a series with leg cramps, but neither Hausmann or Cupp saw the field.
As Ari Wasserman said in an article for cleveland.com, the black stripe, “is a tradition Meyer started at Ohio State that signifies a player has assimilated well into the program and has earned the right to be called a Buckeye.”
Notable freshman who already have had their black stripe removed are wide receiver Austin Mack, quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins and defensive end prodigy Nick Bosa.
Did Jae’sean Tate’s injury prevent the Buckeyes from making the dance?
There may be a pretty compelling argument for that being the case for Thad Matta’s basketball team.
Last year’s campaign for OSU was a disappointment. Finishing seventh in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes had a 11-7 record within the Big Ten while finishing 21-14 overall. Now, it seems as though one injury may have affected the rest of the Buckeyes’ season.
Ohio State was 18-10 and 10-5 in Big Ten play before losing Jae'Sean Tate to a season-ending injury. Buckeyes may have danced if healthy.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 7, 2016
Jae’sean Tate did a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes last season. Averaging 11.7 points per game, Tate tied for the team lead with 6.4 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 32 steals and shot 52.1-percent from the field. It’s clear that losing Tate was a huge blow to a young basketball team.
For the 2016-2017 basketball season, if Tate can do less of this …
and more of this …
… Then the Buckeyes could be sleepers next season in the Big Ten. Get healthy, stay healthy. That’s the M.O. for Jae’Sean Tate this season.
GPS’s new use in the locker room
The Buckeyes have a new way to judge a player’s performance on the football field.
“We have little GPS (devices) that track how fast we are running. It’s mostly the guys on kickoff, but some of the skill positions, we see how fast they are running,” McLaurin said.
This is a way for coaches to judge players’ speed. However, it has blown up into way more than that. It has become a competition for who the fastest player on Ohio State’s team is. The winner shouldn’t surprise you if watched Curtis Samuel’s 79-yard touchdown catch and run against Bowling Green.
“I think Curtis [Samuel] was at 22 miles an hour, or something like that,” McLaurin said. “He was the fastest.”
This system gives players something to work toward. According to McLaurin, it does mean more to the special teams players fighting for their spot.
“We try to get everybody, especially on kickoff, to be 20 miles an hour or faster,” he said.
That’s going to get you a ticket on a few streets around campus.
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