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Today is Tuesday, Oct.4, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Silver Bullets are NFL minded
Greg Schiano had not coached in college football for four years until his good friend, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, reached out and asked him to join the Ohio State coaching staff.
After posting a record of 11-21 as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-2014, Schiano was hired to take over Chris Ash’s position as co-defensive coordinator with Luke Fickell and associate head coach.
Greg Schiano has made a good defense great in less than a year. That was such a HUGE hire for OSU.
— Block O Blog (@BlockOBlog) October 3, 2016
With head coaching experience at the next level, Schiano, from the moment he entered the Ohio State program, knew that many players in his locker room had NFL-level abilities.
“The talent is there and sometimes the biggest gap is between the talent and achieving what that talent is capable of,” Schiano said. “We have quite a few (potential NFL players), if they’ll continue to get better. We have had quite a few, so I think that cycle will continue, as long as we continue to develop and they continue to work.”
Schiano’s pro-style defense already has made its way into the Ohio State secondary. With a focus on being “ball-hawking” defensive receivers – turnover creators – Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley and the rest of the cornerbacks and safeties have accumulated nine interceptions and 52 points off of those turnovers.
The competition between the members of the secondary is real within the locker room, and it only serves to make whole unit better.
“Every time I get a pick, I tell [Malik] I am going to catch him because he was leading, but I tied him,” Marshon Lattimore said. “I really have four, but that’s alright.”
The way Ohio State challenges itself, that’s one of the reasons why the expectations around the Buckeyes program are always high.
“I think that is part of our program,” Schiano said. “The expectations are extremely high, not only as a team, but individually. I think when you are around that every day in the locker room, that’s what you strive for.”
However, even though the Ohio State defense had a tremendous, shut-out, performance on Saturday against Rutgers, Schiano thinks that they have a responsibility to uphold that standard later in the season against ranked opponents such as Wisconsin and Michigan.
“I don’t think it is so much as the shutout,” Schiano said. “They feel the responsibility to go play as hard as they can. That, more than the shutout or score. Just, how are they playing.”
Baugh has his best game as a Buckeye
Named as one of the champions this week for the Buckeyes, Meyer, in his Monday news conference, went one step further when he talked about tight end Marcus Baugh’s performance on Saturday.
Urban Meyer said Marcus Baugh played his best game as a Buckeye on Saturday against Rutgers.
— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) October 3, 2016
If you want to know how tough it can be as a tight end at Ohio State sometimes, consider this: Baugh had his best game as a Buckeye and had only one catch. He brought in J.T. Barrett’s record-breaking 59th touchdown in the second quarter and had his best game despite committing two first quarter penalties.
On the season, Baugh has five catches for 46 yards including his 16-yard touchdown reception.
TOUCHDOWN MARCUS BAUGH!! https://t.co/9IjIpM2N9J
— Grant Kelly (@GrantKelly07) October 1, 2016
Baugh has been a favorite of the Ohio State coaching staff since the spring and has emerged as a quiet leader on the offense despite minimal impact statistically. As the Buckeyes head into the meat of their schedule, he’ll likely become a bigger part of the game plan.
Herbstreit wants College GameDay in Columbus
With both Michigan and Ohio State currently in the top four in the AP Poll, their matchup in November seems to be becoming the game of the year. Yes, the historic rivalry usually produces a great game that will define their seasons, but this year The Game will almost certainly have playoff implications.
And that is what College GameDay analyst and Ohio State alum Kirk Herbstreit is hoping for.
Fingers crossed!! https://t.co/H0SiSceX9w
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 3, 2016
In what could be the biggest game of the year, all eyes from around the country could be on Columbus. Even though that did not work last year in the Michigan State game, Michigan is a different animal. GameDay would only enhance an already crazy atmosphere for the biggest game of the year.
How do you like your eggs cooked, Mr. Harbaugh?
Almost as soon as Urban Meyer became the first college football coach to reach a million followers on Twitter, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gained a bunch of followers of his own. Weird, right?
But are they real followers? It appears there may be some questions about whether or not that is the case.
Hmm… Urban Meyer hit 1 million followers yesterday and Jim Harbaugh mysteriously gained 5,000 egg followers overnight to match that… ? pic.twitter.com/9JPffzu4Lz
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 3, 2016
Ah Harbaugh. Trying to live up to the winning atmosphere at Ohio State. Now, we just have to wait and see how he likes his eggs cooked.
— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) October 4, 2016
For the record, Urban Meyer’s Twitter followers also have a ton of accounts that appear to be “fake” but the bigger point here is that imitation continues to be the sincerest form of flattery.