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Today is Thursday, Oct. 20, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
‘We are a work in progress’
Although they are not the faces of the No. 1 rush offense in the Big Ten, the Slobs on the offensive line have not been easy to get around. Ohio State have averaged more than 300 yards rushing per game and averaged six yards a rush. They have also scored 18 touchdowns through the running game, second only to Michigan in the Big Ten.
Billy Price, one of the elder Slob-men, if you will, does what linemen do best, staying under the radar.
“We are not doing too bad,” Price said. “You can’t be too gracious and give us all of the credit for it. We are a work in progress and that is how the offensive line plays.”
The linemen, in concept, have a pretty easy job, which is simply to protect the passer and make room for the rushers. Even though the passer, quarterback J.T. Barrett, has been the leading rusher in the last two contests, the offensive line has had trouble making holes for their freshman running back, Mike Weber, especially last Saturday at Wisconsin.
Averaging 4.2 yards a rush, which was his lowest mark of the season, Weber rushed for only 46 yards on 11 attempts. Even though that was against the top rush defense in the Big Ten, Price said that getting Weber some running room against Penn State is one of their top priorities as a line.
“I think it is (a priority), to get him going earlier,” Price said. “We talk about wanting to go up front and dominate and do what we do. Ohio State is an offensive line-driven program. We have to establish the run earlier and make sure we handle all responsibilities we have to early in the game. Mike Weber is a huge part of that.”
It’s a group thing for these five starters across the front. One of the standouts for the offensive line this year has been freshman Michael Jordan. When he is not wrestling or living up to the status that his name provides, Jordan, according to Price, is becoming a man on the football field.
“He was going to prom in May and now we consider him a grown man,” Price said. “He took care of business and handled his composure pretty well.”
It will take five grown men on the offensive line to continue to protect Weber, Barrett and the rest of the offense. They have so far this season, as the numbers show. Let’s see if that success continues.
Ohio State football players are very valuable
According to an article posted by Business Insider, football players in big name programs such as Ohio State and Alabama are very valuable economically.
This may not come as a shock to you, but the top school on this list might. It’s Texas.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) October 19, 2016
Using data from the Department of Education, they calculated this total, “using the NFL’s most recent collective bargaining agreement in which the players receive a minimum of 47 percent of all revenue, each school’s football revenue was split between the school and the athletes with the players’ share divided evenly among the 85 scholarship players.”
With how important college football is to a big school like Ohio State, fans knew that these players were valuable. These numbers put the monetary value on each scholarship player on their specific team, though many would argue that the monetary comparison used isn’t really fair or accurate on the college level.
Urban Meyer better suited for the college game
As one of the winningest active coaches with three national titles under his belt, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knows that he has secured his place in college football history.
With his record at the college level, you have to wonder how that would translate to the next level. In his interview Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show, former Ohio State and current San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa had this to say in regards to Meyer’s success in the NFL.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) October 19, 2016
“I think, wherever he goes, he’ll be successful, but I think he will thrive more in college,” Bosa said. “I mean, he loves coming into young kids’ lives and changing it for the better, so I think he has a better opportunity of doing something like that in college.”
Don’t just believe the Big Bear, though. Take a look at Alabama head coach Nick Saban. After leading his LSU Tigers to a 48-16 record in his five-year tenure, Saban accepted the job as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins before the 2004 season. That didn’t go as planned. In his two years at the helm, he had a record of 15-17 and no playoff berths.
With an .856 winning percentage as a college head coach, Meyer would probably be more successful if he stayed at the college level. However, any NFL team out there would be lucky to have Meyer in their organization.
It would probably take a lot for him to leave though, so good luck. He probably won’t be named the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns any time soon.
Buckeyes give back
Even in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a football season, Meyer and his Ohio State team had some time to give back.
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) October 20, 2016
The Buckeyes helped raise $10,000 to Coach for the Cure MD through Parent Project MD, an organization that is looking to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a common fatal genetic disorder in children, primarily affecting males. You can learn more about the organization on Twitter @ParentProjectMD.org.