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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 6, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
The first rule of walk-on kickers is we don’t talk about walk-on kickers
When asked where his starting kicker, walk-on Tyler Durbin came from, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had a short and prompt answer.
“I have no idea.”
Meyer’s memory-lapse joking aside, Durbin did seem to come out of nowhere before kicking 11 extra points in his first college game.
Tyler Durbin says Urban Meyer does, in fact, know his name. pic.twitter.com/LliHpBqkoH
— Kevin Harrish (@Kevinish) September 5, 2016
Although he’s new to college football, it’s not like Durbin came in without any kicking experience. He was just used to a different game. He played soccer at James Madison in Virginia.
“I played defender back in college, outside back and center back,” Durbin said. “As a defender, you have to read the angles a lot and try to predict where the ball is going to go and where the players are going to go. I think I learned how to read angles pretty well in soccer and just try and do the same thing out on the football field.”
The thing is, in the words of former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, Durbin actually transferred to Ohio State from James Madison in January 2015 to “play school.” He was in search of a good engineering program and found a lot more than that in Columbus. He found a chance to be a full-time college football player.
It was not just his kicking that impressed his new teammates on Saturday. Durbin also made an impressive tackle during one of the returns on special teams. You don’t learn that in soccer and it’s definitely not something you expect to see from a kicker in his first career football game.
“It just came naturally to me,” Durbin said. “I just knew he was coming for me and I had to stop him.”
Extra points for Ohio State seem to be looking good with Durbin as the kicker, but that is just one-third of his job responsibility. The next challenge? To show what he can do as a field goal kicker. When asked about his longest kick, he gave a pretty amazing reply.
“The farthest I have ever made is a 70-yard field goal,” Durbin said, before adding he had a little help. “There was a decent amount of wind.”
If Durbin continues to perform at this level, will Sean Nuernberger be needed when he gets back to 100 percent?
Smallerbear looks to become big bear on campus
Does anyone know where Joey Bosa was on Saturday afternoon during the Ohio State home opener against Bowling Green? He might as well have been No. 97 in scarlet at Ohio Stadium because his younger brother, Nick, is a dead-ringer for Joey.
Nick Bosa is picking up right where his brother left off ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/CwamRXNkJI
— Sports Nation Ohio (@SN_Ohio) September 5, 2016
With a ton of hype coming in because of his big brother’s All-American career in Columbus, the debut of Nick Bosa lived up to the expectations.
He recorded four tackles, including a ferocious fourth-quarter sack, and left fans wondering if Joey actually had left after all.
Even though Bosa may have huge expectations coming in, coach Larry Johnson knows that he is still a freshman and needs to find his own identity.
“I think he wants to be a real good football player,” Johnson said. “In our conversations, that’s what we talk about: ‘How can I be a good football player?’ That’s all he wants to be. I don’t think he’s chasing anything or worried about the pressure. He just wants to play football, and that’s what I like about him.”
If this is playing football for Nick Bosa, then Ohio State fans will enjoy watching him play as well.
Now he just needs to come up with his own sack celebration.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ is taken.
J.T. Barrett keeps it PG
There weren’t many bad moments in Saturday’s season-opener, but if you don’t want to relive the worst moment of the game, please skip the above video. That is J.T. Barrett, on Ohio State’s first drive of the game, handing Bowling Green a touchdown with a pretty bad pick-six.
After the interception, Barrett apparently had a pretty involved internal conversation with himself on the sideline.
“The conversation I had with myself, though, is just like, well, darn, J.T. – I didn’t use ’darn’– but I try and keep it PG in here,” Barrett joked during Monday’s press conference at Ohio State. “But I was ‘like, man, J, (if) somebody could’ve told you you (would be) throwing a pick-six the first drive of 2016,’ you’d be, like, ‘you’re a liar.’
“So I was sitting there, I said, ‘Sheesh, J.T., it’s a pick-six, but relax, you know what happened. You were just being greedy. So stop being greedy.’ Then I went to everybody and I was, like ‘It was on me. I apologize. It won’t happen again.’ Then we went on about our day.
That may be a frontrunner for the “Understatement of the Year” award. The rest of Barrett’s day had Heisman candidate written all over it and ended with a few more Ohio State records broken.
Joe Burrow is in at quarterback. JT Barrett leaves game with 379 yards of offense and a school record 7 touchdowns (6 passing, 1 rushing.)
— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) September 3, 2016
Barrett can relax knowing that his one mistake did not mean much in OSU’s 67-point win.
Malik Hooker can straight up ball
Before you watch this video of Ohio State safety Malik Hooker playing basketball in high school, remember that this is the same Malik Hooker who picked off two passes on Saturday against Bowling Green.
When he was not terrorizing opponents on the football field as a student at New Castle (Pa.) High School, he was posterizing them on the basketball court.
When he was asked about his basketball ability, Hooker had a simple answer.
“I ain’t the type to brag. I’m more like a slasher,” he said. “I could be like a LeBron James, dunking and everything.”
Strong words. He does demolish the hopes and dreams of the defender on that fast break in James-like fashion, though. He may not be The King on the hardwood anymore, but there is no questioning the big-time athleticism he displayed Saturday.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 3, 2016
I know what you’re thinking.
“Could he play both basketball and football for the Buckeyes?”
Sadly, probably not, but that’s not because he’s not talented enough to do so. There’s just not time to play both sports in today’s college climate, so you’ve got to focus on one. Rest easy, Buckeyes fan, we still get to settle for his freakish range and athleticism on the football field.
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