No. 5 Ohio State beat the brakes off Indiana (2-5, 0-4 Large Ten), practically dropping a 50-burger within the first half alone — one thing that hasn’t occurred for the reason that Buckeyes put up 55 factors within the first two quarters towards Florida A&M Sept. 21, 2013.
Fingers may simply be pointed to weekly regulars who refill the stat sheets — redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud and freshman working again TreVeyon Henderson — however I used to be impressed Monday whereas watching “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”
An unknown staff known as the Common Joe’s Gymnasium performed in a dodgeball match to win the $50,000 grand prize to save lots of their health club that was in foreclosures. They stand up, defy the chances and overtake their rival, the Globo Gymnasium Purple Cobras, within the finals — the film got here out in 2004, so if I’m spoiling it, that’s not on me.
However, on this week’s callouts, I’m going to focus on the “common joes” on the Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Large Ten) who shined, regardless of possibly getting ignored initially in Ohio State’s 54-7 victory towards the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Indiana.
The offensive line
When your identify known as as an offensive lineman, it’s often not a great factor, whether or not that’s due to a penalty, or getting blown previous and permitting a sack. The one time you need to be identified is while you’re getting praised within the movie room.
Reviewing the tape of this previous weekend has revealed a obtrusive fact: the large boys down low are nasty.
Arguably among the best models within the nation tends to run slide protections to perfection, driving their project to the parking zone.
This led to 187 speeding yards, with eight going for not less than 10 yards — Henderson’s 25-yard tote within the second quarter was the longest of the sport.
On the Buckeyes’ first drive of the second half, Stroud was introduced down within the backfield by Hoosiers standout senior linebacker Micah McFadden. That was it within the sack column for Indiana, as Stroud had a clear pocket to work from all day, finishing 75 % of his passes for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns.
There was an ineligible man downfield within the second quarter and a holding penalty early within the fourth, so examine the field the place the offensive line’s identify wasn’t known as a lot.
That led to 6 Ohio State offensive lineman being graded as “Champions” by the Buckeyes’ coaches. So Thayer Munford, Nicholas Petit-Frere, Matthew Jones, Paris Johnson Jr., Luke Wypler and Dawand Jones: kudos, cheers and hoorah to your work within the trenches. It didn’t go unnoticed.
Kourt Williams II
Because the protection has grown into itself, redshirt freshman security Kourt Williams II has discovered the vast majority of his snaps being taken within the second half of video games when the sport is a runaway.
He has slipped into the shadows behind sophomore safeties Ronnie Hickman, Bryson Shaw, Lathan Ransom and Craig Younger within the defensive rotation, however confirmed out Saturday, totaling three tackles and a sort out for loss.
On this week’s video breakdown of the defensive line, there was a play the place Indiana lined up in journeys formation, however all three receivers ended up blocking. Hoosiers graduate working again Stephen Carr ran a path to the flat, however Williams prevented freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley from making the simple dump-off move.
Williams sprinted from his place and knocked the broad receiver backwards to the place Carr was working his route, resulting in McCulley scanning the sphere for different choices earlier than being introduced down within the backfield by senior defensive finish Tyreke Smith.
The Buckeyes want to fret about ending — particularly final week, as they let Indiana dwindle down a 35-7 result in a one-possession recreation in 2020 — and that comes with the backups, like Williams, stepping up when known as on.
With video games that might get ugly towards Nebraska and Purdue, count on to see Williams on the sphere with this identical velocity and depth he confirmed Saturday that earned him “Champion” standing by the Ohio State teaching employees.
Marvin Harrison Jr.
I used to be within the elevator at Memorial Stadium, and a few Indiana staffers who I assumed to be Colts followers, being about an hour from Indianapolis, stated, “Man, listening to Marvin Harrison Jr. certain makes you are feeling outdated.”
The freshman broad receiver, like Williams, sees most of his motion after the three-headed monster of senior Chris Olave, junior Garrett Wilson and sophomore Jaxon Smith-Njigba hit the bench.
He received the chance to play with the primary staff for a pair snaps, however didn’t haul in any passes. His two receptions got here from a well-recognized face: highschool teammate and freshman quarterback Kyle McCord.
The 2 linked up on a slant that went for 14 yards and an out route that Harrison was a 20-yard achieve, juking facet to facet and placing a defender on ice skates within the course of.
Harrison first made an affect on particular groups, tackling Indiana freshman punter James Evans ultimately zone for a security.
It’s fascinating: Olave put himself on the map with an enormous particular groups play in his freshman season. Now, Harrison, additionally a freshman, put himself on the map with an enormous particular groups play.
I do know it could be a stretch this early in Harrison’s profession to be evaluating him to Olave — among the best receivers to ever don the scarlet and grey — however together with his glue-like arms and route-running capacity, I wouldn’t be shocked if he goes down within the Ohio State historical past books.
I imply, hey, he did have a fairly good instructor rising up.