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Duck Tape: Film Analysis of Ohio State 2021
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Special thanks to Chip Minnich of BuckeyeScoop for speaking with me on the Quack 12 Podcast during our deep dive into the Ohio State roster. Listen HERE. That pattern appears to continue in 2021, with Olave and Wilson getting every target except for two thrown to #11 WR Smith-Njigba. Several Ohio St sources have told me that Smith-Njigba is the next great wideout for the Buckeyes, but I just haven seen the production on the field - he averaging under 5 yards per catch on his career. Beyond that, the WR corps for Ohio St is curiously thin: there appears to be only one other scholarship returner, #4 WR Fleming who was a highly touted recruit but similarly had very little production last year and no targets against Minnesota, plus three very talented true freshmen we didn see at all last Thursday. The average talent rating is off the charts for this unit, but it looks to me like just a two-man operation for Saturday game.Stroud may have just had some first-half nerves against Minnesota, but I think there more going on in the passing game than that. I noted some problems in reading the field and locking onto a receiver, and I was also surprised at some shakiness in pass protection from a very talented offensive line.The o-line re-shuffle for this season is absolutely baffling to me. They returned both of last year starting tackles, 2020 right tackle Petit-Frere and 2020 left tackle #75 OL Munford. But theye moved Munford to left guard, Petit-Frere across the line to left tackle, and brought in a backup from last year (he played the entire Michigan St game), #79 OT D. Jones to be the new right tackle. Theye also assigned a backup who got some reps last year, #77 OL P. Johnson, to be the new right guard, even though he clearly built like a tackle. Chip and I talked through these moves on the podcast and theye pretty interesting, but I not sold that they make more sense than simply keeping Munford and Petit-Frere at tackles and plugging in guards as needed, since several got extensive experience last year like #55 OL M. Jones.The other interesting move is replacing the center Women's Oregon Ducks College Jerseys, who last year was Josh Myers. When he was out against Michigan St, they moved the left guard, #76 OL H. Miller, to snap the ball, and it sure was an adventure - lots of bad snaps that disrupted the rhythm of the offense. Later in that game, they replaced him with #53 C Wypler, who sailed the ball over the QB head for a safety. Miller is apparently slotted to be the new center in 2021, but he wasn available against Minnesota so Wypler took over. He the odd man out in a line made up entirely of tackles otherwise, but I thought he played fine though I did notice a couple of bad snaps in the game https://www.odoutletstore.com/Travis_Dye_Jersey-30.I think adjusting to their new roles was taking some time against Minnesota, because pocket problems contributed to a number of unsuccessful passing plays. Some examples::00 - Petit-Frere and Jones just aren giving Stroud three seconds to work with, though I think he steps up in the pocket nicely he still over throws this deep shot. Jones is clearly enormous but I not wild about his technique - he bending at the waist instead of the knees and ankles with a good straight back https://www.odoutletstore.com/Brandon_Dorlus_Jersey-103, and it limiting his ability to move laterally and re-anchor after a strike.:20 - The snap clearly throws off the timing of this play, but Johnson gets caught lunging and the pocket immediately collapses.:33 - It a quick throw to Smith-Njigba because Petit-Frere is having some trouble with the end. This crosser didn have much hope with two defenders over it even if he hadn slipped. With more pocket time Stroud probably would have come back to Olave, who open over the middle.:46 - Ohio St is pretty comfortable with just two receivers in the pattern as long as theye Olave and Wilson, as here when theye using 8 blockers to keep Stroud upright. The problem is the new TE and new RB aren communicating about this pickup and their guy tips the ball, for an interception.Ohio St returning starter at tight end, #88 TE Ruckert, has had some pretty memorable catches in his career. However, the Buckeyes don really target him much - just 5.5% of all throws last year, and one last Thursday. But tight ends are absolutely essential to this offense, and after last season Ohio St lost an excellent blocking TE, Luke Farrell to the NFL. He was throwing the key block in the majority of Ohio St plays last season, and when in 12-personnel with the TEs on opposite ends of the formation, the play went to Farrell side over 80% of the time - I just think he was a far more effective blocker than Ruckert was, which isn surprising because they played different roles in the offense, and replacing him is tough.It looks like theye selected #16 TE Stover to be that blocking tight end. He a converted defensive player and I think still learning the position, because his effectiveness on Thursday was much lower than the bar Farrell set. Theye also frequently used walk-on #34 TE Rossi as a blocker and quasi-fullback. Tight ends in the formation were useful in predicting the playcall in 2020 - they rushed about 39% of the time with one tight end in, but about 60% of the time with two or more. On Thursday against Minnesota rushing frequency was down, to 31% in 11-pers and way down to 36% in 12-pers. That reflects being in a tighter game, but also I think less confidence in replacing Farrell.By contrast, the rushing game was very efficient against Minnesota: 13 successes on a per-play basis vs just 5 failures, or 72.2%. That an unsustainably high number of course coming from just one game, but last year 62.1% rate predicts that it not going to be far off for the 2021 season Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu Jersey. The Buckeyes have to replace the great back Trey Sermon, but if anything the tailback room is in a better spot this year with returner #33 RB Teague and exciting freshmen #32 Henderson and #28 RB M. Williams.Each got a lot of touches against Minnesota, including two touchdowns (both were on broken defenses, but it still impressive speed for bigger backs). What I think is more relevant to the rushing offense is their ability to power through tackles for yards after contact::00 - Stover whiffs badly on his slice block, but Teague simply drags his tackler for three yards and the first down.:12 - The second level blocks by Munford and Johnson have their hats to the inside, allowing the backers to keep going outside and force this run back in. But Williams recognizes it and puts his foot in the ground to get through the hole with a tackler around his waist.:22 - Another whiffed slice block https://www.odoutletstore.com/Robby_Ashford_Jersey-83, by Ruckert this time, and it allows the end he supposed to hit plus the backer to get free shots at Williams, but he simply bounces off of them.:29 - Nice job by Rossi, who graded out as the best blocker on my tally sheet, but this play is made when Henderson recognizes that Munford has lost control of his man in the frontside hole and bounces it backside.As the above clips show, Ohio St is comfortable operating out of the shotgun, pistol, or under-center alignments, but they mostly used an offset back against Minnesota. It too small of a sample from just that game, but last year the QB/RB alignment was fairly predictive of the playcall: they ran 39% of the time out of the shotgun with an offset back, 58% of the time when under center, and over 81% of the time when in the pistol.

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