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Sports Spotlight: Wyatt Davis, new starter on improving & physical Ohio State offensive line

Wyatt Davis says he and Brandon Bowen are not a weak link in the offensive line as football experts feel ( photo)


Wyatt Davis Ohio State OL On improving OL play and the running game 9 2019

No. 5-ranked and 4-0 Ohio State will have its winning streak, now at 10 games, tested unlike it has all season this Saturday when it meets the 3-1 Nebraska Cornhuskers in a primetime game at Memorial Stadium.

ESPN’s College Game Day will also be in Lincoln to foment a fan base that is so true to the school that Nebraska is working on an NCAA-record 370 consecutive sellouts at home dating to 1962. The Huskers are 311-59 during this streak for a .840 winning percentage.

Wyatt Davis is in his first full year of starting on the Ohio State Buckeyes offensive line in 2019. He did start in the Big Ten Championship Game and the Rose Bowl last year. Overall, he played in all 14 games during 2018 as a redshirt freshman.

This year, he has graded out a champion in the first three games.

The 6’4, 313 pounder from Bellflower, California, talks about the offensive line and teamming with Brandon Bowen on the right side in this 2:42 presser.


Sports Spotlight: Mike Yurcich brings his offensive firepower schemes from Oklahoma State to Ohio State; new QB and Passing Game Coordinator


Mike Yurcich talks to the media about the progression of Justin Fields as QB ( photo)


Mike Yurcich OSU Passing game coordinator QB’s coach 9 2019

The new QB’s coach and Passing Game Coordinator, Mike Yurcich is an Ohio native, having been born in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid.

He has spent 20 years in college football at Indiana U, St. Francis (IN), Edinboro U, Shippensburg State and Oklahoma State.

He became well-known at Oklahoma State as Mike Gundy’s offensive coordinator from 2013-2018. He received two nominations for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Oklahoma State experienced one of its great offensive eras under Yurcich, with the program averaging 38.0 points per game and 478.3 yards per game throughout his six-year run. The Cowboys scored 40 or more points 35 times (in 76 games) and put up 50 or more points 15 times.

Oklahoma State produced four of the school’s top 10 seasons in total offense under Yurcich. As a result: the Cowboys were 52-24 during this time with four 10-win seasons and four bowl game victories. Twice the Cowboys appeared in a New Year’s Six game: the 2016 Sugar Bowl and the 2014 Cotton Bowl.

Entering the 2018 bowl season, Oklahoma State’s offense ranked in the top 15 nationally in scoring, total offense, passing offense and first downs. The Cowboys also ranked second in the Big 12 in rushing offense, rushing touchdowns and yards per carry. Leading the way was walk-on quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who Yurcich developed into a top-10 ranked player nationally in passing yards, touchdowns, total offense and points responsible for.

The 2017 Oklahoma State offense was arguably the best in school history, featuring a 4,000-yard passer (Mason Rudolph), two 1,000-yard receivers (James Washington and Marcell Ateman) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Justice Hill). The Cowboy offense led the nation in passing (389.2 yards per game), was second in total offense (568.9) and ranked fourth in scoring (45.0). Rudolph was the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as college football’s best quarterback and Washington won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s outstanding receiver.

Over Yurcich’s six years at Oklahoma State, the program ranked fifth nationally in passing yards per game (315.9), 11th in touchdown passes (179), seventh in total yards (478.6) and sixth in scoring (38.0).

He talks about the progress of the QB’s, WR’s RB’s for the 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes in this 9:18 presser.


Sports Spotlight: Al Washington making an impact as Ohio State’s new linebackers coach

Al Washington OSU LB coach ( photo)



Al Washington Ohio State LB coach Miami Week On the defense and the linebacking corps 9 17 2019


Al Washington is the new LB coach at Ohio State, The name might sound familiar to longtime Buckeyes fans. It should. Washington is a Columbus native and his father, also named Al Washington, played for Ohio State under the legendary Woody Hayes.

In a stunning announcement, Ryan Day hired Washington away from archrival Michigan on January 7, 2019. That move coupled with the hiring of Greg Mattison a day earlier showed that Day was willing to do what it took to make an impact in the coaching world as well as improve Ohio State’s 2019 defense which was one of the worst in the nation.

Those moves have paid off as both Mattison, Washington and Jeff Hafley are the reasons the defense is playing well again through 3 games. The Columbus native talks about his group of players in this 13:26 presser.


Sports Spotlight Miami Week: DT Robert Landers, who has been at Ohio State a long, long time in his own words, is enjoying the new defense


Robert BB Landers OSU DT Miami Week Talking defense & Mental Health Awareness 9 17 2019


Robert Landers, another standout player for the Buckeyes out of Huber Heights Wayne, says the defense still has much more work to do ( photo)

Coming into this season, no one, fans, media or probably even the staff at Ohio State knew if the defense could get any better than last year. Because, quite frankly, some of the same players would be back minus only DT Dre’mont Jones and CB Kendall Sheffield who went to the NFL.

So new head coach Ryan Day pulled a coup that no one could ever expect. He knew he had to shake up the defensive coaching staff minus DL coach Larry Johnson. So he pulled the unthinkable, raiding OSU’s arch-rival Michigan Wolverines of two of their top coaches in Greg Mattison, defensive line and Al Washington, linebackers. He also brought in Jeff Hafley from the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers to form a formidable coaching staff on the defense with new schemes and ideas.

So with those new ideas to go along with holdover Johnson, the defense has improved even if it has been three games against Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and Indiana. All three can put up points on the board at anytime. But not against the Buckeyes. Those teams had no clue how to solve the new defense for four quarters.

The Buckeyes defense has allowed just 171 yards rushing the first three games, a 16-year low.

One of the mainstays of the defense has been Robert Landers at DT. The 6’1, 285 pound senior is the most veteran members of the defensive line with 40 games played. He led all defensive lineman in tackles for loss per play the past two years.

This year he graded out a champion in two games thus far. Against FAU, he combined for a half sack. Last week at Indiana, he had three QB hurries. He too, has improved in the new scheme as has all of the returnees on that side of the ball.

Sports Spotlight: CB Damon Arnette glad his decision to come back one more year is paying off



Damon Arnette OSU CB Miami Week On his INT TD return Coming back for senior season The new defense 9 17 2019 (6:03)

The Ohio State Buckeyes every year has a roster with NFL prospects on it.

After the bowl game, there are players who have to make the decision to stay or go. Most make a decision after talking to NFL personnel, their parents and the OSU coaches. Some, when they come to the program, probably have their minds made up, after three years in the program, they are going to the NFL.

Damon Arnette ( photo)

Some players, like graduate senior CB Damon Arnette stayed because he wanted to get better, get his degree and add more schooling along with improving his NFL draft status. Cornerbacks are one position that is always a priority in the NFL.

The soft-spoken Arnette, who is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, told the media at yesterday’s Tuesday Weekly Media briefing that he is glad that he came back to play for the Buckeyes, being with his brothers on the team and just being around all the great players and most of all great people and coaches.

As you all know, he had a career day last Saturday at Indiana. Broke up three passes and had that electrifying 96-yard interception return for a touchdown that excited the entire team on the sidelines. That was his fifth career INT and first career touchdown. He told us that that was why he came back for that play. More are going to come!

The 6’0, 195 pounder from that famous high school in South Florida, which produces many NFL players, St. Thomas Aquinas, has started 26 of the last 29 games and has played in 41 overall.

He is the leader on the team in career passes defensed with 18.

Arnette is a two-time Big Ten honorable mention honoree.

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