"Offense: G - Pat Elflein Defense: DE - Joey Bosa"
Two Buckeyes made the cut for ESPN's All-Big Ten team. At quarterback, ESPN went with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. Given the year J.T. Barrett has been having, that seems like a stretch, but to their credit, ESPN's staff mentioned at the bottom of the article that Barrett is pushing Cook for that number one spot, and if he keeps playing like he has been, it's likely he'll overtake that top spot at some point this season.
Other than that, it's hard to complain with their picks overall. Having Pat Elflein at one of the guard positions for offense along with Joey Bosa filling in one of the the two defensive end spots were no-brainers.
"Third Team: Shannon Scott. Defensive Player of the Year - Shannon Scott"
Basketball Big Ten Media Day is Thursday, so to help you prepare for the festivities, the Big Ten Network crew has released their preseason All-Big Ten teams as well as some of the individual awards such as Player of the Year, etc.
Shannon Scott was the only Ohio State player to make any of the All-Big Ten teams, checking in on their third-team. Scott was also nominated for the Defensive Player of the Year, but came up short. Anthony Lee was also name checked as honorable mention preseason All-Big Ten.
"VegasInsider.com has Michigan State at 13/2 odds for a championship, ahead of FSU and Mississippi State (7/1), Alabama (8/1), Oklahoma (9/1), and Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Ole Miss (10/1)."
VegasInsider.com's odds surprisingly have Michigan State as the top team in the country in terms of having the best chance to come away with the national championship. While the Spartans still have plenty of business to take care of on the field, it's certainly interesting that the oddsmakers are this high on Mark Dantonio's squad. Can Sparty ever put it together for four quarters to the point that they're able to live up to this lofty praise? Stay tuned.
"The misnomer with press technique from a typical fan point of view is that you've got to get your hands on them. Well, no, you don't. You do if they're within striking distance of you, but you don't want to overextend your body and basically lunge to be able to get your hands on a wide receiver."
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash took some time on Tuesday to discuss why the Buckeye cornerbacks don't jam opposing wide receivers at the line, despite being in press coverage.
Ash further explained his argument, "You want to be able to move your feet, keep the wide receiver within the frame work of your body. If you're able to do that and contact is able to be made with both hands, great. But if you're not then you've got to move your feet and you've got to be able to open your hips and run."
The Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator makes a great point, because often times when cornerbacks are trying to jam receivers at the line, they can lose their balance when trying to overextend on a play, which gives the opposing wideout an opening for a big play. OSU will need to minimize these moving forward to avoid some of their lower moments in the secondary to this point in the season repeating themselves.
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