"He played a lot of really good teams in college and was really successful playing really good players, but these guys up here are professionals that are taught how to get the ball out. If they see a crack in your armor, they're going to find it.”
– Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on Ezekiel Elliott, as reported by Jon Machota
Even though the Dallas Cowboys got the win on Sunday against their rivals from Washington, there were some changes to be made on offense surrounding former Ohio State Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott. After fumbling twice in that contest, the name of the game this week in practice for Elliott was keeping control of the rock.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan talked about the importance of keeping possession, and how NFL players are more keen on sniffing out the weaknesses in the opposition. For Elliott, the adjustments made going into this week are part of the learning curve associated with becoming a player in the NFL. According to the article by Jon Machota, Zeke only fumbled three total times at OSU. The two fumbles in last week’s game, as Elliott said, marked the first time he’s dropped the rock twice in the same game.
Great players have fumbled the football before. With Elliott, learning from mistakes is the way to becoming a great player. With another week’s worth of adjustments under his belt, Elliott will take part in a primetime matchup this Sunday, as the Cowboys take on the Bears at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
“Everybody’s eager to learn. Everybody’s eager to get better. Obviously with the way we ended last season, we all want to prove collectively that we’re a lot better than we’ve shown last year and we’re just motivated every single day to get better.”
– Ohio State guard Kam Williams, as told by Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch
Buckeye basketball is just around the corner. On Thursday, reporters were allowed to take a sneak peek at the team putting work in at the workout facility.
From pushups, typical weight exercises, and even some clowning around, the team’s ability to do activities together will go a long way. Strength coach Dave Richardson told Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch that the team plans to do these kind of activities, rather than work in small groups – something that was done in seasons past.
The early team bonding and togetherness will hopefully change the trajectory of where this team is headed. Last season, the Buckeyes’ season ended with a loss to the Florida Gators at the Value City Arena in the NIT. At times during the 2015-2016 campaign, Thad Matta’s squad seemed disjointed; when Ohio State traveled to Maryland in January 2016, the Terrapins shell shocked the Buckeyes, 100-65.
This year seems to be different. Richardson pointed out that Kam Williams has made some improvements, and Jardy noted that Williams said he’s improved his bench presses and squats. JaQuan Lyle was also cited as having made improvements since getting to Columbus, Ohio.
With the Buckeyes making noise even before the season tips off, this is the kind of thing you’d expect from a top coach like Thad Matta. Expect to hear more about OSU’s improvements on the hardwood.
“It’s a big road test for us and, after our loss on Sunday (to Michigan), it’ll be interesting to see how we bounce back against Big Ten competition. Ohio State and Penn State are always great teams, so I’m excited to go out and play.”
– Nebraska senior Jaycie Johnson, as reported by Jake Crandall of the Lincoln Journal Star
If you’re in Columbus, then you have the chance to catch a top 25 matchup on the women’s soccer circuit.
A fresh ranking sheet on NCAA.com has Nebraska slotted as the No. 10 team in the country and Ohio State at No. 17. On Friday evening at 7 p.m., the two programs will match up at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a pivotal Big Ten conference contest.
The Buckeyes are looking for their first win in conference play, while the Cornhuskers have struggled in away conference matches over the past two years – they’ve gone a collective 2-9-1, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
Ohio State traveled to their first two conference matches, so expect a decent turnout at home as fans of the game will get to see their first Big Ten showdown of the season. Additionally, there could be some career milestones surpassed in this game. Nichelle Prince is tied for ninth in OSU history with 24 goals, and has found the back of the net twice this season.
If you can’t make it out for the game, then you can watch the action unfold on BTN+ at 7 p.m.
“I think Michigan is always a game where it doesn’t really matter what either team’s done up to that time. It’s kind of nice because we bring out the best in each other because we’re all so hyped up for the game. It’ll be interesting to see where it takes us.”
– OSU field hockey midfielder Carolina Vergroesen, as reported by Nicholas McWilliams The Lantern
With Ohio State being such an athletically rich school, there are a bunch of sports in action while the football team is on its bye week. Unlike the women’s soccer team, the field hockey team goes into enemy territory twice to battle Michigan and Michigan State.
OSU gets the Wolverines on Friday at 7 p.m. before making the trip to East Lansing to face the Spartans on Sunday at 2 p.m. At the moment, UM stands at 6-1 and hasn’t lost to the Buckeyes since 2011, according to Nicholas McWilliams at The Lantern.
A Buckeye win would be huge, as they’ve stumbled of late. Before making the trip to the Mitten State, the scarlet and gray have been outscored 7-2 in two losses by the sticks of Northwestern and Louisville. Granted, both the Wildcats and Cardinals are ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA.com field hockey polls, but losses are still losses no matter how you look at them.
You can follow goaltender Liz Tamburro and the Buckeyes’ match against the Wolverines using this gamecast.
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