Running the ball has always been a tenet of the Ohio State program. From Woody Hayes’ ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ philosophy, Jim Tressel’s ball control offense, to the litany of stars Urban Meyer’s ground attack has produced since 2012, you’d be hard-pressed to find many seasons where running the ball didn’t define the offense. Dwayne Haskins is flipping that philosophy upside down this season.
On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, Patrick Mayhorn and I talk about how impressive Haskins has been through his first four starts, how he’s changed the Buckeyes’ offensive identity, and recap the 49-6 win over Tulane.
1:30- The guys discuss Ari Wasserman’s report of Ohio State discussing the possibility of making Co-Offensive Coordinator Ryan Day the Head Coach in-waiting.
6:10- Were there any differences with Meyer back from suspension?
7:52- Why Ohio State’s shift into a passing offense this season is two-fold
12:08- Needing the offensive line’s run blocking to improve as the season goes on
13:55-Continuing to be impressed by Haskins
17:03- The wide receivers have improved dramatically, but Penn State is a huge test for them.
24:00- Worrying about the linebackers, and Tulane’s offense system leaving us with not much to take away from the secondary’s play.
31:20- Special teams review; KJ Hill returning punts is good.
37:27- Assorted thoughts from week four around college football.