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Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin is impressing fans, media alike with his hot start in the NFL

Ocho Cinco had high praise for the former Buckeye on Twitter!

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He was extremely impressed with Scary Terry’s route running, with McLaurin exhibiting smooth and clean routes far beyond his years. He had another strong performance against yet another top defensive unit in against the Patriots Sunday, who are currently the top passing defense in just about every metric. McLaurin only had the 3 catches for 51 yards, but that sounds a whole lot better when you realize he was almost literally half the Redskins passing offense (McCoy only threw for 119 yards and no other Washington receiver had more than 20).

The Professional Team from Washington has had their fair share of struggles this season. They are 0-5 and have just fired their head coach of 5 years in Jay Gruden. The lone bright spot on the team has been Terry McLaurin, which Chad Johnson agrees with.

Johnson responded to Bruce Allen’s comment that “the pieces are here for a winning team” by tweeting “Translation: we have Terry McLaurin & will build around him.” It’s not often you see a team build around a wide receiver, but Johnson certainly believes Terry is just that special.

With Jay Gruden gone, who reportedly did not want Haskins, and the team going nowhere fast, it should not be too long before Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin can finally play together again. Haskins didn’t look good in his first NFL action earlier this year, but he was also without the Redskins best player in McLaurin. I think it’s about time to see these guys connecting and adding to the already strong Buckeye footprint in the NFL.

“(ABC)’s broadcast of a game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes brought in an average rating of 1.6 in adults 18-49, drawing 6.49 million viewers.”

-Joseph Rejent, TV By the Numbers

The nation considered Ohio State vs. Michigan State as appointment viewing, and OSU answered the call. They were the highest viewed non-NFL game all week, crushing the other night game on ESPN by nearly 3 million viewers, and just beat out Auburn at Florida, a 7 vs 10 matchup.

Even though OSU was favored by 20 points, which they covered, millions still had to tune in to see exactly what this Buckeye team is about. They got to see a Buckeye team that is very real and very scary (for the non-Buckeye fans out there). They saw a run game that couldn’t be stopped (over 300 total yards), an explosive passing attack, and what was most impressive, a stifling defense that hounded Lewerke and company all night.

In a night where the future of OSU was in attendance with thirty 2020 and 2021 recruits in the building to watch the dominating performance, the number of TV views should insure the next-next-next Buckeyes are starting to fall in love. Thousands of young kids see the dashing helmets and uniforms, see the roaring crowd and the powerful on-field performance, and then their dream becomes “I want to play for that team.” These prime-time games are recruiting tools for the near and distant futures, and OSU certainly did what they had to do.

“I think being in a place like Ohio State, any time there’s success, things like this are going to come up, I don’t really ever want to talk about any of that stuff. I love it here. This is where I want to be.”

-Ryan Day via Matt Tamanini, Land-Grant Holy Land

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Ryan Day has a history in the NFL, and many are wondering if that history could be calling him after the Buckeyes magnificent start to the season. Day served as the QB’s coach at Philadelphia and San Francisco before becoming the offensive coordinator at OSU in 2017, and he could easily find a job in the professional league as the next young offensive genius to take the NFL by storm. Jobs are beginning to open up, with Jay Gruden the first casualty, and we all know what Day can do with Dwayne Haskins. Besides Lincoln Reilly, Day is becoming the hottest name in the coaching carousel, but at least in lip service Day is here to stay.

There are a lot of reasons why the NFL is interested in Day. He has this OSU squad looking as dangerous as any in what was supposed to be a down year for the Buckeyes, having just rolled a good Michigan State team to hit 5-0. And the prestige and possibly the money of the NFL is hard to match, as well as the feeling that the NFL is another level of challenge compared to college ball. But Day has business still just started at the Ohio State. Maybe once he has a national championship under his belt the NFL may seem more attractive, but for now, he wants to be here.

Day for his part is saying all the right things. He doesn’t appreciate the questions already, and is hoping to build a legacy at OSU, saying “Whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, even for the next five, 10, hopefully 20 years while I’m here, I really don’t want to comment on any of that. Because I don’t think it’s good for anybody.” Coaches can say things like this all the time and jump the next day, but for a final reason to be secure for at least a couple more years, Day has referenced his family’s stability as just another reason to stay. “When we had to move our family three times in three years — that was not good, and that’s the thing that I don’t know if people realize. You have to move your family, and we have a young family. When you’re moving them all over the place, it is the worst thing to go home to your family and tell them we’ve got to move again. They’ve got to be the new kid again and your wife has to figure out a new set of friends again. It’s just not good.”

He went on to say that he and his wife said the constant moving was “hard times” and they decided “never again.” If there’s anything to take solace in, it’s a man’s dedication to his family, so I think Day is here to stay.

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