Happy Tuesday, everybody! Hopefully this week brings you much less stress than the week we all just went through. Some of you may even have off tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day. Whatever the case may be, be sure to take some time for yourself once and a while. Especially during tough times like these, it is important to step back and focus on your mental health and all the good things in life — like the fall foliage!
When the foliage matches campus.— Ohio State (@OhioState) November 10, 2020
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Maybe instead you choose to fill your free time checking in with all the latest Ohio State news. For that, we’ve got you covered! Let’s hop right into today’s headlines.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Column: Is Jim Harbaugh overrated?
(Matt Tamanini, LGHL)
Can you call a coach overrated when there don't seem to be all that many people out there that think said coach is all that good at his job in the first place?
Top recruits put Ohio State on short lists
(Dan Hessler, LGHL)
Ohio State’s recruiting has really been heating up over these past few weeks, both in football and basketball. Another five-star prospect on the gridiron has listed the Buckeyes among his top schools, while a four-star shooting guard trending toward Columbus appears set to make his decision this Friday.
Buckeye Clips: NFL Week 9 highlights
(Gene Ross, LGHL)
Seemingly every week a former Buckeye makes a huge splash in the NFL, and this week it was undrafted wide receiver Austin Mack for the New York Giants.
Podcast: Ben Koo discusses declining sports ratings, ESPN firings, more
(Matt Tamanini, LGHL)
Koo, owner and editor in chief for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, sits down with Matt to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes action going on in the sports media world.
From around the gridiron...
On Tuesday afternoon, we got to hear from head coach Ryan Day and a handful of Buckeyes. They talked about their performance in the Rutgers game this past weekend, and also gave a small look ahead to their upcoming matchup with Maryland. Day was up at the podium first.
When asked about the running game, Day doesn’t seem overly concerned. He says despite some of the struggles Ohio State has had 200 yards rushing in every game so far this season, and that is a good sign. They also expect Trey Sermon to be ready for Saturday’s contest after he left the Rutgers game late with an apparent injury.
Asked about offensive balance and being more pass heavy, Day points out that over 200 yards rushing is a pretty good day and he doesn’t know if they need to do much more than that.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) November 10, 2020
Day says kicker Blake Haubeil is still day-to-day with his groin injury, and they're not sure if he will suit up against the Terrapins. He liked what he saw from Jake Seibert in his absence.
Ryan Day said Blake Haubeil is still “taking it day by day” with his groin injury, so he's not sure yet whether Haubeil will play this week against Maryland.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 10, 2020
He thought Jake Seibert had a good start kicking extra points for the Buckeyes against Rutgers.
In terms of the most improved player thus far this season, Day named Nicholas Petit-Frere. On the flip side, he wants to see more out of Marcus Hooker, who needs to be the ‘eraser’ as the last line of defense.
Day said safety Marcus Hooker has done some good things but has to be the eraser on the back end of the defense. He specifically was asked about the trick play where #Rutgers faked the snap over the QB’s head.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 10, 2020
Day says Ohio State is where they need to be since they’ve made it to 3-0, but the team is not yet playing at a high level. He is also a bit concerned that the backups have not gotten enough reps to this point, but says they need to practice better to earn that right.
Ryan Day: “I'm really not disappointed in anything, to be honest with you. We just want perfection, and we're not there yet.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 10, 2020
Day is impressed by what he has seen from Maryland to start the year, and acknowledged that if the Terps play the way they did against Penn State last week, it could be the toughest team Ohio State has faced. He says that Taulia Tagovailoa has the same ‘it’ factor as his older brother Tua.
Ryan Day has mentioned a couple of times that Mike Locksley has upgraded the level of talent at Maryland, pointing to the arrival of transfer quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa as one example. "They’re dangerous right now."— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) November 10, 2020
Next up to the mic was the aforementioned Petit-Frere. NPF says he has learned a lot from fellow tackle Thayer Munford and has watched film on the Ohio State tackles before him.
Ohio State right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere meeting with the media now.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 10, 2020
Petit-Frere said he's feeling confident right now, which he thinks is making the biggest difference for him this season. “It's all about the confidence you have going into Saturday.” pic.twitter.com/F8lV03NMA9
Petit-Frere is not concerned about the holding calls on Harry Miller in the Rutgers game. If anything, he thinks it will make him a better player in the long run as he learns from his mistakes.
Petit-Frere said Harry Miller is the last guy he’s worried about when it comes to his three holding penalties on Saturday. He said Miller is always watching film and looking to get better and he will learn from those mistakes.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) November 10, 2020
The next in line for Tuesday’s press conference was Jonathon Cooper. The senior says he is typically focused on one game a time during the season, but doesn’t want to lose focus of the team’s ultimate goal to win a championship.
Cooper said the defensive line is really hard on themselves and want to get better each week.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 10, 2020
Cooper emphasized not taking a team like Maryland for granted, alluding to the 2018 game.
Jonathon Cooper said he believes Maryland is a better team now than it was two years ago, when the Terrapins forced overtime against the Buckeyes. He said they have to respect Maryland with their preparation.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 10, 2020
Garrett Wilson was the next man up at the podium, and began his time with praise for both Justin Fields and Chris Olave. He says that Olave is so good because he never has a bad practice, and Fields always puts them in a position to make plays as long as they execute.
Wilson is not yet satisfied with his play thus far, looking to “break some records” this year.
Garrett Wilson on joining Cris Carter, David Boston and Terry Glenn with three straight 100-yard games as an Ohio State receiver: “Those are the guys I looked up to,” even though he's too young to have watched their careers live.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 10, 2020
He hopes to “break some more records” this year.
Shaun Wade was the last guy to speak on Tuesday, and he was critical of his own play. He says even the best corners get beat sometimes, but he has to make sure he is in good position and getting the ball down. He admits he has been too focused on getting interceptions, and instead has to look to break up the pass instead.
Wade admits that he has been going for the interceptions the last two games instead of focusing on the pass breakups.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 10, 2020
Wade cares more about winning a title than he does his own personal accomplishments. He says if he plays bad but Ohio State still wins the championship, he will still be happy. He is disappointed in how he’s started, but continues to try and improve.
Wade said he’s been more disappointed than having a lack of confidence the last two weeks. He said he will likely always be disappointed at something from his game, even if it’s small.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) November 10, 2020
And now for a little segment I like to call, “the analytics say that Ohio State is really good and you shouldn’t freak out about minor occurrences late in blowouts”
Ohio State OT duo Thayer Munford & Nicholas Petit-Frere— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 10, 2020
Pass-blocking snaps: 110
QB pressures allowed: 1
QB sacks: 0 pic.twitter.com/TkDmSX7C9g
Only 2 active WRs with a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeted— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 10, 2020
Chris Olave, Ohio State
Treylon Burks, Arkansas pic.twitter.com/vZfweHEi3j
Justin Fields off play action: 33-35 for 357 yards (10.2 yds/att) and 3 TDpic.twitter.com/FUj0Ge0a72— CFB Film Room (@CFBFilmRoom) November 9, 2020
From around the hardwood...
The Ohio State women’s team will begin the year at No. 20 in the preseason AP Poll.
In case you missed it, the men’s team will begin the year at No. 23 in their preseason poll.
From everywhere else...
The SEC has been having some significant COVID-19 issues. Wear a mask.
Source: Alabama-LSU has been postponed for this weekend. Story to come.— John Talty (@JTalty) November 10, 2020
NEWS | The Alabama at LSU and Texas A&M at Tennessee FB games of Nov. 14 are postponed due to positive tests, contact tracing & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the LSU and A&M FB programs.— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 10, 2020
Someone please explain to me how this is physically possible...
1) This is creepy and 2) you left out the ACTUAL top Heisman candidate.
If the top 2 Heisman candidates swapped hairstyles pic.twitter.com/kswN4VVcnV— Adam Weil (@AdamWeil22) November 10, 2020
Going to cap off Bits today by leaving this here for no reason in particular.
NEW: When Gov. Ron DeSantis needed to hire a data analyst, his staff picked a little-known Ohio sports blogger and Uber driver whose only relevant experience is spreading harmful conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on the Internet. https://t.co/eyZ7IrNk6J— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 10, 2020