How Will The Bullet Change Ohio State’s Defense This Fall?

How Will The Bullet Change Ohio State’s Defense This Fall?

good morning and welcome to morning scoop for wednesday august 25th this is your daily buckeye fix i’m tom orr the minnesota game is in eight days the game against michigan in 94 days later on today we will have our final preseason position group interviews those will be with the wide receivers earlier in the week we get a chance to talk to the safeties as well as head coach ryan day and assistant coach matt barnes one thing that has happened after a lot of those interview sessions is that we’ve done morning scoop shows featuring clips from those interviews and the feedback in those has been like incredible it turns out you guys like hearing directly from the players and coaches in addition to our normal rotation of guests so we’re gonna do another one of those shows today we’re here to give you whatever you want so here’s what you want uh let’s start with head coach ryan day it was safety day so dave got asked about the plans for the back end of the defense in the fall are they planning to stay with the one high look they preferred over the past few years you’ll also hear him discussing the return of marcus hooker to the team following a suspension earlier in the year and also where things stand with the depth in that defensive backfield yeah we’re not changing um there’s a lot of things that we’ve done in the past that we’re very proud of and then there’s some things that we had to fix coming off of last year so you know philosophically we’re not going to change we just had to clean some things up and marcus hooker’s back uh talk about that decision and how he’s worked so far yeah i mean he obviously made a really bad mistake um i think when you recruit young men and their families and you say that you’re going to bring them in and take care of them then when they go through tough times you have to work through that now he understands that he’s in a no tolerance policy moving forward but um you know he he obviously went through everything he needed to go through to to pay his penance in that area he obviously understands what he’s done and you know we’ve given him this opportunity to prove to everybody that um that he can move forward and change somebody else’s life after what he went through and i think that’s a big part of coaching football is is giving these guys an opportunity to learn and grow but certainly he you know is in a no tolerance policy moving forward over here to the right dan ryan it seems like you know a lot of dbs were in and out of practice during camp do you feel like you have a good feel for what you have in that secondary right now are you still kind of working through that both i think that the way that some guys have practiced really gives us some confidence going into that first game that there’s more depth than we’ve had in a long time here um still trying to figure out exactly who is game ready you know but uh but we have a good group of guys and i think we’re much further along than we’ve been the last couple years in terms of our depth back there these interview sessions always bounce around through a bunch of very different topics because there’s like 40 reporters there and they’re all planning on writing different stories so you will hear day in this next clip start by up discussing the updated coveted protocols from the season and then he’ll also provide some updates on the linebackers including the status of transfer linebacker police now yep the guys who are unvaccinated are required to test twice a week through the university for the guys who are vaccinated they do not need to test during the week front row there tim yeah can you delineate how many are not vaccinated on this team at this point is there a number yeah it you know kind of some guys uh jump on um you know daily but i think we’re right around 10 or maybe just under 10 now guys that are unvaccinated can you give me a favor can you name can you give me at least one linebacker you know he’s going to play is going to be on the field starting lineup wise when you guys play in minnesota uh taraja mitchell is a captain for us i mean he’ll be on the field in some way shape or form but you know the majority of those guys are going to play so it’ll be you know be something that we’re going to continue to kind of work through the depth of it all but uh he’s one guy you’ll see for sure does that include nato tail tag we’ll see we’re still waiting to see uh from the ncaa you know which we have classes starting tomorrow so we’re kind of holding off on that because we don’t want to put him in a bad spot but i’m just waiting to hear hopefully you know we’re obvious obviously optimistic but as we’re getting ready for minnesota classes are starting tomorrow we’re hoping to hear something he’s been through a lot and we’re hoping he gets that waiver matt barnes who coaches the secondary was not at all willing to talk about anything related to who might be starting or depth charts or anything along those lines he was though asked about the safety position that has been responsible for covering the slot receiver like what do they actually call that position internally uh cover okay when we see if leighton tell me if i’m wrong on these lathan ransom seems like a guy who works in there marcus williamson cam martinez are do are they viewed all the same or do they do any sort of different things when they’re on the field that’s a great question we are uh we’re very concept and technique oriented so we teach the whole so i can play a corner in the slot i can play as a traditional safety in the slot um so yes sometimes those guys that you mentioned go cover in the slot and sometimes those guys play in the post and sometimes those guys play a third and sometimes they play you know you know different things so uh again we’re concept and technique oriented so we’re less concerned with um you know with which jimmy and joe is there right now it’s more we’re kind of more x’s and o’s right now it’s kind of this concept at this time hey why don’t we get so and so some reps there we’ve seen what it looks like from last year and uh in a covered area with injuries um you know guys have to be flexible and play different positions so to say that we’re going to lock a guy in we’re going to pigeonhole somebody into a certain position at this point we’re really not ready to do that i’m i’m just making sure we don’t sound stupid when we’re talking about your deals because it’s like yes and and i mean when you look at someone again like lathan ransom as a football player versus cam martinez as a football player they can do similar things but they also seem to have different skill sets but they might be lined up in the same place on the field but it might be match-up wise the team you’re modeling the player they’re doing different things 100 yeah well despite the fact that barnes was not really willing to talk about any kind of depth droughts or any kind of anything like that we can kind of let you know what it seems like the plan is for the back end of that defense based on what we’ve seen in practice kind of what we’ve heard from different people it sounds like the deep safeties are likely to be josh proctor and then marcus hooker and bryson shaw in some order there cover safeties lathan ransom marcus williamson cam martinez and the bullets will be craig young ronnie hickman and court williams there may be some shuffling there at some point but that’s sort of where it sounds like things stand right now in the back end of the ohio state defense ransom was a really big surprise for the buckeyes last year not only because he showed up in the summer and then turned into a significant contributor in the fall but also because they were expecting him to be a high safety when he came in that’s the spot where guys like malik hooker and jordan fuller used to play now he’s turned into a cover safety instead here’s barnes talking about that and how sometimes when you’re recruiting a guy he doesn’t always end up playing in that spot that you’re expecting him to yeah you know if you want if you watched uh if you watched lincoln’s high school film he was more deep player a deep deep field oriented uh middle field safety and those types of things he ended up being a a much better cover player than we anticipated if you go back and watch now i would expect to see lathan all over the field this year but if you go back to the clemson game you know you saw him mostly covering in the slot and that was something that we were not necessarily anticipating him doing at such a high level so basically you expected him to be more of a high safety but he’s become a cover safety again that’s one of the it’s one thing that we didn’t anticipate him doing that well that he does very well but i would expect to see him all over the field last year it seemed like you knew who your main experienced guys were but there was a lot of questions about the depths mostly because of you know kova being unable to coach up those younger guys this year the impression we get from ryan is you guys feel good about the depth there’s a lot of guys in the mix but maybe there’s not much certainty at the top is that accurate are you still you have more guys in the pool to play but you’re not sure who’s going to be or well i think we’ve got at every position we’ve got multiple guys um that we feel really good about so you know it’s a long season it’s a physical season um the nature of of college football has changed you know in the course of the last 10 or more years where what you know where 60 plays used to be a lot of plays now 90 plays is a lot of plays so you’re really playing a game and a third um and over the course of a season as you know you play 12 games and then hopefully a conference championship game and then who knows from there you know there are plenty of reps that go around um so yeah i think uh we have we have a lot of guys that we feel confident um and at different positions in multiple positions we feel like we’ve got a lot of guys that we feel have a great deal of confidence in and that will afford us to play a variety of players so that’s barnes talking about ransom now here’s a little bit from ransom himself talking about what it was like having to change his role from what he did in high school to now in college you never know so just try to learn i try to tell the young guys just try to learn know every position because you never know when your number’s going to get called and that’s really what all our coaches preach is competitive excellence uh when your number is called just go in there and just it doesn’t change from the starters to the next guy up how often were you actually at the line of scrimmage in high school um a lot of times we had a unique scheme so there was sometimes they try to blitz me um a lot of times in the box when we faced a really uh strong running team and then we played a passive team i’ll go back there free safety how do you think the cover safety position fits your game um it keeps me in the box i get to cover slot receivers a lot of fast guys and then basically yeah just keeps me in the box keep me closer to the game what do you think of the things you do well that makes you a good fit for that spot um just able to come in and uh feel if i need to fill a hole or make a tackle on a running back and then also just have the ability to just play against any receiver did you surprise yourself last season with your ability to step in in the summer make an impact the way you do uh i think this the coaching staff really helped me to where practice was so hard facing the best receivers every day the best quarterbacks every day to where um when i came into the games it was it was not a big stepping stool but last year you know you did step in and you could tell even the inexperienced guy you just have distance is that always something is that something you’ve always had just a feel for the game uh i would say i do i do have a pretty good feel for the game but also just a coaching staff really helped me um they taught me how to watch film and that’s where something i’m still growing out as a player and that really helped me just play faster ryan dave has brought up your name a lot this off season of the guy who’s impressed him what do you think you’ve been able to do to impress him just i’m just a hard worker um that’s really something i pride myself on just a guy that’s just going to go in and just grind every day and then my teammates have really helped me just to push me every day just going against receivers uh the other dbs in the room has just pushed me to to be the best player i can be this is the third year that the bullet position has been a part of the ohio state defensive scheme but it might just be the first time that actually really shows up on the field that position is something of a hybrid between a linebacker and a safety it’s kind of a response to modern football and the spread growth of the spread offense and teams putting more wide receivers and fast guys out on the field you’re not seeing as many old wisconsin i formation teams as you used to so defense is adapting to that craig young is one of the guys expected to play a lot at the bullet position this fall he talked about that position and then how his skills kind of fit into his role there i’m at i’m fast you know ohio state we have fast people we have fast players um i’m very versatile i can fit in the box i can guard i can go back in deep thirds um i can do pretty much anything that a five nine player would can do and i’m just six four so i just say like just being fast and being physical in the box so that’s what makes me six four yeah six four because ronnie one of the first things ronnie said was people don’t know how fast you are you’re right so that’s yeah that’s six four dude who’s super fast it’s pretty good yeah they don’t know how yeah they don’t really know how fast i am they got the times messed up on google and twitter and stuff but yeah i know i know the real time so how how how do you feel when you’re on the field now in this position i don’t know there’s not a you know this is this is this is big time college football but there’s still not a ton of 6’4 guys with great speed floating around out there i feel uh actually i just uh i just played a game how’s how it’s played actually so uh i just be detailed you keyed into my uh my player who i’m playing uh i’ll just be like really detailed and really disciplined everything i use it as advantage speed skill my link i use everything as an advantage of course but um really just being disciplined and detailed because like you can have all the speeds you want you can have all the things you want but you get if you ain’t disciplined then it’s not going to work so yeah craig i remember when you were here camping before you got your offer over years ago that was they basically worked you out everywhere but offensive line right do you always envision kind of this role for yourself where you’re sort of multi-positional and able to use your versatility um for sure i always uh thought that i was going to be like one of the athletes that played different positions in college and everything and it started it didn’t start to about this year and and i’m really liking it actually i’m uh i’m enjoying it it’s me is what i did in high school um i feel very comfortable with it i feel and i’m moving very and i’m moving very comfortably i’m more confident i’m more confident in this position where i’m at now well again i do hope you guys enjoyed that show every time we do one of these the feedback on our twitter and youtube comments is always just incredibly positive so we’ll keep if you guys keep liking them we will keep doing these shows we get to talk to players we’ll talk to the wide receivers on wednesdays we’ll probably do another one of these shows at some point later this week and then next week is game week so we’ll have player interviews i think on monday so we’ll have probably a show something along these lines at some point before the game on thursday and uh continue that throughout the uh throughout the season so thank you guys for your feedback we really do appreciate it because we’re we’re here for you we’re here to give you what you want and if you tell us what you want we can do that so do appreciate your feedback there do make sure you also check out buckeyescoop.com we have a fantastic team of insiders great insight analysis coverage we have incredible stuff planned for this fall and the only place you can get it is at buckeyescoop.com so sign up today become a member also we have a world premiere of our documentary fight for football saving the 2020 season coming up next monday in columbus we sold out the initial theater that we had planned so we have bumped it up to a bigger theater we were still at the lennox theater next uh next monday at seven o’clock but uh we now have more tickets available than we thought we would so you can uh we have now opened that up to the public buckeye scoop members had first crack at it and filled the theater and then some so we have spread it out to a bigger theater and now you can uh the public has access to the tickets as well if you just go to the front page of buckeyescoop.com in the post for this podcast i will have the link to buy tickets so you can get those there and make sure you be there for it which should be a fantastic night i’ve seen the film it is a fantastic really really good film a lot of very very imp you know great great folks in there telling a really interesting story stuff you haven’t absolutely have not heard before great stuff um and then after the film is over we’ll have a live q a with a bunch of buckeye scoop staffers and more so that’ll be a great great night so do get your tickets right now before they uh eventually we will run out of space even in the bigger theater so get your tickets now so you don’t miss out on that that’ll do it for today thank you guys for joining us have a great day we’ll talk to you tomorrow
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