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O-line learns to deal with adversity | The Columbus Dispatch

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The game program was invented for seasons like this on the Ohio State offensive live, where the starting lineup has changed six times in the first 10 games.

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BuckeyeGal

Columbus, OH

#1 Nov 10, 2009
Great job, Bucks! You've given us your all, despite injuries, insults (plenty of them) and illness. We appreciate it! Stay healthy and keep those W's comin'! GO BUCKS!
flnut

Panama City, FL

#2 Nov 10, 2009
Yeah, but can they handle this wild weasel in two weeks?
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news...
ODaized

Shawnee, KS

#3 Nov 10, 2009
Michigan needs to put their atheletic director on their defense and then they might be able to stop somebody. GO BUCKS!
Doug

Doylestown, PA

#4 Nov 10, 2009
From my point of view, this was the O line's best performance since, ironically, the last "White out" at Happy Valley in October 2007 when OSU never had to punt. Boeckman's career game, never again to be equalled -- Beanie picked up first downs like they were automatic.

This will obviously be a piecemeal effort through this season, with next year's line being (uh, potentially) something special. Either that -- or I and we are just plain giddy due to the play of essentially just one game. I guess we'll know by the end of November.
All Out Attitude

AOL

#5 Nov 10, 2009
The line play we saw last against Penn State is the type of line play we should see every Saturday. It all depends on the mental set of our linemen.

If they play each down with the "no one can beat me" attitude, we'll see a consistently good effort. If they just play each down to carry out their assignment, they won't be nearly as consistent.

Each play has to be an all out crusade...and, that takes a lot of perseverance. Their effort, regardless of their circumstances, starts in their mind. And, they have to train themselves to play that way even going through routine drills in practice. If they don't develop an all out mindset in practices, it will be hard to produce one in games.

How our offensive line goes, so goes our entire offense.
Shoney

Missoula, MT

#6 Nov 10, 2009
Time to "Buck-up" and bring home the Big 10 title. Time to rest in December>>>
wolfe

United States

#7 Nov 10, 2009
Man this is crazy. If you go back and look at Texas during Vince Young's Sophmore Year, it looks just like OSU. For everyone that criticized T. Pryor, Jim Tressel, The "O" Line, please open mouth and insert FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!! The Bucks are a young team, it was only a matter of time before you would see their true talent. I wish IOWA was undefeated still and had their starting QB. To the Iowa Red Shirt Freshman QB, welcome to the Horseshoe Baby!!!
Dannawally

Toledo, OH

#8 Nov 10, 2009
I'd like to see Jack Mewhort play. He was an outstanding lineman in H.S. and I'm betting he'll be a great OT or OG at Ohio State eventually.
Toledo Guy

Monclova, OH

#9 Nov 10, 2009
Dan, we will need Mewhort further down the line. It's a good idea to redshirt him this year.
King Dudlu

Midlothian, VA

#10 Nov 10, 2009
Regarding Freshmen OLmen. It is really unusual to have a true Freshman be a top OL. It is preferable to get them to RS to gain strength and knowledge. Esperience of playing is always good, but successful playing experience is always better. OSU had some recruits who did not pan out, thus, last season they played some true frosh too early. But going forward, players like Mewhort will be better served by not having to play their freshman season.

Given THIS SEASON'S adversity and SUCCESSES, BUCKEYE fans should really become excited about the next couple of games and YEARS! Even Coach Bollman deserves more credit than some will ever offer.
DAVEG

Madison, WI

#11 Nov 10, 2009
The offense can help the defense but so can the defense help the offense. A short field led to our first score in St College PA and the special teams helped with coverage and punts. COnfidence was our best quality and we got that when we needed it. This team will never be great because of the offensive line but the Oline will help the talent make plays.
Buckeye31

Caldwell, NJ

#12 Nov 10, 2009
Offensive line play is largely determined by the success (or lack thereof) of the quarterback and runningback(s)-- not the other way around. Ever notice how great quarterbacks never have a bad offensive line? It's because they get back there and throw it. Same thing with great runningbacks. Linemen block better when they believe in the RB. Why does the line seem to block better when Jordan Hall is in the game? Because he's OSU's best RB. Play-calling also is a great influencer on the success or failure of an offensive line. That said, I can't agree with all the criticism the O-line has received this year and in past years.
Andrew Col Spgs_CO

Colorado Springs, CO

#13 Nov 10, 2009
King: Agree that linemen on BOTH sides of the ball are usually best served redshirting. Skill position players you need the one that has the best combination of athletic ability, vision, cutting, sixth sense, etc, but for the "hogmollies" on O and D line you need brute strength and maturity which almost always equals a redshirt year to beef up at training table. Disagree completely on Bollman.
Buckeye31: Sorry, but the O-line criticism - at least the stuff levelled at Jim Bollman - is nearly all spot-on. I did some research and while lots of times stats are fluff here's two pretty big ones. During Jim Tressel's tenure as head coach (and Bollmans as O-line coach and Jim Heacock's as D-line coach before either was elevated to coordinator positions as well as after) the offense has averaged 46th in the nation in scoring offense. This is significant for several reasons but most imporantly because it's the ONE stat that contributes DIRECTLY to winning or losing a game. Further, it's a measure of how effective an offense is in the red zone as dominant line play equals more touchdowns, equals more wins. Now then, Jim Heacocks defensive line as part of the defense as a whole, has AVERAGED SEVENTH in the NATION in scoring D. His defenses have NEVER ranked worse than 19th in the NATION in scoring D (19th in Tressel's first year of 2001 and 16th in 2004 were the worst, the rest have ALL been Top Ten finishes). Bollman's best? 2006 when the Bucks were 8th in scoring. 2005 was 26th. No other team cracked the Top 40 (in other words, only twice would we have heard of the Buckeye scoring offense on Casey Kasem's show and never as #1 as Heacock's D was when he won the Broyles award as the nation's top assistant in 2006). Ladies and gentlemen, Jim Bollman needs to retire.
Gator Gary

Marietta, GA

#14 Nov 10, 2009
There is nothing like a big SLOW offensive line. If you want "ADVERSITY", just wait until you play a FAST ATHLETIC DEFENSIVE Line, which is common in the SEC. Oh!, that's right the BUCS are going to the ROSE BOWL, so they will not be a DOORMAT again for the SEC! GO GATOR!!!
Jeff

San Francisco, CA

#15 Nov 10, 2009
stop making excuses for the O-line coach. The fact remains that during the Tressel era, the O-line has been average at best. 02 group was decent with a few cooper's recruits. It started slipping afterwards. The 06 group had a lot of experiences with 2 seniors 1 junior and few senior reserves. They got killed in NC game. After 06, the line struggled big time even with many blue chip recruits. The O-line position is severely under coached and the situation is not turning around.
Indiana Buckeye

Warrenville, IL

#16 Nov 10, 2009
Gator Gary wrote:
There is nothing like a big SLOW offensive line. If you want "ADVERSITY", just wait until you play a FAST ATHLETIC DEFENSIVE Line, which is common in the SEC. Oh!, that's right the BUCS are going to the ROSE BOWL, so they will not be a DOORMAT again for the SEC! GO GATOR!!!
Or maybe we can just poke someones eye out when we are playing well. I don't understand why you Florida people are even on this site. GO BUCKEYES
BuckeyeGal

Columbus, OH

#17 Nov 10, 2009
Gator Gary wrote:
There is nothing like a big SLOW offensive line. If you want "ADVERSITY", just wait until you play a FAST ATHLETIC DEFENSIVE Line, which is common in the SEC. Oh!, that's right the BUCS are going to the ROSE BOWL, so they will not be a DOORMAT again for the SEC! GO GATOR!!!
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#18 Nov 10, 2009
Gator Gary wrote:
There is nothing like a big SLOW offensive line. If you want "ADVERSITY", just wait until you play a FAST ATHLETIC DEFENSIVE Line, which is common in the SEC. Oh!, that's right the BUCS are going to the ROSE BOWL, so they will not be a DOORMAT again for the SEC! GO GATOR!!!
Hey Gary, didn't you hear? The SEC is under investigation for fixing games, paying referres to make calls that Ray Charles can see they are wrong. the SEC is also being sued by ESPN, FOX, abc, nbc, tbs, HBO, and the Disney Channel for an undisclosed amount of money for having paid players, an NCAA violation for betting on games played in the SEC. Lastly, the SEC and REAL Gator fans have an APB out for you since you are wearing a [email protected] instead of a Gatorhead!!!!!!
buckeyenflorida

Lincolnshire, IL

#19 Nov 10, 2009
It would be absolutely great to see our O line come out Saturday a have a pancake day. I mean beat the defense off the ball and drive them into their linebackers. This is something that we have not seen at Ohio State for the last several years and we need it now more than ever. Get mean get aggressive and put them on their can.........Go Bucks O Line
SouthernBuckeyeA tHeart

Loris, SC

#20 Nov 10, 2009
After watching the Bucks dismantle Penn State, we all see that ths team is about to smell the roses.
Iowa wants it too. The question is who wants it more?
Be strong, be courageous and keep playing like the great team that you are. I as one of many, am proud of you guys. Now go prove the nay sayers wrong once again! A Southern Buckeye at Heart, Murrells Inlet, SC

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