Will Matthew Baldwin’s Switch Have an effect on Justin Fields’ Working?


On this week’s Mailbag, we sort out the questions which might be on everybody’s minds.

No, not Sport of Thrones stuff. If you’d like that, fast-forward to the final 20 minutes or so of this week’s Buckeye Weekly podcast.

The quarterbacks are as soon as once more a subject this week following the departure of Matthew Baldwin.

The Ohio State protection can also be mentioned, as it can possible be each week till they’re on the sector really answering these questions.

Then there are additionally some questions concerning the NFL Draft, backups who could also be adequate to begin, who will get redshirted this 12 months, and crew chemistry.

In case you have something you need addressed in subsequent week’s Mailbag, go away it within the feedback, submit it on the message boards, e mail me, or hit me up on Twitter.

Do you suppose Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep are gifted sufficient to begin right here?? — @DrewOSU42

Amir Riep was incredible within the spring sport, and you may say what you need concerning the spring sport, however he confirmed me one thing. He’s carried out that all through the spring as properly. I do imagine Riep can begin at Ohio State. Sadly for him, he’s taking part in the identical place proper now as Shaun Wade. And Jordan Fuller could also be there as properly this fall. Concerning Marcus Williamson, I do know Kerry Coombs and Taver Johnson had been very excessive on him as a doable nickel resolution, however he’s been injured all through his profession, so I can’t reply this query.

Do you agree with Larry Johnson attending the draft? — @SlippyField

In fact. I do know there’s a small section of Buckeye followers who can’t forgive Nick Bosa for leaving the crew, but when his coaches and his teammates had no drawback with it, why ought to anyone else maintain him to the next normal once they’ve by no means even met the man? His teammates had been thrilled to see him again on the Rose Bowl, which ought to inform you all it’s good to know. Plus, any time a faculty’s coach is seen in the course of the NFL Draft, it helps recruiting.

Which frosh will burn their redshirt this season? — HINYG8

With the principles now permitting gamers to see 4 video games of motion with out burning their redshirt, it makes this query a bit harder. As an example, Nicholas Petit-Frere was the backup at proper sort out final season, however solely performed in two or three video games, so he ended up redshirting. Someone like 5-star offensive lineman Harry Miller may very well be within the two-deep at guard and redshirt as properly. In trying on the freshman class, solely Garrett Wilson jumps out at me as anyone who will certainly play greater than 4 video games this 12 months. I assume Zach Harrison will, and I assume Cade Stover will see a while on particular groups. Does Ronnie Hickman get time there as properly? There needs to be greater than this who will play, however these are the 4 likeliest, and Hickman could also be a stretch.

We all know Fields could be extra cellular than Haskins (as would this ottoman my toes are on)…however with no respectable backup, does that change the utilization philosophy for Day? — @zidaya

I do know the frequent knowledge right here is that Ryan Day will restrict Justin Fields’ operating now that they’re down to simply two scholarship quarterbacks. (That quantity will quickly be three once more, by the best way.) However it’s not like they’re going to ask him to run the ball 12 or 15 instances a sport. And asking him to not run could be limiting his full potential. They might want to present learn choice with Fields protecting the ball or else defenses received’t decelerate when crashing on the operating again. The Buckeyes received’t want to point out it rather a lot, simply sufficient to maintain a protection sincere… and paranoid.

They in all probability can’t name 20 read-option performs after which blame the opposing protection for making Fields hold it 18 instances. Previously, City Meyer and offensive coordinators would virtually declare that their palms had been tied on the massive variety of QB runs as a result of the protection saved making the QB hold it. In the event you don’t need the quarterback operating the ball, the offense all the time controls that capability. I feel Fields will nonetheless run the ball, however they’ll in all probability restrict the variety of spots the place that may occur by a 3rd or so.

Is our crew chemistry impacted by the portal? Is Garrett Wilson feeling dangerous to see his good friend go away? — LUVDABUCKS

I’m positive it sucks for some gamers to see associates and teammates switch out, however I don’t suppose it has any impression on crew chemistry. The crew final 12 months LOVED Joe Burrow — and nonetheless do — however I don’t suppose anyone would say that chemistry was an issue final season. Usually, positions are so compartmentalized, that when anyone transfers, the trail to taking part in time simply opened for extra gamers, which makes them completely satisfied.

And whereas anyone like Garrett Wilson could also be unhappy to see his buddy Matthew Baldwin go away, Wilson has his personal standing to fret about. Gamers are saved busy and so they should work exhausting to maintain from being handed by anyone else. Teammates have additionally appeared to take to Justin Fields. These relationships are solid in the course of the offseason, and he’ll be right here for each little bit of it. Heck, the switch portal may very well be protecting chemistry from getting dangerous at some locations. Who is aware of what the chemistry would have been like final 12 months if Burrow had stayed and Dwayne Haskins had struggled. As soon as guys are gone, it turns into out of sight, out of thoughts as a result of gamers are extra apprehensive concerning the job at hand.

There are lots of upper-class vets on the protection. Apart from Fuller, which guys are stepping up as leaders? I see a pair that may very well be candidates, however unsure. — Smartwater

A small, but vocal section of the inhabitants of Buckeye followers received’t prefer it, however any time management is talked about or requested about on protection, coaches and teammates discuss Tuf Borland. Borland was a captain final 12 months as a redshirt sophomore and his teammates look to him for management. Chase Younger has carried out a pleasant job of serving to lead the defensive ends, as has Jonathon Cooper. Robert Landers and Davon Hamilton do what you want your fifth-year seniors to do. Brendon White could also be a bit quieter, however he’s main by instance in that he does no matter is requested, and makes himself beneficial by his versatility. If I used to be to select the three likeliest captains from the Ohio State protection, I’d go along with Jordan Fuller, Tuf Borland, and Jonathon Cooper.


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