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7-Things For The Falcons: Part II.

By Tom Mahoney

4. DE-FENSE- With all due respect to Josh and Mac, this game is going to be won on defense. So far this season? As the Defense has improved, so has the winning. In the beginning, with the Rookie QB not ready for primetime it was tough to win. But as the Rookie QB improved, so did the Defense. There were a lot of new players on the Defense, so it took a while. I saw this odd stats on the Internet (I’m not a stats guy, but I do like odd stats like) “(Pats Opponents are only scoring) 16.1 points against the (Pats), a number that drops to 14.8 when the two Mac Jones pick-sixes are left out of the (point given up) equation.”

“Sometimes you've got to do things that you feel like you need to do to win. Hopefully, you have the team, ability, and enough breadth in your offense or defense or special teams to be able to do what you need to do in order to be able to handle what your opponents do well or what you need to do to stop them,” Belichick said. “If the defense takes something away, we can do something else, and, defensively, we're able to stop whatever it is that they have, whether it's a mobile quarterback, a good tight end, a good receiver, a good running game, a good downfield passing game, a good screen game. Whatever it is, hopefully we can match up, and we have enough schemes to be able to handle whatever it is we need to handle.”

This is a Super Bowl winning Defense, with a rookie QB at the helm. But the last time the Rookie QB was in the Play Offs, Mac led Alabama to a Championship. Granted, it was the FBS Championship. But this is a Defense that Vrabel would like. It’s an intelligent, tough, relentless, and merciless Defense. They swarm all over the field with smarts and speed. They hit the QB. They cause turnovers, and most impressively the Pats are leading the NFL with an impossible 18 Interceptions and 3 Pick-Sixes. That is just incredible. Unfortunately, the Number Two team in the NFL in INTs is the Bills with 16 INTs (and yes, I have to bring everything back to Buffalo this season).

"They have created 13 turnovers in (the last) five games, and obviously they have won five games in a row,” Vrabel said. “The No. 1 scoring defense in the league. Offense has been very efficient, number six scoring offense, They are not turning it over, They are not doing things to beat themselves. Obviously, they have done a great job of taking advantage of bad football. (They're) well-coached. They are running the football. They are playing physical. It will be a huge challenge."

So Mac just has to continue following the Rookie Rule, he has been succeeding at most of the season, “just don’t screw it up!” He has been improving every game, and showed improvements last week. This has been maybe the biggest story in the NFL, “The Rookie QB Leading a Team to the Play Offs.” It certainly has been the biggest story from the 2021 NFL Draft. The Rookie QB who has helped to put his team in position to battle the Buffalo Bills for supremacy in the AFC East. First next week, In Buffalo. Then a Bye and the Colts. Then the Pats will likely be playing the Bills in Foxboro for the AFC East Crown.

"Mac Jones is playing at a high level. Their defense is playing at a high level as well,” Vrabel said. “It will be a big challenge for us. It's two great teams so it will be a competitive game. I'm excited about the challenge this week for preparing to go beat the New England Patriots."

Now, the Pats have worn three or four RBs down to the bone to get it done. But the Big Mac Attack just keeps getting better. He has been surprising efficient. In three of the four Games before the Chargers game (his worst) he completed over 70% of his passes. Then 51.4% of his passes in Los Angles. But he has completed over 80% of his passes in two of his last three games. I think it is easy to forget just how startling those stats are for a Rookie QB in the NFL. His TD to INT ratio is not as good: 14 to 8. But that’s not that bad for a rookie. But it is much worse for a Play Off Caliber QB. Thank You Defense.

"He is well-coached. I think he is talented. I think he really has a great grasp of their offense,” Vrabel said. “They have been able to run the football. Playing on short fields lately, not taking a ton of chances, but when it is there down the field, he has been accurate. They have just been playing very complementary. The play action game is set up very well. Protection has been what you would expect it to be. I think that is really what the product is from what I have seen."

5. NFL Draft Match-Up Sheet-

Michigan ST Offense:

#75 Kevin Jarvis- 6-6, 325, ORG, Rs-Sr-

CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner is in his fifth season with the Spartans . . . has played in 32 career games, including 27 starts (17 at right guard, three at left tackle, seven at right tackle; 10 in 2017, seven in 2018, three in 2019, seven in 2020) . . . named to Senior Bowl Watch List.

#79 Jarrett Horst- 6-6, 305, OLT, Rs-Jr-Tr-

Transfer from Arkansas State started 20 games at left tackle the past two seasons (2019-20) for the Red Wolves . . . named to 2021 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List.

2020 SEASON: JUNIOR AT ARKANSAS STATE: Started the first seven games of the season . . . played a total of 500 snaps in those seven games . . . entered the 2020 season on the Outland Trophy Watch List and was named to the preseason All-Sun Belt First Team.

#11 Connor Heyward- 6’, 230, TE, Rs-Sr-

2021 SEASON: GRADUATE SENIOR: Has started all 11 games at tight end . . . has 26 catches for 229 yards (8.8 ypc/20.8 ypg) with one TD, in playing 495 offensive snaps . . . 13 of the 26 catches (.500) have gone for either first downs or touchdowns . . . registered season-high four catches in Ohio State game, after snaring previous season-high of three receptions in five different games, including back-to-back games (Rutgers, Western Kentucky) as part of having at least two catches in last eight-consecutive games and in nine of the 11 games overall . . . logged season-high four catches after starting Ohio State contest, most receptions since five vs. Ohio State last season.

#97 Tyler Hunt- 6-3, 235, TE, Rs-Sr-

CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner has played in 22 career games, making three career starts at tight end . . . switched positions to tight end in 2020 . . . can play a multitude of positions on special teams, including placekicker, punter, kickoffs and holder . . . joined the team as a walk-on in September 2017.

#64 Matt Allen- 6-3, 315, OC, Grad-

Three-year letterwinner has played in 31 career games, including 17 starts at center (seven in 2018, nine in 2019, one in 2020) . . . returned for a sixth year in 2021 and participated in spring practice after missing most of the 2020 season with a foot injury . . . named to Senior Bowl Watch List.

2020 SEASON (REDSHIRT SENIOR): Missed six games with an injury . . . started at center in season opener vs. Rutgers and played 82 snaps.

#9 *Kenneth WalkerIII- 5-10, 210, RB, Jr-Tr- Good RB. Good patience. Can follow blockers al the way outside. Can hit and drag LB into the Endzone from the five.

#69 Blake Bueter- 6-4, 320, OLG, Rs-Sr-

CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner provides starting experience at both center and guard along the offensive line . . . has played in 28 career games, including 11 starts (four at right guard, four at center, one at outside offensive line, two at left guard; seven in 2018, two in 2019, two in 2020) . . . two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . named to Senior Bowl Watch List.

 

 

Michigan State Defense:

#96 Jacub Panasiuk- 6-4, 255, DE, Gr-Sr-

CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner and three-year starting defensive end has played in 55 career games, including 41 starts . . . along with teammate Matt Coghlin have both played in their 55th career game in a Spartan uniform, establishing a new MSU program record (previous record: 54 games by Mike Sadler, Marcus Rush, Shilique Calhoun, Darien Harris, Taybor Pepper and Taiwan Jones) . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports (third team) . . . returned for his fifth season with the Spartans in 2021 . . . had streak of starting 29 consecutive games, before missing Penn State game in 2020 due to injury, just the second game missed of career . . . has 133 career tackles, including 29.5 TFLs (152 yards) and 14.5 sacks (97 yards) .

#86 Drew Beesley- 6-2, 260, DE, Grad- Can turn the corner to the QB. Slips past the OG quick.

#3 Xavier Henderson- 6-1, 210, SS, Sr-

CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner leads all active Spartans with 228 tackles . . . cracked MSU’s Top 50 career tackles list in Ohio State game, now at No. 48, and would tie former teammate Kenny Willekes along with Trenton Robinson for No. 46 with 229 . . . also has 12.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups and two forced fumbles in 44 career games, making 31 consecutive starts at safety . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection (third team) by Phil Steele . . . high school teammate of Trenton Gillison, who is a redshirt junior tight end on the Spartans.

#45 Noah Harvey- 6-4, 325, Will/LB, Rs-Sr-

Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner has played in 32 career games, making 12 starts at linebacker (five in 2019, seven in 2020), with 105 tackles (nearly even split of 52 solo, 53 assists), including 10.0 for losses (38 yards) and three sacks (18 yards), adding five pass break-ups and one forced fumble . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection (third team) by Phil Steele.

#9 Ronald Williams- 6-2, 185, CB, Sr-Tr-

Transfer cornerback from Alabama.

2020 SEASON (JUNIOR AT ALABAMA): Missed the early part of the season with an arm injury . . . returned to play in three games (Mississippi State, Kentucky, Arkansas) for the National Champion Crimson Tide . . . recorded one tackle in his Alabama debut against Mississippi State.

#12 Chester Kimbrough- 6’, 180, CB, Jr-Tr- Gives effort in run game.

Transfer cornerback from Florida played in 17 games for the Gators (eight in 2019, nine in 2020) and compiled 15 tackles and three pass break-ups.

 

Penn State Offense:

#53 Rasheed Walker- 6-6, 325, OLT, Penn ST, -

Rated 11 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Terrific in run game. Knows how to grab shirt and sustain blocks. Can burst inside, impact the DT with a visible shake, grab shirt, and push him up and out of leverage until the whistle blows. Best run blocker I’ve seen so far in this arduous Journey. Nice inside shoulder club, to clear the Edge out of the Draw. He will get beat when he’s a little slow off the snap. He can have bad technique, and just overwhelmed the rusher with his size.

#5 Jahan Dotson- 5-11, 184, WR, Sr- He can grab the high pass over the CBs hands. grab shirt, and pull it in. His speed gets him past the CB. His eyes get him in the space between the Safety and CB. He knows what he is doing in pattern, and knows how to set up routes. He consistently gets a step on the CB outside. Then will breaks off the next pattern to get the 1st.

Rated 67 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Dude has the speed that teams need. Instant impact on Special Teams as a Punt Returner. Speed WR, with great quicks in pattern, but has size and hand issues (he will drop the easy one, or when he’s peeking at DBs, sometimes). But, when his hands are hot, he is unstoppable going deep. He started off hot against Michigan. He showed he could work underneath and catch a volume of passes, and not just the home rum hit. I have clearly underrated him.

Career: Ranks third all-time at Penn State in career receiving touchdowns (23), fourth in receiving yards (2,620) and fourth in receptions (175)...Is one of 10 Nittany Lions to reach the 2,000 career receiving yards mark...Owns 10 career 100-yard receiving games, tied for second all-time at Penn State...Ranks sixth all-time at Penn State with a 14.6 punt return average.

Season: Records Set: Owns the Penn State single season record for punt return average (24.6; 2020)...Tied the Penn State record with five touchdown catches in first three games, matching Joe Jurevicius (1997). 2021: Became the sixth Penn State wide receiver to record a 1,000 yard receiving season (1,045). 2020: Finished tied for 11th in a single season at Penn State for receiving touchdowns (8), 13th in receiving yardage (884), and tied for 17th in receptions (52).

Notables: Has played in 25 career games, making 20 starts...Has 11 career games with two or more passing touchdowns, eight with three or more and two with four or more...Owns 11 career games with multi-passing touchdown halves and eight games with multi-passing TD quarters...Has thrown for at least 250 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in five career games...Has four career touchdown passes of 70 or more yards...Has completed 63 career passes of 20 or more yards.

#14 Sean Clifford- 6-2, 210. Rs-Sr, QB-

Career: Is one of 11 Penn State players to reach 5,000 yards of total offense and one of 12 quarterbacks to eclipse 4,000 career passing yards...Sits as the current all-time leader at Penn State with a career passing efficiency rating of 146.8...Ranks second all-time at Penn State in completion percentage (.600), third in yards per attempt (8.2), fourth in touchdown percentage (7.11), fifth in passing touchdowns (41), 11th in passing yardage (4.732) and completions (346), 12th in attempts (577) and tied for 14th in yards per completion (13.7)...Is fifth in school history for 300-yard passing games (3) and tied for seventh for 200-yard games (11)...Among Penn State quarterbacks, is third all-time at PSU with rushing yardage (734) and tied for eighth in rushing touchdowns (8)...Is seventh all-time in program history in career total yards (5,466) and eighth in touchdowns responsible for (49).

#73 *Mike Miranda- 6-3, 305, OC/ORG, Rs-Jr-

Season: Made nine starts at left guard...Penn State ranked second in the Big Ten in total offense (430.3).

#68 Eric Wilson- 6-4, 307, OLG, Gr-Tr-

2017-20 HARVARD: Played in 22 career games at Harvard...Team did not compete in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic...Named a 2020 semifinalist for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy and was a National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society honoree...Tabbed to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team in 2020...Selected to the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District team...Tabbed Academic All-Ivy League...Phil Steele Preseason FCS All-America fourth team ... Phil Steele Preseason All-Ivy League first team.

 

Penn State Defense:

#20 *Adisa Isaac- 6-4, 244, DE-

2020 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Appeared in all nine games...Finished the season with 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries.

Ohio State (10/31): Notched two tackles. Maryland (11/7): Made two stops. at Nebraska (11/14): Recorded two tackles, including one solo. Iowa (11/21): Recorded two tackles...Hade one sack for a loss of 10 yards. at Michigan (11/28): Assisted on one tackle. at Rutgers (12/5): Made one solo stop. Michigan State (12/12): Assisted on a sack. Illinois (12/19): Made two tackles...Added a QB hurry.

#97 PJ Mustipher- 6-4, 326, DT-

2020 JUNIOR SEASON: Awards: Named an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and media...Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Season: Started all nine games at defensive tackle...Made 35 tackles (12 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, two QB hurries and a pass breakup...Named the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week twice (Maryland - 11/7; Michigan - 11/28).

at Indiana (10/24): Recorded two tackles. Ohio State (10/31): Registered a career-high eight tackles. Maryland (11/7): Notched four tackles, including two solo...Broke up a pass...Added a QB hurry. at Nebraska (11/14): Tallied seven tackles, including three solo. Iowa (11/21): Made one tackle. at Michigan (11/28): Assisted on five tackles. at Rutgers (12/5): Recorded three tackles, including one solo...Had one QB hurry. Michigan State (12/12): Made two tackles. Illinois (12/19): Tallied three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

#40 Jesse Luketa- 6-3, 247, Sr, Linebacker-

2020 • JUNIOR SEASON: Season: Appeared in nine games, making eight starts...Selected as a team captain...Made 59 tackles (2nd on team), including 31 solo stops, to go along with 2.5 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.

at Indiana (10/24): Registered three tackles, including two solo.  Ohio State (10/31): Tallied eight tackles, all coming in the second half. Maryland (11/7): Posted four tackles, including two solo. at Nebraska (11/14): Registered nine tackles, including five solo...Made a solo tackle for loss in the second quarter...Broke up a pass. Iowa (11/21): Made seven tackles, including five solo stops. at Michigan (11/28): Recorded four tackles, including two solo. at Rutgers (12/5): Registered a career-best 10 tackles, including six solo...Recorded first career fumble recovery in the third quarter after Ellis Brooks stripped the ball...Matched a career high with one tackle for loss. Michigan State (12/12): Made seven tackles (2 solo) with an assisted tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Illinois (12/19): Recorded seven tackles (3 solo) and a pass breakup.

#13 Ellis Brooks- 6-1, 241, (RS-SR.), Linebacker-

2020 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON: Season: Made nine starts...One of 14 players to make their first career start...Led the team with 60 tackles (26 solo)...Tallied 5.5 tackles for loss (4th on the team) with one sack and three quarterback hurries...Forced a team-best two fumbles...Added one pass breakup. Rankings: Finished 10th in the Big Ten with 60 tackles.

#5 Tariq Castro-Fields- 6’, 194, CB, Sr-

2020 • SENIOR SEASON: Awards: Voted an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the coaches and media. Season: Made three starts...Totaled 12 tackles (6 solo) and added a pass breakup...Played in the first three games before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. at Indiana (10/24): Collected five tackles, including four solo...Added a pass breakup. Ohio State (10/31): Made one stop, marking his 100th career tackle. Maryland (11/7): Notched six tackles.

#1 Jaquan Brisker- 6-1, 200, SS, Sr-Tr-

2021 • SENIOR+ SEASON: Awards: Midseason: Accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl...Named an ESPN Midseason All-American...Tabbed to The Athletic Midseason All-America first team...Selected AP Midseason All-American...Named a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards...Was the Jim Thorpe Award Honorable Mention Player of the Week following the Auburn (9/18 game). Preseason: Named a preseason AP All-American second team honoree...Selected to the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award and Reese's Senior Bowl watch lists...Selected for NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Preseason Big Board. Season: Has started all 11 games...Voted a team captain.

Ohio State Vs. Michigan:

 

Match UP: OSU Offense Vs. Michigan Defense-

Ohio State Offense:

#2 Chris Olave- 6-1, 188, WR,- Great sudden release. When he’s open down the Seam, he has an extra gear, and can explode forward and snag the pass thrown over his head. Great ball skills. Runs great patterns. Great skip step to get to the high fastball.

Rated 12th In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Ohio State Overview: One of 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists. Is tied for first nationally in receiving TDs (11). Has caught 51 passes for 708 yards (13.9 avg.). One of the nation’s top wide receivers in 2021 after electing to forgo the NFL Draft and return for his senior season. A preseason first team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Led the 2020 Buckeyes in receptions (50), receiving yards (729) and touchdowns (seven).

#5 *Garrett Wilson- 6’, 192, WR: Great going up and grabbing the ball. He doesn’t wait, he goes and gets it. High points the ball in tight coverage. Creates separation in pattern. Great body control catching it through contact. Big Power Forward WR. Doesn’t always create the best separation, but terrific ball skills to go and get the ball. Can sink his hips in pattern, and explode wide open. He can return punts and kicks.

Rated 13th In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Ohio State Overview: Has caught 53 passes for 813 yards (15.3 avg.) with nine touchdowns. Biletnikoff Award watch list member. Coming off a four-touchdown game: 3 receiving; 1 rushing, against No. 19 Purdue last weekend. Was the Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 15). Is tied for second in the country in TD catches (9).

#75 Thayer Munford- 6-6, 320, OLG/OLT-

Terrific hitter on stunts. Can hit both to make it easier for the OT and OC to block them. They moved him inside to OLG, but teams don’t want to rush his lane. Penn State all but refused to rush his lane on passing downs. He was weirdly at the LOS by himself, looking at the LB moving forward than retreating back. It looked very weird against Penn State.

Rated 52nd In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Ohio State Overview: Enters the 2021 season as one of the most experienced offensive linemen in the Big Ten – and country – after starting 33 games over the past three years and played in 45 of 50 games over the last four seasons. Is a preseason Walter Camp first team All-American. Posted a 91.8 grade in 2020 by Pro Football Focus, the highest ranking among returning tackles. Elected to return to Ohio State is 2021 in order to complete his degree in sport industry. Is one of three returning offensive linemen on a unit that helped Ohio State finish No. 7 in the nation in yards per game in 2020 (519.4) and No. 8 in rushing yards per game (256.8 yards/game). With Munford helping to lead the way, J.K. Dobbins became the first running back in school history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season during the 2019 campaign. Was part of a five-man O-line group that all played 800 or more snaps.

#33 Master Teague- 5-11, 225, RB,-

Rated 44th In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Has not been getting much run this year. But when they give him the ball he still produces: 21-carries, 95-Yards, 5 YPC, 1 TD, MSU; 11-carries, 52-Yards, 4.7 YPC; Vs Rutgers; 14-carrier, 62-Yards, 4.4-YPC; Vs Tulsa.

Ohio State Overview: Career totals of 256 carries for 1,409 yards and 13 TDs entering the 2021 season – all of which are the most among active players on the roster. Started six of the seven games that he played in last season and was second on the team with 514 yards on 104 carries. Had eight rushing TDs – most on the team and third-most in the Big Ten – with two touchdowns in games vs. Nebraska (10/24), Indiana (11/21) and Alabama (1/11). Rushed for a career-high 169 yards and 26 carries in a 42-35 win over No. 9 Indiana (11/21). Was named a “champion” by the coaching staff in three of the seven games that he played in: vs. Penn State (10/31), Rutgers (11/7) and Indiana (11/21).

#88 Jeremy Ruckert- 6-5, 250, TE,-

Rated 102 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

A member of the 2021 Mackey Award Watch List as the nation’s top tight end. Has played in 32 games for Ohio State since 2018 and has career totals of 32 receptions for 306 yards and nine touchdowns. Was third on the team last season with five TD receptions. Hauled in two touchdown catches in a win over Penn State (10/31) and versus Clemson (1/2) in the College Football Playoff Semifinal. His showing in the Sugar Bowl included 55 yards receiving, a season high. Played in all 14 games as a true sophomore in 2019 and made 14 catches for 142 yards and four touchdowns.

 

 

Michigan Defense:

#97 Aidan Hutchinson- 6-6, 265, Edge,-

Rated 35 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Hutchinson is a big Edge, who is oddly good in coverage, which matters in a 3-4. He plays on the strongside a lot. He likes to line up outside the TE. Plays a lot in Odd Fronts with a hand down. Plays D-end in even fronts outside the ORT. He has responsibilities to the QB on the Option. He can use his get off to push the OLT back, and break inside to the QB. He rushes in a lot of Odd fronts.

Senior (2021): Midseason Big Ten Player of the Year According to the Associated Press. Midseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, and ESPN. Finalist, Senior CLASS Award. Semifinalist, William V. Campbell Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award. Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Candidate. Shared Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performances against Western Michigan and Washington. Named Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Rutgers. Named the Reese's Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 13) and Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week (Sept. 13). Twice named the Pro Football Focus College National Defensive Player of the Week after his performances at Wisconsin (Oct. 2), at Nebraska (Oct. 9). On four occasions, named to the Pro Football Focus College National Defensive Team of the Week after the wins over Western Michigan (Sept. 4), Northwestern (Oct. 23), Indiana (Nov. 6), at Nebraska (Oct. 9).

#2 Brad Hawkins- 6-1, 221, Gr, SS,-

Graduate Student (2021): Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after his performance at Nebraska. Shared Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance at Nebraska; Made two tackles (one solo) and broke up one pass in a start against Western Michigan (Sept. 4). Delivered five solo tackles with one for loss, a forced fumble, and two pass breakups starting against Washington (Sept. 11). Broke up one pass and made two tackles (one solo) in a start against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18). Contributed four tackles (three solo) with one for loss against Rutgers (Sept. 25). Credited with two solo tackles from his safety position in a start at Wisconsin (Oct. 2). Made five tackles (four solo) with one for loss, a forced fumble, and a recovered fumble starting at Nebraska (Oct. 9) .

#12 Josh Ross- 6-2, 224, LB, Mike- Good inside run stuffer.

Graduate Student (2021): Shared Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Washington. Tied for the team lead with six tackles (four solo) in a start against Western Michigan (Sept. 4), adding two quarterback hurries and a half-tackle for loss. Led the defense with 11 stops (four solo) including one for loss against Washington (Sept. 11); added three hurries and one pass breakup. Again led the defense with six tackles (three solo) against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18). Totaled six tackles (four solo) with two for loss against Rutgers (Sept. 25). Added three tackles (one solo) with a split-tackle for loss at Wisconsin (Oct. 2). Led the defense with eight tackles (one solo) and a split-tackle for loss starting at Nebraska (Oct. 9). Produced four solo tackles with one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry against Northwestern (Oct. 23). Led the team with 10 stops (six solo) at Michigan State (Oct. 30). Started in the middle against Indiana (Nov. 6) and had seven total stops (two solo). Contributed 11 tackles (six solo) with two for loss starting at Penn State (Nov. 13).

#30 Daxton Hill- 6’, 192, DB-

Junior (2021): Twice  Shared Defensive Player of the Week honors against Western Michigan and Indiana. Shared Hard Hat of the Week honors after the game at Wisconsin. Shared Play of the Game honors for his tip-interception sequence at Nebraska. Tied for the team lead with six tackles (five solo) and broke up one pass starting at the nickel position against Western Michigan (Sept. 4). Delivered six tackles (one solo) and shared a tackle for loss starting at nickle against Washington (Sept. 11). Registered one pass breakup and one assisted tackle in a start against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18). Broke up one pass, made five tackles (four solo) with one for loss, and also registered a pair of quarterback hurries against Rutgers (Sept. 25). Made an interception, broke up a pass, split a sack, and totaled six tackles (four solo) in a start at Wisconsin (Oct. 2). Picked off a pass and split a tackle for loss among five total stops in a start at Nebraska (Oct. 9).

#22 Gemon Green- 6-2, 181, Sr, DB-

Senior (2021): Shared Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Northern Illinois. Made four tackles (three solo) in a start against Western Michigan (Sept. 4). Added four tackles (one solo) in a start against Washington (Sept. 11). Intercepted his first career pass and returned it 27 yards in a start against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18) and also made one solo tackle. Totaled four solo tackles in a start against Rutgers (Sept. 25). Played limited snaps at cornerback, but made two assisted tackles after he got the start at Wisconsin (Oct. 2). Made four solo stops starting at Nebraska (Oct. 9). Broke up a pass and also made one solo tackle playing against Northwestern (Oct. 23). Produced two solo stops playing in the secondary at Michigan State (Oct. 30). Assisted on one tackles against Indiana (Nov. 6) before leaving with an injury. 

 

Match-UP-OSU Deffense Vs. Penn State Offense-

Ohio State Defense:

#9 *Zach Harrison- 6-6, 272, DE–Can trick the ORT, and use the speed rush. Unstoppable one on one.

Rated 42 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Ohio State Overview: Zach is a true junior and an OSU Scholar-Athlete who is majoring in psychology. The most experienced ends on the roster, and certainly one of the most talented. Is a member of the watch lists for the Bronko Nargurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy. A third team preseason All-American by Athlon Sports. Was one of three student-athlete representatives for the Buckeyes at Big Ten Media Day in 2021. Named second-team all-Big Ten in 2020 by the conference coaches. Has played in 21 games the past two seasons with three starts. Played in seven of the team’s eight games in 2020 with a start against Penn State. Has a team-best 9.5 tackles-for-loss for his career and a team-best 5.5 quarterback sacks. Also has 38 career tackles, two pass break-ups and a fumble recovery#11 Tyreke Smith- 6-3, 265, Edge,-

Rated 93 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Unstoppable one on one. When he wins with his hands, he gets to the QB fast. Great lean. Great agility and balance turning the late corner.

Ohio State Overview: A fourth-year senior, Smith enters the 2021 season a veteran of 29 games with 30 tackles, five sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss. Played in seven games last season and had his top performance in the CFP Semifinal win vs. Clemson: two solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defended. Had three tackles and a sack vs. Michigan State.

#92 Haskell Garrett- 6-2, 300, DT,-

Rated 121 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Ohio State Overview: Is a 2021 preseason All-America on virtually every media poll after earning first-team All-America honors in 2020 by CBS Sports. On the 2021 preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Garrett, a sociology major, is a “super senior” in eligibility as he is using the 2020 Covid year to gain a fifth year on the field in 2021. Joins DT Antwuan Jackson, CB/WR Demario McCall, OT Thayer Munford, TE Corey Rau, LS Bradley Robinson and CB Marcus Williamson as “super seniors” playing a fifth season. Tops among all current Ohio State defensive players with 41 games played and second on the team after Thayer Munford (45). Has a plethora of stats for a DT, including 40 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, two quarterback sacks, two pass break-ups and a pick-6 interception (against Michigan State in 2020). Recovered from a gunshot wound through the cheeks last summer to play in all eight of the Buckeyes games in 2020. Started the final seven games of the 2020 season and totaled 20 tackles and 4.0 TFLs.

#7 Sevyn Banks- 6-1, 200, (U) 4.43, CB,-

Rated 36 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Ohio State Overview: Sevyn is a true senior who is majoring in communications. Will be one of the top cornerbacks in the nation in 2021 as he has picked up third-team preseason All-America honors and is on the Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists. He has played in 28 games over the past three seasons and has started nine times at cornerback. Has 35 career tackles and 13 passes defensed, including two interceptions. Led the Buckeyes with seven pass break-ups and eight total passes defensed in 2020. Capped the CFP semifinal win over Clemson at the Sugar Bowl with an interception on Clemson’s final drive.

#3 Teradja Mitchell- 6-2, 239, Will/LB, Sr-

Ohio State Overview: Teradja Mitchell has made his mark for the Buckeyes on special teams over his first three seasons and will be seeking an even bigger role in 2021. Started on the Buckeyes’ kick return and punt block teams. Totaled seven tackles in eight games for the Big Ten and Sugar Bowl champion Buckeyes in 2020. Added 0.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup. In nine games as a true sophomore in 2019, Mitchell had 12 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss. Enters his senior season having played in 28 career games and will be one of the most experienced Buckeyes in the linebacker room in 2021.

#26 *Cameron Brown- 6’, 190, CB, Rs-Jr-

Ohio State Overview: Cam is a fourth-year senior academically who is coming off a red-shirt season in 2020 after an injury in the second game of the season vs. Penn State. Expected to be on the field this fall and is also expected to make a significant impact in the secondary after starting the first two games of the 2020 season, against Nebraska and Penn State, before injuring his Achilles. He is majoring in human development and family sciences. Has played in 21 games and has recorded 16 tackles.

#1 Demario McCall- 5-9, 191, CB, 6th Season-

Ohio State Overview: Demario McCall enters his sixth year with the Ohio State program as a veteran of 41 career games and plenty of memorable plays. Played in all eight of Ohio State’s games in 2020 with 117 all-purpose yards. Returned five kicks for 78 yards with a long of 29. His lone reception on the season went for 27 yards in a win over Rutgers. Played in 13 games as a fourth-year junior in 2019, contributing both on offense and special teams as a kick returner. Had 35 offensive snaps vs. Maryland with seven carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns while also catching one pass for 11 yards.

#52 Antwuan Jackson- 6-2, 300, DT, Gr-Tr-

Ohio State Overview: Antwuan, a graduate student, is a “super senior” in eligibility as he is using the 2020 Covid year to gain a fifth year on the field in 2021. Joins DT Haskell Garrett, CB/WR Demario McCall, OT Thayer Munford, TE Corey Rau, LS Bradley Robinson and CB Marcus Williamson as “super seniors” playing a fifth season. Is in his fourth year with the Buckeyes, having joined the Ohio State football program in January of 2018. He has played in 26 games for the Buckeyes, including all eight games in 2020 and all 14 in 2019. Earned first start of his career in the season opener last year vs. Nebraska. Has 25 career tackles and has caused plenty of disruption within the interior lines. Had 11 tackles in 2020, including a quarterback sack vs. Alabama in the CFP championship game. Has 4.5 career tackles-for-loss.

#86 Jerron Cage- 6-2, 305, NT Rs-Sr- He has some interesting speed. He scooped and scored a fumble and ran 45-yards for the TD against Indy. Incredible watching a guy that size sprint downfield. Terrific athlete for a guy his size.

Ohio State Overview: Jerron is a fifth-year senior who is majoring in consumer and family financial services and will graduate this fall. Has 19 games of experience, including a start in the 2021 CFP championship game against Alabama. Expected to follow up his fine 2020 campaign and be a significant contributor along the interior of the defensive line in 2021. Played in seven of eight games in 2020 and contributed five tackles, a tackle-for-loss and o-line and received plenty of attention from the opponent offensive lines. Has 11 career tackles in addition to 1.5 TFLs, one-half a sack, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery.

 

 

 

Penn State Offense:

#53 Rasheed Walker- 6-6, 325, OLT, Penn ST, -

Rated 11 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Terrific in run game. Knows how to grab shirt and sustain blocks. Can burst inside, impact the DT with a visible shake, grab shirt, and push him up and out of leverage until the whistle blows. Best run blocker I’ve seen so far in this arduous Journey. Nice inside shoulder club, to clear the Edge out of the Draw. He will get beat when he’s a little slow off the snap. He can have bad technique, and just overwhelmed the rusher with his size.

#5 Jahan Dotson- 5-11, 184, WR, Sr-

Rated 67 In Most Far Out Player Rating Ever!

Dude has the speed that teams need. Instant impact on Special Teams as a Punt Returner. Speed WR, with great quicks in pattern, but has size and hand issues (he will drop the easy one, or when he’s peeking at DBs, sometimes). But, when his hands are hot, he is unstoppable going deep. He started off hot against Michigan. He showed he could work underneath and catch a volume of passes, and not just the home rum hit. I have clearly underrated him.

Career: Ranks third all-time at Penn State in career receiving touchdowns (23), fourth in receiving yards (2,620) and fourth in receptions (175)...Is one of 10 Nittany Lions to reach the 2,000 career receiving yards mark...Owns 10 career 100-yard receiving games, tied for second all-time at Penn State...Ranks sixth all-time at Penn State with a 14.6 punt return average.

Season: Records Set: Owns the Penn State single season record for punt return average (24.6; 2020)...Tied the Penn State record with five touchdown catches in first three games, matching Joe Jurevicius (1997). 2021: Became the sixth Penn State wide receiver to record a 1,000 yard receiving season (1,045). 2020: Finished tied for 11th in a single season at Penn State for receiving touchdowns (8), 13th in receiving yardage (884), and tied for 17th in receptions (52).

. Notables: Has played in 25 career games, making 20 starts...Has 11 career games with two or more passing touchdowns, eight with three or more and two with four or more...Owns 11 career games with multi-passing touchdown halves and eight games with multi-passing TD quarters...Has thrown for at least 250 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in five career games...Has four career touchdown passes of 70 or more yards...Has completed 63 career passes of 20 or more yards.

#14 Sean Clifford- 6-2, 210. Rs-Sr, QB-

Career: Is one of 11 Penn State players to reach 5,000 yards of total offense and one of 12 quarterbacks to eclipse 4,000 career passing yards...Sits as the current all-time leader at Penn State with a career passing efficiency rating of 146.8...Ranks second all-time at Penn State in completion percentage (.600), third in yards per attempt (8.2), fourth in touchdown percentage (7.11), fifth in passing touchdowns (41), 11th in passing yardage (4.732) and completions (346), 12th in attempts (577) and tied for 14th in yards per completion (13.7)...Is fifth in school history for 300-yard passing games (3) and tied for seventh for 200-yard games (11)...Among Penn State quarterbacks, is third all-time at PSU with rushing yardage (734) and tied for eighth in rushing touchdowns (8)...Is seventh all-time in program history in career total yards (5,466) and eighth in touchdowns responsible for (49) .

#73 *Mike Miranda- 6-3, 305, OC/ORG, Rs-Jr-

Season: Made nine starts at left guard...Penn State ranked second in the Big Ten in total offense (430.3).

#68 Eric Wilson- 6-4, 307, OLG, Gr-Tr-

2017-20 HARVARD: Played in 22 career games at Harvard...Team did not compete in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic...Named a 2020 semifinalist for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy and was a National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society honoree...Tabbed to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team in 2020...Selected to the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District team...Tabbed Academic All-Ivy League...Phil Steele Preseason FCS All-America fourth team ... Phil Steele Preseason All-Ivy League first team.

 

 

 

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