2020 Linebacker Discussion

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    LINEBACKERS (11)
    Returning Starters: Pete Werner (593 snaps in 2019), Tuf Borland (425)
    Returning Contributors: Baron Browning (368), Dallas Gant (118), Justin Hilliard (106), Teradja Mitchell (99), K’Vaughan Pope (77), Craig Young (15), Tommy Eichenberg (5)
    Newcomers: Mitchell Melton, Cody Simon

    Led by two seniors who have already been multi-year starters in Werner and Borland, another senior who’s been a regular contributor for the last two years in Browning, a sixth-year senior captain in Hilliard and a trio of talented juniors in Gant, Mitchell and Pope, Ohio State has more experienced depth at linebacker than any other position on the roster.

    How exactly the Buckeyes will divide playing time among those seven linebackers remains a question, but it’s likely those seven will play the vast majority of linebacker snaps for Ohio State in 2020. Young and Eichenberg should be more ready to contribute now that they’ve been at Ohio State for a year, while Simon and Melton also have upside for the future, but their opportunities for significant playing time this season are likely to be limited to special teams unless there are a rash of absences on the depth chart in front of them.

    Day: “You look at Pete and Tuf, you look at Baron, you look at Justin Hilliard and that’s four guys that have played a lot of football here, and they’ve played a lot of games. So that’s huge for us. Especially at the linebacker position, when you haven’t hit for so long, to be able to have those reps under their belt, it’s not the first time they’re gonna be going on the field. So I feel good about that, and then the depth underneath them. There’s some guys pushing each other right there with Teradja and Dallas Gant, there’s a bunch of guys in there that are fighting for playing time. So it’ll be fun to see those guys compete again as the season goes on, and we’re hoping that they can help us in special teams as well, and different areas, different personnel groupings. It’s a good group.”
     
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    MLB play has to improve. Too many whiffs and bad reads.
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    Very surprising performance based upon the returning guys...............we missed Harrison out there on Saturday......
     
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    Werner was consistent...Borland was inconsistnent...need to get Mitchell a series or two early.
    Does Werner move over this week to cover Freiermuth...and Gant picks up a little PT?
    This game makes me nervous.

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    I think Gant needs to see the field.......
     
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