Big 33 Game Report
The OSU recruits
play well but Ohio lost to Pennsylvania 31-16.
By Bill Smith
news for Ohio
fans was that the offensive line was totally incapable of protecting the
quarterback. The good news for Ohio State
fans is that none of the O-linemen are OSU recruits. The Ohio
team was plagued by bad field position all night. Pennsylvania
had 2 good drives for scores. The first
one was a passing attack that moved the ball with the assistance of one long
pass and a 30 yard penalty. The last one
was a single 73 yard TD pass.
Pennsylvania also scored a TD after recovering a blocked
punt due to a bad snap on Ohio's
1 yard line. Two interceptions by Pittsburgh recruit Jarred Holley ended two threats by Ohio. One occurred in the end zone. The running game of Ohio was stymied for most of the first half
and then was abandoned when the score got to 24-0.
OSU Offense Participants
Taylor Rice 11 scouting points– A sneaky wide out that became the
goto guy in the game for Ohio. He has remarkable body and foot control and
runs crisp patterns. He gets open by
understanding coverage and quick feet.
He caught the only TD pass for Ohio. He also made a critical 4th down
catch that kept a TD drive alive. He has
good moves after the catch and blocks downfield on the run. He will be fun to watch in Scarlet and Gray.
DiLillo 2 scouting points– Didn't get much action because he had to stay in
to protect the passer. He had one catch
in a real crowd and showed good hands and good effort after the catch. He is a decent in line blocker but did whiff
on a blitz that caused a sack.
Terrelle Pryor was originally scheduled to play but did not.
OSU Defense Participants
Nathan Williams 28 scouting points—Williams was all over the field. The average score for a linebacker/de is 6
and that indicates how active he was. He
was double teamed all night but that didn't seem to bother him at all. He got 4 qb hurries one of which caused the
interception. He shows great effort
regularly running down a play from the back side. His speed is very good and he runs under
control allowing him to make tackles in open field. He can work as a down lineman or up as an
outside backer. He has great timing to
his blitz and tosses away running backs blocks with ease.
Shawntel Rowell 19 scouting points—Rowell stuck out as the best interior
lineman on the Ohio
team. I was particularly impressed with
the number of times the run or pass went down field an he got in on the tackle. He has an outstanding motor and good
speed. He has a ball sense that helps
him stay active in a play when it goes away from him. Because he was almost always double teamed,
he got only ½ sack but opened the way for others like Williams to make plays in
the backfield. My one criticism is that
he plays a little high which allows the O-line to get to his body with their
hands. That keeps him from getting the
full benefit of his strength and causes him to have some trouble separating
from the blocker.
Buchanan – Buchanan averaged 38 yards per punt excluding the block which
was caused a bad snap and no blocking.
He also had a field goal blocked by an untouched defender coming off the
edge. His first punt was 48 yards and
rolled dead on the 7 and he hit a 47 yard field goal.
Impressive Non-OSU Recruits
RB Pittsburgh—13 scouting points
Mark Wedderburn DE Penn St.—17
Holley CB Pittsburgh—20 points
Robinson DE No college listed—20 points
Bill Smith is a
former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com. He has
also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and