I know it was cool to see Davison Igbinosun and Lorenzo Styles, Jr. working on technique after practice on Wednesday. The plan is to redshirt Styles, but he’s getting a ton of learning every day, and it doesn’t stop when the final practice whistle chirps. They were squared off against each other working on hands, feet, and keeping eyes up. It’s always interesting to watch players helping younger guys out, even when they’re not actually younger guys.
I think Davison Igbinosun’s ascension has been fascinating to watch. He came to Ohio State out of the portal, looking to take somebody’s job. Probably a junior’s job. Like Jordan Hancock. Hancock has been injured throughout his career but was finally healthy and was finally going to be a starter for the Buckeyes. Then this transfer from Ole Miss comes in with NFL size and potential. But it didn’t take long for Igbinosun to establish himself as more than just some carpetbagger looking for the NFL.
I wonder if people realize the approach Davison Igbinosun has taken since he arrived. He’s been a pro every step of the way. He hasn’t been perfect in the games, but he’s set a tone that everybody else in the cornerbacks room has tried to emulate. Talking to people around the program, he earned respect through his preparation. He has always been seen as a serious football player.
I know the coaches love TreVeyon Henderson’s home-run ability, but it’s more important to get 6 yards out of him 12 times per game than 50 yards once. If he can continue to keep Ohio State on schedule, Kyle McCord’s life is going to be much easier.
I think it’s important to note the advantages that a quarterback has when his receivers on any given play are Marvin Harrison, Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming, Cade Stover, and TreVeyon Henderson. Every single one of those guys is a concern for a pass defense. Each of them can have something drawn up for them and be the first read on a throw. They haven’t played together since the Notre Dame game over a month ago.
I wonder how much more Dallan Hayden gets involved now with Miyan Williams out for the season. Ryan Day has said there are plans, but Ryan Day says a lot of things. If you want to prove to people that there are plans for Dallan Hayden, he needs to be carrying the ball in the first half of Saturday’s game.
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