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Ohio State: Buckeyes working on ‘sporadic’ snaps from Michael Jordan

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Ohio State center Michael Jordan is still working on his snapping. (Joseph Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports)

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Ohio State: Buckeyes working on ‘sporadic’ snaps from Michael Jordan

COLUMBUS — There is no complaining about the selfless transition coming from Ohio State, and Michael Jordan is coming off what was officially graded as a champion performance.

But the Buckeyes also can’t deny that there are still some uneven moments at times from the former guard in his new, critical role in the middle of the offensive line. And whether it’s hitting the target, getting the football back with enough pace or simply providing the same sort of delivery with regularity, the consistency of the snaps is paramount for the Buckeyes.

And perhaps more than any game so far this season, Ohio State will need Jordan at his best to keep everything else that happens offensively on schedule against one of the stoutest defensive units in the Big Ten on Saturday at Michigan State.

“Yeah, it was a little inconsistent last week,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “That’s something we work on. He’s been pretty consistent throughout the year. Early on, I think he struggled a little bit. But it’s his first time playing there, but we’re in Week whatever it is [No. 11]. Overall, the last five or six games he’s done well.

“There was a little sporadic [snapping] last week, but just work on it and get better.”

The willingness to work has never been questioned for Jordan, starting from his first day on campus as he rapidly developed into a starter as a freshman.

Two years later, in some respects he was forced to start over as injuries and personnel shuffling required him to learn how to snap and play center on the fly.

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is looking for more improvement from center Michael Jordan. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

The Buckeyes haven’t been concerned enough to make another switch and potentially allow Jordan to slide back to guard. And at this point in the season, it’s probably too late anyway even with Brady Taylor working back into the rotation on the practice field after an injury sidelined him for much of the year.

“I would say each week I’ve tried to focus on getting something a little better each time,” Jordan said. “I just have to work hard every day to keep getting better at it.

“It’s a new position for me, so I think I’m going up like this [on an upswing], but I just need to keep going up, making progress and not go backwards.”

The key to keeping Ohio State moving forward on offense? The answer is a snap.

Ohio State center Michael Jordan was joined by a handful of fellow Buckeyes previewing the critical game on Saturday against Michigan State. Urban Meyer opened the post-practice interview session with the media, followed by Jordan, linebacker Keandre Jones and Pete Werner, defensive tackles Davon Hamilton and Dre’Mont Jones and offensive guard Demetrius Knox. Full videos are available here and on the Lettermen Row YouTube channel.

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Jordan was getting stood up a lot and that probably led to his snaps not being good. Put him back at guard and try another center.

David McCarley
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Yeah, my concern is that the NG/DTs are eating him up in the A gaps because they are quicker and his pads are too high. Put in Taylor and get him back to guard.

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It’s never too late to get your best players on the field. It’s not like Jordan has never played guard before and Taylor has never snapped a football. I think sliding Jordan to guard Taylor at center and putting Brandon back at right guard really helps this team run the football better.

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Even in the article’s photo his tail looks kinda low. I’m sure that if he keeps his tail down, the snaps will be low. If Taylor is still dinged up, then I think Josh Myers should get some reps with MJ back at guard where he was All-American.

Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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