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First-round Ohio State cornerbacks left off All-Decade team
Ohio State has had an incredible run of talent at cornerback in the last decade. Bradley Roby, Eli Apple, Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Denzel Ward, Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette have all went from Ohio State cornerback to first-round picks since 2014.
But that apparently didn’t help any of them earn a spot on the Big Ten Network All-Decade team. Ohio State did not have a cornerback on the first-team All-Decade team, which was voted on by 24 members of the media. Instead, former Iowa standout Desmond King and former Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard were selected to the first team.
Former Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker did make the first-team list from his safety spot.
Okudah and Vonn Bell were both voted to the second-team list.
The inexcusable omission of Buckeyes from the first-team list was probably done in fairness; the Buckeyes could make an entire All-Decade team and complete with — and maybe even win against — the Big Ten’s All-Decade team. But the omission was inexcusable, nonetheless.
Ohio State is still well-represented on the team, despite having no cornerbacks and no linebackers. Billy Price and Wyatt Davis both made it along the offensive line. Some positions have yet to be announced.
ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters
Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters is back for a packed episode.
As part of Tight Ends Week, former Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner joined former Buckeyes linebacker Zach Boren, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward and staff writer Spencer Holbrook for a discussion about the tight end room. The panel talked about who needs to step up, how good the unit can be, and of course, debated on whether this will be the year Ohio State throws to the tight ends.
The conversation didn’t stop there, though. The guys broke down the biggest positional need on the roster, who will break out and where the Buckeyes need to answer some questions.
Buckeyes could use NFL concepts for Jeremy Ruckert
Ohio State knows it has a talented option at tight end in Jeremy Ruckert. But the Buckeyes haven’t been able to get the ball to their tight ends as much as they might like to. It’s tough when that many talented players are on one offense. But there are plenty of teams in the NFL who get the ball to their tight ends with ease. And the Buckeyes are watching them closely to learn what works best.
Lettermen Row broke down how they can use those concepts to help Ruckert:
In the offseason Ruckert studied the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, two teams who use their tight ends exceptionally well, learning how they get those guys in favorable situations. Ruckert and fellow tight end Luke Farrell both have NFL potential, so learning how to use them from the pro game is a good start.
And it’s a good indicator that the tight end might be featured more in the Ohio State offense this season.
One thing the Buckeyes see from the film is running the tight ends over the middle for big gains. Ruckert has noticed how successful it can be in the NFL. And it might become a big play for the Buckeyes, especially with Ruckert’s big body as the beneficiary.
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