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I was just reading Ross Fulton's excellent OSU vs. scUM debrief (OSU O vs. scUM D), and I found the perfect play to illustrate why Hankins is so important to this D. This post is not to kick dirt in the face of the "Where is Big Hank" poster, but help educate those that don't watch the lines closely during games or on DVR afterwards.
First here is the credit for Ross. His breakdowns at 11W are awesome and here is a link to his most recent:
In particular, there is a play late in the game that is basically the one back Dave of Tressel/Bollman days past. Mewhort and Norwell are going to double team the scUM 3 Tech DT (Hanks position) and drive him back so far out of the play that Hyde could actually make a cut in the hole if he wanted to. Marcus Hall is going to come through the hole and blow up the playside LB.
Watch how badly tOSU OL dominates the 3 Tech, that is acually what makes the play. If that the 3 Tech is able to hold the point of attack, just for a second or two then the Marcus Hall doesn't get through the hole clean and the LB has a shot at the play or Hyde runs right into Hall's rear end. In either case the DT was NOT going to make the tackle, but by manning up to the double team he did have a chance to make the play.
These are the plays that Hankins makes routinely, holding the point of attack against a double team and congesting the playside action. That does not show up in the stat sheet, but it does explain why Hankins is so valuable and why teams can never seem to run inside on the Buckeyes consistently.
What a great article. That second half play from the 5 where Miller got sacked by 2 defenders coming off the right side would have been an easy TD if he had just given Hyde the ball - the hole that opened quickly would have allowed Carlos to get to the goal line with only a DB to meet him there - would have been a nice 6 point collision.
Next year the defense may only need to keep people under 50.
I'm finally starting to like Urban Meyer.
At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.
and why he is gone!
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