OK, let’s just get this out of the way now.
Yes, Kevin Feder plays offensive line. At 6′ 9″ and 300+ pounds, he’s got the genetics to be a fantastic bookend.
The problem is that this means we’ll get a lot of “Kevin Feder Line” jokes in the coming months… which is nice, because the former Mr. Spears certainly could use the publicity.
Back to the newest Buckeye.
The Don Bosco high school standout “flipped” his verbal commitment from The University of Miami to the Scarlet and Gray after a weekend visit to Columbus for one of Ohio State’s Elite Football Camps/Clinics.
He’s currently listed as a three-star by many recruiting services, but has only begun to play football and spent most of last season on the defensive side of the ball. He also had a broken leg early in his career; that’s hampered his development slightly as well.
While a project of sorts, having been evaluated by Coach Meyer and Coach Warinner, it’s hard to not get excited about his potential… and, as a high school wrestler, you know that he’s got the footwork and leverage to excel in the Buckeye offense.
Mr. Feder committed to ‘Da U in January, and also held offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, and home state Rutgers. After the jump, a brief highlight video of what he brings to the table: Read More
If you are interested in where I was last week with respect to draft day check it out here . I was pretty close with my thoughts around who was good, who was bad, and initially hit the nail on the head about the bad(Browns). This week I really dive into who rumbled through, who may have stumbled slightly in my eyes, and the fans that are getting my ire in the ugly! Let’s get rollin’ with the good!
It really should come as no surprise that the offensive linemen that come through Ohio States program now, have bullseyes on them for NFL execs. The work that Ed Warriner has put in to turn things around has been remarkable. Not to sell the athletes short either, but they were in the program when he arrived and its obvious his style as an edge to it that the players have come to love. Those players go to battle every Saturday for Warriner and that Buckeye team.
Look at the difference a couple years has made in the perception of those linemen and how much the NFL is beginning to covet it. Here’s a list from the NFL with all draft picks that were Buckeyes. To break it down quickly, The Buckeyes had seven linemen drafted between 2002 and 2008 with Barton being the last taken until Adams in 2012. Three full seasons without a single drafted lineman and in just the two years with Warriner there’s been three taken and the other two this year have caught on as UDFA’s that will probably earn a spot on their rosters because of the coaching they’ve received.
Jim Heacock won the Frank Broyles Award in 2007 for obvious reasons, I will make it my goal to campaign for Ed Warriner, and I am not sure that he shouldn’t have beat Pat Narduzzi out from MSU this past season. He has all of the tools needed to be a pretty good head coach someday and rumor has it he is pretty happy where he is at. I why wouldn’t you be grinding out the best rushing attacks that Ohio State fans have ever seen? We will see plenty from Fragel(2013), Mewhort, Linsley, Norwell, Hall(2014) in the NFL, all have worked their tails off for their coach and team and will get paid for it now! That’s five linemen that he coached jumping to the show. Read More
Not gonna lie… got a pretty mellow vibe for this week’s updates.
An Easter basket full of Ohio State and college sports news and notes, as we await one of the sacred holidays of the year. That’s right- “Easter Chocolate On Clearance Monday”.
Today, Ohio States’ full coaching staff was available for interviews, including the newest members of Coach Meyer’s staff, Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton. These last two, most recently at Notre Dame, have been working with Buckeye recruiting over the past several days, but were only officially introduced and named today- they will also be a part of Coach Meyer’s introduction opportunity at halftime of the Hoosier Basketball game this Saturday.
Coach Hinton is a former Ohio State coach who’s career includes the following (from the press release):
Hinton’s 30 seasons of coaching experience includes 16 seasons in the collegiate ranks with positions at Ohio State, Wilmington, Ohio, Cincinnati and Notre Dame, and 14 years as a head coach at three Ohio high schools: Zane Trace (1987-88); Van Wert (1989) and Harding (1993-2003).
“I have always felt it would be an honor to have an opportunity to coach for and to represent Ohio State,” Hinton said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to work with great people and great coaches at such a wonderful place.”
Coach Hinton will be working with the Tight Ends and Fullbacks- I’m sure Boren and Stoneburner are more than excited.
Coach Warinner doesn’t have previous Ohio connections, instead:
Warinner, who is 50, has coached at seven different schools: Akron, Michigan State, Army, Air Force, Kansas, Illinois and Notre Dame. In addition to his nine years in coordinator positions, he has spent 15 of the past 20 seasons coaching the offensive line. He has coached on teams that have won four national rushing titles, and earlier this season Rivals.com named Warinner one of the Top 20 “hottest assistant coaches” in the nation.
“I’ve always strived to coach in positions where I have a lot of responsibility,” Warinner said. “Serving as a coordinator goes beyond just coaching what my guys are doing. It is a thought process of attacking and moving the ball, and strategies and reading plays. There is a big picture as a coordinator that I am into and really enjoy, and it’s a position from where I think I can make a significant contribution to the success of a team.”
Coach Warinner will serve as co-offensive coordinator and work with the offensive line. Read More