Skull Session: Dwayne Haskins Played His Best Game Against Maryland in 2018, the Ohio State Receiver Room Has Stepped Up This Season and Carlos Hyde Was a Monster in 2013

Welcome to the Thursday Skull Session.

Here’s a enjoyable reality to start out your day: The earlier two instances Ohio State and Michigan performed at Maryland the week earlier than The Game, that group was the eventual winner of the rivalry matchup – the Buckeyes in 2018 and the Wolverines in 2021. Ohio State faces Maryland this weekend. Will the development proceed for a third straight time?

Only time will inform.

Let’s have a good Thursday, we could?

FOUR YEARS AGO. On Nov. 17, 2018, Ohio State had a completion from Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome to extensive receiver Jeshaun Jones away from dropping to the Terrapins, 53-52, in time beyond regulation at SECU Stadium. That consequence would have warranted an “Ohio State Buckeyes… What occurred?” video from TikTok star James Droz afterwards if it had occurred right now.

However, Pigrome’s throw landed exterior the outstretched arm of Jones, and Ohio State left College Park with a one-point win, avoiding what would have been considered one of the most gorgeous upsets in faculty soccer that season.

The major cause for the Buckeyes’ success towards the Terrapins that yr was the late Dwayne Haskins. A Maryland native, he threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns and added three extra scores on the floor. After Haskins’ premature loss of life in April, Ryan Day mentioned that sport was Haskins’ greatest efficiency as a Buckeye – one which proved his progress as a quarterback and chief of the group.

Haskins will seemingly be on each Ohio State coach and participant’s thoughts as they stroll off the bus, undergo warmups and face off towards Maryland. I do know he might be on mine as I watch them play.

EL GUAPO. On Wednesday, Ohio State on BTN posted an “On This Date” video for Nov. 16 and featured clips of Carlos Hyde’s five-touchdown efficiency towards Illinois in 2013. He additionally collected 246 yards on 24 carries and 26 yards from two catches.

Big Ten Network producer Brent Yarina rapidly identified on Twitter that Hyde’s 2013 season is slept on lately. When taking a look at his statistics from that yr, it is fairly clear that is the case.

Carlos Hyde Individual Game Statistics 2013

Rushing

Receiving

Opponent

Atty

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

Florida A&M

5

41

8.2

0

1

1

1.0

1

Wisconsin

17

85

5.0

0

1

4

4.0

0

Northwestern

26

168

6.5

3

4

38

9.5

0

Iowa

24

149

6.2

2

0

0

0.0

0

Penn State

16

147

9.2

2

1

14

14.0

0

Purdue

8

111

13.9

0

1

7

7.0

0

Illinois

24

246

10.3

4

2

26

13.0

1

Indiana

18

117

6.5

2

2

14

7.0

0

Michigan

27

226

8.4

1

1

3

3.0

0

Michigan State

18

118

6.6

0

1

1

1.0

0

Clemson*

25

113

4.5

1

2

39

19.5

1

11-Game Totals

208

1521

7.3

15

16

147

9.2

3

So Yarina’s declare is legitimate. El Guapo was a bucket and a downside, and we do not discuss that sufficient, even right here in Buckeye Nation.

Defenses had no reply for the 6-foot, 236-pound power of nature popping out of the Ohio State backfield. And had he not been suspended for the first three weeks of the season, Hyde may have torn up Buffalo, San Diego State and California – opponents the Buckeyes outscored 134-61 – and added much more yardage and touchdowns to his season totals.

But, in all actuality, he is in all probability not too fearful about what he may have added with these three weeks. What he produced in 11 video games was sufficient to get him drafted No. 57 general in the 2014 NFL draft by the 49ers. He performed eight NFL seasons for San Francisco, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Houston and Seattle, so all of it labored out in the finish.

NO JAXON, NO PROBLEM. Nobody was anticipating Jaxon Smith-Njigba to go down towards Notre Dame in Week 1. Not Smith-Njigba, not Day – no person. Since then, 9 extra video games have taken place, with the star receiver not taking part in a important function in any of them.

At his Tuesday press convention, Day mentioned he is been happy with how Ohio State’s receivers have stepped up in Smith-Njigba’s absence, claiming it has been a nice season to catch passes for the Buckeyes.

As it stands, the practice that’s the Buckeye receiver room has formally left the station. It tailored and flourished with Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka and Julian Fleming as its high three choices. When Smith-Njigba comes again this season, the practice will not cease. Instead, he’ll hop on the caravan because it strikes.

I believe that is a good factor for the Buckeyes. Would everybody inside and exterior of the program have favored to see Smith-Njigba play each sport this season? Of course. But has it additionally been nice to see the emergence of Harrison as the greatest receiver in the nation, Egbuka come into his personal and Fleming lastly get wholesome and carry out at a excessive degree? Absolutely.

It’s been a roll-with-the-punches type of yr for Smith-Njigba, however I believe he is poised for a huge sport at any time when he returns to the discipline. Perhaps a few catches and some touchdowns towards Michigan? One can definitely hope.

BEHIND THE STICKERS. Lathan Ransom has been glorious for Ohio State this season, and his electrical efficiency towards Indiana was the newest instance. The third-year Buckeye was the featured participant in Ohio State’s “tales behind the stickers” phase.

My favourite a part of the video is Ransom honoring the individuals who have sacrificed a lot to place him in the place to be the place he’s right now.

My second favourite half is Ransom explaining that his punt block was not a part of the preliminary sport plan for the Ohio State particular groups unit. Instead, Parker Fleming drew up the formation that led to the block on the fly.

Good teaching. Good execution. Good consequence.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Wavin’ Flag” by K’NAAN.

CUT TO THE CHASE. NASA capsule on the option to the moon after launch by a big new rocket… Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson displays on his profession… New Harry Potter-themed land heading to an indoor theme park… What makes us dance ? It is all about that bass… A pilot hangs out a window to retrieve a passenger’s forgotten cellphone.

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