Football: Ohio Securities Use Knowledge From The Past To Improve
Ron Collins treats his movie shows like a classroom. As Ohio’s defensive coordinator and safety coach, he expects his players to study often and take plenty of notes. Every now and then he scans the notebooks and sees who has written the most.
Collins provides the Bobcats with the materials they need to be successful, but he wants them to be proactive in developing as players. Bobcats can’t learn if they don’t study.
“They all have expectations of what we expect from them,” Collins said. “These guys dive into the notebook and study the playbook with the corresponding movie that we provide them. It’s like a classroom in there a lot.
The Bobcats, especially the Securities, paid on their notes. This season, work could pay off.
Of the 10 safeties on Ohio’s list, only two are true freshmen. All of the Ohio returning safeties have already had some playing time. This means the vast majority have past material to improve.
Collins is thrilled to see the securities grow this season. A unit with a majority of upper class students who have all seen recess gives Collins the opportunity to pull material further into his notebook. Some of the older safeties even memorized the playbook almost as well as Collins.
“It really allows us to open up the defensive notebook, and we were not only able to execute what we have done in the past, but we were able to add things from their experience,” said Collins. “The most important thing about these older guys is that they all have our base calls as good as I do.” I mean, they can come out and teach it.
This is the experience Ohio needs.
The Bobcats face one of the best receivers in the Atlantic Coast conference on Saturday. Taj Harris was one of Syracuse’s top receivers in his first three seasons. He recorded 733 receiving yards last season, the eighth-tallest in the ACC and 35th overall in the NCAA.
Harris is a threat Ohio must crack down on, and he’s been watching it closely.
“We will have to do our best to contain it,” coach Tim Albin said at his press conference on Monday. “There’s no way we’ll rule it out. It’s not going to happen. But we’re going to have to do a good job of mixing them with them. “
Containing Syracuse’s passing game is a must. Ohio might not lock him in completely, but he may be able to force one or two interceptions to get Syracuse’s offense off the field.
The Bobcats have focused on generating more interceptions over the past two seasons. In 2019, the Bobcats were ranked 10th in the Mid-American Conference with just five interceptions. They only generated five last season as well, but those interceptions came in just three games.
Even after playing only half of its six-game schedule last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio has given insight into the number of turnovers it can produce. He placed fourth at the MAC in interceptions, a huge improvement in just one season.
Ohio may be able to continue their success with interceptions this weekend. Last season’s steal leader Jett Elad is only expected to improve in 2021.
Elad had his breakthrough year last season and showed his usefulness on the pitch. He has found his role as a reliable nickelback with innate knowledge of the field.
“It fits the skill set of the mold,” Collins said. “He’s tough, good hands. He plays a lot. So, we expect a lot from him. And you know his biggest thing is in his progression, is really noting his details, his technique and his fundamentals, and he’s working on that.
The Bobcats can only improve by learning what worked last season and what didn’t before. Success stems from learning from the past and knowing what needs to be improved. Collins wants the Bobcats to memorize the playbook so they can start last season. If the Bobcats have the material memorized, a promising season is sure to follow.