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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions 10/22/2016

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Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions 10/22/2016

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Beaver Stadium/University Park, PA

Score:  Penn State (24), Ohio State (21)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

*Ohio State has a plethora of NFL prospects. Only select players were focused on for the purpose of these notes.

Ohio State Offense

Curtis Samuel, RB, Junior:  Samuel was criminally under utilized in this game especially given the production that came when he did get the ball. Samuel ended up with 10 touches and produced 139 yards and a touchdown on those opportunities. He converted several third downs and given the dominant effort of the Penn State defensive line, utilizing him more frequently on draws and screens would have been to the Buckeyes betterment. He is explosive and dynamic with the ball in his hands. It took Ohio State 24 offensive plays before Samuel received his first chance with the ball in his hands. Not getting the ball to your best football players consistently is why they lost to unranked Penn State when Ohio State was ranked #2 in the nation.  Stock:  Up

Billy Price, G, Junior:  Collectively, Penn State’s defensive line dominated the battle in the trenches but Price was a bright spot among the Buckeyes blockers. He had the most consistency as a pass blocker showing a strong anchor and movement skills. He was able to generate movement in the run game and had the key block on Curtis Samuel’s 74-yard TD run. Stock:  Up

Ohio State Defense

Malik Hooker, S, RS Sophomore:  Hookers demonstrates terrific burst to the football and aggressive tackling skills. He is a terrific athlete that can match up down the field with anyone. Hooker finished the game with 7 tackles, 2 for loss and a pass breakup. Hookers willingness to fly downhill leads to frequent splash plays around the line of scrimmage. If I have a gripe on Hooker is that he plays too forward and has a propensity to get sucked into play fakes which creates space vertically if he is responsible for a deep zone. Stock: Same

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Junior:  Billed by many as a top half of the first round prospect, I have focused on McMillan the last two weeks and he has been underwhelming. He appears to be hesitant reacting to what he sees and “waiting” for plays to come to him at the second level which leads to him frequently getting sealed by offensive linemen when pursuing the plays. The physical upside is apparent but the reactionary skills have been poor in recent weeks. Stock:  Down

Penn State Offense

DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Junior:  Hamilton didn’t get many chances to make plays but he did secure a massive 34-yard reception through contact to set up a Penn State score. He has an ideal frame but hasn’t had the production yet this season as he has only tallied more than 2 receptions more twice this season. Stock:  Same

Penn State Defense

Garrett Sickels, DE, Junior  Sickels only played the 2nd half of this game but he completely dominated the last 30 minutes as he racked up 9 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He gave Ohio State RT number 59 fits with his get off, burst, aggression and drive to get after QB JT Barrett. Barrett was pressured repeatedly and the Buckeyes had no answer for Sickels. I will need to keep my eye on Sickels the rest of the way. Stock:  Up

Best Players on the Field

Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State

Garrett Sickels, DE, Penn State

Forgettable Performances

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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